The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

An undersea hero adventure so epic, even I need a Hero's help to review it...

An undersea hero adventure so epic, even I need a Hero’s help to review it…

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, I’ve promised it, so here it is. Today we take a more in depth look at the 2nd Sp-….wait….what’s that noise? This is text and totally not happening for a real, but I hear a noise….


Oh crap, someone burst through the wall.


…..Cartoon Hero, of The Cartoon Hero’s Reviews? What’re you doing he–

We’re not doing that.

..Fine, that song and dance is annoying anyway. This is big epic special weird crossover, my first ever besides that stuff with Goldy I did. ….But did you HAVE to blow up my wall?


Look, ever since that Top 10 list everyone hated, I’ve learned just how dangerous Spongebob fans could be–though you’ve still got nothing on the South Park fans.

And I only JUST managed to make a review of Spongebob where I showed its decline well enough to sate them.

Yeah, I liked it. Mostly because I grew out of blindly liking post movie, which I went into detail on before.

Exactly! And that’s why I’m here. People have been asking me what I think of the second Spongebob movie, and I figured that if I team up with someone who’s still a bigger Spongebob fan than me, maybe it’ll help.

Fair enough but you’re paying for the wall.

Fine. Greetings, all, I am The Cartoon Hero, and–saluting in text doesn’t work as well. You probably don’t know this, but Spongey and I have been following each others’ work for a while now, so this crossover was bound to happen eventually.

Especially since I did one with a reviewer I befriend so I might as well do one with the other reviewer I talk to.

And of course, we’re here because of the yellow sponge that gave my colleague his name–Spongebob Squarepants.

Now, I’ve already said my piece on the decline of Spongebob in recent years, though it’s not nearly the worst show I’ve seen, even at its worst. Maybe I’ve just grown out of it, maybe I’m completely wrong, but whatever the case, I’m not as big of a fan of this cartoon as I once was.

You know my piece on the show at this point. I think it has mostly gone downhill like most say but I still like it because of the good episodes that exists, and cuz it’s fun to see what crap they do.

That and Season 9 has been an improvement. And a while ago, I reviewed the first Spongebob movie in full. …It’s still awesome.

Damn right it was–and I feel no shame in saying that. It did everything that a good movie should do–upping the scale of the series it was based on, had better animation, a lot of funny jokes, and that ENDING, man…one of the best. But I have to admit–even I was surprised when I heard the announcement that Spongebob was getting a second movie, Sponge Out of Water .

I was surprised…that they took so damn long. Knowing Nick, I thought we would have like 15 or so by now.

And we all saw the trailer, and some of us got hyped up for it.

Mostly because Stephen Hillenburg himself was going to be working on the story and some of the old writers were going to be doing some work, like Sherm Cohen. The pre release reaction was split due to certain choices shown in the trailer, but a lot of people were excited to see how they pulled it off.

And thankfully, people liked it. The critics overall enjoyed it for it’s insane humor, and fans thought it was a return to form for the series. Sure, some people disliked it and it has it’s share of criticisms, but most people see it as a fine film.

I did a general review back when it came out, and I mostly covered my thoughts on it…However, I wanted to do a full review later on, because spoilers prevented me from going into full detail on the story and some of the stuff that happens in it.

Plus, my thoughts have changed in some places after watching it again and now that it’s been out for a while, I can address certain things better. So while you know how I feel in general, today we’ll see how it holds up after a re-watch and look at it a bit more deeply.

….And we’ll see how Mr Hero feels about it, and mostly just make a bunch of dumb jokes. I just thought it would be fun to do this movie as a crossover.

I went into the creative team in the general review, but I’ll mention the writers and director again. Here’s a copy past: The live action segments are directed by the brilliant man who brought us Chipwrecked.

..And also wrote two episodes of Spongebob…including Friend or Foe. Whatever, at least the director of the first Alvin movie wasn’t a writer on SB since literally the pilot.

…At least the writers of the Alvin sequels didn’t write this. …..At least Insert Hot Celeb here isn’t in my room!

….Let’s just do this.

Let’s see how I end up feeling about the Sponge’s newest cinematic  adventure. Will I end up agreeing with Spongey on something!

Let’s find out!

This, is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

The movie opens above the sea, as we see the Nick logo coming out of the water. Now that is awesome. Once the camera manages to find it, see see Bikini Atoll, the island from the opening. We zoom in as we meet a Pirate played by Antonio Banderas.

Yep, he’s our celebrity for the movie and sadly, no one rides him.


He’s hunting for treasure on the island–

Which, by the way, is MUCH bigger on the inside.

–and sees a sign warning him of booby traps. ….I’m glad whoever didn’t want him to have the treasure was kind of enough to warn him of the traps meant to stop him.

Eventually he finds a skeleton holding a book, which is where the film’s title randomly pops up. …That’s a bit Anti climatic, especially given how epic the actual opening scene is.

Hey, give them some credit–this is the only ghost pirate they could afford for this Pirates of the Caribbean reference.
Naturally, the skeleton comes to life and kicks his ass. Now that’s funny! …But he is carrying book as he flies away, so he gets what he came here to steal.

Man, Skully, maybe you should stick to helping Scary Godmother.

With the book in his hand, he starts reading it as it contains the story of Spongebob. Okay, this carries one of the flaws I have with this movie. This book makes no sense. Yes, it’s magic hence why it can do all this stuff , but even by Spongebob standards, it is a weird and poorly explained plot device.

Spongey, Spongey–don’t you see? It’s clearly the Book of Ages from Jackie Chan Adventures! After Shen Du started messing with it, they moved it from Ayers Rock to some island in the middle of nowhere.

…You are a NERD.

Shut up!

This is mostly to explain the concept to people who have lived in a cave for the past 16 years.

Albeit with better, movie-quality animation.

He is interrupted by some seagulls who try to sing the theme song. These seagulls are….alright.

I’ve heard people bitch about them but they don’t appear too often and they have a few funny lines.

Plus, one of them is definitely played by Kevin Michael Richardson, which I like.

After that pointless bit, he goes back to explaining Spongebob to us. It’s where we properly open the story, in Bikini Bottom.

Everything is pretty normal, at least until Plankton launches an Ariel attack on the Krusty Krab. But because it’s a kids movie, he just fires food.

“So it’s a food fight you want?”

…No. No one wants Foodfight.

Well, with the way Plankton’s vehicle turns from a plane to a tank to a giant robot, it’s more like Transformers.

Except Tom Kenny is playing a tolerable Non-Racist character this time.


This leads to a long and pretty fun action scene. It goes on a bit too long but it has some good gags and it’s a nice way to introduced us the premise. Plus, focusing on Plankton’s attempts sets up the development we’ll get later.

Plus a twist for later.

After pretty much failing, Plankton decides to just give up and go cry. …But the movie doesn’t waste time in just revealing that the crying plankton is a fake and Plankton was hiding inside a penny he gave to Mr. Krabs.

Hey, that’s pretty smart for Plankton, even if I question when he made the switch to Robot Plankton.

I’m guessing he decided to downsize his schemes after Plan Z failed.

But of course he is caught by the alarm, and Spongebob shows up to battle over the formula.

This struggle turns out to be in vein as the formula…vanishes into thin air! Naturally, Plankton is blamed and interrogated. Spoilers, the reasoning for it vanishing plays into the stuff with the nonsensical book.

Plankton is put through the most cruel torture known to man…..SPONGEBOB’S LAUGH! My god, Mr Krabs has gone too far this time!

I think that violates the Geneva Convention somehow…

(But seriously, that’s hilarious)

Plankton eventually escapes, but they are more worried that they are suddenly out of Krabby Patties! No, they can’t make more because…Mr Krabs forbade him from memorizing the formula.

…That’s stupid. Especially since him not memorizing it was a huge conflict in Pickles!

YEAH…it’s a pretty contrived reason to put in a Mad Max reference. Yeah, that’s coming up.

We get a bad pun, followed by a rimshot, played by Mrs. Puff, in her obligatory one line cameo.

I might have to use that to replace my Patrick boo clip.

I’ll stick with the pink pony, thank you very much.

Mr. Krabs still blames this on Plankton and gets all the fish into a frenzy. The mob storms the Chum Bucket but Spongebob manages to rescue him with a bubble.

