As a child, I remember watching the typical cartoons on Saturday morning. X-Men, Spiderman, EEEK! Real Monsters!, The Tick, so on and so forth. They were entertaining. My husband and I enjoy watching the old cartoons on Netflix now, and introducing them to our brood. However, what I remember has nothing on what’s available today. I’m talking about one children’s show in particular. It’s ‘Phineas and Ferb’, part of Disney’s animated lineup and available on their ‘Disney XD’ channel.
The half-hour cartoon focuses on the titular characters, stepbrothers who share a fond love of creating something from nothing, and a keen dislike of being bored. The fact that it is only half an hour is amazing, when you consider how much is packed into each episode. From the moment that Phineas launches into his now-popular catch phrase – ‘Ferb, I know what we’re going to do today!’ – we are catapulted into two separate storylines that prove, by the end, to be cleverly entwined. Running alongside Phineas and Ferb’s endeavors to make their lives, and the lives of their friends, less boring is the spy adventures of their mild-mannered pet Perry, a green, cross-eyed platypus who becomes a regular Bond with a beaver tail and adorable fedora the second everyone is out of eyesight, doing battle on a daily basis with his nemesis, Doctor Doofenshmirtz.
At its core, ‘Phineas and Ferb’ is a fun little show that can be as fun for parents to watch as it is for their children. It is alert, entertaining, quick-paced, and engaging. The fun title characters make it clear that being eager to learn, discover, and explore is never a bad thing, and can lead to the most amazing adventures, at the same time that it teaches life lessons such as compromise, perseverance, and friendship. This show is one that this ‘geekmum’ is proud to show to her children at any time.