Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension is a Made-for-TV Movie based off of Disney's Phineas and Ferb, and the fourth Made-for-TV Movie based on an animated Disney Channel Original Series. It premiered on August 5th, 2011.When Phineas, Ferb, and Perry follow Dr. Doofenshmirtz through his "Otherdimensionator", they find themselves in an alternate universe where a second, truly evil Doof rules over his Tri-state Area with an army of iron-fisted robots. To save his friends from certain doom, Perry makes the ultimate sacrifice by revealing his secret identity as Agent P. Phineas and Ferb escape, meet their 2nd dimension selves, and begin their own mission to rescue Perry. So begins an epic battle as our heroes try to save their home from the clutches of Evil Dr. Doof and his sidekick Platyborg. Will Evil Doof succeed and achieve dual world domination? Will Candace finally bust her brothers? Hell if we know (though we do know how that last one will turn out), but watch it to find out.A video game adaption was released August 2nd, as well as a soundtrack.
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3-D Movie: Parodied, with the full title: "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension In Fabulous 2D".
Mentioned again towards the end of the movie when Doof-2 tells the others that he hopes they have their glasses on.
Lawrence and Linda never see what's happening in Danville due to being engrossed in one of these the whole time.
And the First Dimension Candace, Isabella, Stacy, and Fireside Girls all help out in the final battle.
Actor Allusion: In the final battle, The Beak suit is piloted by Baljeet and Irving, the two characters voiced by actors from 30 Rock.
Adult Fear: Doof-2's little dystopian government. Kids are likely not to take things like Linda hiding in the basement and the Norm-bots asking for documents very serious. Towards the end, it gets worse with the whole Boy-borg thing.
Adults Are Useless: The members of La Résistance and everyone in the final showdown are all kids (excluding OWCA agents... who are all animals). The adults only seem to be good for getting subjugated, with the alternate universe mom even spending most of the movie hiding in the basement.
In fairness though, this is Phineas and Ferb. A sequence like that simply wouldn't work without a musical number, and Love Handel were pretty much the best guys for the job (and Danny does get a robot kill to his name in a deleted scene, with his bare hands, no less).
Candace's Genre Savvy plan to ensure victory for the heroes does involve adult participation, but that's more "making use of" adults than adults actively being useful.
Amazon Chaser: Buford-2's reaction to Candace-2. Which is a stealth reference to another, earlier episode in which Candace wonders how Buford's number got in the contacts list of her cellphone.
And Show It to You: In the extended version of "Robot Riot", the lyrics talk about ripping out the robot's CPU and showing it to them while it's still processing. In a deleted scene, Danny actually does this to a robot that gets too close while he's singing that very line.
Animation Bump: The character animation during the whole scene with the Goozim is very squash-and-stretch and unusually fluid.
Also, the entire movie has noticeably better animation than the show, though this was to be expected.
As You Know: As a reminder to everyone watching, Monogram reminds Perry at the beginning of the movie that if his cover is blown, he would be relocated and Phineas and Ferb would never see him again. And as expected, it is brought back up at the end.
Of course, Monogram lampshades it. "I don't need to remind you...but I'll do it anyway..."
Also said word for word by Monogram when telling Perry of the camera used to study and replicate Doof's inventions. Again, it's brought back when it's shown Perry's been replicating Phineas and Ferb's inventions as well.
The Alternate Fireside Girls for sure. Case in-point: when Phineas, Ferb, Buford-2, Phineas-2 and Ferb-2 fall through the hidden trapdoor, the Alternate Fireside Girls drop in on them and tie them up in under 5 seconds. With little effort no less!
Plus, their one fluid untieing somehow got the boys into a human pyramid, which then promptly collapsed.
Badass in Distress: Candace-2 becomes one when she gets captured by Doof-2 while saving the first dimension counterparts of her brothers and their friends.
Being Unable To Communicate Kills: Phineas probably would have gone a lot easier on Perry had he known that finding out Perry's secret identity also meant never being able to see him again. It was in the pamphlet Perry gave him, though... which Phineas threw out. Actually, it says something that Phineas forgave him long before finding out that Perry had a damn good reason to keep it from him.
