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Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars is a one-hour special episode of the Disney Animation television series Phineas and Ferb that aired in summer 2014 on Disney Channel and Disney XD. The Star Wars-themed episode was first announced at the annual San Diego Comic-Con International on July 19, 2013.

Opening Crawl

Episode IVa
MAY THE FERB BE WITH YOU
A couple of summers ago in a galaxy far far away...

On the Desert planet of Tatooine
lived two happy young moisture
farmers, who had absolutely
no plans of leaving or getting
involved in any kind of
intergalactic shenanigans.

Unbeknownst to them the Galactic
Empire had recently finished
constructing its ultimate weapon,
the DEATH STAR.

Meanwhile, having learned the
whereabouts of the Death Star's
plans, the rebels send their best
platypus agent to obtain them, in
hopes of finding a weakness.

And none of this is canon, so just relax.

Synopsis

Agent Perry the Platypus, a spy for the Rebel Alliance, infiltrates the Galactic Empire's administration offices and retrieves a data disc containing the schematics for the Death Star. Perry rendezvous with Priness Leia on board the Tantive IV, where Leia gives Perry his next mission: she has placed the disc in R2-D2 and intends to record a video message to explain her situation to Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. She assigns him to escort the droid, as well as C-3PO, safely to Kenobi. However, they soon discover that an Imperial Star Destroyer has tracked them. Soldiers file into the ship, including thee entry-level Stormtroopers, Candace, Baljeet, and Buford. The three, especially Candace, are excited for their first battle, but their commander instead places them on "sock detail", the tedious task of retrieving socks for Darth Vader. The young soldiers stumble across Leia recording her message into the R2 unit, but as she runs off in the ensuing battle, Perry is separated from the droids, who leave for Tatooine in the escape pod. Hoping that capturing the droids will be the career boost she needs, Candace, Buford, and Baljeet take the other escape pod, with Perry stowing away.

LukePhineasnadFerb

Concept art of Luke Skywalker with Phineas and Ferb on Tatooine.

Meanwhile on Tatooine, step-brothers Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher live just one moisture farm over from Luke Skywalker. In contrast to their older neighbor, the boys love living on the planet with their wild inventions and each other. They pass on their parents' suggestions to explore the rest of the galaxy, content with playing with the planet's eccentric wildlife and taking "Jedi lessons" with Ben Kenobi every Tuesday.

Landing on Tatooine, Perry tracks down R2-D2 and smuggles him out of the Lars house while Luke is distracted, but is separated from the droid again after a run-in with Phineas and Ferb's speeder. Phineas directs the droid to Kenobi's house, but neither the droid nor the brothers realize that the crash dislodged the schematics disc. The boys discover the disc the next morning, and after spotting the droid, Kenobi, and Luke en route to Mos Eisley, they head to the spaceport to return it. In town, a Toydarian merchant, Blatto, plays the data disc, and they learn about the Empire's nightmarish new weapon, as well as its very odd design flaw. Realizing that the droid must be part of the Rebel Alliance, Phineas and Ferb vow to return the disc. However, they're spotted by Candace's group of Stormtroopers, and miss the Millennium Falcon as it flies away. To follow the ship, they hire a young smuggler named Isabella Garcia-Shapiro of the Centennial Chihuahua as their pilot, and Phineas quickly forms a crush on her.

The Rebellion believes that the plans are still inside R2-D2 and thus safely in Kenobi's possession, and so Agent P is assigned a new mission by his superior Major Hologram: a low-ranking Imperial scientist Dr. Darthenshmirtz, accompanied by his droid Norm-3PO, is working on a new machine called the Sith-Inator, and Agent P heads to the Death Star to stop him. There, he happily reunites with Phineas and Ferb, his owners from back when he was a pet platypus. However, Perry is captured by Darthenshmirtz and immobilized in carbonite. Darthenshmirtz explains that the Sith-Inator will corrupt whomever it hits into a powerfully evil Sith. Sensing Perry in trouble, Ferb splits off from Phineas and Isabella to help him, and the boy is zapped with the device.