“You won’t understand what I’m about to do today, but someday we’ll look about, and have a good laugh”

I assure you, for the rest of my life, every time I look back on this I will personally drive over to your house and smack you.

I’ve been waiting too long to use that “clip”.

This is a good time to say how awesome Spongebob himself is in this movie. He’s been weirdly trusting of Plankton before, but here it’s so cool how he sticks up for him and it starts some very good development.

And we know Spongebob is right to do so–mostly. Plankton still says he plans to steal the formula and take over the world but it doesn’t ever come to that!

Naturally, this pisses off Mr Krabs who suddenly jumps the gun and thinks Spongebob was with Plankton the whole time. This creates good conflict for the film, but it’s weird and contrived how it is set up here.

Although Mr. Krabs mourning the loss for his good employee right after is ….nice.

Better than he acted in Born Again Krabs, that’s for sure.

You mean the episode where Mr. Krabs regretted selling Spongebob’s soul immediately after he did so?

It was him doing so in the first place that was the pro–nevermind. I didn’t come here to debate about Spongebob–let’s get back to Spongebob. Wait.

So Spongebob and Plankton escape and Mr. Krabs is worried. Because Bikini Bottom pretty much relies on the Krabby Patty.

So much so that it creates Mad Max 4 a few months early. As in, the Apocalypse starts after one quick Gilligan cut. Now that’s funny.

“Welcome to the apocalypse, Mr Squidward. I hope you like leather.”

See, THIS is what happens when you only have one edible restaurant in town.

We cut back to the pirate reading this story….and finishes it. Well, that was a short movie, bye!

Actually, it’s not the end and the seagulls object to it. But the Pirate doens’t listen and write “The End” in the book….which causes the credits to roll. Now that’s even funnier!

They fight over the book until that “The End” page is ripped out and sent to the bottom of the sea by a seagull. I still question how all this magic book stuff works.

Probably the same way the magic pencil worked–because shut up.

Back in Mad Sponge–

Beyond Treedome? *audience boos* THANK YOU, THANK YOU…

Spongebob says that he and Plankton must use Teamwork. But Plankton can barely pronounce it, much less partake in it. This involves kind of ripping off the Cool whip joke from Family Guy, except it’s funny this time.

Then we cut to Sandy, who actually has a role this time! She gets no development but she gets something funny at least. She happens to have the last Krabby Patty in town and eats it just as she finds out about this Apocalypse.

Wait, how can she not know of all this with all the crap going on outside that should be pretty loud?

Better question: since when did the Krusty Krab have a drive-thru?

The page lands on her home, and we join SB and Plankton as they visit Patrick to get him to join them.

Patrick agrees to join…but then immediately rats them out to the mob. I should get this out of the way. Some people don’t like that he’s in jerk mode in this movie, and he’s a mix bag for me. Sometimes he is kind of annoying, but I can actually excuse it for the most part because….he’s going crazy from Hunger in the Apocalypse.

I’d call that justification.

Agreed. Plus, he’s not nearly as bad as he is in some of the worst episodes.

They escape the mob and try to hide out in Sandy’s Treedome, but she’s gone crazy trying to figure out the meaning of that page. Crazy Sandy is pretty amazing, certainly makes up for her not doing a ton in the long run.

Well, except for her SQUIRREL TITS! (Whoo-ooh!)

If I had more readers, I’d get so many comments about that.

This coming from the guy who used to say “she’s nice” every time a remotely attractive star came up.


Since she’s a lot cause, they visit Gary only to find out that he has become king of the snails. …Shouldn’t he be kind of the city after Rule of Dumb? But yeah, even Gary has become crazy. I’m surprised more drama isn’t made of how SB’s beloved pet is gone this crazy. But it’s a funny gag at least.

But why doesn’t he go to Squidward right away? For some reason, Spongebob still thinks Squidward loves him. Sure, Squidward is at the Krusty Krab, but Spongebob doesn’t know that. And for that matter, why would he be there if there’s literally no reason to be?

With things in town being this bad, they hide on the outskirts of town that night. It’s actually a pretty nice dramatic moment as they see how far their city has gone.

“This feels like this really is the end”

“Don’t worry Spongebob”

Yeah, Nick will keep you going for at least 13 more Seasons!

If Nickelodeon lasts that long.

Spongebob goes to sleep, and Plankton sees this a chance to enter his brain to get the formula. …First off, this didn’t’ work the last time you tried this, and 2nd, if he knew the formula, he could make more patties and we wouldn’t be in this mess!

But I can forgive that, because it leads to possibly the funniest scene in the movie. See, Spongebob’s mind is…exactly what you think it would be. It’s full of crazy happy characters and puke inducing sweet-ness.

And creepiness–there’s even a pair of twin popsicles that are a reference to The Shining! In SPONGEBOB.

It’s hilarious, and the bit where Plankton pukes a rainbow that calls him Dad was the hardest I laughed at Spongebob in a while. As pointless as this bit is, it’s at least really funny, and has some good creative animation.

Plankton leaves, waking Spongebob up. He admits to being in his brain and Spongebob is not happy. They brush that fact off so Spongebob can preach about Teamwork again…..this time with a song!

The song is….okay. It’s somewhat catchy but it’s kind of clunky and forgettable compared to the other song’s on this show, especially the ones in the first movie. Plus, it’s basically a lesser version of the FUN song.
Speaking of which, Yes, this whole arc is very much like F.U.N. While some people might call it a rip off, I think it works. It doesn’t directly rehash that episode and it goes a lot deeper into Plankton.

I don’t quite agree, but I’ll come back to that later.

But anyway, the song is over.

“That’s one minute of my life I’ll never get back”

Then suddenly, they get the idea to build a time machine to get the formula.

Great–we’ll need a DeLorean first, or maybe a phone booth if there’s no other option.

That’s…random but I can deal with it. So now our goal is to make a time machine. First, they must get Karen so she can help.

They sneak into the Chum Bucket, and long story short they rescue Karen. With her in tow, they hide out at a German Taco house to make the time machine. Because….it’s Spongebob.

I’m guessing no one in Bikini Bottom likes tacos after they figured out some of them have FISH in them.

They make it and Plankton starts to see the value of teamwork. However, all is not rosey as it will take all of Karen’s processors to power the machine. This leads to …actually, one of my favorite bits in the movie.

Plankton apologies for taking Karen for granted and says he is glad she is on the team. Then in the middle of replying, she turns off. This is a small moment, but it’s honestly pretty powerful, and awesome.

You all remember how I feel about Plankton/Karen so this was just a cool thing to see. It didn’t even need to be here, but it adds a lot.

Granted, it’s kinda undercut by Plankton turning her off, but he is crying while he does it, so I won’t take too many points off there.

Luckily, the machine works and when they use it, we see more weird animation and a really catchy pop song made for the movie.

However, the machine takes them to the future as Bikini Bottom is even more ruined. The KK is even buried like in that one Season 5 Episode a certain reviewer hates.

And it’s only 4 days into the future!

They quickly escape and then end up in a big void, like in SB-129. ….Except it’s actually a weird room in space or something, with a Stop Motion Dolphin.

Because reasons. Jokes aside, this is where things kick into high gear. This concept is so out there but it’s so funny. …Even if it’s slightly ripped off from Sponge-Cano.

This guy is named Bubbles-

I know what you’re thinking, but no–we’re saving that.

-and he watches the universe. He doesn’t question how Spongebob and Plankton got here, and he even has them keep an eye on things while he’s in the bathroom.

What happens next is entirely his fault.

Under their watchful eyes, Saturn and Jupiter crash into each other.

But what about Pluto?!


He’s….pretty pissed that they screwed this up, even though as I said, it’s his fault. Before they can be killed by a magic dolphin, they escape through their time machine and end up at the moment where the formula vanished.

…I just realized how weird this series is. Also, you might expect me to call that whole section a BLAM….but it’s actually important later. Yeah.

Present Spongebob tries to take the formula from Past Plankton and they actually succeed and jump in the time machine. Uh, wouldn’t stealing it in the past lead to the Apocalypse you are in?

“You’ve created a time paradox!”

We don’t know because it cuts back to Pirate Antonio landing on a beach. He parks his ship right on there as it happens to double as a food truck. Now that is true evil!

