Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension Movie Review
Author Clayton Crooks
Sat 6 Aug 11
We had a chance to review the new Phineas and Ferb game a few days ago which was based on the Disney Channel Original Movie, Phineas and Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension. After the fun we had with the game, we were even more anxious to watch the movie. Leading up to the movie, we were somewhat concerned that because most episodes of "Phineas and Ferb" are so epic -- they built an entire roller coaster around Danville to name but a single example -- that it might be hard to create a movie that coud live up to it. Fortunately for fans of the series, the movie doesn't just meet, it exceeds expectations.
The movie begins with Phineas and Ferb testing out a new contraption called a "platypult". Think a catapult constructed to look like a platypus. In a simple mishap (a collision with Agent P), the boys are thrown off course and end up in Dr. Doofenshmirtz's lab. As you might guess, Doofenshmirtz is working on another "inator", and of course it doesn't work. Phineas and Ferb have no idea that he is an evil scientist, and so they offer to fix it. Of course, they succeed. The "inator" they fixed opens a portal to another dimension, and soon they all end up trapped in a tri-state area ruled by a competent Doofenshmirtz (things are opposites in this dimension) and he decides to take over their alternate dimension too.
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For the first time, because of some particular events, Perry reveals to the boys that he is, in fact, a secret agent. This is one of the interesting twists, and something that makes this a movie and not just another episode. You actually have time for some interesting plot and character development. There is one minor detail that I think they missed. We have appearances, and supporting roles, in the movie by much of the regular cast, but we never get to see Vanessa, Dr. Doofenshmirtz daughter. It would have been interesting to see what the alternate dimension Vanessa was like.
The movie has a few twists and turns that are entertaining -- there are the usual assortment of musical numbers that fans of the show will enjoy, and the references to old sitcoms will be missed by kids, but you will enjoy them. It's this ability, which allows an entire family to enjoy "Phineas and Ferb" on a regular basis, and now in a movie format. I'll leave you to watch the movie to find out exactly what happens, but suffice it to say, it's a great way to spend 90 minutes of quality family time.
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