10 Things You Didn’t Know about Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb is a cartoon that is broadcast on the Disney Channel. In total, it managed more than 200 episodes over the course of four seasons, which says much about its ability to bring in the viewers in its time. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Phineas and Ferb:

1. The Titular Characters Are Stepbrothers

The name of the show refers to the two main characters, who would be Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher. Phineas’s mother Linda Flynn is married to Ferb’s father Lawrence Fletcher, meaning that the two are stepbrothers. The creators of the show chose to use this setup for a couple of reasons. One, they felt that blended families were underused in children’s media. Two, one of them had personal experience with growing up in such a family.

2. Created By Dan Provenmire and Jeff Marsh

Speaking of which, Phineas and Ferb was created by Dan Provenmire and Jeff Marsh, who were coming up with their own show when they were still working as layout artists on The Simpsons. Supposedly, Provenmire was in a Californian restaurant when he drew a so-called “triangled kid,” who became the basis for Phineas on Phineas and Ferb. With that said, it took a total of 15 years before the two creators were able to get their show greenlit.

3. Phineas Is a Reference to Phileas Fogg

The name Phineas is a reference to Phileas Fogg. In short, Phileas Fogg is the protagonist of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, which was inspired by the travels of the American adventurer William Perry Fogg. However, his name was Phineas Fogg is some of the translations of the novel, thus explaining how Phileas became Phineas.

4. Ferb Is a Reference to the Creators’ Mutual Friend

Meanwhile, the name Ferb is a reference to one of the two creators’ mutual friends named Frank, who designed sets as well as built sets for various shows. Apparently, Frank’s wife didn’t like his first name very much, which is why she nicknamed him Ferb. It should be mentioned that Ferb is a nickname on Phineas and Ferb as well, with the full name being Ferbs.

5. Both Characters Are Drawn in a Tex Avery Style

Both Phineas and Ferb are drawn in a Tex Avery style to make it easier for children to doodle them. This can be seen in how Phineas’s head consists of a triangle with three ovals to represent the eyes as well as the ears, while Ferb’s head consists of a quadrilateral that is wider at the top than at the bottom as well as a rectangle plus ovals for the nose and the ears. Tex Avery was an American animator who tends to be best-known for his work on some of the most famous Warner Bros. cartoon characters out there, meaning that his influence extends far beyond just the look of cartoon characters.

6. Follows Other Comedic Duos Speech-Wise

Speech-wise, one of the most notable characteristics of Phineas and Ferb is that Phineas does most of the talking for the duo. In this, the two creators set to emulate various other comedic duos. One example would be Jay and Silent Bob, who have appeared in Keven Smith movie after Keven Smith movie. Another example would be Wallace and Gromit, who would be a cheese-loving man plus his very loyal but very silent dog on . . . well, the clay animation comedy Wallace and Gromit.

7. There Is a Pet Platypus

The setting of Phineas and Ferb isn’t exactly very grounded in reality. For proof, look no further than the pet of the Flynn-Fletcher family Perry the Platypus, who is a member of an all-animal espionage organization called Organization Without a Cool Acronym. Perry was made a platypus for a number of reasons. One, platypuses are very striking animals because of their strangeness compared to most mammal species. Two, platypuses aren’t actually that well-known by American audiences, meaning that they could be used without having to deal with preconceived notions laid out by other cartoon animals. Three, people can’t actually get platypuses as pets in real life because Australia takes the protection of the species pretty seriously to say the least, though there are places that work to rehabilitate sick and injured members of the species.

8. Perry Fights Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz

Perry’s nemesis is the evil scientist Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, who wants to embark on a campaign of conquest by using his inventions. Based on his name, it should come as no surprise to learn that Doofenshmirtz speaks with a German-sounding accent, though he actually comes from a fictional country called Drusselstein. Amusingly, this isn’t actually that implausible, seeing as how what is now Germany was once made up of many, many, many fragmented states and statelets. Something that has given cause for a great many jokes about the Holy Roman Empire that once encompassed them.

9. Pretty Formulaic Setup

On the whole, Phineas and Ferb has a pretty formulaic setup. In most episodes, the titular characters embark on some kind of grand adventure, with the result that their sister Candace tries to reveal these things to their parents. However, she always fails because the B-plot focused on Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz always intersects with the A-plot in a manner that erases the evidence.

10. Set In an Unspecified Tri-State Area

Phineas and Ferb is set in a tri-state area, which is a term for a number of inhabited places in the Eastern United States that cross over the borders of three separate states. There is no real point to figuring out which tri-state area that the show is set in, not least because the city of Danville is wholly fictional.


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