Phineas, Ferb, Perry the Platypus, Candace, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz, who were all captured by the 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz, are about to be fed to a Goozim. Phineas compares their current situation to how the day began and states that everything started out so well that morning.
The scene switches to the beginning of the day, with Phineas and Ferb waking up due to Perry's chattering. The trio do their daily morning routine (such as get dressed, brush their teeth), while singing "Everything's Better with Perry", a song about how everything is better with their pet. Afterward, they fall down the stairs next to their parents and reminisce about when they adopted him from the Organization Without a Cool Acronym's animal shelter. Subsequently, they play baseball, launching the balls off of Perry's tail. They then decide to play platypus badminton using two giant platypus-shaped catapults, which are able to launch objects off their tails like real platypuses.
With the help of their friends Isabella, Buford and Baljeet, they construct them, launch themselves off of the tail of the platypult in a large shuttlecock, and fly through the air. Perry, who has assumed his secret agent role as Agent P, has returned from a mission briefing with Major Monogram and Carl; the latter who has given him several new gadgets.
While riding in his new rocket car, Agent P collides with Phineas and Ferb's shuttlecock that changes its course and crashes on the roof of the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated headquarters, destroying Dr. Doofenshmirtz's latest invention, the Other-Dimension-Inator.
Meanwhile, after learning that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is looking for colleges, Candace decides to grow up and act more like an adult. She and her friend Stacy go to the backyard to bust the boys, since, now that Candace is an "adult", she can bust the boys herself. However, she finds that her brothers and the platy-pult are gone, with only Isabella and Baljeet remaining. Candace concludes that the "Mysterious Force", the force that she believes takes away Phineas and Ferb's invention before her mother can see them, recognizes Candace as an adult, and so kept her from seeing the boys' invention as well. She and the rest of the group go to the park to look for the boys.
Feeling sorry for him, and not knowing that he is evil, Phineas and Ferb help Dr. Doofenshmirtz rebuild his Other Dimension-inator, much to the horror of Perry, who must pretend to be a mindless pet in the vicinity of his owners lest they find out his secret. He tries to stop them by taking away the last piece to the -inator from Phineas and peeing on Doofenshmirtz's couch, but to no avail.
They successfully open a portal to the 2nd Dimension and step through it. They find that that the Tri-State Area in this dimension has been taken over by the 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz, who has a scar that goes over his eye-patch. Dr. Doofenshmirtz is redirected by the 2nd Dimension Monogram to a ride that takes him straight to Doofenshmirtz-2. There, they meet and perform a duet.
Phineas, Ferb, and Perry follow, and Doofenshmirtz-2 recognizes their pet as Perry the Platypus, while the regular Doofenshmirtz doesn't. Doofenshmirtz-2 sends his minion, General Platyborg, the 2nd Dimension Perry who was defeated and turned into an evil cyborg by Doofenshmirtz-2 a long time ago, to attack Perry, hoping that it will cause Perry to reveal that he is a secret agent. However, Perry remains in his mindless guise even after being hit. Doofenshmirtz-2 then tells Platyborg to hit the boys, to which Perry punches the Platyborg away and reveals his identity.
Phineas and Ferb are surprised at this and hurt that Perry didn't tell them that he was an agent (primarily Phineas, who yells at him). Doofenshmirtz-2 summons his Norm Bots to seize the trio. The three fall through a window, but Agent P releases his parachute. They land on top of another building, where Agent P does combat against Platyborg with his feet stuck in a skull from an animal skeleton from Doofenshmirtz-2's lair. Phineas and Ferb trap Platyborg in Agent P's parachute.
Phineas begins to express his anger again until he realizes that Perry is caught in the parachute. Phineas and Ferb try to pull him back up, but fall; fortunately they all end up being "saved by unconventional architecture". A Norm Bot approaches them as well as Platyborg, but the Norm Bot is hit by the skull and Platyborg is hit by a bus. Phineas, Ferb, and Perry are then able to escape.
