Disney’s Latest Cartoon Hit

Pack up your SpongeBob collectibles, there’s a new craze in town.  According to Nielsen Media Research, Disney Channel’s animated series “Phineas and Ferb” has eclipsed Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Squarepants in popularity among children and young teens.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Disney is responding with a merchandising blitz, and that a Disney Channel movie, “Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension,” will debut next summer.