Almost to the point of Deconstruction, seeing as how she was willing to let the alternate versions of her family be captured in order to protect her own. In her defense, though, she did come back for them, once her own brothers had been escorted to safety.
Bittersweet Ending: The movie ends with everyone getting the memory of their greatest adventure ever erased from their minds because they found out about Perry's secret identity. It even comes with a touching moment between Phineas and Perry.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: During the Villain Song, they specifically mention that Lorenzo Lamas played Meap. Also, in the 3D game based on the movie, when the last level is completed, Doof-2 claims the player will pay for defeating him if they make a sequel.
Brick Joke: At the beginning of the movie, Perry pees on Doofenshmirtz's couch in a desperate attempt to distract Phineas and Ferb from helping him with his plan. At the climax of the movie, when Phineas is confronting Doof-2, he chucks the soaked cushion in his face, with Doof-2 disgustedly wondering what's on it.
At the beginning of the movie Phineas and Ferb, after catching popcorn in their mouths, chuck some at Perry hoping he'll do the same. They just bounce right off his head. Perry then catches some popcorn in his mouth at the end of the movie, after defeating the Platyborg.
The couch pee gets another callback earlier in the movie when Doofenshmirtz suddenly realizes that it was a conscious decision on Perry's part.
Right after his reveal as a secret agent to the boys, Perry hands Phineas a pamphlet made just for this situation, which Phineas rolls his eyes at and throws away. Later, when Major Monogram explains that Perry must now go away because of his blown cover, everyone is surprised and confused, to which the Major asks if...they read the pamphlet.
Major: Does anyone read those things?
Also when Phineas is trying to explain the situation to Candace, and when she fails to comprehend the situation, he says that he wishes that he had never thrown the pamphlet away.
Buford-2 eventually gets his nachos.
Call Back: The remote-controlled baseballs are heavily relied upon as weapons - exactly what Candace used them for in "Chronicles of Meap". For that matter, a lot of Phineas and Ferb's creations are used in the battle. A lot of their inventions were recreated and stored by Perry, just in case a situation as bad as that occurred.
In "Kick It Up a Notch", there's a likely call back to Doofenshmirtz's Least Rhymable Word moment in "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?", with Doof-2 actually managing to come up with some rhymes for "evil" in his verse.
Candace's reveal as the leader of La Résistance included a reference to her parsnip allergy, complete with raspy voice.
Doof-2 checks whether our Doof is really his counterpart by offering him Almond Brittle.
Poke the Goozim with a stick!
Monogram is only sweating through his eyes! We're reasonably sure a lost goldfish is not involved, though.
Doof-1 rattles off a list of his backstories—all from previous episodes—when he finds out that Doof-2 is eviler than him simply because he lost his toy train.
Doof-2's Beard of Evil may be a nod to "Crack the Whip!", specifically Doof-1's inability to grow facial hair, in pointing out that Doof-2 shares none of his counterpart's Freudian Excuses.
May overlap with Brick Joke; after Phineas & Ferb watch Candace-2 take out the Norm-Bots Phineas asks Candace "can you do that?"
Candace: Well apparently.
Then later Phineas-2 & Ferb-2 watch their normal counterparts use a Norm-Bot arm to destroy the others.
Perry's reflex when getting his neck scratched, which his counterpart shares.
Phineas playing baseball with Perry at the beginning of the movie.
Perry's locket tag.
The buffet Norm set up at the beginning of the movie.
The urine-stained couch cushion.
The Platypult that was towed away near the beginning of the movie.
Doof-2's Choo-Choo, and Doof-1 mentioning that he never lost his.
Perry's hat scanner that he was using to analyze all of Doof's creations so the OWCA could recreate and study them which he turned out to also be doing with Phineas and Ferb's projects.
The time Major Monogram told Perry not to video call him because he would be in the shower is used to distract the Doofs and allow everyone to escape.
The ball shooter from the Chronicles of Meap strikes again as an important item. It is used to destroy robots, and also winds up destroying the robot army because it takes out a transmitter that controls them.
The spots equipment that goes flying when Platyborg punches Perry into a cabinet.
The skull belonging to the weird animal skeleton in Doof-2's office.