Before we can get more details, we go back under the sea as our heroes arrive in the present with the formula. All seems right with the world….until it turns out Spongebob took a joke formula planted by past plankton.

Wah wah.

And yes, this was foreshadowed earlier, so points for bringing that back.

Patrick randomly jumps in the time machine and comes back with a Squidward-esque Dinosaur….because reasons.

He doesn’t really do much–except destroy the time machine and have one funny line later.

In the shuffle, Plankton yells at Spongebob for his screw up.

This is  our obligatory dramatic moment where the friends fight, and given the set up, it works.

It helps that the fight is over so quickly, and clearly played for parody. Come on, Spongebob’s breakdown involves him mixing trash and recyclables.

Spongebob eventually bucks up and gives us a cheesy speech about how everyone in town has gone mad and stuff.

….But because this is Bikni Bottom, they just decided to sacrifice him. Squidward leads this by the way, which I feel like is revenge for Sponge-Cano. And yes, I don’t mind them doing this because of how crazy things are.

Although it is messed up that Mr.Krabs is okay with KILLING Spongebob. That is a bit over the edge, but I suppose they have SOME excuse.

And lest you forget–he has been before.

Thankfully, Spongebob smells Krabby Patties, which stops Mr. Krabs in his tracks.
Oh, and this is heard:



Everyone runs off to find the Patties only to find out this path leads….to land. Dun dun dun! Yep, a mere 57 minutes in, the Sponge will be out of water. More on that in a minute.

“All Secondary characters come with me”

You are all background fish, don’t flatter yourselves!

My leg guy is best pony.

So that leaves our 5 heroes (and Plankton) with no way to breath air. Wait, they could survive just fine in both Pressure and the first movie, so why do we need an excuse this time?


Thankfully, Bubbles the magic dolphin shows up to help them. I love this series. As it turns out, he’s happy he lost his job because it got boring. That’s convenient. To thank him, he will get them on land and help them magically breath air.

Bubbles is easily the wackiest thing in here, and he just serves as a reason to get them on land. However, he is so out there and funny that I can forgive how oddly pointless he is.

With that, Bubbles takes them above the sea and shots onto the beach….but with one change. Yep, time to once again address the big thing about this movie. While the majority it is with 2D animation, all the land scenes have them in CGI.

This caused mixed reactions, mostly because they only showed the CG in the trailers. I addressed in my general review, but I suppose I can mention it again. The CGI itself is very good, and the essence of the characters is kept pretty well.

I don’t even mind them being on land, because they did in the first movie. And they do more with it, so it’s not a rehash. However, it is one of the weaker segments of the movie….because the trailers spoiled most of it.

The CGI used here reminds me a lot of the style of Spongebob Christmas–which is good, because that stayed true to the original designs. And the integration between the characters and real life objects and people is near flawless.

At one point, they steal a bike and ride it with two of them working the pedals while the others steer. I’m pretty sure they did that just to show off that the animators could. But it’s really well-done, so I’m not complaining.

Thankfully, the gag with Patrick and the hot chick was cut. Instead, we get an even worse gag with Squidward slipping all over some girls back. Ew.

I guess she likes slippery appendages sliding all over her and I’m going to stop that train of thought before it starts.

Long story short, our heroes make it to Burger Beard’s Food Truck, which now carries the Krabby Patty. They approach Burger Beard who is shocked to see them here, since none of that was in the book.

While we don’t get a deeper explanation of the whole book stuff, we do get confirmation that what you write in it comes true, and that is how he got a hold of the Formula. And yes, this whole time he went out of his way to do that just so he can use the patties at his food truck.

That is one wacky and funny motivation, as little sense as it makes. Yeah, this isn’t a very plot driven movie, as you can tell.

He should’ve gone to Universal Studios–sell them there and he’d make a killing.


Anyway, Burger Beard uses the book to banish them to Pelican Island.

Thankfully, Sandy still has that book page from earlier (her little plot went nowhere aside from this bit) so they can just write in it to fix things! Again, very convenient. Don’t worry, they get a feather from a bird, and Squidward provides them with some ink.

“…It happens when I’m nervous”


Also, first PotC and now Finding Nemo. Subtle, Nick.

Instead of just making Burger Beard give them the formula back or something, they use the book to turn into Superheroes. …Eh, okay.

“There’s gonna be some serious Aft Kicking here!”


Actually…I thought that was pretty funny.

Yeah,, but it’s my job to Boo puns, even if I find them funny

Now it’s time for another section you’ve seen in all the trailers, but this time it’s even better. The Superhero personas are all creative and they get some good gags out of them, even aside from the actual action.

They even saved the best part for the actual movie: Sandy is a Realistic Giant Squirrel. Now that’s hilarious. One fun chase sequence later, The Book falls onto the grill which doesn’t cause Bikini Bottom to blow up or something, for some reason.

They just kind of brush that off, and we move on to another big action scene where our heroes get taken out 1 by 1. After a bit of Patrick being a dick, all hope seems lost for our undersea superheroes….until Plankton shows up.

“It’s PlankTON”

…Oh yeah, he used the book to give himself a Hulk Body. Now that’s awesome.

Plankton’s secret? He’s always tiny

It doesn’t take too long for him to wreck BurgerBeard’s stuff and get the

With the power of FUCKING BUBBLES!!!! Told you we were saving it.

He then kicks Burger Beard all the way back to Bikini Atoll, where he gets buried in the sand. ….Well, that was an Anti Climatic defeat, although the actual climax was very satisfying.

The Heroes gather to celebrate….but Plankton eyes up that fomrula he has in his hands. Oh no, are they going to make this whole thing point-

“Here you go, Krabs”

Oh hey, they didn’t go the easy route and let his development stick for now. Despite what happens in a bit, I really like that they avoided it here. His development is rather basic, but at least it’s done competently, and it exists.

Well…kinda. Yeah, we can kinda see Plankton warming up to Spongebob, but I still think this face turn seems a bit rushed. Especially since he has the formula in his hands, and if he wanted to, he COULD beat them up and take the formula right now, OR write it so he has the formula anyway. I think this would’ve benefited from more setup, that’s all I’m saying.

Eh, fair enough.
With that, they write in the book and take themselves back home, where they aren’t ripped and Bikini Bottom is slightly less crazy. Well, except for the fact that Spongebob let Squidward keep his abs.

Aw, funny AND sweet!

Yeah, unless Spongebob just likes his men buff–okay, I’ll stop. I actually did like that.
With everything back to normal, they start serving Patties to hundreds of starving customers. Yes, everything is back to normal…even Plankton. Yep, he’s found trying to take the formula…while disguised as Gary.

…Didn’t you already do that back in Season 7 and fail?

“Hey, I’m just putting things back the way they were”

You know, I actually don’t mind this Status Quo stuff. I mean, Plankton still seems to have learned something, he just prefers the Status Quo. With how it’s handled, I don’t see it as too cheap.

Besides, what would this show be without Plankton’s theft attempts? …Also, is Karen okay?

I’m pretty sure she is, if everything’s back to the way it is. Still, I think the movie might have benefited from having one last scene at the Chum Bucket where Plankton comes back and she’s like “What took you so long?”

Hmm…yeah, i suppose so.m

So it looks we’re done…until we cut back to Burger Beard, up to his head in beach. The Seagulls show up, put a painting around him…and have him sing the theme song.

My God–Painty the Pirate was actually the head of Burgerbeard the whole time! The horrible truth behind Spongebob has been revealed!


….Oh yeah, this happens. Bubbles shows up and tells them to stop singing. This naturally leads…to a rap battle between a magic dolphin and Seagulls.

….No, you didn’t take any acid (well maybe you did, I don’t know about you, hypothetical person), this is actually happening. It’s um….weird. In all honesty, I think this part is pretty funny, especially since they actually got the Epic Rap Battle guys to do this.


……I’d call it a Big Lipped Alligator Moment but it’s at the end of the movie so of course no one speaks of it again! I suppose the random-ness of it is why it’s so funny to me.

So as random as it is, it’s amusing.

“We’re in no Mood to hear *Dolphin Chirp* from you!”

….You know for kids? Also, this wasn’t even the last animated film of 2015 to make a joke about swearing. Not even gonna spoil the other example because it’s too hilarious.

