The “Phineas and Ferb” Movie Gets An Oscar Caliber Writer

It’s hard to explain the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb without making it sound really silly. The series follows the titular stepbrothers as they get up to all manner of misadventure during their summer vacation — much to the annoyance of their older sister Candace, who constantly tries to get the boys in trouble with their mother. Meanwhile, the family’s pet platypus Perry is actually a secret agent for an all-animal espionage team known as The O.W.C.A. (“Organization Without a Cool Acronym”) that regularly engages in battle with mad scientist Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. Thankfully, the series’ creators and crew know just how silly this all sounds and play it up for major laughs. Anything’s possible in the Phineas and Ferb universe, and I am an unabashed fan.

Disney has recently announced a major film adaptation of the series, and they’ve set it for a Summer 2013 release. The news today, via the LA Times, is that Michael Arndt, the Academy Award winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 has been chosen to write the film. Arndt is a major gun in the Disney arsenal, so the fact that they’ve trusted Phineas and Ferb with their top man clealry shows they’ve got high hopes for this property.

Phineas and Ferb: The Movie opens on July 26th, 2013. The whole series is currently available on Netflix Instant.

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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