I had to babysit a couple of kids for several weeks once. They only watched the Disney channel, as small children are want to do. There were commercials for Phineas and Ferb. I thought it looked like crap, and for a while that's the opinion I had of it: it was on the Disney channel, it had an odd artwork style, and the commercials didn't make it seem appealing anyways. It didn't come on during the time I was babysitting, so I had this opinion for an awful long time. Then, once day, I walk in on my younger brother watching this show. I had nothing better to do, so I watched it with him. Now, you see, my brother is the kind of kid who thinks Inu Yasha
is cool, so just because he thought this was great didn't mean anything to me. But I watched one episode, and then the next, and then, after finding out it was a marathon that day, I canceled all my appointments, told my girlfriend we'd have to change the date of our date, and continued viewing. And what I saw was nothing like what kids shows have been for many years.
The first thing I noticed was that the voice acting was tolerable, something that I hadn't enjoyed since Animaniacs, Freakazoid, and the like. The actors didn't speak in high-pitched tones (Like Flapjack), they didn't yell everything they said (Like Chowder), and they didn't have horribly croaky and whiny voices (Cow and Chicken). I was able to actually listen to what they were saying, instead of leaving the room in disgust. So it automatically left an impression on me. The next thing I noticed was the artwork: very minimal, but not total crap like many children's cartoons on TV now. It had basic colors, the characters were drawn quircky-ly but not over-the-top, and it never degraded into that cheap laugh of zooming really close onto something and making it look totally grotesque (Like every children's show on TV that isn't anime right now). As it went on, I saw many great jokes, pop culture references, and it avoided the common shortcomings of shows to have a stupid moral lesson tacked on so kids could learn something. One of my favorite examples of this show ever was the Mary Mc Guffin
episode. So. God. Damn. Funny. Watch it now if you haven't seen it.
Now, I do have one thing that I find makes the show not insanely perfect: it was made too late, and on Disney. If it wasn't for this, it could be infinitely better.