Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel


Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


Rating: G


Reason for the Rating: N/A


Plot Summary: Phineas and Ferb (with unintended assistance from Dr. Doofenshmirtz) accidentally steal the powers of a quartet of Marvel superheroes.


PopFam Recommends: Saturday-morning fun for any day of the week.


For Phineas, Ferb, and pals, the day starts like any other—except this time they're meteor-surfing in outer space, thanks to the boys' latest invention of a new, orbiting satellite. Much fun.


For Secret Agent P (aka, the boys' pet platypus, Perry), the day is also rather routine. Once again, he's been captured by inept, evil genius Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Once again, he must thwart the good Doctor's evil plans. This time, that plan is to steal all the mayoral powers of Danville.


On the bright side, Agent P manages to destroy Doofenshmirtz's Power-Drain-Inator before he can steal the mayor's powers. On the not-so-bright side, one blast from Dr. D's invention launches into outer space, ricochets off Phineas and Ferb's satellite, and returns to earth where it robs Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor of their super powers.


Even worse, the Red Skull and a cadre of super-villains discover the heroes are helpless. They commandeer the Doofenshmirtz technology and set out to rule the world (and destroy a few super heroes in the process). As you can guess, the rest of the movie is a fun, team-building adventure as Phineas, Ferb, their sister Candace, and friends all team up with the Marvel super heroes to save the world.


Oh, and of course, there are hilarious one-liners, lots of slapstick humor, a fantastic cameo of Marvel comics legend Stan Lee (hot dog anyone?), and the trademark musical numbers we've come to expect in a Phineas and Ferb exploit. (FYI: The anthem, "My Evil Buddies and Me," is pretty much worth the price of the whole movie.)


Content-wise, the action is all mild and played for laughs. Although there is comic violence (heroes fighting villains), even that was obviously created with the knowledge that preschoolers and young children would be watching. People are harmlessly tossed around, buildings crash down, and an artillery gun (Syrup not included.)


Originally a Disney-channel TV exclusive, Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel is now available on DVD. Bonus features throw in seven additional, stand-alone cartoon shorts of Phineas and Ferb. Special edition package also includes a collectible comic book and Marvel comics poster inside.


In all, Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel is 145 minutes (or so) of Saturday-morning fun ready for any day of the week. We recommend your share it with the whole family. And hot dogs. Don't forget the hot dogs.




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