Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Phineas and Ferb Journey to the Galaxy Far, Far Away of "Star Wars"

Disney and Lucasfilm join forces to bring kiddies and their young-at-heart parents “Phineas and Ferb Star Wars.” It marks the Mouse House’s first real stab at lampooning and honoring George Lucas’s space opera since the company bought the Galaxy Far, Far Away. I’m not counting Mickey and Donald donning Jedi shrouds and stormtrooper armor at Disneyland.

Phineas and Ferb are joyfully relaxing in the glow of Tatooine's twin suns a couple of summers ago in a galaxy far, far away. The two boys and Agent P are suddenly thrust into the middle of a galactic rebellion when the plans for the Death Star fall into their hands. Can they overcome the forces of evil and Stromtrooper Candace? Will Agent P prevent Darthenshmirtz from using his Force-powered "Sith-Inator?”

“Phineas and Ferb Star Wars” runs parallel to “Episode IV: A New Hope.” While Phineas and Ferb are embarking on their adventures, they cross paths with Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca as they race to escape the Death Star and bring the hidden plans of the space station to the Rebels. It’s funny to see how their actions inadvertently affect what goes on in the original 1977 movie.

It’s also entertaining to see the characters, planets, and starships realized in the animated style of “Phineas and Ferb.” Other familiar faces from the “Star Wars” saga turn up as well. Ferb adapts Darth Maul’s look when he turns to the Dark Side. Jabba the Hutt and his motley crew of creatures show up as well.

“Phineas and Ferb Star Wars” includes five bonus episodes of the Disney Channel series. That’s eight additional tales we get as extra features. The entire DVD clocks in at over two hours with the “Star Wars” portion taking up 45 minutes.

Although it’s rated G, “Phineas and Ferb Star Wars” does contain some jokes only parents will get. A couple of them I found unnecessary, but children won’t understand them. However, older teens might grasp the double-entendres.

“Phineas and Ferb Star Wars” is a successful mashup between the two Disney worlds. I’m sure we’ll be seeing many more such crossovers very soon. I welcome them all if they’re crafted as well as this one.

“Phineas and Ferb Star Wars” is available now on DVD.

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