Western Animation / Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

Episode IVa

On the Desert planet of Tatooine
lived two happy young moisture
farmers, who had absolutely
no plans of leaving or getting
involved in any kind of
intergalactic shenanigans.

Unbeknownst to them the Galactic
Empire had recently finished
constructing its ultimate weapon,

Meanwhile, having learned the
whereabouts of the Death Star's
plans, the rebels send their best
platypus agent to obtain them, in
hopes of finding a weakness.

And none of this is canon, so just relax.

A special crossover episode of Phineas and Ferb in its fourth season with the Star Wars universe. It first aired on Disney Channel on July 25, 2014, having premiered on the Watch Disney Channel online service and Disney XD On Demand on July 19, 2014.

The special is set a few summers ago in a galaxy far, far away, and a series of events leads Phineas and Ferb, cast here as two moisture farmers on Tatooine who are neighbors with Luke Skywalker, with the responsibility of saving the galaxy. It incorporates the plot from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope with the characters from the film interacting with the show's characters at certain points.

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" has the following tropes:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh laugh as Jim Cummings is allowed to improvise his voice cues for the Opening Narration.
    • When Phineas is scanning the horizon with his binoculars, a Sandperson jumps in front of him, startling him (echoing a scene from A New Hope where a Sandperson ambushes Luke). When he drops the binoculars, we see Ferb waving a Sandperson puppet in front of Phineas. Phineas admitted that Ferb got him that time.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Isabella is now a Jerkass to make her act more like Han Solo, with the only thing she shares with any version of Isabella is that she develops romantic feelings for Phineas.
  • Anachronism Stew: When Candace, Buford and Baljeet start having their Heel Realization, Buford uses Robin Hood as an example that not all rebels are bad people. Baljeet tells him that it still didn't happen.
  • Always Someone Better: Isabella is bitter towards Han Solo ever since he cut her off in the Kessel Run.
    Isabella: Everybody loves Solo... "That Nerfherder cut me off..."
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Isabella claims to Han that she has "tons and tons of friends," she gets this response:
    Han: Yeah? Where are they now?
    • Of course, she quickly gives him as good she gets:
    Isabella: (Beat) Well...where are your friends?
  • Bare Your Midriff: Ginger.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Actually inverted with Candace, but not Baljeet and Buford. The girl just wanted to be in the frontlines, but her commanding officer won't let her. The inversion is that she thinks she's a good guy.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Phineas' reaction to Darth Ferb's invitation to join The Dark Side, although it's out of disbelief and amusement at what Phineas thinks is a joke.
  • Black Comedy:
    • The destruction of Alderaan is Played for Laughs twice, as is a Stormtrooper falling out of the Death Star and floating hopelessly in space.
    • Buford found a great robe with one little gash laying around on the Death Star.
  • Brainwashed: Ferb is turned into Darth Ferb when he is hit by Darthenshmirtz' Sithinator by deflecting a shot that was meant for Perry. He plans to do the same to Phineas after making some modifications to the Sithinator.
  • Break the Cutie: Phineas during his fight with Darth!Ferb. He doesn't understand why his brother is trying to hurt him, and Darth!Ferb is a more ruthless fighter. The latter disarms Phineas, destroys his lightsaber, and blocks his, Perry's, and Candace's attempts to fight back.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Blatto gives a spoiler alert to Phineas and Ferb after they explain the weakness of the Death Star.
    • After Darthenshmirtz escapes, he boasts that he can appear in the sequel. Previously, at the end of his musical number, he tells his Stormtrooper backup dancers to stay on their comms for a potential victory song in Act IV.
  • Brick Joke: One of the imperial Mooks talks about getting a saxophone. At the end, he does.
  • Call-Back: Phineas references the (forgotten) events of the movie; Perry the Rebelpus apparently had a dual identity just like canon Perry, and was similarly exposed. Unlike in the movie, Phineas and Ferb did not end up having their minds wiped, and Perry evidently no longer lives with them.
    • Also, just like in the movie, Isabella gives Phineas a Forceful Kiss at the end.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Lampshaded in the Opening Narration, which explicitly says "none of this is canon, so relax."
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Buford's reaction to seeing a huge stone tower about to fall and crush them:
    Buford: (to Baljeet) "And you thought we were gonna die in space!"
  • Catch-Phrase: No matter what version of Isabella we see, she'll still ask Phineas "What'cha doin'?" In this case, however, she's far more irritated than cheerful.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Candace uses the socks she got for Darth Vader as weapons to distract Darth Ferb. She laments not getting the larger pack when she runs out of socks.
