Phineas and Ferb/Shout-Out

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  • So subtle you'll probably miss them. The Chronicles of Meap and Out to Launch have the most obvious ones, but there is a rather subtle Doctor Who gag in Out to Launch, involving Ferb's ability to "maximize inside space."
    • The titles "Are You My Mummy?" and "Don't Even Blink" could possibly be shout-outs to the Doctor Who episodes "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" and "Blink" respectively. Of course, minus the creepy parts.
  • In the pilot, a paraphrase of Winston Churchill:

Phineas: ...and boredom is something up with which I will not put.

    • A second Shout-Out is made during Ferb's speech in the "Lizard Whisperer" to the famous "We Shall Fight on the Beaches" speech. It's not just Winston Churchill, though -- it starts like Aragorn's speech at the black gates and ends with "we band of brothers."
  • Doofenshmirtz and Perry's fight in "Backyard Aquarium" is very reminiscent of the battle between Yoda and Dooku in Star Wars: Episode 2. Doofenshmirtz even pantomimes an attempt to Force Pull a nearby wall fixture.
  • Baljeet's holographic message to Phineas in "Attack Of The 50 Foot Candace" references Leia's message to Obi-Wan Kenobi:

Baljeet: Phineas and Ferb, days ago you helped me build a portal to Mars. Now I must ask for your help again. ... Help me, Phineas and Ferb. You're my only hope.

  • "The Lake Nose Monster" features a boat named Nosebud and even has somebody drop a snowglobe towards the end of the episode.
  • Also, towards the end, their father says something that sounds like it SHOULD be a quote... but... isn't, as far as this troper can tell.

Dad:l there's no such things as a lot of things, and there's such a thing as many other things, is Nosey such a thing? Well you see, that's the thing isn't it."

  • "Finding Mary McGuffin" inclues a tribute to several detective shows, including a riotous shout out to the CSI: Miami opening theme.

Phineas: Why yes. Yes we * puts on shades* ... ARE.\




Ferb: That's no cloud, that's a space station.
Phineas: I have a good feeling about this.
Mitch: And just so we're clear, I am NOT your father!

  • During the opening for "Phineas and Ferb's Christmas Vacation", you can see the kids getting a yeti to decorate a Christmas tree, a likely reference to the ending of the classic Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
    • Near the beginning, when Phineas is defending the existence of Santa, his evidence references in turn the Patterson Bigfoot footage, the Loch Ness "surgeon's photo", and the Shroud of Turin.
    • During the montage of everyone decorating the town, Ferb is seen imitating a certain web-slinger while stringing up lights.
    • During the credits, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene shows everyone recreating the dancing scene from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
  • In the "Musical Cliptastic Countdown", Major Monogram shouts "Great googly moogly!" Does that make him a Frank Zappa fan? (Who in turn took it from a doo-wop single, "Stranded In The Jungle" by The Vibrations.)
  • "That Sinking Feeling" is one to both Titanic and The Love Boat. Also, we see Major Monogram and Carl playing a game not unlike Rock Band while waiting for Perry.
  • In "Jerk De Soleil", Baljeet's magic words to "heal" his thumb are "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on thumb, it's healing time!".
  • Baljeet begins his song "Somebody Give Me a Grade" by shouting "I have got something to say!" Someone on the writing staff is clearly a Def Leppard fan.
  • In "The Magnificent Few", Perry has to swim past a shark with a laser to get to his lair.
  • In the extended version of the song "I'm Lindana and I Wanna Have Fun", (sung by the boy's mom when she was a pop star in The Eighties), she mentions that "I'm not Roxanne, I'm not Eileen, I'm not Sharona..."
  • In "Atlantis", when Irving's camera is stolen by an eel, Phineas suggests that he can take pictures in his mind and store them in his memory. Irving does this (or tries) by saying "Click!", like Cam Jansen of the titular children's detective book series.
  • The Paisley Sideburn Brothers are a possible combination of this and a Take That to Disney's current boy band.
  • Candace's hair in "It's About Time!" is a clear shout out to The Bride Of Frankenstein.
  • In Toy To The World during one of the board meetings, there's a blink (or... stop-listening) and you'll miss it reference to The Fast Show when one of the execs says "suit you, sir!"
    • The name is also a shout out to a famous christmas carol.
  • The heart-shaped moon in "Evil Love" could be a Kingdom Hearts shout out...or even an explanation. (Phineas and Ferb in Kingdom Hearts? Yes please!)
    • In that same vein of thought, one of Isabella's lines in "Summer Belongs to You": "No... you're not gonna sit here and watch this beautiful sunset!" Given a certain other role of Alyson Stoner's and said role's hobby, could we have Actor Allusion going on here?
  • In 'Hide and Seek' there's a Shout-Out to The Empire Strikes Back when Baljeet has to hide in the corpse of a fly to keep himself warm.
  • Aloyse Everheart Elizabeth Otto Wolfgang Hypatia Gunther Galen Gary Cooper von Roddenstein... Is he decended from a long line of British kveens?
  • In "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers", there's a shout out to the original Men in Black movie and to Disney Channel series Dave the Barbarian:

