Have you found yourself dissatisfied with what Disney has been putting out for t-shirts? Are you a fan who’s outside the target demographic and can’t find anything that’s cool that will fit you? Your search is over. I have recently opened Topher’s Tees, a shop filled with Phineas and Ferb t-shirts. The best part? The shirts are designed by us, the fans! I've been doing the leg work on it, but I got a lot of great feedback from our regular users of the IRC.
The shop features about a dozen designs and caters to just about everyone, especially the older fans that are largely (pun intended) ignored by Disney’s marketing team. The best part about it is that you can choose what color to print your shirt on, but be careful, most designs look best on the pre-selected colors. In addition, if you like what you see, but want it printed on a different shirt or in a different size, etc., you can contact me and I’ll try to make it available in the style you want.
There are some issues though. I have to be sure to stay clear of show logos and can't use the characters' likenesses on my shirts. I might be able to use some silhouettes or bits and pieces (like Isabella's bow), but quotes and other things like the I LOVE Aglets shirt are believed to be fair play. I have a few plans to add more shirts in the future, but they need to be more designed than the site's creator was able to do and will be released as they are done.
There is even a special section featuring "What Would Phineas Do?" shirts. These shirts feature the full version of the WWPD logo and are available in many different styles and sizes. All profits from anything in the shop featuring a WWPD logo will benefit WiredSafety, the world's largest Internet safety, help and education resource.
Odds 'n' Ends
Starting today, the Blog policy is going to go fully into effect. You can expect much more enforcement of "What the Blogs are not" section. If you want to continue talking the way you have been, you'll need to register for the Community Message Board and start talking there. We're going to retake the blogs for news and information.
Next new episode debuts on April 29th on Disney Channel.
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A couple weeks ago, Disney Interactive Studios announced that a third Phineas and Ferb video game is currently in development. The new title, "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension", is set to be released August 2, 2011 for the Nintendo Wii and DS, as well as the PlayStation 3, which will be the Boys of Summer Vacation's first appearance on the two consoles.
The version for the two consoles is being developed by High Impact Games, who have previously worked on the Ratchet & Clank and Jak and Daxter series. Based on the footage and screenshots that have been released thus far, "Across the 2nd Dimension" seems like it will be in the vein of the former, a mix of platforming, action and third-person shooting using gadgets such as the remote-controlled baseball from "The Chronicles of Meap", a high-velocity orange soda dispenser (the Carbonator), and much more - one of the screenshots shows at least half a dozen options at Phineas's disposal. One or two players will be tasked with traversing 7 worlds including "an old time 1928-style cartoon world, a lawn gnome land and a gelatin world", along with Platypus Day and Halloween-themed environments, as they attempt to save the world. He, Ferb and Agent P are confirmed among the 8-10 playable characters, with Isabella, Major Monogram and Dr. Doofenshmirtz also set for appearances in the game.
The Nintendo DS version, scheduled for a simultaneous release, will see the boys and Agent P tackle 5 worlds based on the same environments seen in the console games. The "over 30 wacky levels" featured in the game will feature significantly more action than their counterparts from 2009's "Phineas and Ferb" and last year's "Phineas and Ferb Ride Again", as enemies will be introduced into the boys' levels for the first time in the series.
As an avid video gamer, I'm excited for the "Across the 2nd Dimension" game to come out this summer. The two prior Nintendo DS outings have shown that Phineas and Ferb translates well to the video-game environment, and with the increased focus on action in this game, it has the potential to be one of Disney Interactive's best efforts in quite some time. Listed at $40 for the home console versions and $30 for the DS version, this dimension looks like one that will be well worth checking out come August 2.
As promised, here is a review on two of the new episodes.
She'll say "I told you so"!
In the previous episode, "Canderemy", Candace struggled with wanting to spend time with Stacy away from Jeremy, but was literally attached to him at the hip. In "Run, Candace, Run", it's another reversal of that theme: Candace has promised to be at two different events on the same day. Well, three, actually, but Stacy kind of gets left by the wayside. Now that I think of it, maybe that's why in "Canderemy" Stacy puts her foot down and says, "no more Jeremy". We already know the episodes aren't broadcast in (or even made in) chronological order, so who's to say that this episode doesn't take place before "Canderemy"?
This episode is also a kind of reversal on the three plots. Usually, it's the Big Idea that Phineas and Ferb have come up with that takes center stage, with the Candace and Agent P storylines supporting them. This time, Candace's story is the more important. Her brothers are off running tests on their new speed shoes, while Dr. Doofenshmirtz does everything he can to avoid making a dreaded phone call to have his ex-wife Charlene to bail him out. For much as things are out of control for Candace, she manages to save Dr. Doofenshmirtz at his last minute (but he still has to make the call) and she earns the approval of the Johnson family by finding someone who was lost.
Candace talks with Glena about her plan to just give up
It starts off with something many adults can relate to: those uncomfortable silences when you realize you don't have much to talk about with your in-laws, made all the more funny when Clyde is a little too quick to accept an interruption. Candace falls back on her old habit of hearing only specific parts of a conversation and deciding to act on that incomplete information. And Doofenshmirtz is feeling down, but manages to lift his own spirits fairly quickly.
