Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension. What can I say about it that hasn’t been said already? The movie is AWESOME!!!
In my opinion, this is the best thing that the show has ever done. It’s even better than Summer Belongs to You! Oh yeah, I went there.
Why is it the best thing in the entire show? Because it has everything that makes it a great movie. Good animation, good writing, great humor, great action scenes, memorable songs, likable, memorable and developed characters, even some dark moments that the show was never able to do.
However while I do think the movie was awesome, I do have a few gripes with them, There were two plot holes as well as what Candace-2 did near the end of the mine-cart scene. I think a lot of people know what I am talking about and would agree with me that that was Candace-2’s worst moment. Thankfully though she did redeem herself in the Goozim scene. Plus we never saw what happened to the 2nd Dimension characters after the events of the movie. (But that what this episode’s for)
However to me, those flaws are outweigh by what makes the movie so great. Hell, I would still give the movie a perfect rating despite those flaws.
I will talk about the one thing that some fans didn’t like that I really don’t agree with. That’s the ending. Some people say that they wanted Phineas and Ferb to remember Perry being a secret agent and some say that it was lazy and the entire movie in the end was pointless. To those complaints I have this to say.
You know…..I already talked about this back in my Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars Review…..but since we are talking about the movie again……and since today’s review involves the movie….I will talk about it again. Here’s what I said in that review:
"You see I was one of many people who was GLAD that Phineas and Ferb and the gang got there memories erased at the end of Across the 2nd Dimension. Personally, if there memories were not erased and the rest of Season 3 and Season 4 went on with them knowing about Perry, It would ruin what makes Phineas and Ferb a great show and personally, I would not think that the episodes after the movie will be that good if they went that route and I am glad that they didn’t and to me, the newer episodes prove that it didn’t need that to be better cause it is really good as is. The ending to “Across the 2nd Dimension” is one of the best scenes in the movie because Phineas and Ferb chose to have their memories erased and keep their pet and there member of the family instead of remembering and have Perry located. They CHOSE to forget and make that sacrifice to keep Perry. This is something that many people who complained about the ending overlooked."
Oh yeah, and the talk about the movie being pointless is bullcrap too. Why? Because we wouldn’t have the episode that we’re talking about today.
Back in 2012, Robert Hughes posted on twitter storyboards and character designs of an upcoming sequel episode to Across the 2nd Dimension. The episode centers around one of my gripes from before, an episode about the 2nd Dimension characters after the fall of Doofenshmirtz-2. But that does raise the question, will it be worthy sequel to the movie. Well let’s find out.
This is "Tales of the Resistance: Return to the 2nd Dimension."
The episode starts off with a female voice narrating about Doofenshmirtz-2’s rise and fall back in the movie in the form of, in my opinion, a very funny Fellowship of the Rings reference.
The person narrating it, its Charlene Doofenshmirtz…..well actually her 2nd Dimension cou
We then cut to two months after the events of the movie where we see the star of the movie, the badass, Candace-2 (Candace Flynn’s 2nd Dimension counterpart) doing pull-ups while talking about how everything’s back to normal. However she herself is not glad about it because she thinks that evil might strike back. She also feels restless and needs a challenge. We’ll talk how this plays a big part later.
Meanwhile Phineas-2, Ferb-2, Buford-2 and Dr. Baljeet talk about how they are trying to embrace their freedom thanks to the advice from the original Phineas and Ferb. Just then, While playing a game of fetch with Phineas-2, Perry the Platyborg, with a whole new look thanks to Phineas-2 and Ferb-2, (If you remember at the end of the movie, a short circuit he suffered after his fight with Perry turned him back to normal. And it was implied in this episode that Phineas-2 and Ferb-2 modified him.) found a metal door in their backyard.
They opened it and found a lot of sporting goods. That’s when Lawrence-2 tells them about what sporting goods mean because the kids don’t know anything about sporting goods or sports in general…..which makes sense. In the mine cart scene in the movie, Candace-2 talked to the original Candace about how Doofenshmirtz took power when she was a little girl. Because of this, Doofenshmirtz-2 outlawed fun as well as Summer Vacation. Plus Phineas-2 and the other kids don’t know much about this stuff because they are either babies at the time or that they haven’t been born yet. Heck later on Candace-2 doesn’t know what Ice cream is. (Oh and another difference between the original Candace and Candace-2, Candace-2 is not Lactose Intolerant.) And believe it or not there is a reason for that. But like I said before, we’ll talk about Candace-2 in a bit.
Back in Candace-2’s room, she gets a call from Major Monogram-2 who you remember back in the movie he was enslaved and became an executive assistant. Now that Doofenshmirtz-2 is no longer in power, he is back in charge of O.W.C.A. (of the 2nd Dimension) and tries to revive the orginization. However according to him, most of the O.W.C.A. agents disappeared after Doofenshmirtz-2 take over. Candaec-2 offers to help but Monogram refuses and would take care of the matter themselves and tells Candace to have fun……which she never did in her life.
I think the time has come to talk about what I’ve been hinting in the review regarding Candace-2’s character. Remember what I said before about Doofenshmirtz-2 coming into power when Candace was a little girl, well because of it, Candace immediately began to resist Doof’s rule and vowed to bring him down. So she formed the Resistance to oppress Doof and work to find a way to bust him once and for all. She never had any fun, and instead acts more serious as you have seen in the movie.
