Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cartoons That Don't Suck: Phineas and Ferb

As a new parent one of the first things you learn is that your tv is no longer yours. It has been taken over by an obsessive compulsive fanatic only interested in things that make the most zen individual want to poke their eyes out. As a victim of many hours of Barney, Elmo and the Wiggles (seriously, how the hell are they one of the largest musical acts in the world?), I am glad to say that there are oasises of actually entertaining shows out there that will not only entertain the little one, but even you. Cartoons That Don't Suck is a regular column that focuses on a show and breaks down why you might want to get your kids interested now.
  • The Show: Phineas and Ferb
  • The Channel: Disney
  • The Premise: Two hyper intelligent step-brothers, Phineus and Ferb, that spend their summer vacation building amazing contraptions while their sister, Candace tries in vain to bust them. There is also a secondary story line that follows their pet platypus, Perry, who is a secret agent that is in constant battle with an evil scientist named Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
  • Why it doesn't suck: One of the brilliant things about this show is that it is self aware of the audience and does not speak down to them. The shows always present a creative storyline with humor that is understandable by children, but aimed at adults. It also has a great message that with creativity almost anything is possible. Also, how can you not love a show that has secret agent platypus (platypi?) and an evil scientist that is more pathetic than Mr. Furly from three's company. Trust me, after one viewing, you will be humming "Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated" jingle throughout the day.
Stunt Dad Ratings:
4 Helmets

Do you have any recommendations? Anything that we should avoid?
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