Linda: GASP! Candace! You scared the bejabbers out of me!

  • Ferb's motion-capture suit in "Nerdy Dancin'" looks like the outfits from Tron.
  • In "Swiss Family Phineas", Lawrence remarks to Candace "Don't worry, it's only a three hour tour."
  • In "Robot Rodeo", one of the villains attending the convention seems Horribly familiar...
  • In the "Hawaiian Vacation Part 2", Candace has to get rid of a cursed Tiki charm, similar to the plot of The Brady Bunch's Tiki curse problem when they were in Hawaii.
  • From Summer Belongs To You:
    • When Phineas gives Candace a rousing speech in Paris in "Summer Belongs to You" he paraphrases one of the most famous lines in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann,

Phineas: ...Which means you believed in us.
Ferb: And we believe in you.
Phineas: And therefore, through the transitive property of belief, you do believe in yourself!

  • "Nerds of a Feather" alludes to Star Trek, specifically the whole "even numbered movies are the only good ones" part. Lord of the Rings is also shown.
  • The episodes "Hawaiian Vacation" and "Hawaiian Vacation Part 2" featured many shout outs to Lilo and Stitch, including a cameo by the Fat Tourist and Candace wearing Lilo's signature outfit.
  • In "Hawaiian Vacation Part 2", Doofenshmirtz points out the crabs on the beach worshipping the Evolutionator, saying it was "Looking Kubricky".
  • The Legend of Zelda's "Triforce" logo can be spotted in Doof's lair (most prominently in "Run Away Runway" and was a button in the maze in "We Call it Maze", which in itself was very Zelda-reminiscent.
  • In "Phineas And Ferb-Busters", when Doofenshmirtz is going on about how great his other robot is, Norm says Now I know I have a heart, because it's breaking."
    • Also in "Phineas And Ferb-Busters", Baljeet claims that the name of his board game is called "Spinning Tops Of Doom". Sound familiar?
  • In "Split Personality" Candace is cloned and runs around trying to find her clone. At one point when told that her clone has gone off with her mother, she does, of all things, an imitation of Donald Sutherland's famous howl from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
    • Another from this episode is the outfit Linda is trying on in the dressing room is clearly the outfit Jesus wore in the Godspell movie.
  • Kim Possible makes a cameo appearance in the "Spot the Diff" special.
    • And so does Dr. Drakken in "Bullseye" at the evil-villain competition.
  • In "Brain Drain", the video game Phineas, Ferb, Baljeet, Buford, and Isabella are playing greatly resembles MUGEN.
  • In both "Nerds of a Feather" and "She's the Mayor" one can see campaign posters with Candace's face on them, posters which have a very familiar stylized look.
  • There was a pile of these right in the first song of Rollercoaster: The Musical including: Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma!, Singin in The Rain, Fiddler On the Roof, West Side Story, The Music Man, Les Misérables, The King and I, and Chicago. All in less than about three minutes.
    • There was a (possibly accidental) Shoutout to Toy Story 2 in the song Rollercoaster. "Permanecer sentados por favor" is said by Tour Guide Barbie when she's leading Potato Head, Rex, and Haam around Al's Toy Barn in a toy car after Rex falls into the car upside down.
      • Which is in turn a shout out to the safety speil at the end of the Matterhorn Bobselds in Disneyland.
    • At the end of the episode, they mention the phrase "Carpe Diem", which means "Seize the Day". Then they go into the last song, "Carpe Diem", choreographed by Kenny Ortega, who was the director and choreographer for the musical film Newsies, which had a song called "Seize the Day". What's more is that the set for "Carpe Diem" is reminiscent of High School Musical, another Kenny Ortega musical film.
  • In "Candace Gets Busted" Doof sometimes likes to dub his voice over movies to make fun of them
  • "Thaddeus and Thor" features a MontyPython-style giant cartoon foot stomping down.
  • In "Picture This":

Doofenshmirtz: (sticks his head out the window) Who's tap-tap-tapping? Is it that pesky raven again?

