Phineas and Ferb = Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
For the last several months, I have been a gung-ho fan of the Disney Channel cartoon Phineas and Ferb. Before you pass judgement, please realize that it is not typical for me to love any show on Disney Channel, let alone a random cartoon. The first time I saw it, I initially responded with “What is this lame show?” But then I watched it, and now I am hooked. After analyzing why it is that this show appeals to me so greatly, I came to a realization; it’s essentially like a cartoon version of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, one of my favorite movies of all time. Though the similarities are many, this article will highlight some of the most significant.
The Attitude of the Main Characters
First and foremost, the character of Ferris Bueller is very similar to the character of Phineas. Both are brimming with optimism and confidence, and both are emphatic about making the most of a single day and accomplishing as much as possible. Both are care-free and fun-loving, as well as years ahead of their peers.
In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ferris’ sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey, who ironically voices several small roles for Phineas and Ferb) is obsessed with getting Ferris in trouble for ditching school. She is so preoccupied with this endeavor, that at one point she is arrested; she literally cannot enjoy anything about her own life because she is so caught up with what her brother can get away with. Enter Phineas and Ferb‘s Candace. Candace is the older sister of Phineas and Ferb, and seems to spending every waking second attempting to “bust” her brothers for something or another. She is so involved with this obsession, that she cannot enjoy her own life (including her boyfriend Jeremy) until her siblings are busted.
Spontaneous Musical Numbers
The parade scene in which Ferris sings “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout” is one of the most memorable moments of the movie; but boy is it random. Most every episode of Phineas and Ferb contains a similarly random musical number of some sort, often times accompanied by over-the-top dance routines similar to the parade scene.
Ed Rooney is the bumbling assistant principle in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and his role is primarily that of comedic relief. Phineas and Ferb‘s Dr. Doofenshmirtz plays an identical role. Both characters are used to maintain the comedic consistency when breaking away from the main characters, and both are hilariously funny as their respective “plans” are continually foiled.
Though the ending of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off may be dramatic, I don’t think anyone watching the film for the first time actually worries that Ferris might get caught. He survives many close calls throughout the day, and it’s a blast to watch him do so. Phineas and Ferb often experience similar “close calls” throughout an episode, close calls which culminate in some sort of climatic narrow escape similar to Ferris’.
When it all comes down to it, Phineas and Ferb is a spectacular television program. It truly is like a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off cartoon, and I say that as a die-hard Ferris fan. If you haven’t given it a chance, then do so a.s.a.p.! You can check out a few episodes for free on DisneyChannel.com, or buy them on iTunes.