“Knock it off, you’re making the movie too long”

I agree, let’s wrap this up. When they are allowed to finish the theme song, the movie ends. The credits come with a decent song and appearances from characters too small to be in the actual movie.

PIEGUY: Finally, I have my Spongebob movie with Flatts in it.

I haven’t bitched about an abrupt ending in a while, so I well say the actual ending, minus the rap battle, is a bit too quick. It feels just kind of ….stops, you know? It’s a satisfying enough ending, but with all we went through, something bigger would have been nice.

Honestly, I think that despite what Burgerbeard/Painty said, the movie would have benefited from just about five minutes more–but that’s just me.

Also, there’s this:


….Well, that’s a morbid note to end on, but hey, it’s a good place to finally have a dedication to him. Anyway, we’re done here.

Final Thoughts:

You go first, Mr. Hero.

Overall, the second Spongebob movie is pretty good…but in my opinion, it wasn’t QUITE as good as the first movie.

The first movie had a pretty linear plot, and for the most part tried to make up its own along with referencing The Odyssey–no, I’m not kidding–and did it really well. But this movie seems like it’s trying a bit TOO hard to reference current movies, to the point where some of the references just feel kinda contrived.

And that’s when it’s not rehashing elements of previous Spongebob episodes, though admittedly, it does them better in a lot of places. Things you can do with a movie’s budget that you can’t do on a TV budget.

Overall, I guess I’ll use your rating system, and say that my final grade is a B-. For the sheer insanity this movie throws at you, and being a decent Spongebob film, it’s worth watching, and worth letting your kids watch–but I just don’t think it quite hit the depth the first movie did.

I’m pretty more in agreement there, for the most part. Honestly, this movie is kind like the first movie with it’s strengths and weakness. I mean, the first movie was fairly flawed with it’s script but made up for it with Comedy and epic-ness, and this movie is the same.

I’ll get my negatives out of the way first. After reviewing it, I see more of the flaws with the story of this one. As in, the actual plot doesn’t make a lot of sense and some of the plot points, like the book and the Superheroes just kind of drop in with little explanation.

The actual story of Spongebob teaming up with Plankton to get the formula back while in an Apocalypse is pretty solid and the character driven parts are the highlights of the story. The actual devices are rather weak sometimes.

I’ve heard plenty of people say this is more or less a longer episode…and it’s half true. They had a TV Mentality with this one due to the story is structured, and how it’s a simple teamwork story. However, it still feels like a movie because of the all epic stuff they could not in the show, like heavy CGI in the land scenes, and other crazy stuff. So the sheer scale makes it a cinematic experience more than the script, while the first film found a better balance.

I also think the characters could have been handled better, as only Spongebob and Plankton really do anything. Everyone else is just there to make jokes and fight. However, they do work pretty well even if they could have been used better.

Burger Beard is a fun villain, even if he could have been given a bit more to do. Banderas certainly gives it all his all, at least. Although it bugs me that we’ve had 2 movies without Patchy. Yeah, he bombed in his TV Movies but give him a chance, will ya?

But as much as I bitch about how flawed the film is, it’s got more good than bad. While the ending was rushed in regards to the character development, I still think the development do get is pretty solid. Spongebob is portrayed perfectly, and Plankton has some good bits.

While nothing ever got on par with that …death scene in the first movie, there are some good bits of emotion. The animation is quite good, properly upgrading it with nice detail, even though the backgrounds look kind of weird, like I said in my original review.

The Land element was done well, with fun action and very good CGI. And most importantly. The Comedy is very good with just as many laughs as last time. Sometimes just the insanity of stuff like Bubbles can get a laugh.

And really, I can’t bitch too much before the writers really just wanted to make a fun film, not a big epic. Sure, it is kind of pointless compared to the first film, but it doesn’t need to be an epic adventure to be good.

This thing was made to help revitalizing the franchise after a few…infamous years, and is mostly a refesher. It did start a new Era with Hillenburg returning, after all.

So yeah, it doesn’t top the first movie due to not being as deep or epic, but it’s still a good movie. It’s funny, it has some decent story elements, some sweet parts, good animation, and quite a few laughs.

It’s flawed, but still a worthy Spongebob product that’s well worth seeing. I know I didn’t need to review it twice to tell you that, but screw you, I wanted to do it.

Grade: B (as a Critic, B+ as a fan)

Yeah, but in the end, we all know that the dolphin won the rap battle.

Oh come on, EVERYONE shits on the seagulls. Ironic, but still, they totally won!

Yeah, I’m just going to leave before this turns into an ERB comments section. Up, up, and away!

Wait, I can’t fly. Oh well. WHOOOOSSSSSHHHH!!
Man, that guy’s weird. Wait–he still owes me for that wall!

…..Next week we start Halloween reviews.

See ya

(Huge Thanks to The Cartoon Hero aka Eli Stone for doing this with me) (And yes, it is really him, you can ask him yourself, or see him promote this on social media)

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Teen Beach 2

Beach Harder

Beach Harder

Teen Beach 2 is property of Disney

Hello, Spongey here.

It’s time once again to review a recent DCOM that just appeared on Netflix! I’d like to see we’re almost caught up…but there’s a new one coming out in October, so we’ll be behind until 2016.

Ah well. In the meantime, let’s talk about Teen Beach Movie. Back in 2013, I reviewed this movie and I quite liked it. As you recall, it revolved around these teens that got trapped in a 60’s beach movie.

The movie was a fun homage to that genere that was quite clever and amusing. You can read my review for full details, but that’s all you need to know right now. The important thing is that it was a huge hit….but it was he only DCOM that year and thus they advertised the hell out of it.

But hey, a hit is a hit. While I did like the movie, and there was a sort of sequel hook, I’m not sure I wanted one. I thought the story was complete, really. But they announced one for 2015 anyway, and there’s where we are.

It didn’t do as well as the first one, but it still did well. Reception was about the same: Mostly people who failed to even see the point, but some were actually fair. For the most part, people liked it less than the first one, and spoilers, I’m on that side.

But we’ll see if it’s still good on it’s own. The director stayed on board with this one, but we got a change in writers. Now they are Matt Eddy, and Billy Eddy….the guys who helped write Zapped and Bad Hair Day.

Man, they are getting around recently….and they are on the next DCOM too. Yeesh. Zapped was flawed but Bad Hair Day was alright. Let’s see where this falls in.

This, is Teen Beach 2

The movie opens with our main characters Mack (once again played by Maia Mitchell) and Brady, (again played by Ross Lynch) on The Last Day of summer. Brady sets up a romantic meet up at the very place they meet 3 months ago.

Yep, this only takes place a few months later, and most of it will take place in school rather than a Beach. First they set High School Musical’s sequel out of school, now they do this. Weird.

They regale us with the story of how they properly met, which involves that Wet Side Story movie. So that technically brought them together,\ before it brought them even further together, interesting.

And of course they have to watch a bit of Wet Side Story to cap the evening off. More specifically the ending song…which we somehow never saw before. Huh? Well anyway, this beings our first, which is all about how it was the best summer and they thank you for coming along.


Jokes aside, this song is pretty good. It would have been a better closing song for the first film, but it’s a fun and catchy opening number for this movie. Also, this line:

“We can’t stop singing cuz the surfs up, it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I’m fallin’ for ya cuz I’m Surf crazy, Just like me, just like me. We’re Crusin’, Crusin’ for a…”

I haven’t heard song title drops that weak since..

“You ready to bop it to the top cuz remember, we’re all in this together”

“Okay, You’re pushing it to the limit’

After that, they talk for a bit and wonder if being in school will make their lives any different. She assures him they will be fine. They won’t be fine. Suddenly, the necklace Lela from the movie gave her vanishes. That’s…sort of important for later.

We then cut to the first day of school, which is full of teenagers doing things teenagers never do. Brady meets up with his friends where they do annoying “bro” things.

“The swells were nectar”

…What the hell does that mean?

“Beyond mondo dude”

I bet it was also pterodactyl fly.

Mack meets up with her friend, played by Piper Curda aka Jasmine from I Didn’t Do It. It’s better than the last time we dealt with her. Also ,despite her being kind of popular right now, they barely mentioned her in the trailers….because she pretty much adds nothing to the story, honestly.