Candace-2 sacrificed her entire childhood and of course, sacrificed her desire for fun to try to bring down Doof-2. Which is why in the movie, she was more serious and strict. Candace-2 is probably the most developed character in the movie and this episode continues to explore that part of her character. In a way Candace-2 and another character that we’ll get into later are the true stars of this episode.
We then cut to Danville Park where we get to our first song in the episode. The song is called "Sports" sung by longtime songwriter for Phineas and Ferb, Danny Jacob and his son, Aaron Jacob. The song as you would guess is about the kids of the 2nd Dimension including Phineas-2, Ferb-2, Isabella-2, Buford-2, Dr. Baljeet and the Firestorm Girls playing their own game of sports wearing various mismatch of sports equipment. The song for the most part is an okay song. It has some good lyrics but it’s nothing special. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad song at all, just not as good as other Danny Jacob songs. But my favorite part of the song is where a female narrator talks about the rules of the game:
Once the gong is rung, the offensive team serves the pom-pom and advances down the field. The defending cyclists race past the tackling dummies and try to get into scoring position. If they manage to return the pom-pom into one of the scoring locations, they will be awarded a chance to chase the jumbo riding ball past the midfield skiing defender, while the other team tries to hit as many tennis balls as they can using golf clubs. I don't know why this guy has a canoe paddle.
I don’t know why but hearing these rules always makes me laugh.
After the song, we then see Candace-2 who is also at Danville Park on the lookout for anything suspicious.
I should also take the time to talk about Candace-2’s attire. Out of all the characters in the movie, Candace-2 has the best design hands down. She wears nothing but black clothing. She wears a black sleeveless turtle neck that exposes her midriff, black skirt, black boots, black headband black glasses, she even has a black wristband. Like Candace-2’s badass behavior, her black attire makes her more badass and really fits well with her character.
In this episode, she ditches her sleeveless turtle neck in exchange for the red sleeveless shirt that the original Candace wore….and it doesn’t look good in my opinion. Not because it makes her look like the original Candace, it just doesn’t look right. Aside from the red shirt, she wears the rest of her black attire, and to me, the red shirt does not match well with the black attire and just looks bland.
That said though, I do get why they gave her the red shirt. Because it’s actually symbolic. Let me explain. Like I said before, Candace-2’s black attire makes her look like a badass, but it also symbolizes her serious nature and her determination to stop Doof-2. The red shirt symbolizes her attempt to try and do something that she never did before during her childhood. In this case, it’s fun. Also you probably notice that Candace-2 is wearing the most of her black attire with the one red shirt symbolizing that while she is trying to have fun, her business as a leader of the Resistance and making sure everyone is safe from evil comes first.
…..either I blew your mind with this realization or you think I'm overanalyzing this way too much......YOU MAKE THE CALL. XD
I still prefer her black sleeveless turtle neck over the red shirt but like I said I get what they were trying to do and in a way, it does work.
Anyway, while Candace-2 is on patrol, she gets a visit from her 2nd in command and leader of the Firestorm Girls, Isabella-2. Like Monogram-2, she tells Candace-2 to just relax. Oh yeah I almost forgot, during their talk, Candace-2 revealed that she hasn’t seen much of Jeremy Johnson-2. (For those who don’t know, he’s a member of a three-man strike team in the movie.) The reason was because of all of her busy work. Isabella-2 advises her to make room for other things in her life.'
But that would have to wait when suddenly a group of animals ambushed Platyborg. Two of them turns out to be Pinky the Chihuahua and Peter the Panda of the 2nd Dimesnion…….as cyborgs…….Yeah as you would guess it is the missing O.W.C.A. agents that Monogram-2 was referring to earlier that went missing. Plus they also have giant robot ants accompanying them.
After a series of really cool action scenes and a really good one involving Candace-2 and Isabella-2, the cyborg Animalborgs (Yes, that’s what they are called in the episode) take Platyborg away.
And after informing Monogram-2 what just happened, Phineas-2 wants to get Platyborg back but Candace-2 refuses because it’s dangerous. This leads to this line from Phineas-2:
Phineas-2: Candace, we can handle this. Who was it that got past the security grid to free you from Doof's tower?
Candace-2: ……….Okay, but take the Firestorm Girls. It could get hairy. And while you do that, I'll go find out who's behind all this.
I admit I like this bit. It’s a good callback to what happened in the movie. I also like Candace-2’s response to it as well especially the pause before she said anything. She knows that her brother’s right and who is she to judge.
Anyway, Candace-2 goes to O.W.C.A.-2’s High Security Prison to meet an old nemesis.
Yup we finally get to see Doofenshmirtz-2……and his Choo-Choo. Yeah I will talk about the Choo-Choo later on.
Candace-2 starts questioning Doof-2 about how he was behind the attack at the park. However it turns out that it wasn’t him. He says that it could be……..another Doofenshmirtz!
And that’s when Candace-2 just realized who is behind this……
VANESSA DOOFENSHMIRTZ OF THE 2ND DIMENSION!!!!
However it turns out that it’s not her because according to Doof-2, she doesn’t care about evil and tells her that it could’ve been his ex-wife Charlene….2.
Dun dun duuuuuuunnnn?
Okay, I admit that was a funny joke.
And that’s the first half of the episode. I’m gonna stop right there for now. Don’t worry I will continue the review, but for now, I need to take a break. Next time we’ll finish this review as well as give my full thoughts on the episode. Until then, this is Kyle and I’ll see you next time.