This newsletter was supposed to go out earlier this morning, but of course just before it was ready, my web browser crashed and I hadn't saved any of the work. So after spending a few more hours rewriting everything, I think it's ready.
Since today is Platypus Day, Disney Store is holding special events today, part of their month-long celebration of their 25th Anniversary. You can read about it in the "Schedule of Events" on the Disney Store main page. In addition, if you live in Broward County, Florida, several of the cast from "The Best LIVE Tour Ever!" will be there. You can read about that on Mouseinphilly's blog. (For those of you who live in that area and hadn't seen his blog beforehand, I know it's really late to let you know, but I hadn't seen that blog before this morning and as I said, the browser crashed, so I lost several hours of work and this is as early as I can let you know about it.)
Would anyone be interested in having an Easter egg decorating contest? I'll post the details in a blog later today. (That blog was also amongst what was lost when the browser crashed because I was going to click Save right after this issue was done.)
The basic idea is that about a week from now, we would start working on the eggs and upload pictures of our best ones. They can have anything on them that you want, but should have at least one Phineas and Ferb item on them, such as a sticker from the decoration kit. Then we vote on which ones we like best and the top three will be shown on the wiki's main page. If we have a lot of entries, we would first have a preliminary round of voting to get our finalists. The pictures would be shown from April 7th through April 16th to cover both the Eastern and Western celebrations of Easter.
Let us know if you want to try this in the blog.
Odds 'n' Ends
Ryan Stoppable just posted the latest edition of The Numbers Game, providing the ratings of Disney's Time Shift Weekend.
Here are some quick profiles of a few cast members of "Phineas and Ferb: The BEST Live Show Ever!"
A native of Viera, Florida, she auditioned for Feld Entertainment and won the role of Candace Flynn in the show.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, she plays Agent P (Perry the Platypus) on the stage with her gymnastic skills. She has previous worked on other Feld/Disney stage shows, and was studying physical therapy.
The Columbus, Ohio native warms up the audience before the show begins, and plays Buford Von Stomm in costume.
She was a former Miss Iowa and Iowa University Marching Hawkeyes Golden Girl baton twirler.
This former Showstoppers dance winner portrays Gretchen of the Fireside Girls and was raised in Yorba Linda, California.
The man who plays Dr. Doofenshmirtz is a nice guy out of costume, and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshie who was worked at Walt Disney World before.
When a show has run for a long time, eventually there will be a death in the family. Sometimes that refers to a cast member or a character that dies. In special cases, the "family" includes the guest stars. Since Dan and Swampy have said that everyone they've asked has wanted to be a part of the show, Phineas and Ferb is in that special group of shows where the guest stars are more than just actors playing a role.
This week, Phineas and Ferb had a death in the family. Davy Jones has passed away. From what I read, he was quite healthy and exercised regularly, but it was a heart attack that took him.
Within the show, Davy provided the voice for Nigel of Tiny Cowboy, a favorite band of Candace and Stacy. Outside the show, many of us remember him from The Monkees, most likely in re-runs. Though it was easy when they first appeared to label them as characters patterned after The Beatles, the four were more than that.
What the producers didn't realize at the time was they had hired two musicians, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith, who would help transform The Monkees from actors playing musicians to a real band. As Peter Tork put it, "What happened to us was like all the cast of ER becoming real doctors together once the show finished, or like Leonard Nimoy becoming a Vulcan." (You can read the entire article on this forum. Scroll down to the sixth post, which was written by "25or6to4".)
I caught a few of the episodes recently on the Antenna TV channel and it was fun to watch them again. I still have the recording I made of when Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees aired on ABC in 1997. And I find many British accents to be elegant, thought it's amusing to me how many of them will remove the R from "car" (pronouncing it "cah") and add it to words or names like "Angelica" (pronouncing it "Angelic-er").
I took a break from the merchandise reviews to work on other things. To ease back into it, here is more of a spotlight than an actual review.
Toys R Us sells "exclusive 4-packs" of the action figures. Basically, these are same action figures that you get in the play set, but they are by themselves without the rest of the toys in the play sets. They're kind of nice to get if you're rough on your toys so you can have a spare of the different characters.
Last year they had a 4-pack that included Jeremy and it wasn't long before the full set came out with Candace, Jeremy and two costumes from "Toy to the World". This time, the set features Peter the Panda, Phineas, Ferb and Agent P, so it shouldn't be too long before we see the play set that includes Peter. Maybe it will be a tie-in to the upcoming "Meapless in Seattle".
While I was in Walmart to get the Easter items, I took a look through the greeting card and stationery area. Near them was a section called "Fun Under $1". As the name says, these are small items that cost less than $1. There was several items buried in there, so it was kind of like a scavenger hunt to unearth them, and the more I looked, the more I found.
Most of these are stationery items, so a traditional review won't work. ("It's a notepad with Perry's face on the cover and blank pages you can write on.") I'll just show you what I found. You'll have to visit your local Walmart to see what they have because it probably varies in each store.
Hardcover memo pads
Pens and pencils
Magnetic list pads
Dry erase board
Dry erase board
Flexible magnet set
The dry erase boards were $2.96 each and I found the tattoos at the check-out line for the same price.
Next time, I will have some reviews on musical instruments. No, they are not another guitar, but there is something guitar-related. See you then.