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Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

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Hilarious special packs more Force than usual.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 164 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.  

Positive messages

This story is meant purely to entertain, but it does manage to work in an opportunity for Phineas to show compassion for a stranger, which eventually inspires a change of heart in one of the story's villains. 

Positive role models

Phineas and Ferb typically stumble into their good fortune rather than earning it, but when they're faced with a challenge, they never back down. In a few cases, Phineas shows he's made of strong stuff by helping an enemy and trusting in friendship to save the day when everything seems lost. 

Violence & scariness

The kids use blasters like Storm Troopers do, and there are multiple instances in which a target's survival is in question. You never see blood or have any real sense of fear (it is a comedy, after all), but in one case a body is carted away on a stretcher, and in others it's assumed that people have been hit and possibly killed. Mild peril is short-lived but does yield moments of uncertainty about the characters' wellbeing. Larger blasts target the ships, sometimes connecting with them. Darth Vader uses Jedi powers to choke subordinates who make him angry. Jedi use light sabers, and a main character turns evil for part of the story, which looks and may feel scary to young viewers. Other aliens have similarly bizarre appearances.  

Sexy stuff

Some women are noticeably shapely with rounded hips and breasts. In one quick instance, a man's computer screen shows an alien in a revealing gold bikini; in another, a group of female Storm Troopers shake their stuff in a dance routine. You'll also see one kiss. 

Language

"Shut up" and "idiot" are heard a couple of times. In one scene, a character uses "Oh, Bantha droppings!" to suggest a stronger exclamation. 

Consumerism

This story is inspired by a well-known TV series and movie conglomerate, each of which also boasts a substantial marketing presence. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars is a hilarious overlay of modern cartoon heroes in a classic story of good and evil. Violence is the only real concern here, since there's a lot of fighting with blasters and heavier firepower between the ships themselves. There's no blood or obvious death, but you'll see bodies on the ground and, in one case, a body being removed by stretcher. A Jedi battle with light sabers puts a favorite character in peril, and another dabbles in evil for part of the story. Darth Vader uses telekinesis to choke people who anger him. Expect some marginal language such as "shut up" and name-calling such as "idiot" but also a likable plot thread that hints at the value of showing kindness and compassion to everyone. This masterfully written movie is a fun pick for kids and adults alike.

What's the story?

in PHINEAS AND FERB: STAR WARS, adjacent to Luke Skywalker's (voiced by Christopher Corey Smith) family farm on Tatooine is the home of his lesser-known neighbors, Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), who while away their summer hours cruising around the arid planet in their tricked-out speeder. But when a chance encounter with R2-D2 leaves them holding the plans to the Death Star, they hire a feisty pilot named Isabella (Alyson Stoner) to help them embark on an intergalactic adventure to deliver the information to the Rebel Alliance. Unbeknownst to them, their movements are being tracked by a trio of entry-level Storm Troopers led by Candace (Ashley Tisdale), who hopes capturing the Rebel sympathizers will be the career boost she needs to move up the chain of command. Meanwhile secret agent Perry (Dee Bradley Baker) keeps tabs on a low-level villain named Darthenshmirtz (Dan Povenmire), who is champing at the bit to try out his latest invention, the "Sith-inator," which he's sure will transform him into a Sith powerful enough to rival his idol, Darth Vader (Eddie Pittman).

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This special is a laugh-out-loud reimagining of the Star Wars saga. It shifts the focus away from Luke, Leia (April Winchell), and Han Solo (Ross Marquand) and onto the comic duo of neighboring Phineas and Ferb. Many of the classic scenes are there -- from the fateful meeting in the Mos Eisley cantina to their narrow escape from the garbage-compactor monster -- but each is retold from the viewpoint of Phineas and Ferb, who are said to have been just off-screen in the original movie. In some cases, the two sets of characters share a scene (Perry is on hand while Leia loads R2-D2 with the stolen Death Star plans, for instance), but most often those Star Wars events play out in the background while the infamous stepbrothers put on a show like only they can do. What with a comically inept Darth wannabe, a bitter rivalry brewing between Isabella and Han Solo, and Candace's unequivocal embrace of the Storm Troopers' conformist code, plus breakout songs at every turn, there's no end to the fun in this movie.

That said, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars caters to viewers with at least a working knowledge of the Star Wars story and its characters, and those who come to it without that background won't find it nearly as fun. The rapid-fire jokes and jabs are so well incorporated you may have to back up a few times to catch every one, particularly when they're in musical form. Having some familiarity with the Phineas and Ferb cast also gives you better appreciation for how the characters they play in this story relate to their real-life personas, which accounts for Candace's love of all things Storm Trooper and Phineas and Ferb's satisfaction with life on Tatooine. The bottom line? If you're looking for something you will enjoy as much as (or perhaps even more than) your kids will, then this intergalactic adventure is for you.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the definition of good and evil and how it plays out in Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars. Is it always easy to understand a person's motivations? Can this definition be different for different people? Can you think of an instance in which your impression of a situation was vastly different from someone else's view of it? 

  • Kids: Were you familiar with the Phineas and Ferb characters before this movie? Were the characters good fits for the roles they played here? Why do you think the Star Wars story is such a popular one for revamps like this one? 

  • What determines a story's success with viewers? Did this one appeal to you? Does quality entertainment always have to teach or impart valuable lessons to be worthwhile? 

Movie details

DVD/Streaming release date:November 11, 2014
Cast:Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ashley Tisdale
Director:Robert F. Hughes
Studio:Disney
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Space and aliens
Run time:164 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 15 years old Written byOneCrazyCartoon August 13, 2014

Funny for any fans of either franchise

As a fan of Star Wars and a big fan of Phineas and Ferb, I was certainly looking forward to their crossover since it was announced in the summer of 2013. After watching it, I found it was exactly as I thought it was going to be. Smart, funny and completely a must watch for fans of either franchise. For Star Wars geeks, there's tons of in jokes about the actual SW characters in the background doing A New Hope. Though much of the comedy requires knowledge about Star Wars to understand. For the kids, Phineas, Ferb and their friends are all there to join in the fun. On the dark side parents maybe worrying about, there is standard Star Wars violence (lightsabers, laser guns, etc.) but there is no blood or deaths. To sum up, awesome special that though it often requires a viewing of the Star Wars movies to get, funny for fans of all ages.
Kid, 11 years old July 29, 2014

Revived Star Wars With a Bang!

I really enjoyed this movie, as Phineas and Ferb is one of my favorite TV shows. Although it was remaking a classic, this movie still managed to keep an essence of the good old original show. Master script writing, hilarious plot line, and not to mention old Star Wars characters come to life again (in one scene Ferb turns into Darth Mal) combine in an epic adventure only the makers of Phineas and Ferb could dream up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 5 years old July 31, 2014

Pretty good but a little scary

It's a little scary because there's choking and I think that's a little bit violent, and there are very violent lightsaber battles. Might be too scary for kids under eight. I was pretty scared but at the end, it was awesome.

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