|Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension|
|Based on||Phineas and Ferb|
by Dan Povenmire
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
|Music by||Danny Jacob|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||78 minutes|
|Production company||Disney Television Animation[a]|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney Channel|
|Original release||August 5, 2011|
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension is a 2011 American animated science-fiction action-adventure television film based on the American animated TV series Phineas and Ferb. The film premiered on August 5, 2011 in the United States. It was first announced by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh during a January 2010 interview with the Daily Telegraph. The events of the film take place during the third season of Phineas and Ferb. It is the first feature-length film of the Phineas and Ferb series, and the third animated Disney Channel Original Movie, following Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama and The Proud Family Movie.
The film premiere averaged 7.6 million viewers, making it one of the highest-rated animated programs on cable in more than three years. It later gained over 3 million viewers to become the second most watched animated basic cable telecast ever among kids 6–11 and tweens 9–14, and cable's fifth highest viewership movie ever in total viewers.
It is the first film based on the series. A standalone sequel called Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe was released in 2020 on Disney+.
Phineas and Ferb create an enormous shuttlecock to play platypult (platypus + catapult) badminton. Perry enters his secret lair and is warned by Major Monogram that he's had some close calls with his "host family" (the Flynn-Fletchers) almost seeing him enter his lair. He then warns Perry that if his cover's blown, he'll have to be relocated to another city, with another host family and that he'll never see Phineas and Ferb again. He also reveals that Perry has an auto-scan replication device which he uses to scan and replicate all of Doofenshmirtz's "inators". Perry leaves the lair in a hovercraft, but accidentally collides with the boys' shuttlecock while both are in flight. The boys crash into Doofenshmirtz's lab and damages his "Other-Dimension-inator", intended to create portals to parallel dimensions. While Phineas and Ferb assist Doofenshmirtz in repairing the machine, Perry arrives to stop Doofenshmirtz, but not wanting to reveal his identity and put Phineas and Ferb in danger, reverts to pet mode and cannot stop them.
Doofenshmirtz, Phineas, Ferb, and Perry travel to a parallel dimension, where an alternate version of Doofenshmirtz has successfully conquered the Tri-State Area with an army of robots and installed himself as dictator. Doofenshmirtz-2 has also converted Perry-2 into a Platyborg (platypus cyborg), who now serves as his second-in-command. Doofenshmirtz-2 orders Platyborg to attack Perry, but it fails because Perry did not attack back. Doof-2 then orders Platyborg to attack the boys, forcing Perry to reveal his secret identity, much to the boys' shock. They escape, but Phineas is angry with Perry for his deception.
Doofenshmirtz-2 explains to Doofenshmirtz that he was driven to evil because he lost a toy train as a child. With the remote for their portal broken, the boys seek out their parallel-dimension selves, while Doofenshmirtz-2 plans to use Other-Dimension-Inator to invade the first Tri-State area and annex it into his regime. He announces he will spare Phineas and Ferb if Perry surrenders; Perry agrees to the deal, but before he leaves is told by an angry Phineas that he is no longer their pet. When Doofenshmirtz-2 learns that only the boys can fix the Other-Dimension-inator, he reneges on the deal.
Phineas and Ferb ask the alternate Isabella for help and find that she, as well as the alternate Baljeet and Buford, are led by an underground resistance organization led by the alternate Candace. Baljeet-2 is able to open a highly unstable portal backwards into the first dimension, but upon learning about Perry's capture, Phineas and Ferb decide to rescue Perry before they can leave. In the first dimension, Candace spots the portal and jumps through, causing it to collapse.
The kids set off to rescue Perry, but are captured by Doofenshmirtz-2 and his forces. Perry distracts Doofenshmirtz-2 with a video call of Monogram in the shower, allowing the boys to escape in minecarts through a tunnel. Platyborg attacks and damages one of the carts, slowing them down. Unwilling to endanger her own brothers, Candace-2 escapes with Phineas-2 and Ferb-2, but abandons Phineas, Ferb, Candace, and Perry, who are subsequently captured by Doofenshmirtz-2.
