I’ve been a huge Phineas and Ferb fan since it’s first season and have enjoyed it ever since. While I haven’t had to chance to watch it as much as I used to, I still manage to keep up with it fairly well. Now our two favorite step brothers have released their next big adventure for the small screen, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, which is just as wild and funny as you think it is.
Instead of retelling Star Wars Episode 4 in a P&F fashion, the story here is more of an intertwined parallel one which does feature greats such as Luke, Leia, Han and such, but mainly as background characters. The main plot focuses on Phineas and Ferb as a pair of moisture farmers who are actually enjoying living on Tatooine. Not long after C-3PO and R2-D2 crash on the planet, the stepbrothers give them a ride to town in their speeder. Once Phineas and Ferb head back after dropping them off, they realize there’s a disc in the backseat that popped out of R2 somehow that contains the Death Star plans on it (yeah, it’s on an actual DVD-like disc this time around instead of info stored in R2).
Being the heroes they are, the step brothers decide to find a way to get the disc back to the Rebel Alliance anyway they can. They soon come into contact with the famed pilot Isabella (who is not her usual chipper self in this role) who just happens to be second to Han Solo in piloting skills and agrees to fly them to where they need to go. Throw in Doctor…er…Darthenshmirtz (yes you read that right) trying to prove himself to Darth Vader and the empire, there’s Perry the Platypus as a special Rebel member doing his own mission, while Candace, Buford and Baljeet star as three stormtroopers who try their best but are without a clue. Add along gags and cutaways that fans come to expect of the show (Sith Coffee, enough said), and you got one wild but funny adventure on your hands.
As with most Phineas and Ferb stuff, the wit and humor is spot on and is sure to have both fans and new viewers cracking up throughout the entire feature. I loved all the little pokes at Episode 4, such as the infamous trash compactor scene where they actually show what the entire monster looks like underwater, and Buford finding Obi-wan’s robe not long after he died and wearing it as not to let a good robe go to waste. Bits like those and more are sure to have Star Wars “nerds” (myself included) nearly dying laughing when they come across them. For even more laughs, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have cameos in the form of their Shaun of the Dead characters, while Pegg even voices C-3PO when he briefly speaks throughout the special.
While the main feature is a bit short (just under an hour), the special features more than make up for it. There’s not one, not two, but five bonus episodes (either two 11 minute ones together or one long 22 minute one) included, two of which have never been aired in the U.S. as of yet. The episodes consist of “For Your Ice Only/Happy New Year”, “Steampunx/It’s No Picnic”, “Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror”, “Doof 101/Father’s Day” and “Tales from the Resistance: Back to the Second Dimension”. While they might not have anything to do with Star Wars, they are some of the best parts of the series, and it was nice seeing the Tales from the Resistance two-parter where they revisit the second dimension from the first P&F film. The extras don’t even end there, as there’s also a bonus Perry the Platypus Carbonite keychain included. You can best believe I’ll be placing this bad boy on my keyring soon.
If you love Star Wars, Phineas and Ferb, and just top notch wit and humor, then picking up the Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars DVD is a no-brainer. There’s plenty of laughs and adventure for those who like both universes for newcomers and fans. Do yourself a favor and add this to your collection. You will find that the fun is strong with this one, and that it is most impressive indeed.