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Phineas and Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas - animated television series DVD / animation DVD / family and children's DVD / comedy DVD review
PHINEAS & FERB:A VERY PERRY CHRISTMAS Rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Vincent Martella, Thomas Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Dan Povenmire, Caroline Rhea
  Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD release: 05 October 2010   Runtime: 79 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
Features: Aspect ratio 1.77:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English), Subtitles (English, French, Spanish), Phineas & Ferb's Virtual Fireplace, Dr. D's Xmas Jukebox-Inator, "Christmas Perry-Oki," "Letters to Santa," Behind-the-scenes: Composing a song, Bonus episode: "Doof Side of the Moon."

*PHINEAS & FERB: A VERY PERRY CHRISTMAS*If you haven't caught Disney's Phineas and Ferb on The Disney Channel, you should. This was my first major exposure to it, and I like it.

Phineas and Ferb are stepbrothers who undertake at least one project every day. Early on in the day, Phineas decides what this project should be, while the mostly taciturn Ferb brings his silent brilliance to bear on the project. Together they bring amazing things together, and they're so kindhearted and good-natured that it's impossible to dislike them. In the meantime, their sister, Candace, tries to get her mother to catch them doing these things but so far has always failed.

As an undercurrent to P&F's story, their pet platypus, Perry, who is a secret agent assigned to thwart the schemes of Dr. Heins Doofenshmirtz, goes off on a mission.

The show is really well done and doesn't contain much conflict. The stepbrothers are good to one another and to their sister, which makes the conflict between brothers and sister seem a bit contrived, but at the same time, it's nice to see friendly behavior modeled for our children on a pretty darn good show.

A Very Perry Christmas leads with Phineas and Ferb: Christmas Vacation, in which our heroes build a perfect rest stop for Santa, while Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries to get all of the children of Danville put on Santa's naughty list (Perry's on the case). It's a long episode, coming in at just over a half hour.

There are four other 11-minute or so episodes on the DVD which are a lot of fun but have nothing to do with Christmas or even winter... Also, why is it the town of Danville, California, has so much snow in winter? Never mind.

Extras include a Virtual Fireplace, some featurettes on the making of the show, and the covering of animation director Rob Hughes' office in Sticky Notes. On the whole, a lot of fun, and it sells the show well. My only complaint is that there are no additional Christmas or winter episodes to back up the main feature.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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