If you've ever watched an episode of Disney's "Phineas and Ferb," you're already familiar with everyone's favorite screwball evil villain, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. In every episode he creates some huge evil device and finds himself foiled by "Agent P." Granted, a lot of times he mostly foils himself by creating a machine that includes a giant self destruct button on the side for easy access. But he's free-associative ramblings are some of the funniest things on TV right now.
Disney has just launched a new short weekly web series based on the character. "Doofenshmirtz’s Daily Dirt" will offer up his take on various aspects of Internet life, with the first episode centered on his thoughts about Internet acronyms. He even offers up a few potential acronyms of his own, including "RIHNIHTWGIMHF." Which stands for "Really I Have No Idea How That Website Got Into My History Folder."
While episode one is funny, next week's episode features Dr. D's take on "LOL Cats," which is hilarious and manages to include the phrase "dairy discharge." Week three he takes on boy bands such as One Direction.
I'm not sure if series creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff Marsh have any creative connection to the web series, but from what I've seen it does a pretty good job of capturing the feel of the animated TV character. If you're already a fan, subscribing to the video channel is a no-brainer. Even if you're not familiar with Dr. D. it's a safe bet that upcoming videos will include at least a few pretty funny jokes.
There is also a related twitter account, @DoofDaily, which has potential with tweets such as this one:
"What’s with these seasonal coffee flavors? I mean, are you telling me pumpkin flavored syrup only grows in the fall? We see the bottle...."
But it's only posted 23 tweets in the last month and I don't think whomever is writing the feed has really found the right voice yet. But there have a been a few gems and it's well-worth following.
"Doofenshmirtz’s Daily Dirt" comes on the heels of its successful web series based on the Swampy character from the "Where's My Water" mobile game. "Swampy's Underground Adventures" debuted last October and has already grabbed just over 40,000 subscribers. The company apparently plans to roll out additional web series in the coming months, but have released no firm plans so far.