Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension

  • Review Date: August 8, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Quirky duo's other-realm adventures are fun for all ages.
  • Review Date: August 8, 2011
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are some feel-good messages about friendship and teamwork.

Positive messages

The movie is all about fun, and there's hardly any reality to the characters' over-the-top adventures. There are some positive themes in the characters' loyalty to each other and the kids' determination to stand up for what's right, and teamwork is an essential factor in their success.

Positive role models

As always, Phineas and Ferb's parents are oblivious to their escapades, but there's a very compassionate relationship between Candace2 and her brothers (though the original Candace is screechy and boy-obsessed, as usual). The boys allow their sense of adventure to lead them into some off-the-wall situations, but their loyalty to each other always saves the day.

Violence & scariness

The movie's animation style takes the edge off of the action sequences, but there is some violence, like laser blasts that decapitate robots' heads, death-defying falls, fistfights, and electrocution. Robots trample cars and threaten people's lives, so suspense and peril are issues as well. In one scene, the villain aims to feed the heroes to a ferocious monster.

Sexy stuff

A girl gives a boy a quick peck on the cheek, and a teen frets over the possibility of her crush losing interest in her when he goes to college. There's mention of a boy being "cute" and "dreamy."

Language

One instance of "idiot," and a song's lyrics include the phrase "let's go kick some robot chassis."

Consumerism

The movie is part of the popular series Phineas and Ferb, and it boasts a huge marketing line of video games, accessories, and a soundtrack that includes the movie's seven original songs, as well as a number of selections from the show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this TV movie add-on to Phineas and Ferb comes with a sizable marketing effort that includes video games, clothing, accessories, and a soundtrack with music from the movie as well as the series (seven catchy, full-length songs are featured in the 90-minute movie, which sometimes gives it the feel of a string of video ads for the songs). As for content, none of the characters' outlandish adventures will come as a surprise to the show's many fans, and there are positive messages about friendship, loyalty, teamwork, and trustt. Classic TV and movie references and witty dialogue will keep parents' interest while kids revel in the outrageous adventures. While most ages will find a lot to like here, the action and cartoon violence (laser blasts, electrocution, and a robot invasion) might be too much for very young kids.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

PHINEAS AND FERB: ACROSS THE 2ND DIMENSION opens as fun-loving stepbrothers Phineas (voiced by Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Sangster) celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of their faithful pet platypus, Perry. During a game of "platypult," they're accidentally launched into the lab of Dr. Doofenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire), who's tinkering on his latest invention, the "Otherdimensionator." When the boys try to lend a helping hand, they're inadvertently transported to another dimension that resembles their own home of Danville but is ruled by the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz2, who has sucked all the joy out of the town and banished summer. As they travel through the listless world, the boys encounter their alter egos and members of the Resistance -- led by Candace2 (Ashley Tisdale) -- who are rebelling against their villainous dictator. Eventually Phineas and Ferb find their way back home, but the evil scientist follows them there and launches a robot attack to take over the town. With the help of Agent P, the boys must stop the invasion before it's too late for Danville -- but the fallout threatens Perry's future with the boys in a surprising way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's not an easy task to craft a movie that's appealing to families across the board, but the writers of this epic comic adventure have managed to do just that. Even if you've never watched the series with your kids, it's easy to get up to speed enough to follow the movie's helter-skelter pace. Not only are the characters' wacky escapades a draw for any age, but you'll find some hidden gems designed just for adults, like references to classic TV shows and movies as well as hilarious two- and three-line zingers that will sail over kids' head.

If your kids are well versed in Phineas and Ferb's adventures, there's no cause for concern in this movie, and the messages about friendship, loyalty, and trust are worth talking about after it's done. Action sequences do give way to some violence (lasers, long falls, fistfights), but the mood is light thanks to the animation style and overall humor. There are some surprising plot twists and one fairly shocking revelation, so the content will feel fresh even to seasoned viewers. A word of caution, though: Phineas and Ferb's faces grace everything from T-shirts to lunch boxes, thanks to the show's tremendous success, and the seven new songs spaced throughout this movie mean that there's another soundtrack to add to that merchandise list. In other words, don't be surprised if your young fan takes a liking to the ubiquitous paraphernalia after tuning in.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship. What qualities do you seek in a friend? How does friendship help you cope with challenges? How would you feel if a friend revealed a long-standing secret?

  • Kids: Have you seen the series Phineas and Ferb? What do you like about it? What aspects of the show are the funniest? Was this adventure any more extreme than those in the show?

  • Kids: Are you more inclined to want products with characters' images because of what you see on TV? How do TV shows and movies influence your desires? Do you think this is a bad thing? Why or why not? Who are some of your favorite characters? Where did you first see them?

Movie details

DVD release date:August 23, 2011
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters, Friendship, Space and aliens
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 1, 5, 5, and 8 year old Written bymommyof41988 August 8, 2011
AGE
3
QUALITY
 

My kids couldnt wait to watch it.

My kids were keeping an eye on the countdown all day! They loved it. I thought it was very cute. Phineas and Ferb is a big hit in the household so this movie was a good family movie night movie. We grabbed some popcorn after baths and watched it in our jammies. The only concern was a little bit of violance but nothing out of the ordinary for the show. It was a great movie for my older 3.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 August 8, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

A bit violent, but ok for young kids

The movie was good, but got a bit violent at parts. But the movie was still good and ok for kids 7+ Violence: Some mildly violent fight scenes Sex: Brief kiss scene between Phineas and Isabella
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old September 8, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Awesome Movie

Nothing is wrong with this movie, except for the little violence(no blood). But it was awesome!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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