    • Also, when the boys try to teleport Buford and a housefly using their transporter machine, they accidentally briefly end up with a Buford-fly hybrid.
  • In "Nerdy Dancing", Perry is strapped down while a laser cuts upwards, a reference to James Bond:
    • Also lampshaded:

Doofenshmirtz: I saw this in a movie once. I don't know how it ended but it seemed pretty foolproof.

  • Two different Indiana Jones references: Ferb making the famous idol switch from Raiders of the Lost Ark in We Call It Maze, and Ginger whip-cracking while in Indiana's garb in the song "Wedding Adventures".
    • There is another one in "Wedding Adventures" right before the whip-cracking scene. Milly is doing the idol scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • Road Trip adds another one, when Perry and Doofensmirtz are fighting in the cab of Doofenzsmirtz's truck, the fight choreography is directly taken from Indy's fight with the driver of the German truck in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • The song in "Phindroids and Ferbots" seems to be inspired by a certain German band which also features robots in their songs.
  • The Belly of the Beast eventually turns into a Moby Dick reference, guess which character channels Ahab and which two titular characters become the white whale. Also, the boat chasing the shark is named "Pea-quad" (the Pequod).
    • This episode also features a few references to Jaws, the most obvious one being when Phineas says, "we're going to need a bigger shark!" (Candace also uses the same line).
  • "Run, Candace, Run" features a song of the same name, it stops very abruptly with "Nothing can stop you, look out for that tree!"
    • The song itself is a style parody of the music from Run Lola Run.
  • In "Gaming the System", when Doofenshmirtz traps Perry in the ball gown, the first few notes of the theme of Beauty and the Beast (notes of the line "Tale as old as time") plays.
    • The digitizing ray is an obvious reference to Tron, but it's probably just a coincidence that their last name is "Flynn". The game that Buford has is also similar to a Nintendo DSi. Additionally, one of the sounds in Jump & Duck is the sound that plays in Super Mario Bros. when the player gets a coin.
  • In "The Fast and the Phineas": just as the Doofenshmirtz blimp crashes into the broadcasting tower at the racetrack, the announcer gets cut off as he starts saying (presumably) "Oh, the humanity!", à la the Hindenburg disaster.[1] [dead link]
  • "One Good Scare Oughta Do It" shows a reference to The Haunted Mansion and Disney's Silly Symphony "The Skeleton Dance".
  • In one episode, after Perry eats Doofenshmirtz's cheese, his belly becomes cheese-shaped.
  • In the episode "Bad Hair Day", Doofenshmirtz can be seen playing an piano organ, he then plays a couple of familiar notes and you could have sworn he could have said What is a Platypus?! Start at 3:38
  • If you listen closely to the "dance music" that plays twice in "Out of Toon"-- once when Perry's defeating evil while dancing and then when the animation studio dances away-- there are parts that sound an awful lot like "Under the Sea".
  • In "The Secret of Success", a motivational speaker asks a girl if she knows what it takes to be president. She says "Yes. Yes. I. Can."
  • The video game adaptation of the movie has a level set in a 1920s cartoon world, somewhat like the Timeless River. Part of it even takes place on a steamboat.
  • In "Bad Hair Day" Jeremy's mother is reading the manual for the tranquilizer dart, which includes the sentence "there are many like it, but this one is yours."
  • In "Mommy, Can You Hear Me?", the Two Thousand And One A Space Odyessy references are taken up to eleven:
    • The transition from a bone tossed in the air to a space station.
    • The use of "The Blue Danube" as background music.
    • The wormhole sequence.
    • And of course the entire ending scene with the creepy Ferb fetus.
    • The episode's name is almost undoubtedly a shoutout to the Yentl song, "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"
      • It could also be a reference to The Who song "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?"
  • In "Road Trip" Perry and Doof recreate the battle between Indiana Jones and the Nazis aboard the truck from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • In "Summer Belongs To You", when the group accidentally ends up stranded in a deserted island with almost nothing to create, Phineas goes crazy when he tries to find something to do and beat Bufford's dare. He then digs up a deep hole where he holds up a yellow sponge and a pink fish star.
  • In "Ladies and Gentlemen: Meet Max Modem!", the aliens that Heinz projects dance and behave like a certain group of invaders, possibly from space.
  • In "Carl Undercover", the episode begins with Phineas saying "Ha ha, gravity." This is the exact same line that Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender makes in one episode. Just a few seconds later he says they're busy 'defying gravity', possibly a reference to the Wicked song.
  • "Let's Take a Quiz!" is similar to "Wordwang", a quiz show on That Mitchell and Webb Look.
    • David Mitchell was the voice of Mitch in "The Chronicles of Meap"
  • The song "Aerial Area Rug" from the episode "Magic Carpent Ride" is an obvious affectionate parody of the song "A Whole New World" from Aladdin
  • In "The Great Indoors" Isabella recites a Fireside Girls version of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl".
  • It's possible that the A plot's resolution in "Raging Bully" was a shout out to Lilo and Stitch. To recap, Doof is holding an ice cream cone, Perry uses a whale whistle to summon a whale, which somehow leaps up into the air, over the two. The most notable thing that the whale hits is the top of the ice cream cone that Doofenshmirtz was holding, which falls through the air and, eventually, lands on Phineas's head. There's a recurring character in Lilo and Stitch who always loses his ice cream in a similar manner-- once even having it knocked down by the tip of a spaceship's wing, which is the most like this scenario.
    • In fact, the title of the episode is a reference to the movie Raging Bull, which is about a boxer. The fact that the climactic battle is a thumb war that takes place in mini boxing ring is a testament to this.
  • The carwash episode probably has a Shout-Out to The Emperors New Groove. Compare the following exchanges:

Monogram: Is something burning?
Carl: (GASP) My spaghetti!

    • And

Yzma: Do you smell something burning?
Kronk: (GASP) My spinach puffs!

  • It's possible that "the Ferbalistic Groovatron 9000" from Nerdy Dancin' is a Shout-Out to the Future trilogy of Ratchet and Clank, which features a recurring device/weapon called the Groovitron. Coincidentally, the "Otherdimensionator" comes close to sharing a name with Tools of Destruction's Dimensionator.
  • Probably not a straight-up shout out since it's a somewhat common phase, but it's amusing to note that "Permanecer sentados, por favor!" has, indeed, been used in Toy Story 2 prior to this series' debut.
  • When Phineas and Ferb are showing off their biosphere to the Fireside girls, Phineas asks, "Can we cook, or can't we?", a Shout Out to Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan, were Dr. Carol Marcus asks "Can I cook or can't I?" when showing Kirk the Genesis Cave.
  • The preview for "Bullseye!" features the return of "Doofenshmirtz is a Superstar", which includes Heinz running headfirst into a toilet. His cry of "It won't stop flushing!" might be a reference to the Super Toilet/"So much clogging!" gag from Fairly Oddparents.
  • The crowd recoiling in horror as the giant starnosed mole advances toward them is probably a shout out to Godzilla. The man who cries "Oh no, it's a hideous giant mole!" is the most obvious indication.
  • One episode is titled "The Wizard of Odd"
  • Unsure if this one is intentional or not, but in 'Nerds of a Feather', Buford's reaction to a holographic Phineas showing up is 'What trickery is this!?". Samurai Jack said the exact same line before he was flung into the future.
  • Baljeet's costume from "That's the Spirit" looks an awful lot like the creature that Daffy Duck is turned into in one of the No Fourth Wall episodes of Looney Tunes ("Duck Amuck"). In the preview Buford even calls his costume a daffodil, despite looking nothing like one. Could be coincidence. Probably isn't.
  • There's also a literal shout out in Bullseye! right in line with the one from The Secret of Success. In the middle of the musical number, the L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N singers belt out "YES! WE! CAN!"
  • The bird flying flying past the sun and then bursting into flames at the beginning of "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror" might be a reference to the Invader Zim episode "Door to Door".
  • "The Curse of Candace" begins with one of the greatest parodies of Twilight to date.

JARED: "I expect this from your kind, Michael--football players, I mean--but Kristen, I mean, we were both--moody outcasts! We...we loved each other!"

