Watching a new episode of Phineas and Ferb is, of course, always a great time. But when they do a Halloween-themed episode, it’s even better, and the new one tonight is even more fun than the ones from previous years. Not only is it substantially weirder than usual, but they also snagged some pretty impressive guest stars!
There are, as usual, two stories in tonight’s episode. The first part (see image above), titled “That’s the Spirit!”, sees the boys encounter a father and son, voiced by Michael Douglas and his real-life son Dylan, who are convinced their house is haunted. While the boys help “bust” the ghosts, Dr. Doofenshmirtz accidentally transforms himself into a were-cow. Yes, a were-cow.
The second part (see image below), titled “The Curse of Candace,” has Candace see a movie about a teen girl named Kristen, a werewolf named Michael, and a vampire named Jared. (It’s just possible it’s meant to remind viewers of a certain real movie series named after a time of day.) Michael the werewolf is, most appropriately, voiced by Michael J. Fox — if you don’t know why that’s appropriate, apart from the name, you’re probably under 30, and you’re quite possibly better off not knowing. Kristen is voiced by Anna Paquin and Jared by Stephen Moyer, which casting is pretty cool for fans of True Blood. Anyway, back to the plot: After seeing the movie Candace is attacked by a bat and, of course, begins freaking out because she’s convinced she’s becoming a vampire. Meanwhile Dr. Doofenshmirtz tries to transform the Tri-State Area into a facsimile of his homeland of Gimmelshtump so it will be, he thinks, easier to conquer.
I won’t say any more for fear of spoiling the humor, but suffice it to say fans of the show will not be disappointed, and non-fans — if there are any — might just be converted. I think it’s pretty great that Phineas and Ferb has become enough of a phenomenon to draw guest stars of this magnitude. I mean, heck, Michael J. Fox is an icon and Michael Douglas and Anna Paquin are both Oscar winners!
The new episode of Phineas and Ferb airs tonight on the Disney Channel from 7:00 – 7:30pm ET/PT. If your kids are anything like mine, or you’re anything like me, you’ll want to record this one for repeated viewings.
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