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Phineas and Ferb
The Fast and the Phineas

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV G

Running Time: 112 Minutes

Starring the voices of: Vincent Martella, Ashley Tisdale, Thomas Sangster, Caroline Rhea, Alyson Stoner, Mitchenl Musso, Dan Povenmire, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Richard O'Brien, Dee Bradley Baker, Tyler Bann, Carlos Alazragui

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Original Pitch, Homemade Tree Shade Arcade

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection

Released: July 29th, 2008

 

 

"Phineas and Ferb" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as these episodes aired on the Disney Channel. These are excellent transfers, with vibrant colors that are well saturated and really pop out. Detail is good too, and the only real flaw I noticed is some noise here and there. These are clean and sharp transfers, that are more than pleasing to the eye. 

 

The episodes feature English Dolby Surround tracks, which are pretty good. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and the various musical cues (including the show's theme song) sound really strong Standing out the most, naturally, are the surrounds. There are some limitations, but here and there a few discrete sound effects kick in during Phineas and Ferb's activities. Car engines rumbling, a T-Rex roaring and the adventures of a secret agent platypus. In all, these are lively and robust mixes.

English subtitles are also included, as are English closed captions through your television. 
 



The major supplement is the Original Pitch, introduced by the show's creators, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh. The two joke and are pretty enthusiastic about their series, and Povenmire explains a bit about the pitching process. What follows the intro is a story reel he made, which was sent to Disney Channel executives overseas (who had a say whether the show was greenlit or not). The actual reel is pretty impressive. It's always interesting to see how a show was envisioned and how the final product turned out to be, and it seems the original vision was kept intact other than a few tweaks. This is worth checking out.

There's also the Homemade Tree Shade Arcade, where you can play four different games. There's definitely variety here, and it should entertain the younger ones.


"Phineas and Ferb" is a fun show for kids, that manages to pack some irreverant humor for the adults watching with them. The first collection of the series on DVD is pretty solid: strong episode transfers, nice Dolby Surround tracks and a few extras. Given the low retail price, this is recommended for families who enjoy the series.