PHINEAS AND FERB BRING IMBALANCE TO THE FORCE IN NEW DISNEY TV/STAR WARS MASHUP
By Andy Khouri
Just about one year to the day since Disney Television Animation’s Phineas and Ferb enjoyed a visit from the heroes of Marvel Comics — or an epic crossover event, if you like — Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh’ critically acclaimed and very popular musical comedy series will be the first to mashup with Star Wars since creator George Lucas’ company was acquired by Disney last year.
Premiering next Saturday, July 26, on Disney XD, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars takes place in what the studio actually terms “an alternate universe” in which the title characters and their supporting players inhabit the iconic roles of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
For those of you unfamiliar with the harrowing legend of Phineas and Ferb, the series is one of the most unconventionally structured and idiosyncratically directed of Disney TV Animation’s current slate — which includes Gravity Falls, so that’s saying something. Each episode typically follows step-brothers Phineas and Ferb on some kind of adorably outlandish adventure — like constructing the most dangerous roller coaster in history in their back yard — while the bros themselves remain eminently chill throughout. Their older sister Candace is something of a narc, always trying to get them busted for not obeying the rules and generally panicking and freaking out constantly. But while all that goes on — and this is where it gets really weird — the boys’ pet… platypus… who is called Perry, sneaks off to pursue his true nature as… an undercover spy… working to bring down a mad scientist Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (think Dexter from Dexter’s Lab all grown up and hilariously inept) … in a subplot that has nothing to do with what Phineas and Ferb are even doing… until they crash into each other in the end in such a way that nullifies all evidence of whatever Phineas and Ferb were doing and make Candance look insane to their mom.
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