  • Child Soldiers: The Fireside Girls are allowed to fly out into the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin. That's how desperate the situation is for the Rebel Alliance. On the Empire side, Candace, Buford and Bajeet are fully armed Stormtroopers. They aren't actually allowed in front-line combat, but this seems to be mostly because the officers think they're dangerously incompetent.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Darth!Ferb. Though he does give Phineas a few minutes to upgrade his lightsaber (using the time to do the same), he immediately trounces other attempts to get the edge on him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: How does Phineas react when he sees Ferb in a Darth Maul-esque apperance
    Phineas: Nice face paint.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: Both Isabella and Han get this when the rebels head out to do their Death Star run.
  • Creator Cameo: In addition to their regular characters in the series, Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh play several voices in the episode, including two imperial officers who look like them, and themselves directing Jim Cummings reading the opening crawl.
  • Dance Party Ending: With the cast of both franchises getting down.
  • Darker and Edgier: By the usual standards of Phineas and Ferb. With the upgraded TV-G rating, this special had darker humor, got more crap past the radar than usual, had a noticeably high Fanservice curve, and is the first ever Phineas and Ferb episode to have a body count.
  • Death by Adaptation: Possibly Norm, given that he is not seen again after Perry disables him.
  • Dialogue Reversal: After Phineas saves Candace from a Literal Cliffhanger, this exchange occurs:
    Candace: Why would you save me? You're a rebel!
    Phineas: You were in trouble. I couldn't just leave you hanging...literally.
    • And when Candace is helping Phineas against Darth Ferb...
      Phineas: Wait! Why are you helping me? I'm a rebel!
      Candace: You were in trouble. I couldn't just leave you hanging.
  • Doomed by Canon:
  • Dual Wielding: Phineas vs. Darth Ferb, with tricked-out lightsabers.
  • Evil Brit: Guess which Flynn-Fletcher brother gets turned evil by the Sithinator.
  • Evil Costume Switch: MY GOD Darth Ferb. Just, my GOD!!
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: While Candice distracts Darth Ferb, Phineas throws his broken lightsaber in his general direction. It misses Ferb, but hits the Sithinator's Self-Destruct Mechanism.
  • External Retcon: Turns out characters similar to certain Danville residents had important parts in the first great Rebel victory of the Galactic Civil War.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Phineas has an understated version of this on the Death Star:
    Phineas: "Hey, there's Luke! They must've gotten the plans. He should have no trouble hitting that exhaust port; it's practically the size of a wamp rat!" *beat* "We should probably get out of here."
  • Fake Crossover: Invoked almost verbatim at the end of the opening crawl with the following disclaimer:
    "And none of this is canon, so just relax."
    • A necessary warning, as Disney owns Star Wars and therefore could have declared this canon.
  • Fanservice: A pinup swimsuit sale ad, a dashboard hula dancer, and Twi'lek Vanessa (in an outfit with a Cleavage Window, to boot).
  • Fetch Quest: Candace, Buford and Baljeet spend the first half of the special in a search for new socks for Darth Vader.
  • Forceful Kiss: Isabella gives one to Phineas at the end, after checking to make sure they aren't related.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The briefly seen Death Star directory shows that the station has its own credit union and water park, among other places like a piano room.
  • Hero of Another Story: The special take place co-current with the original Star Wars (or Episode IV if you want to be technical) movie and has the P & F cast running across characters from the film while having their own little adventure.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Candace, Baljeet, and Buford join the rebels at the end.
  • Heel Realization: Candace, after being rescued by Phineas (remember that the two did not know they were brother and sister), realizes that she, Buford and Baljeet are not the "good guys" as they believed it to be. The destruction of Alderaan confirms this.
    Candace: Also, didn't we just blow up a planet?!
    Baljeet: Yes, that is a bit hard to justify, ethically speaking.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Doofenshmirtz falls into his own carbon-freezer.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Never look a gift tauntaun  in the oral cavity .
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Phineas vs. Darth Ferb. It doesn't work.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Isabella. But much like Han Solo, she changes her mind.
    Isabella: This is not a friendship, it's a spaceship. So don't invade mine!
  • Improvised Weapon: Darth Vader's socks, by Candace, using rubble.
  • Insane Troll Logic: When the Rebel troopers can't find the disc with the Death Star plans, one suggests blaming it on Jar Jar Binks with his partner pointing out the stupidity of that, noting that Jar Jar "retired 20 years ago."
  • Insistent Terminology: It's Darthensmirtz's lair, not an old recycling platform.
    • Stormtroopers aren't brainwashed, they go through "orientation."
    Buford: Potato, tomato.
