Over the years, New York City has been host to several larger-than-life creatures — King Kong, Godzilla, Lady Gaga, to name but a few — but none of them could hold a candle to the 27-foot long semi-aquatic mammal known to his millions of fans as Perry the Platypus — or, in this case, Perry the Platy-bus!
That’s because the nationwide ‘Perry the Platy-bus on Tour’ kicked off the morning of July 11 in the heart of New York’s Times Square to the delight of hundreds of fans who participated in the event or were able to watch it live on the Disney Store Times Square jumbo marquee. The 27-foot long customized Airstream trailer will be heading to its final destination at the Disney D23 Expo August 19-21, stopping at San Diego Comic-Con along the way and other destinations yet-to-be-discovered.
The tour is all in support of the brand new Disney Channel Original Movie, ‘Phineas and Ferb Across the Second Dimension,’ premiering on Disney Channel on August 5. Based on the immensely successful series of near-same name, the movie takes Phineas and Ferb on an action-packed adventure across a second dimension where they discover an alternate parallel universe where the Tri-State Area has succumbed to the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz. In a race to save both dimensions, Phineas and Ferb also discover a dark secret that will not only change their lives forever, but threatens to tear their family apart.
To kick off the tour, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Radio Disney joined forces to throw a party worthy of the epic event. While waiting for the Platy-bus reveal to happen, Radio Disney’s DJ Sandra D was on hand to warm up the fans with music, dancing and games, including the ‘squirrel in your pants’ game, inspired by a popular song from the series and Radio Disney supplied ample giveaways to the crowd, including exclusive t-shirts, frisbees and other items promoting the film.
At last, Phineas and Ferb themselves took the stage and soon joined by the New Jersey Repertory Theatre Glee Club, who performed the very catchy tune, ‘Everything’s Better with Perry,’ from the film. But where was Perry, wondered Phineas, at which point the Platy-bus was revealed to the world to thunderous applause.
Radio Disney ‘Celebrity Take with Jake’ host Jake Whetter then joined Phineas and Ferb to introduce the show’s creators and executive producers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh, along with cast members Alyson Stoner (voice of Isabella Garcia-Shapiro) and Dee Bradley Baker, voice of Perry the Platypus. The celebrity guests entertained the crowd by providing a sample of their alter-egos, followed by a brief interview about the film and a final alter-ego farewell, with Baker doing an impression of the Platy-bus itself.
The festivities continued, with the cast and crew meeting & greeting with fans, with special meet & greet opportunities with Phineas and Ferb and a rare appearance by Agent P. Fans were also invited to partake in Perry-oke, singing songs from the television series, as well as boarding the Platy-bus itself, where clips from the movie were shown while fans could check out the ‘Phineas and Ferb Across the Second Dimension’ video game on the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.
Below is our gallery of photos from the event. As always, click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image and, if the resize arrow appears, click it to view the image in its original size.
Please note that at this time, no touring schedule for the Platy-bus has been made available to us. We will update as soon as we become aware of one.