Now available on DVD is Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across The 2nd Dimension.
I’ve been a fan of Phineas and Ferb since the show’s start on The Disney Channel back in 2007. My son was about 4 1/2 at the time and he easily latched on to the comedic adventures of these two step-brothers, as well as the sideline “Agent P” stories.
Flash-forward four years and the show is a great success (not bad for an idea that was pitched 16 years before a network agreed to pick it up) and we now have a feature-length movie with “Across The 2nd Dimension”. I think one of my biggest concerns when the show first started was that they would run out of original ideas for what the boys could do on their summer vacation. Episode after episode (and now with the movie) the show’s writers and creators don’t disappoint. I think this movie could have done well enough with a theatrical release, but I hear a feature-length big screen adventure may yet still be in the works for our boys.
As is with every episode, the boys figure out what their project for the day will be when Phineas is petting their pet platypus, Perry, and remarks about his “involuntary reflex” stating (as usual) “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today!” Perry’s tail shoots straight up if you scratch him in just the right spot on his neck, which gives Ferb the idea to build two giant “platypults” that look like Perry and duplicate the action Perry’s tail makes. The idea is that they are going to use them to play Badminton with the second platypult being located across town.
Meantime, “Agent P” is called into action for his latest assignment to stop Dr. Doofenshmirtz from putting his latest invention, the Other-Dimensionator, into action. Unlike Agent P’s other mission briefings, he’s told that under no circumstances can he blow his cover which would reveal to the boys that he’s a secret agent and not just an ordinary platypus who doesn’t really do much. The boys and Perry end up at Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s headquarters where Dr. D reveals the Other-Dimensionator to them, but tells them that he’s having a hard time getting it to work. The boys offer to help him fix it and then Phineas, Ferb, Perry and Dr D all step through the portal it generates into an alternate Tri-State Area where Dr. D is the evil overlord and ruler.
Perry is forced to blow his cover and become Agent P so he can try to defeat the bad guys and save the day, but it doesn’t go so easy. The boys (especially Phineas) are hurt by the fact that Perry is really a secret agent and has been hiding this from them. To make matters worse, alternate dimension Dr. D is a lot tougher to beat, especially since his dimension’s Agent P was already defeated and is now working for him. Perry the “Platy-borg” is half platypus and half cyborg and turns out to be too much for Perry to beat. The four flee from their pursuers and head for the alternate dimension’s version of their house. They convince the alternate versions of themselves to help get them back to their dimension and even get the help of the “resistance leader” who turns out to be that dimension’s Candace (their sister).
During the epic battle that ensues, they all (including alternate Dr. D) make it back to their dimension where the alternate dimension’s Dr D proceeds to try and take over their Tri-State Area by dispatching his army of “Norm Bots”. Of course the boys, Agent P and even Dr. Doofenshmirtz (along with some help) manage to defeat the other dimension’s Dr. D and send him back. And in true Phineas and Ferb fashion, all traces of their adventure (including their inventions and the defeated Norm Bots) manage to mysteriously dissapear before Candace can bust them after telling their Mom.
Overall, this was a really good story that kids of all ages should enjoy. Lots of songs throughout the movie and they come back later if you access the “Perry-oke” feature (which comes with or without lyrics on-screen). Also, be sure to explore ALL the options on the menu for this one, as some of the on-screen objects are interactive when you select them, and there’s even an alternate dimension version of the menu waiting to be discovered!
– 8 Deleted Scenes – “Mysterious Force,” “Doof’s Lair,” “Vanessa Meets Doof,” “Blimp Ride,” “Memory Wipe,” “Danville Newscast,” “Inventions Revealed” and “Robot Riot Extended”
– Perry-oke – a sing-along feature that allows viewers to sing along to the on-screen lyrics
– Dr. D’s Jukebox-inator – an on-screen jukebox that allows users to play all eight digital music tracks from their home entertainment system
– Bonus Episode “Attack of the 50 Foot Sister” – a bonus episode with character and creator commentary