Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (David Errigo Jr). are back! This time the dynamic duo are on Disney+ with a brand new feature-length adventure. Not only that their sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale) is taking centre stage as she faces off against the Universe. This new film is called Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe and it’s a whole lot of fun.
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe is pretty much a feature-length episode that is canonically set before the final episode of the series. It follows Phineas, Ferb and the gang as they try and rescue Candace after she is apparently abducted by aliens.
The film has a light and breezy pace to it with a similar energy running through the writing. The jokes are sharp, the scenarios the gang find themselves in often hilarious and with an equally energetic score this is the perfect film with the end of the Summer upon the little ones in your life.
Rick & Morty for the whole family
The best description, and perhaps compliment, I can give Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe and the franchise as a whole is this feels like a PG-rated Rick & Morty. The jokes are so razor-sharp and many running gags make their way into this film and someone had a younger sister who was a fan I was laughing out loud often.
Even non-fans may be drawn into this mad world because of the quality of the writing. I was next to someone who didn’t know anything going in and she was almost immediately bowled over by the charm of the characters and the humour of the world.
Hey, Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today!
The film is just a big ol’ episode so anyone looking for anything new won’t find anything here. If you’ve seen Phineas and Ferb before you’ll know the beats, ultimately though it doesn’t matter because if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and this works.
The animation quality isn’t particularly better than the series but if it were it might not feel like its progenitor. The alien world that the action of the majority of film is set in is wonderfully realised with a lot of unusual flora and fauna that add to the depth of the film plus the colours are quite vibrant and lush.
The score and music of Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe are also excellent elements. A particular highlight where the comedy and music mesh together is the introduction of Super Super Big Doctor (Ali Wong). It’s an absolute cracker and I loved every moment.
Ultimately this is an easy sell. If you have kids, if you are looking for something fun and memorable then look no further. Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe is a bright shining piece of animation and it’s just what we all need after the end of the Summer.
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