Brady meets up with them and we see their differences when it comes to friend choices. As you can imagine, this is leading to a story line where Brady feels like he doesn’t fit in with Mack while she’s busy with other people while at school. I’ll comment on it further as we go along.

Later at science class, we get Mack being smart and Brady being stupid. As if we needed to be reminded of that. Anyway, Mack is organizing some upcoming dance and Brady wants it to be Beach themed but there’s no time to do that. Then she reminds him of some College Fair thing they have to go to later.

Yeah, like the first one, and a certain other musical sequel, we have themes of the characters thinking about their futures and all that. It’s…better than when HSM 2 did it, but like the first Beach Movie it comes with similar flaws.

Brady looks into that at his home which is on the beach. For some reason, this fact is a plot point because it’s a secret for some reason. Brady moans about how Mack knows what she wants to do, but he’s clueless at the moment.

He leaves Wet Side Story playing on the smallest TV ever seen in 2013 (only a few months after the first one, remember?) and we join the world of the movie again. A familiar scene from the movie plays out …until Lela randomly suggests to join Tanner, when she just stood by before.

Everyone is weirded out by this, and Lela just suggests they start back from where they were. Keep this in mind for later. Back in the real world, Brady is late for the College thing because of course he is.

This leads to a “dramatic” moment where they bitch at each other. It’s a weak fight though, as the just go “you suck” and that’s it. Mack’s mad because Brady won’t say why he ditched her and Brady’s mad because of…reasons.

Honestly, Mack hasn’t done anything too bad so it looks like Brady will be the one to learn a lesson, more so than Mack.

Brady runs back to home to sing Song #2, which is just some sad song about what just happened. It’s the weakest song in this movie but it’s not bad. Honestly, despite going deeper into the themes of the first one, I’m not as interested. Mostly since it means less beach fun and it takes longer to fully get into that.

Thankfully, we jump back into the movie after the song, right during the Fallin’ for Ya scene. Lela randomly doesn’t want to do this and runs off. This throws everyone into confusion and Tanner talks to her about this. She says Mack’s little visit inspired her and she wants to be like her.

Wait a second. So they are knowingly repeating the events of the movie on a endless loop, with the knowledge of the events of the first film. They are on a weird Groundhog day loop and are just okay with it?

That…raises so many question that this movie is not smart enough to answer.

Lela’s necklace that vanished her suddenly washes up on the beach. Yeah, it’s implied that this thing is somehow magic and somehow the way they will go from world to world in this movie. I don’t get it.

And yes, that magic board is never mentioned, nor is Barry Bostwick. It’s like he never existed…

Lela decides she wants to go to Mack’s world.

“Goodbye Bikers. Goodbye Surfers. Goodbye people standing in the background that never spoke whose names I don’t know!”


Everyone stands there as Lela runs off.

“Maybe we should sing a song, that usually fixes everything”

Lela walk into the ocean and Tanner follows her. Like magic, they pop up in our world. Yep, there’s our premise, just like the credits stinger promised. It doesn’t happen at all like it did there, but ah well.

This whole movie is based on just the gimmick of the movie characters being in our world, with the plot and themes being written around it. For that standard, it works since they use it for good Comedy and they at least try to go a bit deeper.

Right away they marvel at how different the world is, and we have a quick obligatory phone joke. Brady conveniently happens to be on the beach, as is Mack. Before they can bicker some more, they spot Lela and Tanner.

They quickly explain how they got here, and Brady and Mack are just okay with it. To be fair after what they did before, this kind of thing wouldn’t seem too implausible. Lela and Tanner are pretty happy to visit this world.

So of course they sing about it in Song #3. This is our first real song that isn’t part of the movie within a movie or a slow thing. It’s pretty good and fun. …Not much to say really. It doesn’t have as much humor as some of the other songs, but it works to show the differences between these characters and this world.

“It’s pretty great that they’re here. It’s pretty weird and kind of impossible, but I did miss them”

They quickly discover that their visitors still apply to the film laws of physics, as their hair is dry as it gets hit by water. This reminds them that they should get them home given what happened to them in the first movie.

So now they must convince Lela and Tanner to go back to their world. I’ll say now that this film has a bit of a pacing issue as it’s obvious that this premise couldn’t hold a whole movie so we get some padding here and there. You’ll some more of it as we go along, I just wanted to point it out now.

Mack takes Lela home for a trying on clothes montage, because they plan to take their movie friends to school. At first there’s no reason but now it’s to show them at this world ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. …And yeah, High School is a perfect example of that.

Back in the movie, everyone is completely lost without the main characters to guide the story. Now this is pretty interesting and it leads to amusing moments and conflict as we go along.

They desperately try to keep things afloat by having Chi-Chi and Seacat sing Fallin’ for Ya, It doesn’t count as our next song, but it’s pretty amazing. Easily one of the funniest parts of the film, and my brother certainly agrees.

Mack and Brady welcome their film friends to school. They seem to hit it off with fellow high schoolers fairly well. They actually seem to like this world. I guess that’s what happens when you take them to a Disney Channel High School. Those seem to like people who sing.

“I have a plan. We turn them loose, along in the most dangerous, confusing, scary place imaginable”

…The Internet?

“The Cafeteria”


Lela and Tanner notice that everyone is in some kind of clique and most high schoolers are assholes.

“Why is everyone sitting a part?”

This leads to…Song #4. Yep, a whole musical number with these kids trying to get all the high schoolers to get along, and “twist that frown upside down”. It’s…a pretty fun song, really. It even gets everyone to agree and like each other.

I love how they somehow get these normal people to join in on a sptoneanus musical number, only to go back to normal right after. This bit is basically a BLAM as this whole Clique is not brought up again…but that’s the point, so it’s my 2nd favorite song in the movie.

Oh, we’ll get to my favorite….eventually.

This song does a few odd elements. Like this bit…

NERD: I’m really sorry my face your first

JERK DUDE: It’s okay, now I know you exist

NERD: Haven’t I seen you in class?

HOT CHICK: Yes, every day, this year and last

CHEERLEADER: It’s pretty cool how you wail on the bass

You can’t hear it, but all of this is so obvliously dubbed that it’s hilarious.


Christ, that’s a good question!

Also, the whole set up sounds…familiar. A song set in a cafeteria about cliques. Hm….eh, I’m just going crazy.

“We will never speak of this ever again”

…Okay then, let’s move on. We cut back to Wet Side Story, some characters start vanishing out of nowhere. This bit is short but it’s important since this is where the tension starts.

Later, Tanner starts to have deep thoughts, as this world is starting to have some effect on him. He’s starting to worry about him and Lela. Tanner’s side of this doesn’t quite go anywhere big but it’s a nice moment.

Brady shows him the cool stuff he does with Surfboards, and Tanner asks why he doesn’t show it to Mack. He says she wouldn’t “Get” him being all into Surfboards like this. Uh, she knows you are a Surfer Dude, and she would actually like that you are applying smart things to stuff you like.

“What’s a-…where’s College?”

Did they not have College in 1962?

Meanwhile, Mack tries to tell Lela about how much better the film world is. She seems to perfer the real world though, as there is more to life than just finding the right now. Suddenly, this is interrupted when Mack notices that Lela looks a lot more…modern.

She goes to Tanner and Brady to talk about this random and subtle change. That’s not the only change as Tanner’s smile doesn’t come with a “ding” and their hair can get wet. WET I TELL YOU!

So they just break the news to them that they are film characters and not real people. Hey, the villains faced that reality in the first movie. Looks like we’re going deep into that. …Hey, where did the villains go anyway? They aren’t even mentioned here!

They actually accept this pretty quickly. Too quickly, actually. But I suppose we need to keep the plot moving. Lela doesn’t want to live in the movie world. This whole deep conflict would work better if they DIDN’T need to go back into the movie world for them to surive.

“We could explain to them in a language they know…”

Oh yeah, here we go. They explain ….in song. I don’t care that the “real” characters can somehow make a song appear out of nowhere. The resulting Song #5 is pretty much my favorite song in the movie.

The song is all about how awesome it is to be in a movie, with tons of film references and clever wordplay stuff. It’s basically this films’ version of Can’t Stop Singing with how meta it is.

