Today marks the tenth anniversary of the official television premiere of Phineas and Ferb. Of course, that means we know what we’re going to do today, and that is take a moment to celebrate this phenomenal forgotten series that once stood out as one of Disney’s most popular series yet. Phineas and Ferb concluded in 2015 with its final episode, but still lives on as a landmark in the history of Walt Disney Animation Television, and its difficult to encapsulate how much of an impact this series had on The Walt Disney Company. So grab your stuff, and hop in our time machine, that’ll seemingly disappear as soon as Candace returns, and join us as we take a look back at this fantastic series.
It’s not difficult to see why Phineas and Ferb is a series that was cherished by many. The show is endlessly clever, filled with comedy, wit, and musical moments that keep it afloat. Most episodes even follow the exact same structure, but it is in its consistency that makes much of the comedy of the show float. Even of the show’s two subplots, one that features the antics of Phineas and Ferb and their decision of how to fill their summer vacation, and one that unfolds featuring their pet platypus, who is in actuality a secret agent who seeks to stop the evil antics of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. It’s easy to forget just how absurd the series can be, but creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh created a world that is hilarious, colorful, and fun, that it’s not hard to let loose and get swept up in the heart and hilarity of it all.
Phineas and Ferb quickly caught on with critics and viewers alike, and quickly grew to one of Disney’s most popular franchises ever. Many Disney fans will remember the hype and excitement that surrounded the show in those early years, and you would be hard-pressed to be a Disney fan and be familiar with these characters in some way. The duo would quickly make their way into the Disney theme parks stateside, and represented a great addition to the quality television Disney is known for.
Although Phineas and Ferb concluded in 2015, and has been some time since being one of Disney’s largest franchises, the show stands out as being of one the longest running series on Disney Channel, spawning off three television films, live shows, theme park events and an interactive attraction, and more. Above all, Phineas and Ferb earned what most syndicated animated series do not: a finale. When the show concluded in 2015, the series wrapped with a final episode, The Last Day of Summer, the final conclusion to the very long summer that Phineas and Ferb endured each day. The finale was heartfelt and wonderful, and at the very end, has Phineas look right into the camera and wave goodbye to his viewers. Phineas and Ferb was the eight-year franchise that a generation of kids will look back to, and that final wave will be held close by the many viewers who closely cherished this show for those years.
It has been nearly three years since Phineas and Ferb concluded on television, and for obvious reasons, the series no longer holds the same prominence as it once did. But this series will likely never be completely forgotten, and that stands out for the same reason that its popularity grew in the first place. Phineas and Ferb is a brilliant show that entertained and inspired kids across the world, and held a unique place for thousands of viewers. The colorful, zany world of this show will continue to be remembered as a glorious piece of Disney history, and will be remembered by the children of this generation, in the same ways the Disney Afternoon block continues to be. For eight years, this show gave many children something to do that day, and provided an escape into the clever, witty world that will continued to be cherished, and I’m sure, we’ll see again sometime soon. Hey, where’s Perry?