I understand that Phineas and Ferb is supposed to have a Strictly Formula. I have laughed at some of the jokes and I think the show is, at best, OK. But it doesn't deserve even half of the attention it got; at all. I've seen people on the internet comparing P&F to classics like Wile E Coyote And The Road runner saying that they have similar styles, and that comparison makes sense. But let's be clear, Nostalgia Goggles aside: The Roadrunner is vastly superior. Why? I'll tell you in a minute. People compare the two based on the fact that every episode has a Foregone Conclusion: the protagonists will either fail or succeed every time. But The Roadrunner, instead of just bending and twisting the formula, gave the viewer new ideas and contraptions every episode, and because of that, even though you knew the thing was going to backfire at some point, you wanted to see exactly HOW it was gonna backfire, and it was strangely unpredictable. Trying to summarize an episode of the The Roadrunner is something like this: Coyote wants Roadrunner, Coyote prepares trap, said trap goes wrong. That formula is very flexible and allows a great deal of imagination. The formula shown in P&F however, is too stiff to provide entertainment after it's memorized. Not only that, but the writers don't twist it as often as fans say they do. You know how the invention is going to be destroyed, you know what's going to destroy it, you know even what the characters are going to say just before they say it, and it's just too tiresome to be funny after the first 5 times. Also the Running Gags and catchphrases only go so far; I can't stand hearing the same things over and over, and the jokes don't get any funnier. If anything, they just add more to the boring aspects of this supposedly "witty and humourous" writing.
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