Chekhov's Hobby: Phineas and Ferbs hobby of creating inventions, of course.
Clark Kenting: When Phineas and Ferb told Doof-1 their pet platypus' name was Perry, he simply thought it was another platypus named Perry. Seeing Perry stopping Platyborg from attacking Phineas and Ferb wasn't enough to make him connect the dots. Doof-1 still had to see Perry putting on the hat. Doof-2 couldn't believe the clues both Doofs saw weren't enough for Doof-1 without the hat.
Doof-2 hangs a lampshade on this by forcing Doof-1 to sit and look at pictures of Perry with and without his hat. "A platypus." "Gasp! Perry the Platypus!"
The "OWCA HQ" seen at nearly the end of the movie. It's also complete with "Pay no attention to this sign".
Continuity Porn: Up to Eleven. Expect to see many references to events in the show. In the film's climax, almost all of the inventions made by the boys throughout the show are used to fight off Doof-2's army.
Convection Schmonvection: The entire sequence and escape where Phineas-1, Ferb-1, Candace-1, Perry the Platypus and Doofenshmirtz-1 are being 'doomed', which is over a pit of lava.
Possibly subverted by the fact that the scene takes place in an alternate dimension. Convection may very well not exist there.
It's almost confirmed. When the Norm-bots fall in, they just kind of...sink, instead of melting or bursting into flames.
Makes sense considering physics don't really seem to exist in the first dimension.
Crazy-Prepared: The tow truck driver, who has attachments to tow anything.
For that matter, Perry analyzing and storing all of Phineas and Ferb's previous projects just in case they ever needed them in a situation.
Both Doofs' collect coins in case vending machine take over.
And Doof-2 has a bowl of rice pudding on hand... just in case an alternate version of himself shows up.
One of the gadgets presented to Perry, a souped-up harpoon, is only for if he's attacked by the royals or a member of Parliament. Carl even admits he probably won't need it (and he's right; it ends up being the only gadget not used).
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Who are the ones in the Beak suit sissy slapping dozens of Normbots out of the sky? Baljeet and Irving. Irving is implied to have taken out numerous Normbots on his own later in the battle as well.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The heroes easily take out Normbots as long as they are wielding weapons and aren't too heavily outnumbered. It's when Platyborg joins the fight (or if there are simply too many Normbots) that things become a problem.
However, even with the advantage of surprise, all of the local O.W.C.A. agents (minus Perry) working together quickly fall to the Normbots.
The defining characteristic of everone and everything's Dimension-2 counterpart.
Dark and Troubled Past: Humorously subverted with Doof-2, who only became evil because he lost his toy train as a child. Our Doof (who - among other things - was forced to work as a lawn gnome and is The Unfavorite to his parents) is stunned by this.
Dark Reprise: Sort of. When Perry the Platyborg is first revealed, a darker, more evil-sounding version of the Perry the Platypus theme can be heard in the background. It's used as Platyborg's Leitmotif for the rest of the film.
Deadly Dodging: Perry manages one heck of a display of this when rescuing his fellow agents from the Norm-bots.
How Phineas finds out about the transmitter Doof-2 uses to control his Norm-bots.
Didn't Think This Through: Doof-2 should've mass produced more robots instead of bringing the ones that were controlling his universe into the other.
Also, Phineas and Ferb's attempt at rescuing Perry from the two Doofenshmirtzes.
Then there's when Doofenshmirtz asks Candace to unlock his chains. While he's hanging over lava. She's quick to point out the flaw.
Disney Acid Sequence : A brand new reality eventually fades into this. It is a Disney movie after all.
While Everything's Worse With Platyborgs At least, until the end.
Evil Counterpart: Doofenshmirtz, obviously. Though that would probably count as an Eviler Counterpart. He's also an Evil Counterpart to Phineas, as shown in the final battle.
Agent P's 2nd Dimension counterpart General Platyborg counts too since he also works for Dr. Doofenshmirtz-2.
Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Doof 2. The only humor in his character comes from his crazy personality and the bad one-liners he makes: otherwise, he doesn't share his counterparts sense of humor and even "dooms" him for it eventually.
