July 13th, 2009
Lately, I’ve found my pockmarked brain really enjoying children’s programming. (Except for Yo Gabba Gabba. Do not watch Yo Gabba Gabba. My friend, Island Girl, is right when she says that show is like a kid rave.) That, and Kidz Bop, are why all our children are making out in second grade bathrooms.
At any rate, one of my favorites (second only to the brilliant SpongeBob) is Phineas and Ferb. It’s so awesome, you wouldn’t believe it. (I want to write an episode for this thing so bad.) It’s about two kids on summer vacation who dream up and execute over-the-top plans (like building a beach or an enormous sno-cone machine) much to the chagrin of their snoopy sister who always tries to get them in trouble with their mom. Then the “B” plot shows the kids’ pet platypus, Perry (who is of course a secret agent), as he battles the evil Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz, and attempts to stall the doctor’s ridiculous nefarious schemes.
First of all: this show sports a classic plot structure, which I love to analyze. There’s the evil doctor, his nemesis, imaginative kids, and taking-over-the-world hijinks to battle. Then, there’s the comic relief. And finally, the frosting: great music. Every single episode broadcasts an awesome non-kiddy song that is catchy and put to great dramatic effect.
Here’s part of an episode to watch:
My point to all this is…
Well, we’ll get to that in a sec.
Before today’s PROMPT, I want to prime the pump a little more by sharing some of Dr. Doofenschmirtz’s silly evil plans:
In various episodes, the evil doctor has tried to:
- invent an ugly-inator so he will be more handsome than everyone else.
- freeze the tri-state area so people will buy his hot chocolate.
- jumpstart his aluminum siding business by letting loose termites to consume everything made of wood.
- build an invention that can make anything his evil minion.
Isn’t that awesome? Oh my, I’m getting so excited over here. I love those show writers.
So the PROMPT:
Make up a silly evil scheme. Even better? Dream up an evil antagonist and write a story about the dreadful thing he plans to do. (Tip: Old Scooby Doo shows may inspire you.)
Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.
And also — First time to PROMPTuesday? Welcome! Read a bit about this weekly writing exercise here.
(Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.)