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Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

The popular TV cartoon Phineas and Ferb appears as a feature-length adventure in this made-for-TV movie. Here the stepbrothers (voices of Vincent Martella and Thomas Brodie-Sangster) accidentally help the evil Dr. Doofenshmirts (voice of Dan Povenmire) build a machine that transports them all (and Perry the platypus too) into a second dimension. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+ 4.0
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 77
Theater Release:
Video Release: 23 Aug 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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The popular TV series Phineas and Ferb makes its debut as a Disney Channel Original Movie and home video product. Fans of the franchise will be delighted to see their favorite stepbrothers Phineas Flynn (voice of Vincent Martella) and Ferb Fletcher (voice of Thomas Brodie-Sangster) embark on a feature-length adventure, instead of the 15 minutes they are usually allotted on the TV series.

As is typical, the boys are trying to optimize the excitement potential of their 104-day-long summer vacation. One of the events to be celebrated is the fifth anniversary of the adoption of Perry, their pet platypus (voice of Dee Bradley Baker—although the only sounds he really utters are chirping/chattering noises). So Phineas and Ferb put together an amazing contraption to amuse the party guests. Unfortunately, the little critter misses the festivities because, as often happens, he has mysteriously disappeared.

What the stepbrothers don’t know is that their web-footed friend has slipped away because he is really a covert agent with an ongoing mission to stop the dastardly plans of Dr. Doofenshmirts (voice of Dan Povenmire). Although he has managed to keep his secret through all of the TV episodes, his identity is about to be compromised.

While Perry is attempting to scuttle the villain’s latest plot, Phineas and Ferb accidentally land in the doctor’s penthouse. Not understanding the situation, the mechanically minded youngsters apologize for their pet’s misbehavior and actually help the wannabe evil genius get his dimension traveling machine up and running. It is not until they arrive in the parallel universe where Doofenshmirts gets access to the weapons he needs to destroy their own world, that the boys realize what they have done and who their turquoise-colored platypus truly is.

The storyline provides plenty of opportunities for conflict, fighting, explosions and moments of peril, but the depictions stay well within the realm of fantasy cartoon violence. Lightening the mood is the comical portrayal of incompetent bad guys, silly subplots, humorous one-liners and a propensity to break into musical numbers. Oblivious parent figures and a lack of consequences for actions (that are evident in the weekly program as well) will probably present the greatest concerns for family audiences.

Regular viewers will likely enjoy the idea of Phineas and Ferb finally discovering their pet’s alter ego and the longer time this production has to develop the characters. Messages of friendship, loyalty and improved sibling relationships are also welcomed features in this lighthearted animation. And for those purchasing the DVD and Digital Copy, the included bonus episode Attack of the 50 Foot Sister offers a great lesson on body image and the wisdom of looking at media marketing with a critical eye.

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension is rated Not Rated: The TV Parental Guidelines rated this made-for-TV movie TV G.

Director: Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
Cast: Vincent Martell, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire, Dee Bradley Baker, Ashley Tisdale.
Studio: 2011 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Website: Official site for Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension.

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