The boys refuse to fix the machine, but inadvertently remind Doofenshmirtz how they fixed his machine by removing the self-destruct button. After Doofenshmirtz powers up the machine, Doofenshmirtz-2 orders Phineas, Ferb, Candace, and Perry to be fed to a monster called the Goozim; when Doofenshmirtz annoys him again, Doofenshmirtz-2 orders his execution as well. Before the five can be eaten, Candace-2 rescues them and gives them the remote, allowing Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Perry, and Doofenshmirtz to escape to yet another dimension, but Candace-2 herself is captured and imprisoned.
Doofenshmirtz-2 invades the first dimension with an army of robots. Meanwhile, Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Perry, and Doofenshmirtz, having traveled through a cyclic path of many dimensions, arrive back in the first dimension. Perry gives Phineas and Ferb the locket off his collar, which leads them to Perry's lair. Inside, they find out that Perry had scanned all their previous inventions. With the help of their friends, the children of Danville, and the O.W.C.A. agents, Phineas and Ferb use the inventions to thwart Doofenshmirtz-2's robot invasion, while Candace-2 is freed from prison by Phineas-2, Ferb-2, and Jeremy-2 and Perry defeats Platyborg. Before Doofenshmirtz-2 can destroy Perry, Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz arrives and gives Doofenshmirtz-2 his own toy train, resolving his tragic backstory. Doofenshmirtz-2 stands down his invasion and is arrested.
Several characters from the other dimension arrive in the original dimension to thank their counterparts for saving the day. Platyborg reverts to his normal self and Phineas-2 and Ferb-2 take him home. The kids are distraught to learn that Perry will be relocated since his cover is blown, but Carl uses Doofenshmirtz's Amnesia-inator to erase their memories so they can keep Perry, though Doofenshmirtz has his memories erased by force. Before they forget, Phineas and Ferb say their goodbyes to Perry, and Isabella kisses Phineas. Perry enters his lair and reminisces on the events.
|Phineas and Ferb: Across the 1st and 2nd Dimensions|
|Soundtrack album by |
Cast – Phineas and Ferb
|Released||August 2, 2011|
|Recorded||2009–2011/2007 and 2011*(*extended version on track 8)|
|Label||Walt Disney / Hollywood|
|Cast – Phineas and Ferb chronology|
The soundtrack of the movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the 1st and 2nd Dimensions includes 8 songs from the movie and 14 songs from the series, released on August 2. Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash co-wrote and performed in a song for the soundtrack titled "Kick It Up a Notch". The song "I Walk Away" is not included in the soundtrack. A song cut from the film, "Mysterious Force", is included.
Walmart sells a version of the soundtrack with 10 extra songs.
Original songs performed in the film include:
|1.||"Everything's Better with Perry"||Robbie Wyckoff|
|2.||"Mysterious Force"||Ashley Tisdale|
|3.||"Brand New Best Friend"||Dan Povenmire|
|4.||"Summer (Where Do We Begin?)"||Vincent Martella|
|5.||"Brand New Reality"||Robbie Wyckoff|
|6.||"Robot Riot"||Jaret Reddick & Dan Povenmire|
|7.||"Takin' Care of Things"||Dan Povenmire & Danny Jacob|
|8.||"Kick It Up a Notch"||Vincent Martella, Dan Povenmire & Slash|
The DVD release includes deleted scenes including a scene with other dimension Vanessa, the group flying in a blimp to the dooming place, and an extension of everyone losing memory in the O.W.C.A (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) headquarters, as well as other deleted scenes.
The movie premiered on August 5, 2011 in Canada and Hong Kong, on August 27, 2011 in Singapore, the Philippines, and Malaysia, on September 25, 2011 in India, on September 30, 2011 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, and on November 5, 2011 in South Africa.
The movie premiered on August 20, 2011 in Canada, on October 2, 2011 in India, and on October 6, 2011 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The movie, presented in widescreen, was released on DVD on August 23, 2011. It includes 8 deleted scenes, interactive menus with easter eggs, an "'Animation'" music video, a "Perry-oke" sing along feature, "Dr. D's Jukebox-inator", "Prance Askance Execution", and the episode "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" with character and creator commentary. The digital copy also bundled includes the film and 8 digital music tracks. For a limited time, a free In-Pack Platypult Kit was included with the set. Toys R Us sells a version of the DVD with a bonus disc containing the Season 3 episodes "Ask a Foolish Question" and "Misperceived Monotreme."