Evil Is Petty: Taken Up to Eleven by Doof-2. While Doof-1 has come up with some admittedly petty schemes before (for equally petty reasons), they have nothing on staging a full robot takeover of Danville just because he lost a toy train.
Five-Man Band: The main cast start to form some semblance of this towards the end of the movie, but it doesn't last long enough for it to fully manifest or for all the roles to be distributed clearly among the characters. We have Phineas as The Hero, Perry as The Lancer, Ferb as The Smart Guy, Candace as The Chick, and Doofenshmirtz as The Big Guy.
From what we get to see of it, the second dimension resistance appear to form one.
Foot Popping: Done by Isabella when she kisses Phineas near the end of the movie.
Forceful Kiss: Isabella gives Phineas a short one at the end when their memories are about to be wiped.
Foreshadowing: Phineas mentions at the beginning of the movie that Perry seems to have missed all the stuff Phineas and Ferb have been doing all summer. The fact that Perry's hat had scanned a great deal of the inventions that the two brothers had made shows that no, no he hadn't.
Freudian Excuse: Doofenshmirtz-2 went evil(er) because his toy train when missing. Doofshmirtz-1 deconstructs this, pointing out that it's a ridiculous excuse for his behavior, especially when Doof-1 has far more excuses and isn't as evil.
Doofenshmirtz-2 was already wearing the eye-patch back when he lost the toy train but he never uses the lost eye as a Freudian Excuse.
Genre Savvy: Doof-1 has a moment of this when he realizes his Otherdimensioninator doesn't need a self-destruct button.
Heroic Sacrifice: Phineas, Ferb, and their friends willing give up remembering the greatest adventure of their lives in order for Perry to stay. Shows just how much they care about that platypus.
Hoist By Their Own Petard: Platyborg. Being partly machine gives him some advantages in fighting first dimension Perry. It's also why he ultimately loses.
Hope Spot: When the first dimension characters are chained and sentenced to doom, they actually manage to grab the keys, take out all the Normbots present, and shut the goozim's cage. Then the cage door falls.
Also when Phineas, Ferb, and Perry are being pursued by Platyborg. A Normbot looks like it's about to fall on Platyborg, but it misses. Then subverted when he gets hit by a bus instead.
Horrible Judge of Character: An unfortunate side-effect of Phineas and Ferb's eternal optimism, it seems. They completely fail to realize that either of the two Doofenshmirtz's are evil until they're flat-out told.
It can be argued that it is subverted in the case of how they judged Doof-1 and he was always nice and polite to them.
Even though they've dodged adults early and often during the summer, it's a safe bet that they've never encountered one who was willing to hurt them just to expose Perry.
The same can be said of Phineas thinking Perry keeping his spy life a secret was because he didn't care about the family. If only he read that pamphlet.
How We Got Here: The movie starts off with Phineas, Ferb, Perry, Candace and Doof-1 about to be executed, with Phineas thinking back to how the day started. Lampshaded once the story catches back up to that scene, when Phineas skips over most of his dialogue the audience already heard.
Ferb: Whoa. Deja vu-ish.
Implacable Platypus: Platyborg. Nothing he gets hit with slows him down for long, aside from a turkey.. Until Perry electrocutes him at the end, removing his evil.
Informed Attribute: In spite of numerous references to it, we never see Buford-2 really "resisting the Resistance", perhaps mirroring Buford-1's (also mostly Informed) status as a bully. He willingly helps Phineas and Ferb locate the Resistance for help, and even accompanies the bona fide Resistance members on their missions.
Invulnerable Knuckles: An aversion played for an Ironic Echo. During the climactic battle between Perry and Platyborg, Perry injures his hand punching Platyborg's armor-plated head and has to shake it off. Later, Perry dons football padding, and when Platyborg tries to punch him in the helmet with his organic hand, it shakes off the injury in exactly the same way.
Karma Houdini: Played with. At first it seems that Second Dimension Doofenshmirtz would get off free after getting his toy train back and becoming good, but then he walks through the portal, and is promptly arrested by the Second Dimension Resistance.
Doofenshmirtz: I couldn't help but notice that your scar goes over your eyepatch...
