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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Scientific knowledge is valued and valuable. Innovation and ingenuity are fun and can also save the day.
Promotes teamwork and courage. Shows importance of friends and family as well as self-worth.
Positive Role Models
Candace feels guilty for sending her brothers away when her jealousy gets the best of her. The brothers realize Candace needs some extra attention, create a loving gift for her. They recruit their friends to help save her when she's in trouble, showing courage, teamwork. An evil alien realizes she's also acting out of jealousy and feelings of low self-worth, like Candace.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence includes a plant emitting mind-controlling spores, kids getting tossed around and ejected and crash-landing in spaceships and rockets, kids getting abducted or chased and threatened by aliens, Dr. Doofenshmirtz accidentally setting fire to his own building and falling off cliffs, and aliens exploding or getting eaten by other creatures.
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Part of the Phineas and Ferb franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe is another series adventure for all ages. There are positive messages about family, friendship, teamwork, and courage as well as valuing one's own worth. Scientific knowledge and innovation not only provide the usual doses of fun for the stepbrothers and their gang, but also save Candace and Vanessa when they're abducted by aliens. Even Dr. Doofenshmirtz is on the kids' side this time. There's cartoon violence that includes a plant emitting mind-controlling spores, kids getting tossed around and ejected and crash-landing in spaceships and rockets, kids getting abducted or chased and threatened by aliens, Dr. D accidentally setting fire to his own building and falling off cliffs, and aliens exploding or getting eaten by other creatures. "Freak" and "butt" are heard. Kids could be drawn to more Phineas and Ferb episodes and even merchandising after watching this movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.