  • In "Got Game" Doof is trying to adopt a dog and Perry disguises himself as a dog to foil his plans. The pet shop owner tells him "I'm not even sure that's [Perry] a dog." It's entirely possible that this is a Shout-Out to Lilo and Stitch, where the woman in charge of the kennel Lilo is trying to adopt a dog from says pretty much the same thing about Stitch.
  • In "Last Train to Bustville", Candace's reaction to the train making it to the top of the mountain is to paraphrase The Little Engine That Could. ("I knew we could, I knew we could, I knew we could!")
    • Meanwhile, the episode's title references The Monkees song "Last Train to Clarksville".
  • In "Misperceived Monotreme", Major Monogram has security footage of Dr. Doofenshmirtz singing a song about Shangri-La, which may be a reference to Xanadu (which featured a song of the same name sung by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra--the latter of whom, likely coincedentally, has a song called "Shangri-La").
  • In "Oh, There You Are Perry", Doofenshmirtz exclaims "We did it! We did it! Lo hicimos! We did it!" This bit is very similar to the "We Did It" song from Dora the Explorer (minus one "We did it").
  • The episode "Perry Lays an Egg" is full of references to Finding Nemo, specifically baby sea turtles, krill, and speaking whale language.
  • Among the ten thousand monsters gathered by Phineas and Ferb in "Excaliferb" is a Gargoyles resembling a green Goliath.
  • In "At the Car Wash", Doofenschmirtz tells Perry about LOLcats.
  • In the "Baljeetles" episode, Baljeet remarks that his life is a "Black cauldron of swirling failure, which is possibly a reference to one of Disney's most infamous failures.
  • In "The Monster of Phineas and Ferbinstein", apart from the obvious parallels to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, one of the monsters hiding in the cave looks like Ray Harryhausen's cyclops.
  • The title of the episode "A Hard Day's Knight" is a reference to A Hard Day's Night.
  • During "Remains of the Platypus" we get a song about Perry's hat as it floats on the wind. We briefly pass a man in a white suit whose sitting on a bench, waiting for the bus. I guess this show is like a box of chocolates; you never know what references you're going to get.
  • In "That's the Spirit", you can hear a voice say, "I'm incorporeal. Isn't that scary?" in the haunted house. He's speaking in an impression of Vincent Price's narration of the Thriller music video.
    • As is Russel's dad, Waylon's voice.
  • In "The Curse of Candace", we get this gem from Lawrence (played by Richard O'Brien): "Well, this isn't much of a horror movie. Where are the rock 'n roll musical numbers?
  • The title of "Monster from the ID" is a nod to Forbidden Planet. The opening of the episode has the kids sharing their minds; besides the obvious Star Trek mindmeld shoutout, the set-up also calls to mind Inception's dreamsharing. Near the end of that adventure, while inside Candace's mind, all the kids have to give Baljeet a 'kick', by shocking him with grammatically incorrect contractions. It also appears that Buford remained behind with Candace's primal self, in her mind's limbo. The music during this segment also bears strong similarities to Hans Zimmer's score for Inception, particularly the use of electric guitar.
  • In "Gi-Ants", Doofenshmirtz gets the turkey from the Turkey-inator stuck on his head.
  • In "Tri-Stone Area", many of the characters come off this way, being cavepeople, but Buford in particular looks like he walked right off the set of The Flintstones.
    • Easily missed among the cave talk, Doofendung refers to prehistoric Perry as "Bunka da bunkakwunk." In the TV special, the Cat in the Hat claims that he's "a bunka in a bunkakwunk, in Eskimo."
  • In "Doof Dynasty", the training montage song "Way of the Platypus" contains multiple nods to Mulan, and has this lyric:
    • There's also a brief nod to Wax On, Wax Off(which Buford, of course, fails to grasp), and the giant terracotta warrior's opening move against Doofus Khan is the Crane Stance, also from Karate Kid.
  • The entire episode "Remains of the Platypus" is basically a Phineas-and-Ferbified version of the movie Memento, not so much in terms of the plot, but in the way the story is told: it starts at almost the end, and works its way scene-by-scene back to how it all began, slowly revealing more of the plot as it goes. This might just be seen as an unintentional coincidence, except that at the end, Perry who is revealed to have had his memory stolen by Doofenshmirtz, finally remembers his mission because he had written a message to himself on his body before his memory was erased.
  • For another absolutely epic Star Wars reference, we are given the opening credits of "Meapless in Seattle".
  • In "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo," a post-apocalyptic world is shown where Doof has set up propaganda screens all over town. He then proceeds to briefly talk about some letters he gets before he breaks into song. Minus the singing, sound familiar?
  • In Delivery of Destiny, Paul the delivery guy shifts his truck to "turbo," causing it to jump down the street like KITT's turbo boosts in Knight Rider.