As they approach the DEI building, Phineas mentions they're going to hit that building that looks vaguely like Ferb's head.
Major Monogram: Remember, if your cover is blown, you'll have to leave the boys forever. Doofenshmirtz: Does... does anybody hear someone talking?
Laser-Guided Amnesia: The main cast willingly decides to forget what they have dubbed the greatest day of their lives so that Perry won't have to leave them all. *sniff*
A literally case too, as they accomplish this by being shot by the Amnesianator.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Doof-1 finishes his duet Villain Song with Doof-2 with "Coming at you Fridays!", possibly referring to the premiere night of the movie as well as when new episodes of the series usually premiere.
In the climactic battle, the Phinedroids and Ferbots are used as these.
Doof-1's bots from the flashback.
Mood Whiplash: After the cheerful and uplifting "Summer" song, we immediately cut to Perry being asked to turn himself in to save his owners. Made worse when Phineas notices and chews him out for it again, and "I Walk Away" plays... then Ferb makes a funny comment.
The Multiverse: Though it's given some unique rules. First, it's not infinite, and you can travel through all of the universes one-by-one in a few minutes. Second, the universes are positioned in a clockwise formation, and it's a lot easier to travel that way, though this has the drawback of having you go through the entire multiverse to get back where you started. Going counterclockwise can be done, but it's very difficult.
Mundane Utility: When Doof-1 first gets the Other Dimension-inator working, his first idea of what to do with it is... to replace his old, worn-out, urine-stained couch with the much nicer one that occupies the same spot in the alternate dimension.
Name's the Same: Invokedin-universe. When Phineas and Ferb introduce their pet to Doofenshmirtz, he simply believes that there just happen to be two platypi in the Tri-State Area named Perry.
Doofenshmirtz: Is every platypus named Perry? Phineas: In a perfect world, yes!
The Agent T that appears in this movie and the game based on it has a different color scheme from the Easter Island-dwelling one from "Candace: Disconnected".
Never Trust a Trailer: The scene of one of the treehouse robots pulling a King Kong chest pound on top of a skyscraper? Never happens (except in a deleted scene).
Other trailers make it seem like the battle is to keep Perry, or that their Candace leads La Résistance.
No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Subverted. It's revealed that part of Perry's job is to photograph all of Doof's inventions so that the OWCA can rebuild and study them. Perry's secretly done the same for Phineas and Ferb's inventions, and keeps them hidden in his lair in case of an emergency.
Non-Action Guy: Baljeet-2, even more noticeably than Baljeet-1. He isn't shown to accompany the other Resistance members on missions, for instance.
When Candace-2 is rescued from prison, hints of our Candace's Jeremy infatuation begin to surface.
It's brief, but Ferb does shed a Single Tear when Phineas-2 thinks he's reuniting with Perry.
He is also just as scared as everyone else when running through the dimensions (well, at least the first one) and screams when nearly getting thrown into a pit of lava.
Opening Shout-Out: The continent-painting helicopter and the giant robot dog (the latter of which only appeared in an episode as part of another Opening Shout-Out) help fight off the Norm-bots alongside other inventions in the climatic fight scene.
The Summer song takes some lyrics from the show's opening song. In fact, the "painting a continent" line uses the same animated sequence.
Overprotective Dad: A deleted scene shows that Doof-2 is even worse than Doof-1 in this regard, using his power to banish any boy who shows an interest in his daughter.
Papa Wolf: Perry doesn't even break his masquerade when the Platyborg punches him clear across the room. When that same robot moves to do the same to Phineas and Ferb, he immediately jumps up and punches him just as hard.
Parrot Exposition: Candace does this when Stacy tells her that as an adult, she doesn't need her mom to bust her brothers. Stacy Lampshades this.
Police State: The Tri-State area under Doof-2's rule is tightly controlled via killer robots. They like to go around and ask for people's papers.
Portal Shave: The Goozim passes through the portal and ends up being cylindrical.
Or that might be just part of her cover. 'Cause you know, being a resistance leader against the overwhelming oppression of a tyrannical mad scientist doesn't really demand that you stay out in the open in that role...
