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FIRST LOOK: Marvel Super Heroes meet Phineas and Ferb

Television
by Jerry Beck
June 7, 2013 1:48 PM
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Phineas and Ferb meet The Avengers

It's Disney Synergy at its finest. The trailer for Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel will air tonight during the 9:00 p.m. Phineas and Ferb episode on Disney Channel (the episode guest stars Wayne Brady, fyi) - and we have the trailer now: 

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel will premiere sometime this summer (date TBA) - and the show marks the first crossover animated television special for Marvel and Disney properties. The synopsis reads as follows:

The epic television event will follow Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk as they enter Danville after Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest "inator" scheme accidentally removes their powers and immobilizes them. Now it's up to Phineas and Ferb to team up with the Marvel Super Heroes to help them regain their powers and defeat Marvel Super Villains – Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K. – who are working together with Dr. Doofenshmirtz to use his power-draining technology to create mayhem. 



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16 Comments

  • Nathan Strum | June 11, 2013 5:31 AMReply

    I really enjoy Phineas and Ferb. The writing is often excellent, and the amount of work they put into original music for the show is astonishing. Plus, it's also slightly subversive, full of goofy puns, and manages to sneak quite a few pop culture references in there ("reindeer flotilla" anyone?).

    That said, I'm taking a wait-and-see approach with this Marvel mash-up. I'm all for parody and not taking superheroes so seriously (I was a big fan of Marvel's "Not Brand Echh", "What The -- ?!" and Fred Hembeck's various books), but I'm wondering how well the writers will be able to successfully merge two such wildly different worlds into something that works. It has to be more of a parody than just shoehorning "serious" characters into a cartoon show. But then again, Batman guest-starred on Scooby Doo. Ah... those were the days. (And Batman: Brave and the Bold upped it one by adding Weird Al.)

    As for that other website... I'm surprised anyone still visits it. After Jerry left, so did I. I've been much happier.

  • Nic Kramer | June 9, 2013 2:08 PMReply

    I'm starting to see why Jerry distanced himself from "Cartoon Brew" as Amid overracts too much (probably because of his unpublished book).

    Also, people seemed to forget that Warners also did cross-overs with the DC characters and the Looney Tunes characters such as some 1970's arena shows, a 1991 McDonalds toy promotions were the Looney Tune characters potray the DC characters (with Petunia Pig as Wonder Woman), Daffy's run-in with Superman in "Superior Duck (which was supposed to be a Superman parody before Warners suits mettled with the story), a memorable four part mini-series co-written by Mark Evanier, and Daffy's brief job as a Green Lanturn (and wearing Hal's suit) on the "Duck Dodgers" TV series.

  • John Paul Cassidy | June 10, 2013 7:20 AM

    Roberto, I'm gradually distancing myself from Cartoon Brew. The negativity is really creasing me. Not just from Amid, but some others as well. (They know who they are.) Didn't Amid used to work on cartoons? He's pretty much an art critic, who expects fine arts out of everything. It's bordering on snobbish and elitist, and it's making me feel very uneasy, to put it lightly.

    While PHINEAS AND FERB is not the best-looking cartoon ever made, I enjoy it quite a bit. This Marvel crossover is just about how I pictured it, so I couldn't have expected any less.

  • Roberto Severino | June 9, 2013 7:30 PM

    To quote Bob Camp on the state of the current animation industry:

    "The same thing that's always been wrong with it and there's plenty of angry blogs about it out there and they make a lot of good points. Bitching about things is a big waste of time. As long as it is a business run by businessmen it will be businesslike which has nothing to do with drawing funny pictures."

    This quote is even more relevant today.

  • Roberto Severino | June 9, 2013 7:28 PM

    Exactly! Nothing new there. And remember those Nickelodeon crossovers (Jimmy Timmy Poewr Hour)! Hell, even Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show have had their own crossover special with "The Hurricane."

    Amid is just running on fumes now and making himself look like an old curmudgeon with nothing better to do or say but to troll everyone into getting pissed off. Nick Cross, David Gemmill, Thad Komorowski and many others are actually DOING something to make the medium better, so I don't mind an occasional rant from any of them, but Amid doesn't really seem to have much to show for in return.

  • Roberto Severino | June 9, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    You should see the kind of pointless, stupid bitching Amid Amidi has done on this one special alone. Didn't offer one bit of constructive criticism at all. Just raged on about the how the characters would be look awful, blah, blah, blah.

    "Lazy" was definitely a wrong word of me to use, but I was just saying that when I first saw this post, I immediately thought this would be more of a quick publicity gimmick for Disney to promote their channel and that's what I was getting at.

  • Grady | June 9, 2013 1:50 AMReply

    Isn't this what you are supposed to do when you buy a company? Too bad it didn't have a few Star Wars cameos ta boot.

  • Roberto Severino | June 8, 2013 11:33 AMReply

    Pete has a point! This just comes across as a lazy way for Disney to make quick, easy money and to garner ratings for the channel, but if Dan Povenmire, Jeff Marsh and the other people working on this show are able to do something creative and fun with this concept, then it probably won't be that bad at all.

  • Roberto Severino | June 9, 2013 12:16 PM

    Haha! Spiderman and SNL? Wow. I had no idea that had even happened.

    I wasn't attacking the creators of the show but the intentions that Disney had, Nic. I'm pretty sure there are lot of Phineas and Ferb fans who are also Marvel fans too. No harm as long as they make this really fun and entertaining.

  • Nic Kramer | June 8, 2013 9:16 PM

    Lazy my ass! At least this is a better cross-over than Spider-Man and the orginal SNL cast.

    Besides, I already thought of another cross-over Marvel should do and Spider-Man already had a brief experiance with one of them (although a short-lived Sesame character) and appeared on one their animated (and most successful) spin-offs.

  • Pete Emslie | June 8, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    Maybe this trend of "Mash-ups" is fine with your generation, but it doesn't sit well with me. What's next - the Fantastic Four teaming up with Disney's "Fab Five" on The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse?

  • Roberto Severino | June 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    At least good cartoonists are going to still be employed. That's what matters most right now especially with regards to the recent layoffs.

  • Alex D. | June 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    And that would be bad because?

  • DarylT | June 8, 2013 3:42 AMReply

    What is everyones problem? Phineas and Ferb is a terrific show and this looks like it will be loads of fun. Oh and news flash superheroes are for KIDS!

  • holycow | June 11, 2013 4:52 PM

    Flash?? What are you talking about? Not the Flash, because that's not owned by MARVEL. Not Adobe Flash, because this show is animated the regular way with hand-drawings!

  • Pete Emslie | June 7, 2013 4:10 PMReply

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why Disney should NOT own Marvel.

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