The other two children look for the Falcon, but are discovered by Candace. As she chases them, she slips on some grunge leaking from the trash compactor and nearly falls to her death off a ledge, but she is rescued by Phineas. Candace is confused to see a Rebel act selflessly, and contemplates the implications as the children run off. This event, along with the recent destruction of Alderaan, convinces Candace, Baljeet, and Buford, that they are on the wrong side of the war. The leak also causes Perry's carbonite trap to malfunction, and he fights Darthenshmirtz throughout the Death Star. Isabella and Phineas see the Falcon depart for Yavin 4, but Phineas refuses to leave without his brother. He entrusts Isabella to follow the Falcon and return the disc, while he goes to find Ferb. After delivering the plans, Isabella insists to a group of pilots her age, the Firestar Girls, that she has no interest in getting involved with the Rebellion, but an encounter with her smuggling rival Han Solo and some words of wisdom from Chewbacca convince her otherwise.

Phineas finds Darth Ferb, who has modified the Sith-Inator to turn even more people to the Dark Side. When Phineas refuses to join him, a lightsaber duel breaks out between the two brothers. Candace redeems herself by coming to Phineas' aid, distracting Darth Ferb long enough for Phineas to destroy the Sith-Inator and turn Ferb back to normal. As Perry leaves with a carbonite-encased Darthenshmirtz in his custody, Candace, Buford, Baljeet, Phineas, and Ferb try to get off the battle station, but watch the last ship fly away. With Luke Skywalker flying along the trench, the group accepts that they will die in a few minutes. As they list final regrets, Phineas mentions that never learned what became of his older sister, who left Tatooine when he was very young. Candace suddenly realizes Phineas is her brother. The siblings embrace, and Phineas properly introduces Candace to their step-brother Ferb. The Death Star explodes before Phineas can explain what became of their biological father, but fortunately, they are rescued at the last moment by Isabella.

Though there are still copies of the Death Star schematics out there and Darthenshmirtz has escaped the carbonite and vowed to fight in the sequel, the Rebels still have much to celebrate with their first great victory in the Galactic Civil War. After the ceremony commending the heroics of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, a Twi'lek singer Vanessa leads the celebration with a victory number as the casts of both Star Wars and P&F dance. Isabella kisses Phineas, and, to the aggravation of Firestar Girl Gretchen, Jek Tono Porkins also shows up alive, completely ruining the moment.

Development

The inspiration for the special came after The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm on October 30, 2012. According to co-creator of Phineas and Ferb Dan Povenmire, "When I saw that news break, I drew a picture of Doofenshmirtz as Darth Vader and texted it to the head of Disney TV animation and wrote, 'I smell crossover!'"[3]

Robert Hughes confirmed that there would be at least five songs in the special. [4]

Hughes later also confirmed that the Phineas and Ferb characters Vanessa and the Fireside Girls would have Star Wars counterparts that would appear in the episode.[5]

Merchandise

Walt Disney Records released a soundtrack album containing five songs[6]; and a radio drama version of the episode in German language.[7]

Games

This special episode inspired two online games, Agent P: Rebel Spy[8] and Phineas and Ferb Star Wars - Droid Masters[9]. Both playable for free on Disney web sites.

Trivia

  • At the end of the opening crawl, the narrator (voiced by Jim Cummings) reads that this special is non-canonical. While this clearly applies to Star Wars, it also does not work within the continuity of Phineas and Ferb, as several conventions of the show are subverted: Phineas and Ferb know about Perry's sapience and he is not their pet; Candace does not know Phineas and Ferb are her brothers, et al.
  • Many of the scenes from A New Hope were directly rotoscoped into animation. This services the episode's modus operandi of presenting the P&F characters of simply being off-screen during the film's events, similar in style to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
  • Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the television show MythBusters (and ex-ILM employees) have voice cameos in this special episode.
  • Wayne Brady has a voice cameo as an Imperial Officer.
  • In addition to voicing Darthenshmirtz and Major Hologram, Phineas and Ferb co-creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh have extended voice cameos as a pair of tractor beam operators.
  • When Phineas and Ferb meet Luke Skywalker, he is dressed as he was in a scene deleted from A New Hope with a fisherman's hat and poncho. After Phineas and Ferb leave, the scene becomes identical to the deleted one, in which Luke uses his macrobinoculars and watches the Battle of Tatooine play out above him.
  • The Death Star schematics have three prominent details written in Aurebesh. In order of their appearance onscreen, they read: "YOU GOT A JOKE NO ONE ELSE DID.", "IF YOU HAVE PAUSED THIS AND TRANSLATED THIS INTO ENGLISH, CONGRATULATIONS.", and "NOW, GO IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS!"
  • Prior to the creation of the special, co-creators Povenmire and Marsh were openly big fans of Star Wars, and they went on to describe the episode as their "dream crossover".[10] This is further evidenced by the numerous references to Star Wars scattered throughout Phineas and Ferb; they are so numerous that the show's own wiki has compiled a list.
  • Notably, this is the only episode of Phineas and Ferb in which Phineas and Candace make any reference to their biological father.

