June 12 marked the end of summer — at least in the world of Phineas and Ferb. After five seasons, three Emmys, and a made-for-TV film, Disney is sending Phineas and Ferb off to pasture and ushering in Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh’s new show, Mikey Murphey’s Law.
Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh’s show about a mixed family (Phineas and Ferb are step-brothers), exciting summer activities and a pet platypus who doubles as a secret agent is one of the best cartoons I’ve ever had the privilege of viewing. It’s full of puns, fun songs, and character development, and portrays a positive family environment.
I particularly love the relationship between Phineas’s mom and Ferb’s dad, who enjoy each other’s company as they attend antique roadshows, play music, and somehow manage to miss most of the boys’ antics (my favorite piece of backstory related to Phineas’s mom is that she was a one hit wonder, with the song “I’m Lindana And I Want To Have Fun”).
Even if Candice, the boys’ big sister, is intent on busting them, she does appreciate what they do for her, and she sometimes even ends up having fun with them (and her crush, Jeremy) along the way. With their friend Baljeet, the Indian kid who worries about grades and the resident bully, Buford, and Isabella, the Mexican-Jewish leader of the Fireside girls, Phineas and Ferb are determined to make their summer the best summer ever.
And it has been — five wonderful seasons of summer. I’ve never grown tired of watching the boys build roller coasters, paint a continent, or help their alien friend Meep defeat his nemesis by being impossibly cute. Perry the Platypus and his enemy Dr. Doofenshmirtz are just as hysterical, and I’m sad we won’t get to see any more background stories by Dr. Doofenshmirtz as he explains his latest -inator contraption to Perry before Perry inevitably foils Dr D’s plot.
Even if I’m not the target audience for the Disney Channel or Phineas and Ferb, I’ve enjoyed seeing their antics and learned some things from the boys, namely to create my own adventures and that I never have to be bored. There’s always something to do and every day could possibly be the best day ever. In a world of pessimism, crises, and uncertainty, Phineas and Ferb makes life a little bit brighter.
We have one more Phineas and Ferb related story to look forward to, the O.W.C.A. files, which will focus on Agent P and his fellow spies, and since we’ve only ever gotten sneak peeks into this part of the show, I’m grateful we get a chance to really go behind the scenes and explore the world just a bit more before saying farewell.
Of course, this isn’t the end for Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. They have a new show coming out, and if Phineas and Ferb is any indication, this show will be just as fun, just as witty, and just as endearing.
We know that Mikey Murphy is the great-great-great-great-grandson of the Murphy whose Law we reference whenever anything goes wrong. I can only imagine the hilarity that will ensue.
For the rest of the summer, though, I’m planning on re-visiting the world of Phineas and Ferb to say a proper goodbye. It has truly been the best summer ever.Image Credits: Walt Disney Television Animation