Phineas and Ferb the Movie – Disneycember

The crazy adventures of two boys and their pet platypus reach new heights of weirdness, but does that translate into a funny movie? Doug takes a look at Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension.

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  1. The thing about the show itself: the plots to almost all the episodes are the same: Phinias and Ferb build something to entertain themselves, while Perry tackles Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his inators. Candice always tries to get them into trouble, but somehow, Perry’s triumph over Doofenshmirtz manages to get rid of all incriminating evidence. Sometimes they change it up, so that it’s the boys’ invention that thwarts Doof’s inator, or whatever.

    But here’s the thing: even though the plots are pretty much all the same, they get really creative with the gags. Almost always, family love always trumps any conflicts. They have tons of creative songs (in fact, I think there’s a song in every episode). And there are always continuations and call-backs as the show progresses. It’s pretty obvious the creators put a good bit of thought into what they’re doing.

    My recommendation: watch the show. But you probably aren’t going to want to watch the whole series at once; I find that an episode or two here and there is the best way to go. And you will definitely find favorites among them.

    • I was a casual viewer, but for awhile Disney was using the show to fill any timeslot they didn’t know what to do with.

      The strange thing for me is that Candice is the real protagonist. she’s the one who struggles and suffers and learns throughout the series; plus the bulk of every episode is from her point of view. Phineas and Ferb are just blandly amazing.

      I’d always thought that they were oblivious that Candice was even trying to bust them, and would gladly let her join in their fun. One time, in the Marvel heroes crossover (that actually happened) I got genuinely mad and Phineas’s character for basically treating Candice like she was the child relative to himself. At that point I realized that after several seasons the title character was still just some blank slate to me. I Really grew to like Candice though.

  2. I just joined to tell you to watch this show from the beginning. Part of the fun of the show is the callbacks and the way they twist things over time, like redoing the pilot episode as a musical. (Actually, i’m surprised you didn’t mention the songs.) Your summation of the show is dead-on and I think it’s been kind of underrated among critics, because it really is a great show.

  3. I never liked Phineas and Ferb. I only watched a couple of episodes and I was at the point as a pre-teen I think where I was barely watching Disney Channel anymore. I was long gone by the time this movie came.

  4. Are you going to do the Halloween special as well?
    I’m no where near the target audience age but since it came out on Netflix I enjoyed this show as something fun I could watch a few episodes at a time.

  5. …How… did I never realize their heads are shaped like the first letters of their names?!

  6. Phineas and Ferb is a great cartoon. I think the character designs remind me of Hey Arnold. Across the 2nd Dimension was good, but they kinda hammer Phineas’ loss of trust for Perry in. And those other animals are in fact other secret agents.

  7. thatchickwithlonghair

    The best part of the show is Doof’s rivalry with Perry. I’m plain bored when the kid characters are on the screen…but Doof is utterly hilarious because he’s so bad at being bad. xD

  8. I love the show.

    Did you catch the Rocketeer reference? The Normbots’ invasion of Phineas and Ferb’s dimension is pretty much shot for shot the Nazi propaganda film; you’ve got troops flying across in airborne lines, the flag getting cast down and replaced with a new one, it’s even done in sepia tone to evoke an old feel to it…it’s great.

  9. Yes, you finally reviewed “Phineas And Ferb”! I love that show! Actually, it didn’t come out in the 2010’s. I wouldn’t quite put it in the same category as “Gravity Falls” or “Adventure Time’. Still, this is probably the best movie you reviewed this year. I do wonder why they gave Perry to Phineas and Ferb in the first place when they weren’t supposed to know his identity.

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