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The Phineas and Ferb - The Fast and the Phineas - animated DVD / children's and family DVD review
Rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Vincent Martella, Thomas Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh, Caroline Rhea
Creators: Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh and Dan Povenmire Distributor: Walt Disney Video
DVD release: 29 July 2008 Feature runtime: 112 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital), Phineas and Ferb's Homemade Tree Shade Arcade (Set-top games), Original pitch by Dan Povenmire

Phineas and Ferb is the newest hit Disney Channel animated series, one that is appealing to kids of all ages (and even their parents). Phineas (voiced by Vincent Martella) and Ferb (voiced by Thomas Sangster) are two young stepbrothers determined to make their summer vacation something to remember. In each episode, the boys do something outrageous: as the opening credits say, "building a rocket, fighting a mummy, climbing up the Eiffel Tower." Throughout all of this, their older sister, Candace (voiced by Ashley Tisdale), tries to get their parents to see what they are doing and get the boys in trouble - all in vain.

The parents never find out, mostly because of the family's pet platypus, Perry (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker). Perry is really secret "Agent P," who is constantly doing battle with the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz (voiced by Dan Povenmire). The results of the battle between Agent P and Dr. Doofenshmirtz means that Phineas and Ferb's creations or discoveries are erased before Mom is able to see what is going on.

Phineas and Ferb: The Fast and the Phineas features five episodes, each containing two parts or two smaller 11-minute shows.

  • "One Good Scare Ought to Do It (Parts 1 and 2)": Isabella has the hiccups, and Phineas and Ferb build a haunted house to scare them away.
  • "The Fast and the Phineas": Phineas and Ferb fix up their mother's car in order to enter it in a race.
  • "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror": The boys create a huge backyard beach party.
  • "Are You My Mummy?": After seeing a show about mummies, Phineas and Ferb go on a search for one of their own.
  • "Flop Starz": Phineas and Ferb decide to become "one hit wonders."
  • "Raging Bully": Phineas trains for a thumb-wrestling match.
  • "Lights, Candace, Action!": Phineas and Ferb direct a movie starring Candace.
  • "It's About Time (Parts 1 and 2)": Phineas and Ferb make a time machine and travel back to the time of dinosaurs.

There are a few bonus features, including the original pitch for the show and "Phineas and Ferb's Homemade Tree Shade Arcade," a series of cute games you can play using your DVD remote. Overall, though, there aren't very many bonus features.

This is a good collection of shows, enough to keep kids entertained for quite a while. You definitely get your money's worth with ten episodes here. Phineas and Ferb: The Fast and the Phineas is hilarious, and many of the jokes are multi-layered, including some tongue-in-cheek type comments especially geared toward adults. This animated series is a favorite in my house; my kids love it and can watch the short episodes many times. The animation is also unique with great colors and fun lines. This is a DVD to purchase and keep in your collection; it's enjoyable for the entire family.

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reviewed by Melissa Parcel
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