Phineas and Ferb fans help kick off the Perry the Platy-bus tour in New York City
Phineas' and Ferb's loyal pet platypus (and undercover spy), Perry, is coming to a city near you! Hundreds of Phineas and Ferb fans gathered in New York City's Times Square on July 11 for the unveiling of the Perry the Platy-bus tour bus. The Big Apple marked the first stop on the national Platy-bus tour, which celebrates the hit animated Disney Channel show.
The 27-foot, 4,000-pound Airstream trailer, dubbed the "Teal-Mobile," is decked out with a bill, a tail and big, googly eyes—inspired by Perry, of course. Visitors on board the interactive bus will get a first look at the new Phineas and Ferb video games. They'll also have a chance to show off their singing skills with some lively "Perry-oke."
Monday's event also kicked off the countdown to the Disney Channel original movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension. In the movie, Phineas and Ferb get sent to an alternate dimension. There, the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz2 has taken over the tri-state area and has banned all things summer. That's not the only surprise. The brothers finally learn that their beloved pet leads a double life as a secret agent. How will they handle the news? Find out when the movie premieres on August 5.
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Before the big Platy-bus reveal, fans in Times Square were treated to a song-and-dance number of "Everything's Better with Perry," performed by middle-school students from the New Jersey Repertory Theatre Glee Club. Jill Grzelak, 12, took part in the musical act. She's a big fan of the show, but her favorite character isn't Phineas or Ferb. It's Candace, the brothers' teenage tattletale sister. "I have annoying brothers too, so I know how she feels!" Jill told TFK.
Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh were on hand at the New York City event to greet the enthusiastic crowd. Did the writing partners ever imagine that their show would generate such a huge fan following, not to mention the creation of a Platy-bus?
"That was actually our original goal: Let's create a show so that someday they'll make a recreational vehicle that is based on one of our characters," Povenmire told TFK, with a chuckle. "No, no. We had no clue that this would happen. This is beyond our wildest dreams." Marsh adds, "You know, it's our job to have wild imaginations, but we never imagined anything like this. This is a little overwhelming sometimes, in the best possible way."
Keep an eye out for Perry the Platy-bus as it makes its way across the United States. Along the way, the tour will make stops at landmark sites and events, including San Diego's Comic-Con International from July 21 to 24 and Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, from August 19 to 21. Where's Perry today? Track the Platy-bus at disneychannel.com/platy-bus.