Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
June 5, 2012 by Dennis Amith
With summer vacation now here, treat your children to an enjoyable, fun and packed DVD of “Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files” featuring 14 mini-episodes of “Phineas and Ferb” plus an activity pack that comes with a puzzle, magnet, stickers, hidden objects game and more! Definitely recommended!
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DVD TITLE: Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files
DURATION: 7 Episodes (14-mini episodes) (154 Minutes)
DVD INFORMATION: Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Dolby Digital Surround Sound, French and Spanish Language Tracks and Subtitles
COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
RATED: TV G
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2012
Directed by Zac Moncrief, Dan Povenmire, Robert Hughes, Jay Lender, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
Written by Dan Povenmire, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, Martin Olson, John Colton Barry, Bobby Gaylor, Antoine Guilbaud, Aliki Theofilopoulos, Kim Roberson, Sherm Cohen, Chong Lee, Piero Piluso, May Chan, Kaz, Michael Diederich
Executive Producer: Dan Povenmire
Co-Executive Producer/Executive Producer: Jeff “Swampy Marsh
Line Producer: Natasha Kopp
Music by Danny Jacob
Edited by Ted Supa
Art Direction by Alan Bodner, Jill Daniels
Featuring the voices of:
Vincent Martella as Phineas
Thomas Sangster as Ferb
Ashley Tisdale as Candace
Dan Povemire as Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz
Jeff “Swampy” Marsh as Major Monogram
Dee Bradley Baker as Perry the Platypus
Caroline Rhea as Mom
Alyson Stoner as Isabella
Mitchell Musso as Jeremy
Maulik Pancholy as Baljeet
Richard O’Brien as Dad
Bobby Gaylor as Buford
Tyler Alexander Mann as Karl
Kelly Hu as Stacy
Olivia Olson as Vanessa
While Phineas and Ferb do it all to make every day the best day ever, evil lurks just around the corner! But there is hope for the unsuspecting citizens of Danville. Now, for the very first time, crack open the top- secret archives of O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) to expose… THE PERRY FILES!
Join Perry the Platypus–a.k.a. Agent P.–on his most exciting adventures as he thwarts his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, at every turn. With groovy gadgets, mad skills and his trademark brown fedora, this semi- aquatic, egg-layin’ mammal of action is unstoppable! Experience the hilarious havoc as he defends the Tristate Area against Doof’s “inators,” battles rogue agent “Dennis the Bunny,” and much more. When it comes to secret agents, Perry’s not only the real deal, he’s real teal!
Since 2007, “Phineas and Ferb” has been an animated show that has been entertaining children (and also adults) on the Disney Channel with its running gags, interesting and hilarious characters.
With each episode, Phineas and Ferb are both working on a project and each time, their sister Candace is always scheming to finally bust them. Meanwhile, the evil scientist Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz is up to no good and Major Monogram and the secret agent Perry the Platypus (Agent P) are doing all they can to stop Doofenshmirtz.
And as Perry is a popular character in the series (and often responsible for saving the day), in June 2012, Disney is releasing the “Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files” featuring 14-episodes (two mini-episodes are featured in one full episode) featuring secret agent Perry the Platypus plus a few bonus Perry-related items including a puzzle, magnet, hidden objects game, stickers and more!
The main characters of “Phineas and Ferb” are:
- Phineas Flynn – One of the main protagonist of the show who joins his stepbrother Ferb in various projects.
- Ferb Fletcher – The intelligent step-brother of Phineas who is from England and although quiet he happens to be an engineering genius. He also has a crush on Vanessa Doofenshmirtz.
- Candace Flynn - A 15-year-old teen and the older sister of Phineas and step-sister to Ferb. She is always trying to bust her younger brothers. Meanwhile, she is dating Jeremy Johnson.
- Perry the Platypus - The pet of the Flynn-Fletcher family and is thought of being useless. But the truth is that he is a special agent working for the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) and is constantly battling his nemesis Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
- Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz - A mad scientist and father of Vanessa Doofenshmirtz. his goal is to take control of the Tri-State area.
- Isabella Garcia-Shapiro – A friend of Phineas and Ferb and has a crush on Phineas. Also, has skills to help the boys courtesy of her involvement with the Fireside Girls.
- Major Monogram – The head of the O.W.C.A. and responsible for sending Perry out on missions.
- Linda Flynn-Fletcher – The mother of Phineas and Candace and step-mother of Ferb.
- Baljeet Rai – The Indian-American neighbor of Phineas and Ferb and is very smart but constantly bullied by Buford.
- Buford Van Stomm – Because of his size, he is looked at as a bully but the truth is that he’s a nice kid who tries to act tough.
- Lawrence Fletcher – Father of Ferb and step-father to Phineas and Candace.
- Jeremy Johnson – The boyfriend of Candace.
“Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files” comes with the following episodes. Included are:
- No More Bunny Business/Spa Day (Season 2, Episode 70) – In the first episode, Agent Perry must fight Dennis the Bunny. In the second episode, Candace and friends are building houses for charity, while Phineas and Ferb create their own back yard spa.
- Split Personality/Brain Drain (Season 2, Episode 108) - In the first episode, Candace accidentally pulls a lever of Phineas and Ferb’s invention, splitting her personalities into two. In the second episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz puts a helmet on Perry and takes control of him.
- Candace Disconnected/Magic Carpet Ride (Season 3, Episode 122) – In the first episode, Phineas and Ferb build Candace a new cell phone. In the second episode, Phineas and Ferb make a magic carpet.
- Ask a Foolish Question/Misperceived Monotreme (Season 3, Episode 120) – In the first episode, Phineas and Ferb build a computer of what to do for their mom in order to make her happy. In the second episode, Phineas and Ferb build a fun house inside their house.
- Mommy Can You Hear Me?/Road Trip (Season 3, Episode 128) – Candace has an injured foot and tries contacting her mom to show her the injury.
- Perry the Actorpus/Bullseye! (Season 3, Episode 148) – In the first episode, Phineas and Ferb try to make Perry an actor. In the second episode, Phineas and Ferb builds their own truck stop diner but Dr. Doofenshmirtz is up to no good.
- Escape from Phineas Tower/The Remains of the Platypus (Season 3, Episode 136) – Phineas and Ferb build an escape tower but Dr. Doofenshmirtz zaps it with the roodinator. In the second episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz turns Perry into a butler.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
“Phineas and Ferb” is presented in widescreen (1:78:1) – enhanced for 16×9 televisions and is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and French and Spanish Language Tracks and subtitles.
“Phineas and Ferb” sports vibrant colors and for the most part, picture quality should be fine for the children. If anything, the series is known for its unique character design and for the most part, the animation is quite enjoyable to watch because it’s quite different with the characters and their geometric shaped heads.
Dialogue and music are clear and are heard clearly through the front and center channels. Subtitles are in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
“Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files” comes with:
- Nerves of Teal – (2:07) A featurette about Major Monogram talking about O.C.W.A.
- Platybus Tour – (1:50) Alyson Stoner and the “Phineas and Ferb” cast introduce viewers to the Platybus.
The following Easter Eggs can be accessed on this DVD (from L to R):
- Wall Corner – Watch Perry fly in a jet pack.
- TV – Watch Perry dance.
- Sliding Door - Watch Perry clinging on the windows with suction cups.
- Curtain – Watch Perry hiding behind the curtain.
- Lamp table – Watch Perry sneaking in the living room.
“Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files” comes with a slipcover case. But also several extras such as a Perry mini-puzzle, Perry hidden objects sheet, Perry postcard, “Phineas and Ferb” stickers and Perry magnet.
At our home, “Phineas and Ferb” is the top animated series that is constantly played by my 9-year-old son. He loves the animated series and watches it over and over, and he hasn’t even gotten bored by it in the several years of watching it..
Every day he watches the show, I can hear both he and my wife singing the show’s theme song and even my wife has talked about how she enjoys watching “Phineas and Ferb” alongside with him. In fact, I have sat with him many times as he schools me on the characters of the animated series and as a father, just watching his face and seeing him rewinding back to his favorite moments of the series.
So, I’m sure that what is happening in our household, happens in other households as well and with the summer time here and the kids are out of school, parents need to keep their children occupied.
What best than the DVD release of “The Perry Files”, featuring 2.5 hours of “Phineas and Ferb”!
As for me, while the show is fun, there is only so much I can personally watch but for my son, this DVD was in his words…”Awesome!”. In fact, he loved all the extra cool Perry swag that came with the activity pack. So, while the children will love this release, it’s also a great way to bring families together, may it be to watch the episodes or put the mini-puzzle together.
Although, I may not have grasped the concept of why Phineas and Ferb’s older sister Candace is trying to bust her little brothers all the time or why there is a secret agent platypus staying with the family, I realize that this series is beloved by many, and my young son and my wife are among that demographic who love this series.
And for this DVD, I asked my 9-year-old son to assist me with the review by giving me words of what he thought of “The Perry Files” and all that came out of his mouth was “Awesome!”.
As a parent, the episodes were safe and fun to watch and I have to admit, for a children’s DVD, Disney has definitely released an impressive package with seven episodes (14-mini episodes total) of “Phineas & Ferb” and a few special features and hidden easter eggs to go along with this entire DVD. But the addition of the activity pack was literally the icing on the cake for my son! He loved it!
Overall, this is an wonderful and “awesome” release of “Phineas and Ferb” which fans of the series can’t go wrong with it and really, there is nothing I can even fault or say anything negative about because you get so much included with this DVD release.
For fans of “Phineas and Ferb”, “Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files” is recommended and my son gives this DVD five stars and a very big “AWESOME!”.
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