My family recently got a Disney+ account and I was excited to see that one of my favorite childhood shows, Phineas and Ferb, was available!
I loved this show, so for nostalgia's sake, and because I wasn't feeling like watching my recent favorite show Criminal Minds, I turned it on.
To my mom's surprise, my sister and I still had every word of the theme song memorized.
There's a hundred and four days of summer vacation, and school comes around just to end it ...
I had a few revelations about the show after revisiting some episodes as an adult.
Number 1. The lyrics to the songs are super clever and I have even more of an appreciation for the creativity now than I did as a kid.
Number 2. Yes, the show is a cartoon. Yes, the main characters are two school-aged boys. But they can teach us valuable lessons on how to be Crispy.
The first lesson I noticed is to follow your dreams. Phineas and Ferb use their summer vacation to build treehouses, roller coasters, and other creations when other kids would be using the vacation days going to the pool or playing outside. Not working! Building their inventions might be hard work and take a long time, but these brothers go through every step until their dreams come to fruition.
Another thing that makes Phineas and Ferb Crispy is that they constantly think about others. They organize a reunion concert for their parents' anniversary. They attempt to make a giant ice-cream making machine when their friend Isabella is in the hospital with throat issues. They share their amazing roller coaster with all their friends.
These boys do NOT give up! They don't let anything discourage them. This sibling team is constantly being told by their parents that they "have such big imaginations" because the adults never see what they make. They are constantly being asked by delivery people, "aren't you boys a little young to be [insert activity here]?". Phineas always answers, "Yes. Yes we are," and the two boys get right to work on their project. Their creations even get destroyed at the end of every day, yet they don't let that stop them from making a new contraption the next day. Even when they take a "do-nothing-day", their sister's antics won't stop them from being lazy.
I would give this show 4.5 out of 5 Crispy Chicken Wings because, while the animation is a bit simplistic and 2-dimensional, the show is suitable for all ages and the songs are catchy and super creative!
*Make sure to tune into The Crispy Soul Podcast, where we go more into depth on this topic, available on all major streaming apps