One of the nice things about this gig is that if I don’t like something, I don’t have to finish it, because I’m not going to write about it. As in, you don’t want to know about the TV movie I just saw. Over-violent and boring.
Which means you’re going to have to hope you get Disney XD and can set your DVR to watch this weekend’s offering: Phineas and Ferb, airing Saturday at 8 a.m. Okay, maybe some of you are up at that ungodly hour. I’m not, and especially not on a Saturday.
Phineas is a kid who really overdoes it on the big thinking. He’s not just going to make a gelatin mold – he’s going to make the biggest ever by filling his friend’s swimming pool. He’s not just going to London to build a water slide – he’s going to build it around Big Ben’s tower. Actually, it’s Phineas’ step-brother Ferb who does most of the engineering to turn Phineas’ wild ideas into reality.
The two are out to make every day of summer vacation interesting by enacting one of these grand plans a day. Now, obviously, we are getting into the realm of the ridiculous. And I have no clue why it works, but it does. There’s even an evil scientist out to take over the Tri-State area, who is constantly foiled by the boys’ pet platypus Perry, who is actually Secret Agent P. Oh, and I almost forgot, Phineas’ older sister Candace, who is determined to rat the boys out, only she never quite gets to their mom in time.
It is inspired silliness. There’s no educational agenda here. No letter or moral of the day. Just good-natured nonsense with a killer soundtrack.
Anne Louise Bannon
Your Family Viewer