Self-Destruct Mechanism: Thoroughly mocked, even more than usual. As it turns out, Doof-1's design for the Other-Dimension-inator didn't work specifically because of how he wired in the self-destruct button. When Phineas asks him whether he actually needed it, Doofenshmirtz starts to answer before slowly realizing that he doesn't. This is also apparently why Doof-1's attempt at a robot army didn't fare as well as Doof-2's (specifically, a rather unfortunate choice of placement for it). Though it turned out that Doof-2 installed these in his robot army after all.
The woman running away with the watermelon is also a reference to Buckaroo Banzai's "why is there a watermelon there?" scene.
The villain song in which Doof-1 and 2 are wearing pink outfits and working a conveyor is an homage to a classic episode of I Love Lucy. Another part of it has them as Laurel and Hardy and yet another as Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
The Sociopath: Somewhat Played for Laughs with Doof-2. He has no contrived backstory for why he's evil. He just lost his favorite toy...and that was it. Which shows he is truly evil because of what was inside him from the start, as opposed to warped and frusterated to petty degrees due to a traumatic childhood and Abusive Parents like Doof-1 is.
Un-Confession: Phineas's love interest, Isabella, kisses him just seconds before their memories are erased.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Doofenshmirtz doesn't think that much of the fact that Phineas and Ferb randomly flew in on a giant shuttlecock; well, other than the fact that it resulted in the destruction of his -inator.
Unwilling Roboticisation: Doofenshmirtz-2 had inflicted this on Perry-2 long before the events of the movie, and he intends to do the same thing to our Perry and Phineas at the movie's climax.
Villain Team-Up: Subverted. Both dimension Doofenshmirtzes are at first overjoyed to meet one another, but Doof-2 soon betrays Doof-1 when he realizes that Doof-1 isn't as good at being evil as he is.
Villainous Rescue: Doofenshmirtz saves Phineas, Ferb, and Perry from being crushed by Doofenshmirtz-2 at the end of the final battle.
Villains Never Lie: Granted, when Doof-2 promised to spare Phineas and Ferb if Perry turned himself in, he didn't realize that he needed Phineas's help until after Perry took him up on it. He's not exactly apologetic about the situation, though.
Also, Doof-2 explaining to Phineas and Ferb that Perry only saw them as a cover for his job as a secret agent and didn't actually care about them. Then again, he may or may not have genuinely believed this to be true.
The Voiceless: Ferb-2. His entire dialogue throughout the movie is one line during "Summer (Where Do We Begin?)"
As in the original show, Ferb-1 nearly qualifies. Excluding "Kick It Up A Notch", He has a total of six lines in the movie. Ge shares his first line with Phineas and another is the other is sung during "Summer (Where Do We Begin?)"
Danny and Stacy are the only named characters to speak in the movie without having a 2nd Dimension Counterpart shown. (A Weathercaster and a Newscaster had a single line.) Danny gets two lines.
Bobby and Swampy of Love Handel don't speak at all.
Was It All a Lie?: That's how Phineas feels when they find out Perry's a secret agent and that's why he's upset with Perry. Again, he gets over it rather quickly, but at that moment, he felt that all these years, his friendship with Perry was a lie.
Wham Line: "Do the same thing...to those two boys." *PUNCH*
The reveal of the members of the resistance ( "Watcha DOIN'?"), followed by the reveal of their leader: "Who made the topiary out of wild parsnips?"
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: No one raises the moral objections of trashing the Norm Bots even though they show signs that they have emotions. One even says "I use aggression to mask my insecurities". Also, when a group of them are confronted by Ferb with the robot bulls, one of them pushes another out of the way trying to escape, meaning that they have self-preservation and fear death.
On the other hand, they're an invading army, so the heroes aren't exactly given time to weigh the philosophical conundrum.
What the Hell, Hero?: ...And Phineas is actually pretty upset when they first find out, even if they do get over it by the second act.
Wimp Fight: When Baljeet tries on "The Beak" Powered Armor P&F made, slap fighting is all he can do. Fortunately the armor makes it still work.
The Worf Effect: Danville's animal agents, besides Perry, are quickly defeated by the Norm Bots. Even Perry himself gets a bit of this during his first fight with Platyborg, but it just serves to make his eventual victory all the more awesome.