Typically, it’s really annoying to watch the blatant promotions that Disney has done since they acquired Marvel and Star Wars. Suddenly the entire Disney universe is throwing in subtle and not-so-subtle references to Marvel super-heroes and Star Wars characters. For example, take Horace Horsecollar’s Captain America shirt from the newest Mickey short, Get a Horse:
Good thing Horace wasn’t a fan of Batman, or Disney could have some trouble. The newest cartoon in the Disney Canon, Big Hero 6, is actually based on a Marvel comic. The 2.0 edition of Disney Infinity is loaded with Marvel characters. I’m sure Star Wars isn’t too far behind. I’m really surprised that we haven’t seen more Indiana Jones crossovers.
But I’m going off on a tangent. I really wanted to blog about liking one of these crossovers. For Christmas, Wifey and I bought Geek Spawn Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel and Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars. Mission Marvel was so-so, but the Star Wars episode was really enjoyable.
The short movie was done in a mid-quel style. Our Phineas and Ferb characters are having their own adventure that intersects with the Star Wars story at various points, like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead or Lion King 1 1/2. I thought this was a clever way of handling the material. I was expecting a Mickey’s Christmas Carol-style parody. Phineas would be Luke, Perry would be R2-D2, etc. But this was a much more creative way to do it. For those that know the Star Wars universe well, there are dozens of jokes and references throughout.
Phineas and Ferb did a terrific job of infusing the movie with Star Wars style humor. It had a lot of similar Star Wars based humor that Family Guy: Blue Harvest did, but without all the crude sexual jokes. Some of the jokes even revolve around the fan-side of Star Wars, commenting who shot first or blaming Jar-Jar for a problem.
The Phineas and Ferb TV series has a very creative song writing team. Every episode includes at least one song about what’s going on that day. The Star Wars movie has 5 original songs that flow smoothly into the episode and the Star Wars world.
It is not necessary to be a fan of Phineas and Ferb or Star Wars to enjoy this movie, but it doesn’t hurt! The creativity and humor is evident throughout even if you don’t happen to be uber-geeks like us here at BFG. I strongly encourage you to check this movie out no matter what you’re a fan of!
Have YOU already seen it? What did YOU think? How do YOU feel about Disney’s shameless crossovers? Talk to ME!