Back in Danville, Candace, Stacy, Isabella, and Baljeet have found Buford in the park chewing Victory Gum, as he assumed he had won the platypus badminton game they were playing earlier, even though it was more of a forfeited win since Phineas and Ferb had gone missing. Candace and Stacy decide to go back to the Flynn-Fletcher backyard while Isabella, Baljeet, and Buford stay in the park.
In the 2nd Dimension, Phineas expresses his anger again about Perry being a secret agent while Ferb reminds him to try to use a remote version of the Other Dimension-inator to get home, but it just opens a portal to another dimension they don't know. Doofenshmirtz-2 tells Doofenshmirtz that what had caused him to go eviler than him and take over the 2nd Dimension Tri-State Area was that he had lost his toy train when he was a child, and Doofenshmirtz is unable to believe that that was his emotionally scarring back-story while he had so many more of those than him. Meanwhile, Phineas is trying to get over the fact Perry is a secret agent and wonders simultaneously if Perry is family. Ferb assuages him, and the boys decide they to need to find their 2nd Dimension selves, who have never heard of summer before and are successful in explaining summer to their counterparts. Agent P, upon seeing a news report on TV saying that he should turn himself into Doofenshmirtz-2 or else Doofenshmirtz-2 will hurt his friends, begins to leave but is stopped by Phineas and Ferb.
Phineas disowns Perry, telling him to go ahead and leave, as he can't trust Perry anymore, and Agent P leaves. Afterward, they attempt to go across the street to the 2nd Dimension Isabella's house but are stopped by a lone Norm Bot, who is taken down by the 2nd Dimension Buford. It is revealed that Buford-2 was part of the The Resistance against Doofenshmirtz-2, but became so good at it that he started resisting the Resistance too. The five fall down a chute once entering Isabella's yard, and end up being tied by the Firestorm Girls, the 2nd Dimension versions of the Fireside Girls. They are interrogated by the 2nd Dimension Isabella, to which Phineas replies that they are Candace's brothers. They are untied and led to 2nd Dimension Baljeet, who prefers to be called "Dr. Baljeet." He explains that the 1st Dimension and the 2nd Dimension are right next to each other, but to get to the 1st Dimension, they would need a lot of energy as they would be going against the flow of energy between the multiverses. Their other option would be to go around clockwise, but it is unknown to how many dimensions they have to go through to end up in their own. They are later introduced to the leader of the Resistance, 2nd Dimension Candace, who shows up and commands everyone to begin work to divert energy to bring Phineas and Ferb back to their dimension.
Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz-2 has decided to go the 1st Dimension's Tri-State Area to conquer it. He gets regular Doofenshmirtz to create another Other Dimension-inator, but it fails to work as it seems they will need the boys' help to make it. Dr. Baljeet has been able to open a portal to the 1st Dimension. Upon seeing a news report that Perry has been captured, Phineas and Ferb want to rescue him. Meanwhile, Candace and Stacy are in the Flynn-Fletcher backyard, and Candace tries to talk to the Mysterious Force. The portal from the 2nd Dimension opens up, which the two girls believe is the Mysterious Force. Candace goes through, causing the portal to close, and her being stuck with the 2nd Dimension gang.
Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Candace-2, Buford-2, Isabella-2, along with Phineas-2 and Ferb-2, who has stowed away, go underground in mine carts to attempt to break into Doofenshmirtz-2's lair to rescue Perry. But they find out that it is a trap, and they are surrounded.
Doofenshmirtz-2 taunts Perry that he has captured him and his friends around 3:30 to 4 pm EST. Perry remembers something and presses a button on his watch, which opens up a hologram of Major Monogram, who, at that moment, is in the shower. The Doofenshmirtzes, Platyborg and the Norm Bots look away in disgust, and the kids are able to escape. The group tries to race away in the mine carts as the Norm Bots pursue them. To save her and her brothers, Candace-2 separates the mine carts, and she and the rest of the Resistance are able to escape, while Phineas, Ferb, Candace, and Agent P are captured.
