The good-natured fun of Phineas and Ferb looks to continue on into the forthcoming year, as Disney has officially announced the greenlight for the third season of the adventure-comedy-musical, whose grip is unrelenting when it comes to keeping its place as the top-ranked animated series in Primetime for its key audiences. It's no secret that these everyday story of how two boys conjure up some hilarious if not impossible plan to pass the time on a weary summer afternoon are relatable… but hopefully, show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh can keep the magic going for several months to come.
Already sporting a small variety of global television and consumer product licenses apt to spread the word, Phineas and Ferb are likely to become spread their wings as the months go on. Deals for action figures, apparel, and comics are already either in the works or on store shelves through authorized retailers. Disney Interactive Studios developed a videogame for the Nintendo DS portable entertainment system, which went on sale this past February 2009.
In print form, stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb, their beloved platypus Perry, their oft-annoyed big sister Candace, and the rest of the animated series' cast can also be found in a series of short paperbacks (112 pages), priced at less than $5.00: Phineas and Ferb #4: Thrill-o-Rama! is scheduled for release on July 7th, 2009; Phineas and Ferb #5: Big Top Bonanza is currently slated for October 6th, 2009; while #6, a Phineas and Ferb joke book, and a slew of other seasonal publications are due Q4 2009 / Q1 20010. Most of these books are targeted toward children aged 9-12.
A really bright spot on Disney's Phineas and Ferb 2009 schedule includes an official soundtrack for the animated television series. Scheduled for release this coming September, the very first Phineas and Ferb soundtrack will feature 26 original songs from the cartoon. No further details have been released on the song collection, but fans can be sure to find some of their favorites on the disc. Whether the songs include talk of a special semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action, or some pop diva-by-day Hollywood bad-girl-by-night (crossed with an old school glamour goddess)… the soundtrack should be worth keeping an eye out for nonetheless.
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"TV Animation Phineas and Ferb Plans Busy Year" at AnimationInsider.net (02/2009)