Film Theory: Phineas and Ferb’s SECRET Hero!

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I recently checked out PHINEAS AND FERB, and it's actually way better than I expected. But one thing stuck out to me above all the show's idiosyncrasies: Why hasn't Dr. Doofenshmirtz been arrested? He's obviously a villain, and his plans are so easy to thwart. Well, Loyal Theorists, I've uncovered the answer: Doofenshmirtz is unwittingly helping the OWCA the whole time!
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Phineas and ferb has some serious problems with realism. and no, i'm not talking about secret agent platypuses,. evil scientists with endless supplies of money,. or the fact that two elementary-school-aged brothers have managed to travel to space. with machines assembled from materials purchased at home depot!. no!. i'm talking about the opening of the show!. ? there's a hundred and four days of summer- ride wit the mob, humdoo allah check in wit me and do yo job. ferb is the name, ben baller did the chain, twin-o for the watch, pressi plain jane. on what planet!. my elementary school only allowed 88 days of summer vacation!. i checked the calendars of a bunch of other school districts,. and the longest summer break i could find was 90!. not only do phineas and ferb have a slew of. cool inventions, unlimited budget for their summer shenanigans,. and a cool secret agent pet, but they get an. extra 16 days of summer vacation !. that, my friends, is a bridge too far. "the summer just keeps going on and on, it feels like it's been going on for like, 4 years. ". *film theory intro*. hello internet! welcome to film theory!. the show where i put the summer vacations of fictional cartoon characters under the microscope. because my own summer vacations were mostly spent watching fictional cartoon characters. and the price is right!. *the price is right audio*. today i'm talking about phineas and ferb,. which just last week celebrated the 10th anniversary. since their debut. now i can already hear some of you saying,. "matpat,aren't you a little old to be watching a. 10-year old disney channel cartoon ". yes. on it's face, phineas and ferb may seem like a formulaic. kids show but what's so brilliant about it. is that's the whole point. unlike some cartoons which slowly grow repetitive over years of syndication. phineas and ferb intentionally started out as a fomulaic show. and it keeps things fresh by constantly finding was to subvert its own cliches. most episodes follow the same basic formula. so for those of you who aren't familiar with the show, i'll take you through a typical episode. two brothers, the chatty up-beat phineas and the silent stoic ferb are on summer vacation. and they're looking for a fresh and exciting way to spend the day. the neighbor girl isabella walks by to ask. isabella: "whatcha doin ". and something happens to give phineas the inspiration to say. phineas: "i know what we're gonna do today!". someone then takes notice of the fact that their pet perry the platypus is gone missing and says. phineas: "hey, where's perry ". the episode then splits onto and a story, which follows the boys and their inventive shenanigans. and a b story that follows the secret life of perry the platypus. who dons a brown fedora as he goes to thwart the latest invention of the villainous dr. heinz doofenshmirtz, a local mad scientist. doofenshmirtz: "i'm an evil scientist not a mad scientist. t-there's a difference". dr. doofenshmirtz is always cooking up a new invention. like the drill-inator. the ugly-inator. or the gloom-inator 3000-inator. generally something with a name that ends in inator and has to be stopped. figured you'd see the pattern. several story beats later the boys have their fun, perry the platypus defeats dr. doofenshmirtz's latest scheme. and in the process of beating the evil scientist, something happens that destroys whatever the boys were working on all day. eliminating all evidence of their shenanigans before their parents come home,. wiping the slate clean for them to come up with some new invention tomorrow. the defeated dr. doofenshmirtz yells into the wind. doofenshmirtz: "curse you perry the platypus!!!!". perry goes back home to the boys. phineas: oh, there you are perry. ". and the boys check another day of summer vacation off the calendar. now, even though i'm talking about phineas and ferb the tv show,. i'm not actually gonna be talking about phineas and ferb the brothers. instead i wanna focus today's episode on the villain of the story. dr. heniz doofenshmirtz, creator and soul member of. ? doofenshmirtz evil incorporated. ?. specifically i'm interested in one very important question here. why hasn't this obviously evil villain ever been arrested . i mean, it's not like there aren't people and animals trying to stop him. perry the platypus is an agent of the organization without a cool acronym, or owca for short. doofenshmirtz: "man, these guys are really bad at acronyming. ". and most days, his soul purpose is to track down the despicable doc. and clearly doofenshmirtz is guilty of breaking more then a few laws. grand larceny from time he stole all the city's mr. slushie burger statues in "does this duckbill make me look fat ". and the time he some how managed to steal all the steaks in the tri-stake ar- sorry the tri-state area in "comet kermillian. ". not to mention his mistreatment of animals like the time he enslaved monkeys to work in his volcano laundromat. given the fact that the owca employs animals, i would think that they would be taking that one pretty personally. we also know that the owca could arrest him if they wanted to. in the episode "oh there you are, perry. " we see perry take on a more serious villain, the regurgitatior. you just can't keep him down. at the end of the episode, we learn the the regurgitator has been apprehended and put into prison. major francis monogram: "you've defeated the regurgitator, as a matter of fact, he just landed in our prison. ". notice that perry's boss, major francis monogram, says "our prison. ". this is an owca holding facility, not some generic state prison. they don't even have the excuse of not being able to find him. he has an enormous building in the middle of the city with a giant freaking name on the front!. in short, if the owca wanted to arrest doofenshmirtz, they could. but they don't!. they don't even try!. which means, something else has to be going on here. something a bit more devious and under handed. and that, is what we're gonna expose today. our first clue lie in the phineas and ferb special: "the owca files. ". heinz doofenshmirtz was once part of the agent training program at owca. which is a weird quirk of his past considering that the organization only allows animals to serve as agents. major francis monogram: "ya know karl it's weird that he's not an animal. we should fire him. ". karl: "i am already on it sir. ". doofenshmirtz though, found a loophole, he's legally considered an ocelot due to being raised by wild animals. meaning that he was lucky enough to get into the program. doofenshmirtz: "i would say that's probably the first time anyone has described my being abandoned by my parents and raised by central american wildcats as lucky. ". why doofenshmirtz left the agent training program though is a mystery. but it seems like he was fired due to incompetence. we see throughout the series that doof is good at building things. he's just not good at using the things he builds. major monogram even say it himself in episode "agent doof". major monogram: "you've done more harm inside the agency then ever you did outside. ". in short, owca doesn't want doofenshmirtz as a member of their organization due to his distructive tendacies. major monogram: "doofenshmirtz!". but thanks to a few select details in the phineas and ferb movie,. we know that they weren't ready to get rid of him completely. in the movie phineas and ferb, across the 2nd dimension, perry the platypys has to break owca protocol and reveal his secret identity to the two brothers. which, according to regulations means that he has to be relocated to a new host family. major monogram: "now that agent p's cover has been blown, you wont be allowed to see him anymore. ". but hey! that's just a theory! a film theory!. aaaaaaaaaand cut!. ? *some boppin copyright free music* ?. .
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