Phineas and Ferb, the Disney cartoon series that won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in Animations, will be using the American multinational mass media corporation’s ownership of Star Wars to create a spinoff episode. The episode has recently been announced to air on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 9PM EST. The show occurs a few summers ago in a galaxy far, far away.
The episode is set in the time period of Episode IV: A New Hope, which was the first Star Wars movie to come out back in 1977. Characters that will be making cameo appearances include Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO. Also, avid fans of Star Wars and the creators of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, will star as cartoon versions of themselves in the episode. Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President of Disney Television Animation, said, “Dan and Swampy have put their unique spin on the iconic events in A New Hope, and have created fun ways for the characters to interact within the Star Wars universe.”
The official plot line for the Disney owned Star Wars spinoff of Phineas and Ferb will run something like this: Ferb and Phinease are residing just one moisture farm over from Luke Skywalker on Tatooine when the pint-sized robot R2-D2 and the master plans for building the Death Star accidentally plummet into the duo’s speeder. With the destiny of the universe put upon their shoulders, they employ pilot Isabella, Han Solo’s arch nemesis, to aid them in returning the plans to the Rebel Alliance. Muddling in the duos affairs as usual is low-ranking Stormtrooper Candace, voiced by Ashley Tisdale, who is determined to ruin the Rebel’s plans and pursues them across the universe in hopes of recovering the Death Star’s schematics.
All the while chaos explodes on the Death Star when Perry the Rebelpus is frozen in carbonite while attempting to prevent Darthenshmirtz from utilizing his new ‘Sith-inator.’ The story begins to look bleak when Ferb is inadvertently caught in the path of Darthenshmirtz’s ‘Sith-inator,’ transforming him to the dark side and ultimately ending in an epic first-time light-saber clash amongst the brothers Phineas and Ferb.
At 7:30pm EST on Monday, August 4, Disney XD will re-air Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, immediately followed by a comprehensive sneak preview of the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. Rebels is set to take place between Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, when the evil Galactic Empire is fortifying its grip on the galaxy and extinguishing the last of the Jedi Knights as an unseasoned rebellion against the Empire is beginning. The visual style of Star Wars Rebels is greatly inspired by the original Star Wars concept art of Ralph McQuarrie.
The original airing on July 26 will be just in time for Comic Con International: San Diego. Given the focus of the Star Wars franchise throughout most Comic Con weekends, it is easy to suspect that there may be at least one big announcement from the space themed franchise at the annual pop culture celebration. A possible Harrison Ford appearance could be in the cards since he will presumably not be on set in the United Kingdom because of his recent accident
There will likely be many more announcements from Disney using the Star Wars name that they bought for $4 billion from Lucasfilm Ltd. back in October of 2012 in addition to this Phineas and Ferb spinoff. It would not be surprising if the episode does well for Phineas and Ferb to remake other movies from the Star Wars series.
By B. Taylor Rash