I was hoping it wouldn’t take too long for Disney to do a Star Wars cartoon crossover, and thankfully, the wait is over. We’ve seen Star Wars parodies in cartoon form before. There was the famous Family Guy take on Star Wars and Robot Chicken’s Star Wars, but this is the first time we’ve seen a Disney creation that combines animated version of Star Wars characters with their own cartoon characters. Simply put, it’s a fantastic mashup.
In this spoof, Phineas and Ferb star alongside your favorite Star Wars characters in an episode that originally aired on Disney Channel in July 2014. I watched it live when it came out, but you know something is good when you are excited for a second viewing. Unlike the aforementioned Family Guy specials that took the Family Guy characters and placed them in Star Wars roles, this is a completely refreshing take on the subject with Phineas and Ferb being inserted into the Star Wars Universe but as new characters. They are having their own unique adventure that runs parallel with the Star Wars Universe at the time of the original film, Star Wars: A New Hope, and the stories occasionally intersect at times with Star Wars IV.
There is a small disclaimer that appears when you start the DVD. It mentions that the story is not canon, so if you are a Star Wars purist, you needn’t worry about this crossover and liberties taken with the story. This is a perfect time to also mention that if you have never watched Star Wars IV, you should spend some time with it beforehand. It’s not that you couldn’t enjoy this cartoon without it, but so much of the humor is based on understanding the original film. If you haven’t seen it in awhile, or if you have kids that haven’t, it would be a perfect time to watch the film. To me, since it’s the film that launched Star Wars, it’s worth a watch either way.
The new story focuses on Phineas and Ferb who are native to Tatooine and friends of Luke Skywalker. They are on a mission to return plans for the Death Star to non-other that R2-D2 who had accidentally misplaced the plans. During their adventure, other Phineas and Ferb characters make appearances. They receive help from Isabella, and her Centennial Chihuahua space ship. We also find Perry the Platypus in a very fitting role of a Secret Rebel Agent. They face off against a foursome of baddies made up of Darthenschmirtz and his stormtroopers that are played by Buford, Baljeet and of course, Candace. They are on their own mission to purchase a pair of socks for Darth Vader.
There are a lot of jokes in the film, and you’ll probably need to watch a second or third time to catch them all. I was surpised to see just how many I missed from the original TV air date. There are some special appearance by Star Wars favorites like Boba Fett, and even a dig at most everyone’s least favorite character, Jar-Jar Binks. The voiceover work is excellent and the visuals, which contain a sort of blend between the traditional style of Phineas and Ferb and computer rendered images, are as well.
Younglings are the primary audience for this Star Wars crossover, but adults will enjoy as well. Everyone involved should be proud of doing something that plays so well and captures both Phineas and Ferb and Star Wars. There are references to all of the Star Wars films and much of the cast of Phineas and Ferb are well represented. There are a couple of Bonus Features including some additional episodes of Phineas and Ferb, and the DVD includes a special Perry the Platypus in Carbonite keychain. The DVD is available now and I’d highly recommend it’s purchase.
Voice Talent: Vincent Martella (TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris”) as Phineas
Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure) as Stormtrooper Candace
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (TV’s “Game of Thrones”) as Ferb
Caroline Rhea (TV’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) as Mom
Dan Povenmire (TV’s “Phineas and Ferb”) as Darthenshmirtz
Richard O’Brien (Perks of Being a Wallflower) as dad
Dee Bradley Baker (TVs “Star Wars Clone Wars”) as Perry the Rebelpus
Alyson Stoner (Step Up 3D, Camp Rock 1 & 2) as pilot Isabella
Creators / Executive Producers: Dan Povenmire (TV’s “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons”)
Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (TV’s “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “The Simpsons”)
Street Date: November 11, 2014 (Direct Prebook: 9/16; Distributor Prebook: 9/30)
Packaging: 1-Disc DVD + FREE Collectible Perry-In-Carbonite Keychain
5 Additional Episodes: For Your Ice Only/Happy New Year!
Steampunx /It’s No Picnic
Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy Of Terror (Parts 1 and 2)
Doof 101 /Father’s Day
Tales From The Resistance (Parts ! and 2)
Rated: TV-Y (US)
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)
Sound: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages/Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.