Credits

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Cast Crew

Cast

Crew

  • Phineas and Ferb created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
  • Story by Dani Vetere, Jim Bernstein, Martin Olson, and Scott Peterson
  • Written and storyboarded by Kyle Menke, John Mathot, Mike Bell, Michael Diederich, Michael B. Singleton, Edward Rivera, Patrick O'Connor, J.G. Orrantia, and Eddie Pittman
  • Directors: Robert F. Hughes and Sue Perrotto
  • Assistant Director: Russell Calabrese
  • Executive Producers: Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
  • Producer: Robert F. Hughes
  • Line Producer: Natasha Kopp
  • Story Editor: Scott Peterson
  • Casting by Sara Jane Sherman
  • Dialogue Director: Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
  • Production Manager: Mark Brammeier
  • Art Directors: Jill Daniels and Alan Bodner
  • Retake Director: Russell Calabrese
  • Character Design: Celeste Moreno, Gordon Hammond, Greg Guler, and Jose Zelaya
  • Prop Design: Anthony Vukojevich, Chuck Puntuvatan
  • Location Design: Brian Woods, Chuck Puntuvatan, John Berman, Maurice Morgan, Melinda Leasure, Plamen Christov, Tyler Gentry
  • Background Paint: Andrew Underwood, Esther Kim, Jill Daniels, Lucy Tanashian-Gentry, Natasha Liberman, Patrick O'Connor, Ruben Chavez, and William Dely
  • Storyboard Revisions by Calvin Suggs, Edward Rivera, Leonardo Pinero, Michael B. Singleton, Otis Bayboy, and Trevor Tamboline
  • Timing Directors: Barbara Dourmashkin-Case, Karl Fischer, Terry Lennon, Theresa Wiseman, Robert F. Hughes
  • Color Stylists: Nancy Ulene and Allyn Conley
  • Additional Storyboards by Flammarion Ferreira, John Mathot, Kyle Menke, and Wendy Grieb
  • Continuity Coordinator: Nancy Jacobsmeyer
  • Staff Writers: Dani Vetere, Jim Bernstein, Martin Olson, and Scott Peterson
  • Technical Directors: Scott Possman, Darrin Drew, Antonello Stornelli, Brian Cole, Bryan Deemer, Jason Bierut, Jason Jones, Jessica Slipchinsky, John A. Mangor-Baurley, Jezreel M. Carlos II, Karen Wong, Pamela M. Palma
  • Music by Danny Jacob
  • Main Title Theme Melody by Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Carl Hill Williams, Michael Walker, and Michael Culross Jr.
    • Performed by Bowling For Soup
  • Animation Production by Synergy Animation and Wang Animation Studios
  • Film Editor: Anne Harting
  • Assistant Film Editor: Shawn Lemonnier
  • Animatic Editors: Andy Tauke, Lauren Crist
  • Track Editors: Jim Harrison and Laurie Wetzler
  • Pre-Production Dialogue Editor: Jim Harrison
  • Dialogue Engineer: Chris Cirino
  • Dialogue Editor: Robbi Smith
  • Assistant Dialogue Engineers: Jacob Ortiz and Ryan Coursey
  • Re-Recording Mixers: Melissa Ellis and Fil Brown
  • Post Production Supervisor: Drew Tolman
  • Post Production Coordinators: Stephanie Moffatt and Treasure Rawson
  • Digital Coordinator: Ryan Burkhard
  • Technical Assistant: Vahe Haytaian
  • Production Control: Sarah Wintucky
  • Sound Designer: Robert Poole II
  • Foley Mixer: John Sanacore
  • Foley Artist: J. Lampinen
  • Digital Audio Transfer by Robert Pratt
  • Production Supervisor: Lance Lecompte
  • Production Associate: Kenny Kweens
  • Production Secretary: Teresa Lara Ferragamo
  • Talent Coordinator: Rachel Glauber
  • Script Coordinator: Dawn Connors
  • Based on characters by George Lucas
  • Special Thanks to Lucasfilm:

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Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Notes and references

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