Back in Danville, Stacy builds a shrine to the Mysterious Force as an apology for not believing in it, in hopes that it will bring her friends back. Meanwhile, Phineas and Ferb refuse to fix the Other Dimension-inator, but Doofenshmirtz remembers the boys removed his self-destruct button, repairing the device. Now obsolete, Doofenshmirtz-2 sentences the four to doom, as well as regular Doofenshmirtz, as he had gotten on Doofenshmirtz-2's nerves. The group, in chains, is led to a caged Goozim surrounded by lava. Perry is able to get keys to unchain the gang, but the Goozim's movements toss them around, and the keys drop near the lava that takes up the ground. As the gang nearly dangles near the magma (thanks to Doofenshmirtz's poor climbing skills), Candace is able to catch the keys. Suddenly, Candace-2 shows up with the Other Dimension-inator remote. She defeats the surrounding Norm Bots and throws it to Phineas. When he realizes what it is, he tells Perry to let go of the Goozim's cage, but he hesitates. Phineas pleads with Perry to trust him, and he lets go of the cage, just as Phineas opens a portal to another dimension. The group falls through a portal to a flower dimension, and they use the keys to unchain themselves.
The portal is still open, however, so the Norm Bots come through it, so Phineas closes the portal. Candace-2 is captured, and Doofenshmirtz-2, though enraged, goes on with the invasion of the 1st Dimension Tri-State Area. The group goes through numerous dimensions with the Norm Bots in pursuit.
As Buford, Baljeet and Isabella are talking in the park, Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Perry, and Doofenshmirtz manage to get back in the 1st Dimension. At the same time, however, Doofenshmirtz-2 arrives at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated, retracts the roof as the Other Dimension-inator rises up and activates a portal, allowing millions of Norm-Bots to invade Danville. Candace-2, who has been imprisoned, is rescued by the 2nd Dimension Jeremy, and Phineas-2 and Ferb-2, who have taken on new clothing. After hugging her brothers, Candace tells the 3 of them to go with her to help stop Doofenshmirtz-2 from taking over the 1st Dimension, and they all leave.
Agent P is told by Major Monogram to assist the other agents in fighting the invading robots, while Phineas, Ferb, and Candace are simply told to go home. There, Perry's locket, which Phineas has, beeps, leading them to Agent P's lair. They receive a message, activated by the locket, saying that, the Tri-State Area is in an emergency level Alpha Red. Agent P thus needs their help, and that he knows they can help him because of their Big Ideas. Many of Phineas and Ferb's inventions from past episodes of the series are replicated, and the kids from Danville take control of them, managing to save the agents, who were surrounded by the Norm Bots, and go to war with the Norm Bots. In the heat of battle, Phineas and Perry get to the top of the Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated building, where they find Doofenshmirtz-2 sending off more of his robots. Perry fights Platyborg, while Phineas goes head-to-head with Doofenshmirtz-2 after he is caught trying to disable the portal.
Perry is eventually able to defeat Platyborg, who, with a chicken stuck on his head and corn in his hands, gets his tail stuck in an electrical socket and is electrocuted. Phineas realizes the dish is what controls the robots, so he goes for the baseball launcher, which Doofenshmirtz-2 grabs and is subsequently cornered by Doofenshmirtz-2, who aims at him with the baseball launcher. Perry hands Phineas a baseball bat, which he uses to hit the baseball that Doofenshmirtz-2 shoots at him from the launcher. The baseball hits the satellite which controls the Norm Bots, and they all fall to the ground deactivated. Ferb, who has been climbing up the side of the building with plungers, reaches his brother and pet. An enraged Doofenshmirtz-2 emerges from the ground in the cockpit (sleeve) of a giant robot version of himself and goes to smash Phineas, Ferb, and Perry.
At that moment, Doofenshmirtz, who left his keys in the 2nd Dimension and has been trying to get his neighbor Mrs. Thompson to let him into the building, shows up and unveils his toy train from his childhood, Choo-Choo. Once he sees his lost train, Doofenshmirtz-2 climbs down the robot and embraces the toy.
Meanwhile, Candace, who has given up on becoming an adult, goes to the movie theater, where her parents Linda and Lawrence, have been. She tries to get her mom to go outside with her to see the grand battle that is going on in hopes that the mysterious force will make it disappear. Doofenshmirtz-2, who has now become less evil, apologizes for his wrongdoings and reveals that he has had Self-Destruct buttons on his Norm Bots after all. He presses a button on a remote, and all the robots in the Tri-State Area blow up and disappear. Candace and Linda get outside and find that all the robots have vanished and that Candace has failed at busting her brothers – again, something she takes pride in.
