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‘Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars’ is strong with the Force of entertainment

"Phineas & Ferb" travels to a galaxy far, far away in Disney's first ever "Star Wars" crossover, "Phineas & Ferb: Star Wars."
"Phineas & Ferb" travels to a galaxy far, far away in Disney's first ever "Star Wars" crossover, "Phineas & Ferb: Star Wars."Photo: Nerdist.com

Phineas & Ferb: Star Wars

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Cast: Vincent Martella, Thomas Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Dan Povenmire, Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh

Synopsis: In homage to Episode IV of the popular “Star Wars” movie series, Phineas and Ferb, living as moisture farmers on Tatooine, come across R2-D2, who drops a disc containing plans to the recently completed Death Star, designed by Darthenschmirtz (Dr. Doffenschmirtz as a Darth Lord). It’s up to the boys to get the plans back to the R2 unit and their friend, Luke Skywalker, so it can aid the Rebels upcoming battle against the Empire.

Review: Disney took its’ first voyage into “Star Wars” crossovers with this all-new “Phineas and Ferb” special, and this was a crossover that meshed together perfectly. The two inventive stars of Disney’s popular animated series teaming up with the classic characters from the popular science fiction movie series went together like the Force and a lightsaber. Phineas and Ferb, who are quite content with spending their lives on Tatooine where it's summer all year long, must travel across the galaxy to return a disc containing the schematics of the Empire's new weapon, the Death Star, to the Rebel Alliance who are planning to launch a sneak attack on the station before it can be used to enslave the galaxy.

Throughout the series, Phineas and Ferb visit the different locations featured in “Star Wars IV: A New Hope,” including the Tatooine Desert Plains, the Mos Eisley Cantina, and even the Death Star itself, but what makes this special really stick out is that none of the Phineas and Ferb characters interact with the main storyline and events of “A New Hope.” Instead, they are off on their own tangent adventure of returning the Death Star plans to Luke. The same can be said for Perry the Platypus, an agent for the Rebellion, who is thwarting Darthenschmirtz’s plans to build a Sithinatior, which turns anyone it blasts into a Sith (the dark side of the Force) being.

All of the well-known “Phineas and Ferb” characters make an appearance in the series and are on opposite sides of the battle. We see Candace, Buford and Baljeet as stormtroopers for the Empire, and Isabella as a cold, friendless bounty hunter who got stiffed by Solo during the Kessel Run. The guest voices for the “Star Wars” characters are exceptionally well done, and the voices for Luke (Christopher Corey Smith), Han Solo (Ross Marquand), and Princess Leia (April Winchell) very well could be the closest you can get to Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fischer’s voices.

While this special’s primary focus is around the events of “Episode IV,” it does have a fair share of running gags and allusions to other episodes in the series. One example would be when Darthenschmirtz freezes Perry in carbonite, which is an allusion to Han Solo's freezing from "Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back." Another example is when the Rebels try to blame a mistake on Jar Jar Binks, one of the main characters from "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," who has been the target of extremely negative criticism by moviegoers and fans alike.

Overall, “Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars” is a very entertaining special and shows that the future for Disney/Star Wars crossovers looks very promising, especially if we see one for “The Empire Strikes Back.” You don’t have to be a fan or know anything about “Phineas and Ferb” to enjoy this special and it’s a great way to introduce younger generations to the incredible world of “Star Wars.” May the Force be with you!