  • I Owe You My Life: After Phineas saves Candace, she goes back to save him from Darth Ferb.
  • Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?: At the Death Star, one worker asks if the other wants donuts and the other asks if Darth Vader wears a funny hat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Isabella, of all people. It makes sense when you consider that she is supposed to be Han Solo's Distaff Counterpart.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Before the Death Star explodes, Phineas regrets not being reunited with his big sister who had left Tatooine when he was a baby. Only then Candace realizes that the young rebel is her brother, Phineas, and they embrace each other.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: Serves as this for the original Star Wars.
  • May the Farce Be with You
  • My God, You Are Serious: Phineas gets this reaction when Darth!Ferb offers him We Can Rule Together, and shows that he is not joking; Phineas had laughed and said that they needed to find Perry.
  • Mythology Gag: In addition to standard references and lampshade hangings for the movies, Perry's personal starship bears a conspicuous resemblance to The Outridernote .
  • No Endor Holocaust: The Firestar Girls rescued all baristas, bank tellers, and bowling alley attendants of the Death Star, which may or may not be a Take That! to a certain conversation from Clerks.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Once the Sithinator is destroyed, Ferb immediately becomes his old self again.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Buford and Baljeet realizing that they still have Vader's socks and gave the commander the wrong bag. Goodbye commander!.
    • Phineas when he sees that Ferb isn't joking about turning to The Dark Side.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After turning to The Dark Side, Ferb becomes noticeably more talkative.
  • Orbital Shot: Phineas has one towards the end of the opening song.
  • Pick on Someone Your Own Size: The preteen Isabella has a two-sided rivalry with Hans Solo. With that said, the most they do onscreen is snipe at each other while eating family friendly snacks.
  • Race Lift: Fantastic version. Vanessa showed up as a Twi'lek.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Death Star's reactor core trench is suggested as one, given that Darthenshmirtz built the initial prototype as a nutcracker. Appropriately, the Sithinator has a self-destruct trench.
    • He really should have ray-shielded that.
  • Shown Their Work: The scenes featuring the events of A New Hope are exactly like the ones in the movie. They were apparently rotoscoped.
    • In addition, they seem to have a knowledge of the movies' universe, making references to various planets and races from the prequels and stormtroopers note  are referred to by their designation number.
  • Something Only They Would Build: Phineas notices that the upgraded Sithinator looks a lot like the vaporaters he and Ferb built.
  • Sound-Only Death: While Vanessa is singing onstage, Isabella fires a blaster shot at her, at which point she's heard to stop singing as the music stops. Subverted, though, as she's all right—only her bantha horn was destroyed.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The Fireside Girls rescue the Death Star's entire crew before it explodes.note 
    • Porkins survives the Death Star run, although in the post-credits scene, he's crushed by a banner. To be fair, he may have survived though.
  • Spoiler Cover: The DVD cover spoils the fact that Ferb turns to The Dark Side at some point in the special.
  • Tempting Fate: One Death Star worker makes a funny comment about Darth Vader's helmet and says there's no way Vader could have heard. Then it seems Vader was using the Force to choke the worker but it turns out the worker was just mocking his colleague.
  • Tsundere: Isabella is a Type A for Phineas in this special.
  • The Unreveal: Phineas is about to explain what happened to his and Candace's biological father before being interrupted by the Death Star blowing up.
  • Villain Song: "In the Empire" from Candace, Buford, and Baljeet (who are still with Empire at the time) and "The Lowest of the Darths" from Darthenshmirtz.
  • Visual Pun: Turning off the tractor beam is represented with an image of a farm vehicle.
  • We Can Rule Together: Darth!Ferb offers this to Phineas, saying that they can join the Dark Side. Phineas laughs, up until Ferb shows he's not joking and will turn his brother by force.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never see Norm-3PO again after Perry disables him, raising the question of what happened to him during the destruction of the Death Star.
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough? / Answer Cut: When Phineas discusses the fatal flaw of the Death Star, Blatto asks "What kind of idiot would design that?" Cut to Darthenshmirtz trying, and failing, to use a water fountain on the Death Star.
    Darthenshmirtz: (as his helmet blocks the water) Ugh, why can't I master this?
  • Worst Whatever, Ever!: After the Firestar Girls fail to persuade Isabella to join the Rebellion:
    "Worst rallying speech ever!"
    "Shut up, Porkins!"
  • You, Get Me Coffee: Candace hates being stuck on sock detail. Buford, on the other hand, admits that it's where his competence peaks.
  • You Have Failed Me: Vader Force-chokes the officer who brings him a hoagie instead of socks.
    Vader: I find your lack of socks disturbing.