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Disney's "Phineas & Ferb" kicks off its third season with a Platypus Day celebration

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In response to Tuesday's article, I got a somewhat irate e-mail from Annie M. Who must be a Disney Channel fan, given that her note said:

How can you talk about National Pancake Day when there's a far more important Disney-related holiday coming up this Saturday, Platypus Day?

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Annie M. is right. To help celebrate the start of "Phineas & Ferb" 's third season, Disney XD & the Disney Channel have declared March 5th to be Platypus Day. Which is this day-long programming event that honors Danville's favorite pet and secret agent Perry the Platypus (aka Agent P).

And what better way to celebrate Platypus Day than with a day-long marathon of "Phineas & Ferb" episodes which feature the undercover antics of Agent P? This programming event kicks off on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET /PT when Disney XD airs "Phineas & Ferb" 's third season premiere episode, "The Great Indoors / Canderemy" and continues right up until 5 p.m. Which is when this "Phineas & Ferb" marathon moves on over the Disney Channel and continues airing episodes of this Emmy Award-winning series right up until 8 p.m. ET / PT.

And if you haven't watched "Phineas & Ferb" in a while ... Well, you've been missing out on some smart and sophisticated fun that's equally entertaining for adults & kids. Take - for example - the "Wizard of Odd" episode (which will air on Disney XD at 9 a.m. ET/PT and again at 5 p.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel) ...

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... Which is this witty send-up of that 1939 movie musical.

And speaking of musicals ... Did you get a chance to see "Rollercoaster: The Musical!" (which will be presented on the Disney Channel this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT) when it premiered back in January?

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If not ... Well, then you missed out on something special. This episode basically took the plotline of "Phineas & Ferb" 's pilot and then reimagined that show as an all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza. What made "Rollercoaster: The Musical" fun for adults is that it included brief nods to classic movie musicals like "Singin' in the Rain" ...

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... as well as legendary stage musicals like "Oklahoma!" ...

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... and long-running Broadway hits like "Cats."

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Mind you, the reason that longtime "Phineas & Ferb" fans like "Rollercoaster: The Musical!" is because this episode's final production number, "Carpe Diem," not only featured a cameo appearance by Disney's "High School Musical" director / choreographer Kenny Ortega ...

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... it also managed to work in an albeit-brief appearance by every single character that had ever appeared on this Emmy Award-winning series to date.

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"Now wait a minute," you query. "If 'Phineas & Ferb' is such a terrific show, then why are the Disney Channel & Disney XD celebrating Platypus Day on Saturday rather than Phineas & Ferb Day?"

Well, that's because one of the great running gags of this animated series is that Phineas & Ferb's pet platypus, Perry leads a double life. And that - whenever Perry can slip away from the boys - this semi-aquatic mammal then becomes Agent P. Who's this secret agent for the O.W.C.A. (aka the Organization Without a Cool Acronym). Which is this super-secret government organization whose corps of agents is made up entirely of animals.

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And Phineas & Ferb have no idea that Perry is Agent P. But all of that will change this summer with the premiere of "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension." Which is an upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie that will debut this summer.

And over the course of this animated TV movie, Phineas & Ferb will not only discover Perry's secret lair (which is hidden under the Flynn-Fletcher house) ...

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... they'll even take Agent P's flying car out for a spin.

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Mind you, "Across the 2nd Dimension" isn't the only Phineas & Ferb film project that the Mouse House currently has in the works. Back in January, Gary Marsh - President of Entertainment of Disney Channel Worldwide - revealed that Walt Disney Pictures currently has a Phineas & Ferb theatrical feature film in development. One that will supposedly combine live-action and animation as well as the input of the show's creators, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh & Dan Povenmire.

But that project ... It's not due to hit theaters 'til late 2012 / early 2013. In the meantime, to help expand the reach of the Phineas & Ferb franchise, the Disney Channel launched "Take Two with Phineas and Ferb" back in December. Which is this spoof of a TV talk show that's hosted by these animated characters which features appearances by real-life celebrities like Jack Black, Taylor Swift and Seth Rogen.

Seth Rogen on set at the Disney Channel's "Take Two with Phineas and Ferb" talk show.
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And speaking of Phineas & Ferb's forays into the real world ... While walk-around versions of these Disney Channel / Disney XD characters have been appearing in the Disney theme parks since November of 2009 ...

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... Starting in May, Phineas & Ferb will have their very own dedicated play-and-meet area at Disney's Hollywood Studios near the Stage 1 Company Store.

And speaking of stores ... I could tell you the story that Jim Fielding, President of the Disney Stores Worldwide, shared at the opening of the Times Square store back in November about how the adult-sized Dr. Doofenshmirtz "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor" vintage Tee ...

