Growing up, I was definitely a “Phineas and Ferb” fan. It is such a light-hearted, fun and exciting show, though often redundant. After four seasons, the show’s final episode aired in 2015. Now, five years later, the brother-duo returns for yet another wild adventure.
I was excited to see this movie mainly due to childhood nostalgia but also because I was curious to see how filmmakers would make it entertaining to old and new viewers. The movie started out slow and I kept waiting for something exciting to happen. It was definitely a different experience watching “Phineas and Ferb” for 1 hr and 26 minutes as opposed to the show’s previous runtime of 23 minutes.
When Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb’s (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale) is abducted by aliens, the brothers have to band together with their friends to rescue her. In the show, Candace is notorious for trying desperately to “bust” her brothers for all of their wild inventions and creations. However, she always ends up being too late so her mom never sees.
Though it is a child’s film, the movie showcased more emotion than I expected. Characters revealed emotions that were unexpected and have not really been seen before. I thought that made the plot a bit more interesting and mature, rather than the typical often cheesy and quite redundant episodes.
I really liked that most of the classic and iconic characters were prominent in the film such as Isabella (Alyson Stoner), Perry the Platypus (Dee Bradley Baker), Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire) and Baljeet (Maulik Pancholy). It felt like “the good old days” watching the characters go an adventure together again.
There were times during the movie where I kept waiting for something to happen and then other times where I was thinking “what is going on?” This movie is packed with all kinds of adventure and just when you think it is over, more things continue to happen. The movie featured a lot of original songs but none of them were very catchy and they did not add much to the movie. I’m not sure why there were so many songs but I think they could have been more successful if they were more catchy and fun.
Overall, I really enjoyed the film. With all that is going on in our world right now, it was nice to watch a light-hearted but interesting movie. This movie was more in-depth and less simple-minded than the show’s episodes typically are. I think it is suitable for longtime “Phineas and Ferb” fans as well as new viewers. It really was out of this world (no pun intended).
The film is currently streaming on DisneyPlus. Watch the trailer here.