“What’s the big deal?” I thought. It’s just two brothers who get into all kinds of scrapes and an older sister who’s out to bust them – shows you what little I knew about them!
So, when Disney invited me and a plus one to the première of their Phineas and Ferb movie launch – whoa! they are so popular they have a movie launch? – I thought: “if it’s so popular, I’d better get with it.”
With my daughter as my plus one, we headed over to Shaw Theatres nex
(23 Serangoon Central, #04-64, Nex, Singapore 556083). While the mall is easily accessible via the Serangoon MRT and a bus interchange, finding the entrance to the parking was a little tricky. When we finally arrived at the theatre, we were greeted by our kind hostesses, Joanne and Georgina from T/PR who graciously led us to our seats in the “Première Screen” – a first-class equivalent of movie theatres with deluxe leather seats and premium dine-in services within a cosy hall of 48 seats. We were served popcorn (my girl’s favourite), soft drinks and tea.
And then Mai Tatoy, Media Relations Director of Disney Channels Southeast Asia came bearing goodies… Talk about first-class treatment!
But back to the movie…
The story begins on a summer afternoon in Danville. While celebrating the anniversary of getting their beloved pet platypus, Perry, imaginative stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb are catapulted into Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Evil Inc., where they encounter a machine that opens portals into other dimensions.
Phineas and Ferb travel to Alternate-Danville, which eerily resembles their home in the Tri-Sate area. There, they encounter their alter-egos – exact replicas of themselves except their characters are completely opposite. The alter-ego Ferb and Phineas are pale-skinned and unadventurous (having not known what summer is), while their alter-ego sister, Candace is a kick-ass heroine.
They also discover that their faithful pet Perry is actually a secret agent. Without revealing too much of the plot, the trio or six-er had to work together to usurp the evil and smarter alter-ego of Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Expect lots of clever lines that reflect the humour of the series creators, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. Its good versus bad theme may be all too familiar, but juxtaposed that with the opposing alter-egos and the collaborative efforts to thwart their nemesis, and you get a minty new look on this common theme.
The movie is light-hearted and fun and true to its message for the young: with enough imagination and ingenuity, practically anything can be accomplished.
“When we were growing up, we went out into our backyards and garages and we built things. Now there seems to be way too many ‘organized activities’ that limit the freedom of creativity and artistry,” Marsh says. “We hope [Phineas and Ferb] can convey the kids to go outside, use their imaginations and create something.”
While this may not be a must-see movie for the adults, it is a nice, heart-warming movie to watch with your kid(s). To borrow a line from Candace in the movie: “give [yourself and your kid] a little more time to be young.”
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension premieres on Disney Channel – 27 August, 7:30pm!
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|Kyana’s favourite: popcorn!