Phineas, Ferb, and their gang have a loyal following of fans, and this silly movie reminds us why. Their wordplay, imaginative adventures, misfit kid group, science-y themes, clever dialogues, exaggerated sibling rivalries, and, best of all, the day-saving double-agent pet platypus Perry are all just huge fun and downright lovable. Some of the musical numbers in Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe are also laugh-out-loud funny, and there's a clever sequence where the cartoon's creators appear as part of a reversing of the animation.
Other riffs may fly over younger kids' heads, like a seeming jab at Alexa-style voice recognition technology and those, like Trekkies, who find life lessons in long-running shows. An alien does the floss dance, something no adult has ever done well. Candace and her new alien BFF share a song-worthy girls' day, and both reach a new level of self-awareness from a few probing questions. As usual, the action is frenetically fast-paced. So, parents: Strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride alongside your kids.