On June 12th of this year, one of the best cartoons ever made came to a bittersweet end. While I didn't watch the last episode on the day it came out, or even realize that the show had ended until just recently, Phineas and Ferb has been and I imagine always will be an influence in my life. Why would a silly show like that be an influence, you ask? Well, I'll tell you.
For the past few days, one of the only things I've been able to think about is Phineas and Ferb. I binged watched several of the final episodes, including "The Last Day of Summer," which is the last episode, and "Act Your Age," which is an episode set ten years after the events of the show proper, and what is really the chronological ending for the show. I've cried, I've angsted, I've been up late at night thinking about the show. And I've come to realize a few things.
First off, "Act Your Age" is one of the most adorable episodes of any show I've ever seen, and everyone who likes Phineas and Ferb should watch it. Especially if you are a big Phineas/Isabella fan (I can't believe I'm saying this, but I love this show so much, I really don't even care anymore). There was a lot of nostalgia in that episode--and a lot I could relate to. Phineas and Ferb began in 2009, and it was a major part of the latter half of my childhood. That the chronological ending of the series would be as it was--filled with lots of angst, memories, longing for childhood, but looking forward to the future--was a very personal experience for me. So, I guess the first influence Phineas and Ferb has had on my life is that it's run parallel to my own childhood and culminated in such perfect intersection with my own growing up.
Secondly, the show has taught me the importance of seizing the day. I wish I would've had the kind of motivation to be as creative, imaginative, and productive as I could have been in my years before college. But those regrets aren't going to stop me from moving forward. I'm going to take the P&F gang's advice and seize every day that comes as if it's my last.
Third, the show has shown (haha) me once again that you don't have to be inappropriate to be funny. You don't have to be stupid to have fun. And you don't need to fit society's expectations for your art to be successful. Phineas and Ferb is a weird show, full of silly, goofy things that some people find ridiculous. It's exactly the kind of humor I enjoy, however, and I'm so glad I've had it in my life over the years. There is so much good humor and storytelling to be found in this show--running gags that never get old, the most random weird occurrences that make you bust a gut laughing, and touching character moments that make you want to stand up and cheer. All within ten to twenty-minute episodes of a silly Disney cartoon.
Lastly, the show has reminded me of the value of friendship, family, memories, and innocence. That's something that you don't see in media much nowadays.
So, thank you to the creators of this amazing show, and to everyone who had a hand in working on it over the years. You hit that ball out of the park.