Monday, September 12, 2011

Politics via Phineas and Ferb

I've been enjoying the Disney Channel cartoon Phineas and Ferb via my Netflix subscription recently. Now, so far as I can tell, this cartoon is pretty non-political, and I'm not out to expose any supposed "hidden messages" in the writing (which is always excellent). But while listening to some commentary on the recent Presidential debates (and, specifically, the current Republican front-runner), I got to thinking about how certain Phineas and Ferb catchphrases might be viewed in a different light if presumed to be talking about the candidates.

Consider, for example, the following:
  • "Hey, where's Perry?"
  • "Oh, there you are, Perry"
  • "Curse you, Perry (the Platypus)!"
Of course, Rick Perry is merely one of the current candidates. Even so, consider how the following might be reinterpreted if considered to be coming out of the campaigns:
  • "I know what we're gonna do today!"
  • "You are so busted!"
  • "What'cha doin'?"
  • "What an unexpected surprise! And by 'unexpected,' I of course mean 'completely expected'!"
And there are even further possibilities if one doesn't require exact quotes from the cartoon, but simply relied on concepts. Things that follow patterns common to many Phineas and Ferb episodes:
  • "Aren't you a little young to be running for President?" "Yes, yes I am."
  • "Behold! The campaign-inator!"
  • "(insert 'evil' opponent of your choice) is up to his (or her) old tricks again! It's up to you to stop him (or her)!"
And, just imagine each candidate with their own "Evil Incorporated" jingle! The possibilities are endless!

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