Doofenshmirtz-2 returns to the 2nd Dimension, where he is arrested by Monogram-2 and the Firestorm Girls. The Resistance enters Danville, and thanks Phineas, Ferb, and Candace for all they've done. The Platyborg has had the evil "fried" out of him, and Phineas-2 and Ferb-2 rush to hug him, happy that their pet has returned. After the 2nd Dimension characters leave, Monogram and Carl show up and tell Phineas and Ferb that Perry has to go away forever due to his secret being blown. The boys ask if there's something else they can do to keep their pet, and Monogram and Carl remember that Doofenshmirtz built an Amnesia-inator and that everyone agreed to have their memory of that whole day (including learning Perry's identity as Agent P) so they can keep him.
Back at the O.W.C.A.'s headquarters, Phineas, Ferb, Candace, Jeremy, Buford, Isabella, Baljeet, and others are lined up (Doofenshmirtz tied up for some reason) to get their memories erased. The brothers say their last good-byes to Agent P. As everyone got ready to get their memories erased by the Amnesia-inator, Isabella confirms with Monogram that no one will remember anything from today, then proceeding to kiss Phineas. Phineas was surprised and seemingly somewhat pleased at this, Isabella tells Carl fire the Amnesia-inator and Phineas yell "Wait! Wait! Wait!", but to no avail. Later, Agent P enters his lair, and plugs his camera into the screen, and watches a slideshow of photos taken by him and his owners during their adventure. He smiles and saves the pictures.
- Vincent Martella as Phineas/Phineas (2nd Dimension)
- Ashley Tisdale as Candace/Candace (2nd Dimension)
- Thomas Sangster as Ferb/Ferb (2nd Dimension)
- Caroline Rhea as Mom/Mom (2nd Dimension)
- Richard O'Brien as Dad/Lawrence Fletcher (2nd Dimension)
- Alyson Stoner as Isabella/Isabella (2nd Dimension) and Jenny (cameo)
- Dan Povenmire as Dr. Doofenshmirtz/Dr. Doofenshmirtz (2nd Dimension)/Parsnip-Affected Candace-2
- Jeff "Swampy" Marsh as Major Monogram/Major Monogram (2nd Dimension)
- Dee Bradley Baker as Perry/Perry the Platyborg and Pinky the Chihuahua
- Mitchel Musso as Jeremy/Jeremy (2nd Dimension)
- Bobby Gaylor as Buford/Buford (2nd Dimension)
- Maulik Pancholy as Baljeet/Baljeet Tjinder (2nd Dimension)
- Tyler Alexander Mann as Carl
- Tiffany Espensen as Ginger Hirano/Ginger (2nd Dimension)
- Isabella Murad as Milly/Milly (2nd Dimension)
- Isabella Acres as Katie/Katie (2nd Dimension)
- Ariel Winter as Gretchen/Gretchen (2nd Dimension)
- Cymphonique Miller as Holly/Holly (2nd Dimension)
- Madison Pettis as Adyson/Adyson (2nd Dimension)
- Jack McBrayer as Irving
- Kelly Hu as Stacy
- Jaret Reddick as Danny
- Steve Zahn as Swampy
- Carlos Alazraqui as Bobbi Fabulous
- John Viener as Norm/Norm Bots
- Doris Roberts as Mrs. Thompson
- Slash as Himself
- Olivia Olson as Vanessa/Vanessa Doofenshmirtz (2nd Dimension) (appeared in deleted scenes, though is credited.)
