I don’t care how old you are, the fact is we all watch Phineas and Ferb (don’t you dare lie to yourself). It’s possibly the funniest and wackiest cartoon on Disney right now, and your lying if you say you wouldn’t sit down and watch a marathon on a Sunday morning (Editor’s note: I did. It was a Saturday).
Your television guide would tell you that Phineas and Ferb is about two stepbrothers and their adventures in creating unrealistically advanced machinery during their summer vacation. I, however, beg to differ as the best parts of the cartoon lies in the B-plot where the boys’ pet/secret agent, Perry the Platypus must stop his arch nemesis Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s latest evil scheme.
Doofenshmirtz reminds me a lot of Kim Possible’s Dr. Dracken. His evil schemes are always ridiculous and never works out.
For a kids show, Phineas and Ferb is pretty dark, and this is obvious when you think of Doofenshmirtz’s back story. Maybe I am reading a little too much into it, but Doofenshmirtz’s childhood is very dark and depressing, as is his life. There are many reasons to pity this doctor instead of fear him. Really, this poor guy is forever alone.
Read the 17 reasons why we should feel bad for Dr. Doofenshmirtz below
1) Because Youtube’s subtitles can’t understand his accent
2) His dreams are always crushed
3) He was neglected and abused as a child
4) He is forever alone Read more…
There are a few important life lessons that I have stuck to throughout the majority of my life. A couple of them are:
Unlike the first two rules, the third is one that anyone can enjoy and it’s really fun to tell people you spent a whole summer watching Arthur with your 18-year-old brother.
One of my personal favourites (asides from Arthur) is Phineas & Ferb where they invent some crazy things during their summer vacation. Hilarity ensues as their sister tries to bust them and their pet platypus is actually a secret agent with an archenemy named Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
While most of the adult-friendly gags come from the doc, it’s kind of perfect to see him get his own YouTube channel (which may or may not be by Disney) where he comments on pop culture (last week: bacon & Honey Boo Boo Child). While the Doof is hilarious all on his own, too bad YouTube’s closed captioning can’t exactly pick up on his accent.
Here’s the latest installment of his show, Doof Daily, and remember to hit that CC button:
Thanks, cartoons for making us laugh, even if it wasn’t intentional!