For this week’s Writer’s Workshop at Mama Kat’s, my choice for the writing prompt was easy.
There are always five prompts each week, and I usually will hem and haw, and then finally make a decision.
This week, prompt number one jumped out at me immediately as being the winner. You see, this prompt will give me a chance to write about what I consider to be one of the most brilliant cartoon shows ever.
That’s right, I’m talking about Phineas and Ferb.
Honestly, this show just kills me with its brilliance. I will usually be laughing out loud within the first few minutes of an episode.
The looks alone of the main characters, Phineas, Ferb, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Candace, and Perry crack me up. Then you add in their incredibly quirky personalities, and each episode packs a wollop of hysterical fun.
Basic Premise of Phineas and Ferb
Phineas, and Ferb are two brothers who can create time machines, roller coasters and carnivals in an afternoon. They are geniuses and use their talents to create the most incredible afternoons of fun for themselves and their friends, during the long days of summer vacation.
Their older sister, Candace, is typically left in charge of her brothers while their parents are out.
All of the adventures and hijinks take place while Candace is left alone with Phineas and Ferb. When Candace’s Mom arrives home, she always tries to tell her Mom about the craziness that ensued while she was gone, and her Mom always rolls her eyes. You see, after the Mom comes home, the debris from their time machine adventure or their trip to the moon or their creation of a carnival with a rock concert has disappeared. There is literally no sign of the escapades of her brothers from the previous few hours.
This causes Candace to look like the crazy one, not her brothers.
Phineas and Ferb are usually leaning against the tree trunk in their backyard, just casually hanging out, when their Mom gets home.
Unique Characters: Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Perry the Platypus
Dr. Doofenshmirtz is just about the nuttiest “evil” guy I’ve ever seen. You see, he’s not really evil. He just tries really hard to be evil, but never succeeds. His success is usually stilted by Perry the Platypus.
Perry is Phineas and Ferb’s pet platypus. When he is around Phineas and Ferb, he is a sweet, unassuming platypus. But lurking beneath this sweet exterior is a secret agent platypus. Perry meets with his superiors below Phineas and Ferb’s house in a secret lair to discuss his secret assignments that involve putting a stop to Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s latest evil plan.
Multi Layered Brilliance
I think it is these multi layers of deception with the boys and their parents, and then with Perry and the boys, that make this such a unique show.
The writers must have so much fun writing the scripts. The shows just get more wackier and clever each time.
If you haven’t watched an episode yet, I highly recommend you watch one with your kids.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a kid’s show that is highly creative and seriously entertaining for all ages.
I chose prompt #1: Tell us about a kids TV show that you would be happy watching…without your kids.