The Force Is With "Phineas and Ferb" Review

Popular animated Disney channel series Phineas and Ferb, has released another episode collection centered on a high-concept episode. In this case it is a parody of Star Wars: A New Hope, with Phineas and Ferb as background characters from Tattooine influenced by what happens in the main plotline of the original film. Perry the Platypus is a “Rebelpus” Jedi trying to thwart the villainous Darthenshmirtz (aka Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz), and their paths loosely cross with the leads. Elsewhere, Candace and friends are inferior Storm Troopers tasked with finding socks for Darth Vader. It’s a goofy concept for a goofy show, and they pull it off swimmingly.

Plenty of classic Star Wars lore is alluded to, and, of course, a couple musical numbers are thrown in for fun. There’s a definite passion behind this crossover of sorts, and it invigorates the storytelling. Plus, it’s an easy one-off that anyone can enjoy. In addition to the hour-long Star Wars episode there are various other episodes. These tend to focus on the more traditional plot structure of the series, namely that Phineas and Ferb undertake ridiculous shenanigans and their sister Candace tries (and always fails) to get them into trouble. While, inexplicably, elsewhere secret agent Perry tries to thrawt that villainous Doofenshmirtz. Some of the episodes feel more special—and thus deserving of their inclusion in this set. For example, “Steampunx” is a high concept episode that has them traveling back in time to a fictional World’s Fair. But these kinds of episodes will only be appreciated by actual fans of the series.

Bonus Features

While there are no special features, the DVD does include a Perry-in-Carbonite keychain.

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" is on sale November 11, 2014 and is rated G. Animation, Comedy. Directed by Robert Hughes, Sue Perrotto. Written by Dani Vetere, Jim Bernstein, Martin Olson, Scott Peterson. Starring Alyson Stoner, Ashley Tisdale, Dan Povenmire, Dee Bradley Baker, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Vincent Martella.

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