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Phineas and Ferb: Hey, Where’s Perry?

June 24, 2011

Title: Hey, Where’s Perry? & No More Bunny Business

Adapted By: John Green
Publisher:
Disney Press

Recently, thanks to recommendations by my brother and a few other trusted advisors, I’ve become a huge fan of the Disney show Phineas and Ferb. Remembering that there were a few “comic readers” released based on the show, I recently hit the local Disney store and picked up a couple. Hey, Where’s Perry? is an adaptation of the TV episode by the same name. The episode, like most of the episodes on the show, is great. The comic book, not quite.

The artwork in the book appears to be still frames taken straight from the cartoon, shrunk and re-shaped to fit a comic book layout. John Green, who adapted the episode, does a great job on this part. The frames are arranged in very strong fashion, taking advantage of the comic format and not simply arranging the panels in a grid the way many people adapting a cartoon would. The fact that it is a cartoon makes this technique much more acceptable as well – publishers who have tried similar tricks with live action movies and TV shows usually wind up with a product that looks… well… stagnant. I know “fumetti” comics are big in Europe, but the few examples of this I’ve seen produced in the States have always fallen flat.

As impressed as I am with the art, though, the writing doesn’t work as well in the comic book. It goes to show you, as always, comics and television are two different art forms and the writing has different demands. Jokes which hit solidly on the show feel weak here, hindered by timing that doesn’t work well or that doesn’t come across in the adaptation.

My love for Phineas and Ferb remains undiminished, and I would love to see some original comics written starring these characters. These adapted stories, though, just don’t work as well.

Rating: 6/10

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