As well, a change is made to the credits of the movie: the full version of "Takin' Care of Things" is heard, replacing "Kick It Up a Notch", and instead of the background being black, it features a dark blue background with several triangles. This edit was also in the television premieres of the film in some countries. The film was released in the UK on March 5, 2012, with the same bonus features, as well as the bonus episode "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister". As of November 12, 2019, the film, along with the series, have been available to stream on Disney+.
Main article: Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension (video game)
A video game based on the movie was released. In it, players assume the role of Phineas, Ferb, their 2nd Dimension forms, as well as Agent P and a character exclusive to the game, Agent T, as they travel through worlds. The characters use gadgets such as baseball launchers and Carbonators (soda blasters) to defeat enemies. Scenes from the movie are present in the game. The game was released on August 2, 2011 for PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. The PS3 version also has four episodes of the show in Blu-ray format as a bonus feature.
A separate online game titled Phineas and Ferb The Movie Game: The Dimension of Doooom! was released when the website for Across the 2nd Dimension was launched. The game plays very similar to its predecessor, Transport-inators of Doooom!, of which it even shares its name with.
In the game, the player plays as Phineas, Ferb, Agent P, or the Candace of the 2nd Dimension (and after the game is beaten, the Phineas and Ferb of the 2nd Dimension as well). Each character has a glider to help get/fly through the air, and a ray gun to defeat nearby enemies and break boxes. The start and end of most levels have full-voiced cutscenes, however, they do not follow the storyline of the actual film, but rather one all its own. In game, Isabella and Baljeet of the 2nd Dimension appear to give the player guidelines. Dr. Doofenshmirtz of the 2nd Dimension also appears to taunt the player.
On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 5 reviews.
Matt Blum of the Wired.com website claims that "this is truly an instant classic, right up there with some of the best cartoons ever made".
Los Angeles Times television critic Robert Lloyd enjoyed Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension as well, noting "a hint of emotional depth, regarding the love between animals and the people who live with them". Both reviewers highlighted the film's employment of adult-oriented humor that makes it equally enjoyable for viewers of all ages.
Noel Murray of The A.V. Club gave it a B+. Murray said that the action theme of the movie was a deviation of what the series does best, but that the movie still had enough to satisfy its fans, including a charming dialogue.
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension averaged 7.6 million viewers, the film soared to become TV's #1 scripted telecast of 2011 to date among Kids 6–11 (3.4 million/13.8 rating), TV's #1 movie among 'Tweens' 9–14 (2.6 million/10.8 rating) and cable's #1 movie of the year in Total Viewers.
Moreover, the film ranked as cable's #1 animated telecast in more than 3 years among Kids 6–11 and 'Tweens' 9–14 (since 2/18/08 – "Fairly OddBaby"), and ranks #4 among all animated cable telecasts in the 'Tween' demo.
In Australia the movie had 122,000 viewers and in the United Kingdom there were 533,000 viewers. In Canada the film delivered 915,000 viewers on Family Channel.
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension was released theatrically in Spain, being the third Disney Channel series to be released in theaters after Hannah Montana and Lizzie McGuire. On its opening weekend, the film grossed $1,259,632 with an average of $4,467 from 282 theaters, earning the #4 spot in the country. The film lost 49% of its gross on its second weekend, earning $646,145. The movie has grossed $5,689,121 in Spain as of December 11.
A 22-minute episode titled "Tales From the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension" was produced for the fourth season of the television series. It aired in November 25, 2014 on Disney XD. In addition to this, Emmy-Award-winning actress and recurring guest star Allison Janney voiced 2nd Charlene, the 'ex-wife' of Doofenshmirtz-2.
On April 11, 2019, it was announced that a second film titled Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe, would be released on Disney+ within a year of its launch. Most of the series cast reprised their roles, with the exception being Thomas Sangster as Ferb, who is replaced by David Errigo Jr., who previously voiced the character in Milo Murphy's Law. It was released on August 28, 2020.