August 5, 2011 – The Disney Channel Original Movie Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension Premieres
“One minute we were innocently launching ourselves across the city in a badminton platypult. The next thing we know, we’re bouncing on up to the eastside to your deluxe apartment in the sky.”
On August 5, 2011, the Disney Channel Original Movie Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension premiered. The film is the first full-length feature for the series, and the fourth animated DCOM. It averaged 7.6 million viewers on its premiere, as well as garnering many positive reviews from critics. The film was written by Dan Povenmire, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and Jon Colton Barry, and was directed by Povenmire and Robert Hughes. It starred Vincent Martella as Phineas, Thomas Sangster as Ferb, Ashley Tisdale as Candace, Dee Bradley Baker as Perry, and Dan Povenmire as Doofenshmirtz.
The movie begins in with Phineas, with Ferb and Dr. Doofenshmirtz, musing about their precarious situation and how their day began so well. The scene then moves to earlier that day, where Ferb and Phineas are waking up on a sunny summer day. Phineas and Ferb begin their day with their pet platypus Perry, with a song celebrating their pet, since it’s been five years since they’ve owned Perry. Meanwhile Candace, having just gotten off the phone with her boyfriend Jeremy, starts lamenting about his going away to college soon. In the backyard, friends Isabella, Baljeet, and Buford arrive and they create two large platypus contraptions before they realize Perry is missing. Perry is off on his secret agent mission, where he is warned that should his cover be blown, he will have to transfer families. His boss, Major Monogram, informs him that they have created several duplicates of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s inventions, and gives Perry the assignment of destroying the new invention before Doofenshmirtz can finish it. He is given several inventions to help in his mission, including a hologram and a super magnet.
Candace’s best friend Stacy arrives at the house to find Candace packing away all of her “childish” things, as Candace wants to be seen as more of an adult. She realizes that she doesn’t need to bust her brothers to her parents anymore, as she can, as an adult, bust them herself. The boys’ invention is ready to start, and they are flown across the town in a giant badminton birdie. Candace then heads to the park to bust them, while the boys crash into Doofenshmirtz’s invention, destroying it. When they hear what Doofenshmirtz’s invention was, they offer to help repair the machine. However, when they near completion, Perry appears, but has to pretend he’s not a secret agent once he sees Phineas and Ferb. Although he tries to prevent them from finishing the machine without blowing his cover, he is unsuccessful, and the machine shows another dimension. Once they enter the other dimension, they boys discover that Doofenshmirtz is actually a super-villain in the other dimension, and rules the tri-state area.
Doofenshmirtz is soon whisked away to meet his other-dimensional self, and the two bond rather quickly. Perry is rather worried about this turn of events while exploring the other dimension, especially when 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz reveals that Perry is really a secret agent, and shows off 2nd Dimension Perry, who is Doofenshmirtz’s cyborg servant. To protect the boys, Perry reveals his identity as a secret agent. Phineas is angry about Perry’s deception, even while they are pursued by Cyborg Perry. Perry dukes it out with Cyborg Perry, but the boys and Perry are able to escape. Unable to get back to their dimension, they decide to go find their 2nd dimensional selves. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz learns from his other self about how he was able to take over the tri-state area, and the 2nd Dimensional Doofenshmirtz decides to take over the other dimension’s tri-state area. Candace, in the original dimension, is still trying to find out where her brothers are, and heads back to her backyard.
Phineas and Ferb find their other-dimensional house, with the situation still tense between Phineas and Perry. They find their other selves, and find that the other Perry has disappeared. They are also surprised to find that summer has been outlawed, and are ready to explain what the season is. While Phineas explains, Perry rushes off to stop Doofenshmirtz, but is discovered by Phineas, who angrily tells him to go. Both sets of boys are captured by the resistance, which includes Isabella and the Fireside Girls, who attempt to help Phineas and Ferb get back to their dimension. They soon find that the leader of the resistance is none other than Candace. In the first dimension, Candace and Stacy discover the portal to the other dimension, and while Phineas and Ferb attempt to go home, they find that Perry has been captured. They decide to go after Perry instead, but not before Candace enters the 2nd Dimension. They all head to Doofenshmirtz’s lab, and Candace has an interesting conversation with the other Candace, finding that 2nd Dimension Candace had to grow up quickly to protect her brothers.
Unfortunately, the group has stumbled onto a trap, and are captured by the Doofenshmirtz pair. Perry is able to help them escape thanks to a hologram of Major Monocle, who was in the shower at the time. 2nd Dimension Candace fights the following robots with ease, but the real problem occurs when Cyborg Perry appears. In a last ditch effort, 2nd Dimension Candace saves the 2nd Dimension team members, leaving the other dimension Candace, Phineas, Ferb, and Perry to fend for themselves. Captured once again, Phineas is ordered to fix Doofenshmirtz’s dimension machine, but he refuses. However, Doofenshmirtz is able to fix it himself, and the group is given to Cyborg Perry to be destroyed, including the original dimension Doofenshmirtz. As the group is led to their doom, Perry uses his high powered magnet to get the keys to their chains and hijack one of the robots. As they try to escape their doom, they find themselves handing precariously over a pit of lava. More guards are sent to kill them, but they are soon surprised to find themselves saved by 2nd Dimension Candace. She hands Phineas the dimension remote, and he activates it, with the group falling into another dimension.
2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz orders his robots to go after the group, but they are still able to capture 2nd Dimension Candace. A chase ensues through dimensions, and they are finally able to find their own dimension. Unfortunately, 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz finds his way into the original dimension as well, and unleashes his robot army across the tri-state area. Phineas and Ferb try to go with Perry to help him save their dimension, but Perry refuses to let them go along. Meanwhile, 2nd Dimension Candace is rescued by 2nd Dimension Jeremy, Phineas, and Ferb, and they realize this is their chance to stop Doofenshmirtz’s evil reign. While they head home, Phineas and Ferb realize that Perry has given them the key they need to access his secret lair and assist him after all. When the lab is activated, all of their old inventions are also replicated, and the two set to work to help Perry. Perry tries to hold off the robots the best he can, and is soon saved by Phineas and Ferb. Phineas and Perry make up, and the gang quickly works together to stop Doofenshmirtz, which is musically accompanied by Love Handel.
Phineas and Perry head off to close the portal, with Perry doing battle with his Cyborg self. Candace gets an idea to get her mom and try and bust her brothers, as she realizes that the trouble will disappear the moment their mom appears. Ferb rushes to help Phineas, and Phineas realizes he just needs to destroy the dish on the machine, as it controls the robots. Perry is able to stop his Cyborg self, and heads off to save Phineas, who is then able to destroy the dish. The robot army is completely disabled, but Doofenshmirtz has one last robot up his sleeve. However, original dimension Doofenshmirtz is able to stop 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz, and all the robots are destroyed. 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz heads back to his dimension, where he is arrested the moment he gets back. Everything goes back to normal, and each group heads back to their proper dimension. Unfortunately, Perry is to be reassigned now that his cover has been blown, but after using one of Doofenshmirtz’s Amnesia-inator, they forget the whole thing every happened so they can keep Perry in the family and forget that he’s a secret agent. The only person that remembers anything is Perry, who keeps a camera full of photos of the day.