We've been keeping track of how many of the items mentioned in the theme song have appeared in an episode, and here we learn once again that Phineas and Ferb have been, too. Though it would be a little disappointing if we never actually got to see them finding Frankenstein's brain.
Finally, we have the farmer and his wife making another appearance. It looks like she's learning to accept the strange things that fall out of the sky around Danville a little more. My own preference is to see these small extensions to the story during the credits, rather than a repeat of a scene.
I have been having a difficult time deciding what kind of grade these episodes should get, so I'm going to wimp out once again and not give them grades.
Several issues ago, I reviewed the acoustic guitar that was made by First Act and sold by Toys R Us. It looks like there a new version being sold, but now there is an electric guitar, also made by First Act.
This is actually a sound effects and rhythm machine in a guitar shape, rather than being a guitar that's electric. Suddenly, I'm reminded of the lines from "Put That Putter Away" about "miniature golf" not being "golf in miniature". For those of you with more musical talent than I have, it should be a distinction that is no distinction at all.
The controls of the guitar are divided into three sections. The headstock contains six buttons that control power, solo loops and the style of the music is played when you use the fret keys. Going down from the headstock along the neck of the guitar is the fretboard section where you change the sound of each note by where you place your fingers. Since there are no strings on this guitar, there are seven keys that play different tracks and a few toggle keys that control the volume, which rhythm track is played and what the scratch pads play.
On the main body of the guitar are those scratch pads, a whammy bar and tempo controls. The scratch pads are rubber-coated and have several different points of contact, so you can get some pretty interesting effects. The whammy bar plays some recordings of Phineas and Perry. It wasn't until tried using it a couple of times that I found out it doesn't move much and you're only supposed to press it to the right, so I got lucky when I didn't break it. Then I looked up what a whammy bar was on Wikipedia and it started to make sense.
I still haven't learned how to play guitar, but I got to admit it was pretty fun just messing around with this one, hearing what it would sound like. About the only thing I would improve on it is adding another control that would allow me to select whether the different tracks could blend together. Right now, some will blend together and overlap while others stop the existing track when it starts the new one. For example, any time you use the whammy bar, that cuts off what's playing so the vocal recording can play. The extra control would allow me to hear Perry chattering while the music is still playing.
It takes three AA batteries. It's got a little bit of weight to it so it doesn't feel flimsy and they even added posts where you could attach a strap if you wanted. I got this in the local store when they had it on sale for $10 off. The regular price seems to be $35. Another nice little instrument at not a lot of money.
Just like last time, I have some items I can review for the next newsletter, but reviews by other people are needed. Let us know what you found. Don't forget to check out the Merchandise Portal to see what's available.
The What Would Phineas Do? page is finished. After reading some of the blogs lately, sometimes we forget the way we should treat people, and it's not just newcomers. So, please read it and show your support by placing one or more of the logos on your page. Better yet, ask your parents about buying one of the WWPD t-shirts that are now available (see Topher's column above for details).
The Editing checklist is also done. I think I covered everything that needs to be updated as we get new episodes. It's also useful for helping us figure out what needs to be added to existing pages. If I missed anything, please let me know so it can be added.
I haven't worked on the vandalism and spam page I mentioned last time, but I have gotten a bit further on cleaning up the picture pages. I'm going to concentrate on the ones that don't have to be replaced first, then do a second sweep and start changing the .png pictures over to .jpg. When this gets a lot further along, then we can start going through the unused pictures and make sure they are added to the galleries, and straighten those up, too.
I mentioned last time that our wiki was #10 on Wikia's Top TV wikis. A couple of days later, we slid off that list and our spot was taken by the Simpsons Wiki.
I have been watching that wiki for a couple of months and helping them recover a little bit from the massive vandalism attack they suffered during the past six months.
Right now, they have quite a few people adding categories and making other edits and almost nobody adding comments to blogs. A lot of those edits have to be undone because they seem to be inventing dates which the characters lived in and categories that aren't needed, but at least they are editing.
That wiki also has article comments enabled, which are blogs merged onto article pages, but there's not that many people posting article comments, and frankly they are general comments that don't do much to improve the quality of the page.
Now, compared with our wiki, there's times when you look at the Recent Changes and two-thirds of them are blog comments. It fluctuates from day to day for how many blog comments there are, so sometimes it looks worse than it is. For my part, I'd rather concentrate on wiki-building than socializing, but I know that exchanging messages with others is important, too.
So that's why were going to try and revitalize the Community Message Board and try to get an answer to the When to shut down blogs forum. I have added a required question during registration that's easy to answer if you know the show (and it's listed on one of the pages), and that should cut down on spam in the future.
It would be nice if we could recover a spot in Wikia's Top Ten list, but that's a secondary goal. Our primary goal should always be to make this wiki the best resource for Phineas and Ferb information on the Internet.