I mean, this is a song about the unrealistic world of film…during an unrealistic movie. This song is quite a bit of fun and is very catchy. The only song in this movie that I fault was on par with the best numbers in the original.

I’ll highlight 2 of the more interesting bits in the song:

‘You say a bad word and it bleeps”

I don’t know, I just find it amusing swearing was directly reference in a DCOM.

“If it’s good, they’ll make a sequel’

I believe you mean profitable.

And even after that whole song, Lela still doesn’t want to go back to the film world. Hey, tell her she’ll vanish forever if she doesn’t go back to her movie. ..That’s kind of important.

“Well that was dramatic, and potentially terrible”

Back in the movie, more people vanish and they start to think that Lela and Tanner leaving has something to do with it. So they decide to walk into the water to get to our world.

Good, only took you an hour to make this the big extravaganza the credits stinger promised us.

Sure enough, they arrive on the shore in the real world. But even with her movie friends here to take her home, she doesn’t want to leave. Now she’s just being stubborn.

As soon as she hears that people in the movie are vanishing, she starts to rethink her decision. So her subconscious need to go into the real world and be a normal person got her world in trouble. …Ouch.

“I’ve gotta go back. It’s our job”

Well, okay, I guess we’re done here.

So with that, they have their tearful goodbyes. I love how all this song stuff did nothing but one person quickly saying something got her to go, without even thinking. I know it technically makes sense but it’s just funny to me.

With that, they all walk into the water and go back to the film world. Well, I guess the movie’s over….What do you mean there’s more than 20 minutes left?!

….Yeah, I said there were some pacing issues and it shows up even more here.

We cut to the School Dance thing that night. Oh yeah, we have that….and this is the 3rd DCOM in a row with a dance. Weird. At least it’s not a huge major plot point this time.

Things between Brady and Mack still aren’t perfect, which means the Lela and Tanner stuff had little effect on them in the long run. Srot of. I say that because….the movie characters suddenly barge in!

Yep, they came here to help make things right between Mack and Brady. …Okay, but if you were going to have all of this be the big climax, maybe you should have cut that initial Goodbye scene, because as it is it makes the movie feel kind of clunky.

Also ,it’s sad how it took movie characters risking their lives to make Brady realize something he should have known all by himself. Tanner just gives a speech which causes Brady to get his head back in the game.

Brady goes up to the band that is playing and has them play Song #6. Yeah, Brady again has skills only the movie characters should have. But anyway, this is the “big” song for the movie because it’s the one they showed in all the ads. And it’s like 50 years long.

It’s pretty catchy but it’s one of those songs that doesn’t really have a ton of meaning compared to the other songs. But it’s fun and big and works for the movie.

And with that one song, they are pretty much cool again. Are you sure this is the realistic world?

Before they can celebrate, one of the film characters vanishes again. Now it’s a race against time to get them back to their world. Geez the pacing really is wonky here. Anyway, they finally remember that magic surfboard and decide to use it to take them back since they don’t have Lela’s Necklace for whatever reason.

We never find out the deal with this magic items, or how that necklace became magic.

The surfboard is of no use to them anyway because there are no waves for them to surf on. I guess the necklace let you just walk into the ocean while this thing works differently.

The other characters besides Lela and Tanner vanish….so we don’t have to deal with 50 people on one board. Because it’s a desperate situation, Brady takes Mack to his secret beach house place. Oh yeah I forgot about that.

It turns out she’s totally fine with it because he’s apply smart stuff to something he’s into. ….Which is pretty much what I said earlier. So this conflict was completely pointless!

Anyway, Brady made a board with a motor thing that will let you surf when there’s no surf. Yep, of course it’s a convenient solution. So after they have their little moment they give the board to Lela and Tanner.

This gives our heroes time to have another moment and sing a reprise of Meant to be Be from the first move. It’s a nice moment I suppose. Mack tells Lela that she doesn’t have to be exactly what she was like before, she can be her own woman.

“Change the movie”

..Uh, haven’t we learned that that is a BAD idea? Whatever.

With that drawn out Goodbye (making the previous goodbye pointless), you think we’d be wrapping up, but no. We have extra tension with them trying to get the board to work.

It’s pretty cool I guess, but it kind of pads things out. It only takes like a minute to fix the problem and get the board going, because SUSPENSE. Either way, Lela and Tanner ride off and while we don’t quite see it, we assume they finally make it back.

So it’s all happy days….but now I gotta pause for a second. The ending is coming up and happens over a decent amount of minutes. Usually I just cover it like I do the rest of the movie nad make comments, than bitch about the abrupt ending.

I changed this slightly for Anger Management, but I just skipped one aspect of the ending so I can bitch about it in full. This is a tiny a bit like that. I will tell you everything that happens in this big ending….but I won’t comment until the very end.

Why? You’ll see. It’s…the big thing I’ve been building up, and I think I did it better than all my TV Reviews. So let’s go:

Brady walks up to shore….but he runs past Mack and talks to his awkward unfunny friend. They just talk about how the friend suggested night body surfing. They notice that this save the beach party thing is happening right next to them, so they head towards it.

He asks Mack, the person heading this thing what this is all about, and she says it’s a beach theme party, more specifically a 1962 Beach Movie called “Lela Queen of the Beach”.

“I’m not sure that movie is exactly my jam”

“But that movie was totally ahead of it’s time. It’s the reason I love to surf”

They happen to be playing the movie on a screen there, so Brady decides to give it a shot. The movie starts up and it’s exactly what it says on the Tin, with Lela being a badass queen.

It involves out 7th and final song, the Surf Crazy of that movie.

It’s a different story cuz I changed the end, I make my own destiny

After a few minutes of this crazy song with a rather nonsense chorus, we see that Brady and Mack really connected over this.

“I’m Mack”

“I’m Brady”

And with that, the movie ends.


Yeah, let’s talk about this, there’s a lot go over. Allow me to simplify what just happened: Lela indeed went back into the movie and changed into a girl power fest….and a result it’s not the movie Brady got into, so he didn’t get into ,and Mack did instead. This means they never met until way after they originally did.

….I’m not sure where to begin. This ending was pretty divisive, with people either loving or hating it. As for me….well, it’s complicated. Let’s think about it. This is a DCOM where they actually put in a major twist ending that was bound to divide viewers.

In other words, they took a genuine risk. Sure, they may have done something in this vein in the past, but not to this extent. They made it so the past films we saw didn’t actually happen, because they thought this was an appropriate way to take the film.

So despite all of the flaws it might have, I give them a lot of credit for going through with this, instead of worrying that their teen audience will be actually challenged by a change.

….With that said, I am mixed on this ending. I do ike the risk they took and the final song is a lot of fun despite being a bit weird and over long. However, it doesn’t really make any sense when you think about it.

For one, it creates a time paradox. If things changed so Mack and Brady never met, they wouldn’t have gone into Wet Side Story, and thus caused Lela to want to leave her world. And thus Mack couldn’t tell her to change the story in the first place.

…Why is this more confusing than the actual time travel DCOM?

And then there’s other confusing thing. Wet Side Story isn’t just some fictional unvierse in this movie. It’s an actual movie that obviously involved a lot of real actors and writers….How exactly are they effected by all this?

A dumb romance can’t be the only thing changed by this. And how did Lela change the movie anyway? None of this really makes any sense when you think about it. So it’s a mixed bag: Ambitious, but kind of weird with it’s logic.

I can see some may hate it and why some may love it. I just simply respect them doing it despite it’s flaws. …

Okay, I’m done rambling. I had to type this part twice due to difficulties, so let’s just wrap this up.

Final Thoughts:

When all is said and done, how was the movie? It’s alright. Despite it’s flaws, I enjoyed it in the same way I enjoyed this first one. It’s not as good though, and it has a fair amount of flaws.

Let’s get into those first. It’s a bit rehash in some ways. It’s not as bad or blatant as some other sequels, but it’s there. Characters from one world end up in another and the conflict comes from that causing some problems. They mix this is in with drama with Mack and Brady and use this to go into deeper themes about destinty.

Now, it’s not a fully rehash because of how different the exection it is, but it does seem a bit familiar. They don’t execute this as well either because the drama and Comedy aren’t as good, so they don’t mix as well.

