Phineas and Ferb: The Daze of Summer
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DESCRIPTION: School s out and each day is the beginning of a brand new, side-splitting, outlandish adventure! Anything is possible when Phineas & Ferb plot their next fun-filled day. Join these step-brothers as they journey around the world... even out of this world for a visit to Mars, defy gravity in their magical acrobatic cirque and then head back in time to Ancient Greece as they Roman Around on chariots. This all new DVD comes with Googolplex Mall Science Fair games where you can create your own experiments! So get ready for a wild ride through the days of summer with Phineas And Ferb: The Daze Of Summer!
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Like the best of most cartoons, there is something in Phineas and Ferb for the supervising adults and for the kids. Plotting can be complex with several story lines going at once. All is in good taste, and family friendly. The best punch lines are typically from Dr. Duffenshmirtz the hapless and ineffective mad schemer. The two boy tease the imagination with their inventiveness and almost all age groups and personalities get a share of the spot light. Great family time fun with a rich enough mix of visuals and jokes to survive more than a few viewings.
This is not your ordinary Disney and the association is more by accident as the production company was not an original Disney product. Having made for themselves a happy home at Disney the makers of Phineas and Ferb have created their own cartoon conventions. Each segment can be filled with at least three story lines. The boys and their neighborhood friends invent everything from a 20th century re-boot of gladiator games to a portal that takes them to Mars. Their older sister switches between trying to get their generally oblivious parents to punish the annoying younger sibs and her awkward efforts to attract the boy of her dreams. Meantime their pet, Perry the Platypus is Secret Agent P who job is to figure out what the Evil Dr Duffensmirtz (Owner, operator and president of Duffensmirtz Evil Incorporated) is up to and foil it.
Side note, since when does an evil cartoon villain have a teen aged daughter , an ex-wife and a driving need to take over the Tri-state area?
As Senator Claghorn would say: If you're listening, you're laughing. The dialogue is what truly drives these cartoons. The plotting tends to be too rich, and filled with too many visual elements for most people to get everything in one viewing. In other words you get more viewing enjoyment for your dollar.
Why only Four stars. I am a fan. But the writing can be uneven. You can find yourself longing for some bits to end so an episode can get back to something funny. Usually this is between the Dr. and the Platypus (and when have you last seen those words in the same sentence?). The parents being oblivious is something of a cliche, esp in a show that tends to avoid them. The father I something of a dork besides being oblivious, but he tends to be as inventive and quirky as his son and step son. But this is a happy choice, I recommend it and I will be collecting more.
This DVD contains close to 2 hours of entertainment. Although the format is somewhat repetitive (Phineas and Ferb build something ingenious and way-over-the-top item in their back yard while their sister Candace tries and fails to get the boys in trouble by squealing to their parents, while their pet Perry the Platypus, who lives a double life as a secret agent, foils the plans of evil-doer Dr. Doofenshmirtz), each show is inventive, fresh, and funny.
Other reviewers have listed and critiqued the individual episodes on the DVD, so I won't repeat that here. But I find that the best episodes are as funny as anything on television, and the episodes that are perhaps a little below the best are still extremely good. And the shows are easily watchable multiple times, and are still funny ... something that those of you with young children can appreciate.
While my kids are enthralled with the show, often one of my children will turn and ask me "What are you laughing at, Daddy?", so it indeed works for multiple audiences. Each show also features a song or two, many of which are so catchy that they could be top 40 pop hits (some even have my 5 year old son dancing, and he doesn't dance.) :-)
My more staid wife was getting a little concerned that I was happily watching a kiddie show, until she sat down and watched a few episodes. Now she's a fan, too.
Highly recommended for those with kids and even for those without.
The boys have two caring parents (surprizingly rare in kid's shows), a musically talented older sister, and a pet platypus - who doubles as a secret agent keeping the world safe from his evil genious nemesis. You can read other reviews if plot details, episode count and DVD contents are important to you.
If you know of the series, the best recommendation I can give is that this separates the kids from the endless barrage of commercials they are subjected to when watching these on the Disney Channel (not that there's anything wrong with that...). Since most kids in the target age group watch epidodes time and time again, you'll get your money's worth with these.
If you don't know the series, I highly recommend them to parents who care about what their kids watch; and DO watch them with your kids (at least the first couple of times). You'll enjoy them too.
My grandchildren were thrilled regardless, I enjoyed being able to actually sit down and watch them at my leisure, instead of just catching a word hear or there.
Phineas & Ferb is to my grandchildren what Bugs Bunny was to me and my parents. I sincerely hope that the show continues for years to come. I will continue to purchase DVDs as they become available.