- "Everything's Better with Perry"
- "Quirky Worky Song"
- "Mysterious Force" (cut song)
- "He's Doof" (shortened version of original rendition)
- "Brand New Best Friend" (formerly called Doof Duet)
- "Victory Gum"
- "Summer (Where Do We Begin?)" (formerly called That's What Summer Means (Summer Season))
- "I Walk Away"
- "Baljeet Explanation"
- "Brand New Reality"
- "Robot Riot"
- "Perry the Platypus Theme" (instrumental)
- "Takin' Care of Things"
- "Kick It Up a Notch"
The movie's initial reviews are generally very positive. It currently holds an 9.9 making "Superb" rating (based on 43 votes) on TV.com. Matt Blum of the Wired.com website claims that "This is truly an instant classic, right up there with some of the best cartoons ever made". Los Angeles Times Television Critic Robert Lloyd enjoyed Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension as well, noting "a hint of emotional depth, regarding the love between animals and the people who live with them". Cartoonclack praised that the TV movie based on a kid's cartoon can be smart, entertaining, and, dare I say it … moving. On iTunes, the movie has a 4.5 rating from 746 users.
On Amazon.com, 32 reviewers rated the movie at a 4.9/5. Toys 'R Us has a 5/5 user rating with 3 ratings. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has 1 critic review, calling it fresh and the film has 80% of the audience liking it with an average rating of 4.2/5 from 572 users. On Common Sense Media, 85% won't miss seeing the movie, 14% say they'll try it, and just 1% will change it. For those that have seen the movie, 95% recommend it and just 5% will pass on it. DVD Talk's Kurt Dahlke said "It's always a tough proposition to convert a 12-minute cartoon into a feature length movie, but Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension does the job nicely. Things are padded out a bit with more 'plot' and 'action' than is usual for this clever show, but those things that keep viewers of all ages coming back - tasteful pop culture references for parents, clever dialog, good-hearted characters and fun - are all present and delightful. Plus, the song crafting that makes Phineas and Ferb so much fun for aging rock-fans like me is there too. Maybe not enough, but that's my only complaint. Packed with extras and excitement, this 2-disk fan pack represents true family fun, and is Highly Recommended" AssignmentX gave the movie an A-, saying "If you haven't yet had a chance to check out Phineas and Ferb, this is a good starting point. It's the barometer for which all future made-for-cable animated films should live up to and it once again extends Phineas and Ferb from a fad to what will likely be a very long run."
"Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension" was easily the No. 1 Friday TV telecast this summer in Total Viewers, and beat all broadcast competition head to head among Adults 18-49 (1.7 million/1.3 rating). Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension was cable's top movie of the year in total viewers, averaging 7.6 million to its premiere telecast. The film would have 7.642 million watch it, good for 2nd among all shows. The Saturday morning encore also did well, with 4.42 million people watching it, good for #22 for the week. On IMDB, the film has an 7.5 user rating with 1,583 votes, after being as high as 9.2 before the movie came out on Disney Channel. Disney XD's debut was the number one movie telecast on record. For kids ages 6-11 and boys 6-11 it ranked 3rd for the target demos. For boys 6-14, it ranked 4th of all telecasts on the channel. On its ABC premiere, 2.87 million watched the movie with a 0.8 18-49 rating.
Based on a full week of viewing, the premiere of Disney Channel's "Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension" ranked as cable's most-watched animated telecast of all time in Kids 2-11 (6.23 million), and was cable's most-watched animated telecast in Kids 6-11 (4.67 million/18.9 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (3.58 million/14.7 rating), ranking No. 2 among all animated cable telecasts on record in the key demos. In Total Viewers, surging by more than 3 million viewers with DVR, "Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension" ranked as cable's No. 1 entertainment telecast of 2011 (10.7 million), and became cable's No. 5 movie of all time.
ABC's broadcast of the movie soared 220% over the prior week's movie in Kids 2-11 (1.6/6 compared to a 0.5/2 from "Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix"), standing as ABC's most-watched Saturday Night Movie in six months with kids – since February 19, 2011. It was the highest-rated August movie for Kids 2-11 in 4 years – since August 25, 2007. In India, The channel received an overwhelming response from its viewers and stood at No. 1 not just in the kid's genre, but across all channels (Total TV) with 21% share of viewing in Hindi Speaking Markets (HSM) during the primary telecast of the movie. The movie premiere ranked No. 1 among all programs across the kid's genre this week and delivered a TVR of 2.9 among all kids (CS 4-14 ABC) in HSM. Disney Channel also ranked #1 for moms and rated higher than all kids, lifestyle and youth channels.
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