The first movie pulled that off better by focusing more on Comedy and just mixing the drama decently at the end. I’m also not too interesting in the main stuff with Brady and Mack this time. I like the themes but it’s resolved too easily and they don’t go that deep into it.

I also think the villains should have been here. Adding them would have made more things more interesting since they were a big part of the movie too it would be cool to have them around to be awesome.

I wanted more prominent new characters. We only get Brady’s friend, who is annoying, and Piper Curda, who does nothing. Again, it would have made things more interesting. I think the bulk of this movie is a bit too safe and really needed more meat to it.

But despite all of my bitching, I still enjoy it. None of this really effects my personal enjoyment because it just doesn’t bug me externally. They still kept what made the first movie fun.

I like the themes presented and it’s still qutie clever and funny. It’s not as funny as before but it has quite a few clever moments, and the movie characters are very likable. They are really dedicated to these roles and they are fun to watch.

The songs may not be quite as good as in the first movie, but they are mostly fun and are the highlights of the film. This film is just a fun diversion with some decent themes here and there.

And it has a pretty balls-y ending for a DCOM. It is flawed and kind of makes the movie pointless but I give them credit for going through with it. While normal people won’t see enough too crazy, this is a twist most of the Tween Audience might not like it because it “challenges” them. So again, I like that they were willingly to do it.

So overall, it’s just fun. The first movie was just a fun flick too, but it managed to be more due to being surprisingly clever for a DCOM. It would be impossible to recapture that magic but they tried.

It’s quite flawed, especially as a sequel but it does add nothing. It’s got some fun songs, an interesting, and is overall an enjoyable experience. Nothing special but it’s just a fun time.

Seeing as I don’t think this movie needed to exist in the first placed, it worked out fine. Will there be a 3rd one? …Maybe, the ending could be used to back up an argument for or against a 3rd one.

As for me…if they use the ending and go way deeper into the problems I addressed…maybe? We’ll just have to see, for now we have 2 fun and solid flicks.

Grade: B

Next time…well…if all goes well, it well be quite the special surprise….you’ll see.

See ya.

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Snow Day

Max Keeble's friends ditch him to stop a snow plow. I love role association.

Max Keeble’s friends ditch him to stop a snow plow. I love role association.

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, my Brother’s Birthday is upon us once again. For the past 2 years, I have let him pick the review he wants me to do. What I did was just make a list of a bunch of movies I think he would want to see a review for and let him pick.

He doesn’t know enough about movies to make a choice on his own.

So this year, he happened to pick another early 2000’s kids movie. Yay? Well, it’s from 2000 so it’s on the edge, and wouldn’t you know, it’s from Nickelodeon. This could go either way.

The film got some pretty bad reviews, but no really remembers it when compared to stuff like Clockstoppers. So it could be a hidden gem, a guilty pleasure, or a steaming tud, I don’t know, but it will be fun to find out.

Our director has mostly done TV, which is likely be obvious when we get into the movie. The writers are Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi…the creators of Pete and Pet. That should be good news…but Chris wrote Unbarfable, so we know they aren’t perfect.

So let’s try to face the end of Summer with a day in the snow. Is It any good? Time to find out!

This, is Snow Day

The movie opens with narration about how snow is created, because this needs to be educational somehow. Of course leads into a spiel about how awesome a Snow Day is, and we cut to a Weather Man played by a Post Funny Chevvy Chase.

He is forced to do some undignified things he isn’t cool with as the network desperately tries to compete with a more popular weather man. This guy would have made a better villain in The Ultimate Christmas Present.

We then meet Principal Ken Weaver, as our main charactes hit him with a snow ball. Our lead is Natile, played by…that female friends from Max Keeble. …Huh. Well, at least she doesn’t have a friend play by Josh peck….wait, she does?

…That’s just freaky!

They are in the middle of a very warm winter and they wasted their last stashed snowball. Natile’s Brother Hal is more worried about winning the heart of a girl (played by the love interest from Zohan) he is creepily obsessed over. And line in Clockstoppers, her actress is way older than a teen.

Naturally, his chances with her seem slim becase he’s shy, she’s popular, and a jerk jock wants her. Later at dinner, we find out Chevy Chase is their dad and we get some awkward Comedy with the Mom.

Then we see Hal sniffing a necklace Claire had, and putting it on his foot. ….No comment. Natile sees this and mentions it to Dad. He says boys his age like to experiment.


This somehow turns into a “sweet” moment, and we join Hal later with his friends. One of them is female, so he will hook up with her by the end. Pointing out cliches is starting to get boring for me.

The next morning, their town is suddenly graced with snow. She’s…happy about it.


Natile Vs Snow?

Everyone is incredibly happy for the random bout of snow, not caused by a machine from Santa. However, there’s someone out to stop their snow day, known as the Snow Plowman, played by Chris Elliot.

“I really don’t like him”

Gee, I couldn’t tell.

They want to stop him so they can have a higher chance of getting a 2nd snow day. It wouldn’t happen anyway considering that the snow would likely get lower in that time, and no new snow would come, at least based off your usual climate.

Hal is more interested in getting a silly girl than a silly snow day, and Natile chastises him for this. Both kids are being dumb if you ask me. Since this is a snow setting, some kids launch a snow ball fight at the principal for no reason.

“You want to be rough? I invented rough!”

The kids goof off for a bit until the Snow Plow Man shows up again and they launch an assault. This actually works and he crashes his plow. Well, movie’s over!

….I swear, that WILL work some day!

The plow comes back to life and he continues his evil attack on Snow. The only thing making this guy a villain is the fact that he doesn’t care if a kid gets in the way while he’s charging down the street. ….Which opens some questions but ah well.

We cut to the home of Claire as a crowd of boys have showed up yell about their love for her. ….Yeah.

“It’s like Claire-Stock”


Ha’s chances are pretty slim right now, especially since Chuck shows up and drives everyone so he can have her. Claire is pretty pissed at him though, so maybe there’s hope.

So Hal takes thing up a notch and goes on Dad’s current broadcast to profess his love. Okay, this guy has a serious problem with being a creeper. He goes on a whole spiel about how much he likes her and knows her. No one really stops him or has any issues with this.

Despite all of that, she is seen riding off with Chuck a bit later. I know what Hal did was odd, but he poured his heart out while Chuck is just a prick. I know they are going for that thing where he hooks up with a female friend, but it’s still odd.

We’re supposed to feel sad for him but I know I don’t. Wait, who is this movie about? Natile is the relelatable kid character but this guy keeps stealing the plot.

Speaking of which, she continues her plans to stop the Plow man. She has Josh pretend to be Dead so the plow man will get out and they can sneakily mess with it. He has the most nonchalant reaction to a Dead kid ever.

They are caught but they have enough time to kidnap the Plow Man’s pet bird thing, and as revenge he kidnaps Josh. Hey, now things are happening in the main plot again!

Then we go back to Hal’s plot, as Claire asks Chuck what he really knows about her. As it turns out, he knows pretty much nothing. Gee, this random jerk you somehow gave a 2nd chance is still a dumb jerk? What a shock!

Anyway, there are some sort of ….place, and Hal takes over this boring announcer guys thingy, so he can proclaim his love….again. We cut back to the main plot so we won’t know the results of this for a bit. Hopefully it’ll involve him being put away for being a creeper.

The Snowplow Man goes to Natile’s house and asks Mom where she is, and he uses an obvious lie to get her to talk. With his rep, it’s odd how she isn’t wary of him at all. She even sees Josh in the plow and suspects nothing, even as he bangs on the door and honks the horn.

And now I won’t feel bad for her when she finds out her daughter got killed or something. Before she can say anything, she has to run out to rangle Natile’s brother who exists by the way. Snowplow Man is left alone and answers a phone call that happens to be from Natille.

It sure is convenient that he happens to be alone when this happens. They basically tell him that they will only give him his bird back if he lays off the plot so they can have an extra snow day. They are acting like he has the magic power to prevent the snow from melting or something.

Snowplow Man arrives with Josh tied to the front of the thing. Okay, that’s bad and how did no one see that?! Are these kids the only people outside?!

Meanwhile, we have no idea how Hal’s little thing worked because we just cut to later like nothing happened. Hal is “building some shrine” and the female friend is sent to fetch Claire.