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... was one of the quickest-to-sell-out items in Disney Store history. But if you don't know Dr. Doofenshmirtz (more importantly, how Agent P is constantly battling with Dr. D to prevent him from taking over the Tri-State area with Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated's inventions) ... Well, you won't understand why so many adult fans of "Phineas & Ferb" were thrilled to be able to get their hands on a Doofenshmirtz Tee.

Look, if you're not yet familiar with this Emmy Award-winning animated series, Platypus Day (aka this Saturday's "Phineas & Ferb" programming event on the Disney Channel / Disney XD) is an excellent place to start.

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And if you're already a fan of "Phineas & Ferb," what's your favorite episode to date of this silly yet very sophisticated TV show?

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  • Could this be Disney's SpongeBob?

  • Tribunal, it could be. But much smarter.

    Sly homages throughout the series make it much smarter.

  • What a great show, and great article JIM.  I did not know about the theatrical coming in 2012, that is great news.  Phineas and Ferb should be a topic for you and Nathan one week on Magical Definition.  I wish it would finally get the press and viewership numbers of SpongeBob, but that will come with time--but Kevin is right, much smarter than the pourous one.  

    I also wish WDW would take advantage and do something great with the franchise:  perhaps a new 4-D movie to replace Captain EO when it retires (would work great with the imagination theme; or a roller coaster would be a perfect fit too.

    Favorite Episode?:  Rollercoaster: the musical; Swinter; The Chronicles of Meep.

  • This show is absolutely a favorite in our household, both with our 8 and 4 year old as well as my wife and I. It's one of those classic cartoons that appeals on multiple levels (kids love the antics and humor while the adults love the secret homages to past classics). And Doof ... well the Doof is FAR AND AWAY my favorite cartoon character of all time! I love him so much he's even my avatar on basically every forum on which I post. My fantasy football teams are all named Evil, Incorporated. I just love the dude and trust me ... if you haven't yet see There's a Platypus Controlling me you're life isn't complete! ;)

  • I love this show, I try to watch it even when my daughter does not.  I am always singing the jingle "Doofenschmirtz, Evil Incorporated".  Kind like that one ride song, once it gets in your head it is stuck there, but not as annoying!

  • I would also add that it is MUCH cleaner and family friendly than SpongeBob. This is a show that I have NO problem with my 3, 5 and 8 year olds watching. It appeals to adults by throwing in adult homages that are clean and does not get down in the dirt like SpongeBob or most of the Dreamworks pictures for that matter.

    This is one of the MOST brillant and funny shows on television. I have not meet ANYONE that doesn't like it.

    As to my favorite episode. I'm not sure. I like almost all of them. I think there have only been 4 or 5 episodes that I didn't like.

  • Doofenschmirtz is trying to take over the Tri-STATE Area, Jim. Not the Tri-County. Just thought I'd point that out. ;)

    Well, maybe the show isn't as pretty as one would expect a Disney show to be, but it has as much heart and wit as any Disney fan could wish. I love it to death. So do the kids in my family. I'm happy to read that a feature film is planned for it. Hopefully the animation will be better (yeah, I know that the show's producers do the best that can with the time and budget) and the script will be solid. I will definitely be seeing it. Thanks for the article, Jim. Now I've got to look for that Rollercoaster: The Musical episode on Hulu or Youtube. Somehow I missed it!

  • I'd disagree with you only slightly, jedited. Phineas and Ferb occasionally relies on crude/potty humor, but it's very infrequent and often quite clever when it does feel the need to resort to it (the gag at the very end of the Wizard of Oz spoof is one of my favorite examples). One of the things that makes the show so great is that it uses all sorts of humor- funny dialogue, sight gags, slapstick, running gags, pop culture references, funny music, lowbrow humor, and just plain insane stuff- and it excels with all of them and mixing all of them as well. I can't think of many other shows on TV right now- animated or otherwise- that do it as well as Phineas and Ferb does. I think Disney Channel's own president Gary Marsh put it best: "This is a smart, sophisticated comedy. It works on multiple levels for multiple generations, across virtually every cultural divide." I'm definitely looking forward to the start of the third season, and hoping that Disney's continued publicity push gives it the recognition it deserves.

  • Gigglesock --

    Dang. You're right. I was so concerned with making sure that I spelled Dr. Doofenshmirtz's correctly (Previously, I had been spelling it "Doofenschmirtz." But -- as it turns out -- the good doctor doesn't have a "c" in his name) that I didn't even notice that I had written "Tri-County" rather than "Tri-State."

    Thanks for pointing out my error (which has now been corrected). I owe you one.


  • Jim, would you happen to know why they never rerun the one hour "musical" episode - you know, the "best of" one where they showed many of the musical numbers from the various episodes? I saw it once and am kicking myself for not recording it. So I look and look, but it never seems to come back.... Any ideas?

  • Doofenschmirtz is trying to take over the Tri-STATE Area, Jim. Not the Tri-County. Just thought I'd point that out. ;)

  • tour stupied

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