She talks about how he put his mouth on her bird (NOT LIKE THAT) and…then he just cuts back to the main plot….then it cuts to this plot like a second later. Why even cut if there’s nothing to show?!

Lane, the female friend, has a cheesy speech to convince her to go him. Then it’s back to the main plot as they make the exchange. Josh is freed and Claire meets Hal to see that Hal drew a giant whale in the snow for her. Don’t worry, it was done through digging, not through….other ways to spell stuff in snow.

“…But I like zebras”

Whoops. He thought she liked whales because of a charm on that bracelet. Before anything else can happen, Chuck pops up to be a dick. Christ, this is taking up so much of the plot despite it having less to do the titluar snow day than the real plot!

Hell, the official summary on my TV Guide Thingy mentions this part first!

Chuck got that bracelet for her, and he got that one because she lovs “Shampoo” the killer whale. …Yeah. Hal jacks Chuck’s snow…riding…thing. God, I suck at words. We then get a chase scene because this love triangle needed some form of action.

Then out of nowhere, we get some adventures with Chevy Chase. His subplot hasn’t been addressed for like half an hour, why even have this here at all? The rival weather guy was credited for predicting this snow even though Chevy Chase did, and he’s not happy.

While reporting on a Ice Sculpture contest, a kid does one of the rival guy and he gets mad at a kid for liking something. This is stupid. Back with the kids, it turns out they have lost because the villain went back on his promise. What a shock.

Natile is about to give up when one of her action figures tells her to keep going. Because of course. She’s obviously day dreaming this and it’s…mildly amusing, as weird as it is.

With a quick speech, she heads out to try again. We join Hal as he’s just hanging out with Lane. What happened with that race thing? I don’t know, they just talk about it instead of finishing the actual scene.

“I really don’t wanna hear a word about that crappy braclet”

Whoa, language Missy!

Lane bitches at him and then they kiss. Then she walks away so we can be deep for a moment. Yeah, I still don’t care. But once again, Chevvy Chase interrupts the plot as he meets up with the rival guy.

While he’s reporting, Chevy Chase calls him out for being a fraud. Chad manages to prove he is a fraud by not knowing what to say when he is asked where snow comes from. He admits he sucks and that Chevy predicted this snow.

Yay, I don’t care.

Despite that previous scene, Hal meets up with Claire anyway so we can at least close the book on her. They finally have a romantic bit (no idea where Chuck is) but of course he realizes how dumb he was being, and that he needs Lane.

Claire is cool with his and tells him to go get her. I don’t think I’ve given less of a shit during a movie when I was supposed to care.

Snow Plow man approaches the last unplowed street and Natalie shows up to stop him, along with tons of other kids. For what it’s worth, the kids all rallying together is kind of cool.

Even if I still wonder where any adults are!

They lie him up to a sign thingy, but he says there will be no snow day tomorrow since all the other streets are plowed. Hey, the villain is actually right. ….Except he’s not. The kids …un plow the street and put all the snow back. Because you can do that?

Then it’s back to the romance crap as Chuck apears again to take down Hal. He says he is not after Claire but he’s a bully so he doesn’t listen. Then suddenly the snow plow comes in from the other plot and defeats Chuck. …Anyone gonna check if he’s okay after being hit by a plow?

Natalie and Hal talk for a sec and make up after their light earlier. Oh yeah they had a conflict. The kids go back to un plowing, while Hal plans some plowing of his own. …I’m so sorry.

Hal meets up with Lane and they basically kiss and make up. It’s pretty quick too. He doesn’t 100 percent apologize, we aren’t give too many reasons for hwy they like each other. They just like each other now. Lame.

Hal narrates again and talks about how magical a Snow Day is.

“In the end, you mght have discovered that you saved the universe, and got a 2nd snow day……the miracle that began with a single perfect snowflake, will change your life forever”

Instead of ending there, we get one final gag with the Principal guy being ambushed with snow balls…in his own house. Now that’s just cruel!

But whatever, we’re done. Abrupt ending, yada yadya, you’ve heard it all before.

Final Thoughts:

Meh, I did not care for it. I didn’t hate but I just really didn’t care but anything going on in it. The thing about this movie is that it’s made purely for kids, and it taps into a child like mild set. The kind that does not have the logic adults have.

And that’s fine but this movie isn’t really written well enough to be a good throw back. I’m just not given enough reasons to really care about what is going on. They try to act like Snow Days are magical but it just seems like another day to me.

It’s fitting that the creators of Pete and Pete wrote this, because it seems to be trying to emulate that. But I actually cared about the characters in that show, and that one makes it more obvious when something is supposed to be over the top.

This one is based too much in reality for it work as well as most of that show. I see what they were trying to do, but it doesn’t pan out that well. I sort of like the premsie of taking a simple day and seeing what everyone does on hat day.

But the subplot with the Dad is pointless and barely shows up, and the Mom has like one or two scenes that are so quick I skipped them. The movie also has a problem with focus. Given that Natalie’s side of this has more to with the subject matter, it’s weird how they keep ditching her in favor of Hal’s stuff.

It can’t decide who the movie is about and I don’t feel they get equal focus. I really just didn’t care about either of these plots. Hal’s plot is too cliché, he’s a creeper early on, and he and Lane are not developed enough for me to care about them. It’s classic bad romance writing.

Natalie isn’t really interesting enough for me to care about her endeavors and using adult logic kind of makes everything dumb. I can’t really think of too many special reasons to dislike this stuff, since I just flat out don’t care.

And when you’ve decided you don’t care about the characters in a movie, you just kind of tune everything out. Also, Josh gets even less to do than in Max Keeble. The villain is kind of enjoyable but he wasn’t that effective in the end.

This movie needed a few more rewrites, so they can add development and make this more of a cute child hood throw back. As it is, it’s just half back and kind of episode. To be fair, the acting is decent, and no one is hugely unlikable. It also doesn’t do anything that horrible in the end.

It’s just a mediocre kids movie that tries but just falls flat. As far as kids movies from this era go, it’s not as weird as stuff like Max Keeble, so it’s not nearly as fun or memorable. Maybe it’s less flawed but it’s more normal, and what’s the fun in that?

It’s not as bad as I thought it would be, but it’s still pretty weak. Not the best pick for a birthday review, but ah well. Happy Birthday again, man.

Grade: C-

Next time, we leave the snow and go back to the beach.

See ya.

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Top 11 Season 4 Phineas and Ferb Episodes

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, here we are. Yesterday I put up the final part of my 2nd ode to Phineas and Ferb’s music. Now it’s time to finally close the book on the show for now. Over the course of 7 and a half years, 200 plus episodes, several specials, and a movie, the show has done tons of amazing things.

And it finally ended with its final season a few months ago. It’s hard to believe Its been a few months since it ended. Like I said, I’m okay with it ending since it had a good run and did everything. But it still feels weird because it did run so long and became such a huge part of people’s lives.

Not to mention this show can be thanked for our current animation golden age. Yeah, between 2005 and 2008, there weren’t really any huge shows in terms of quality aside from Avatar. Then this came along, with it’s unique style and everyone fell in love with it. While it took until 2010 for it to really take effect, it did kind of lead to other great shows happening.

Adventure Time and Regular Show really kicked things off, leading to better CN shows such as Steven Universe but Phineas and Ferb got people’s attention first. Plus, Oliva Olson being on P&F lead to her being on AT, thus leading to some of its best songs.

It’s kind of like how X-Men was the first big good Comic Book in a while, but Spider-Man really got the ball rolling. Ironically, the latter is the one that met P&F. So for leading to Gravity Falls alone, this show deserves a lot of credit.

So it ending is a big deal and it’s time to close the book by looking at Season 4. Any show that goes on for more than 2 seasons will have people debating if it went downhill, and this show is no exception.

I personally think Season 3 was just as good as Season 2 with its increased development and awesome stuff, but I already did a list on that end of things. It sucked but ah well.

Most of the complaints were just kind of dumb and it had enough fresh concepts to stay solid, for the most part. Besides, the worst episode is in Season 2. The complaints got a bit bigger in Season 4, because of the whole “Running out of ideas” argument.

Which is why they decided to end it here. Anyway, I thought Season 4 was…pretty good. Yeah, it didn’t’ reach new highest like Season 3 but it was still solid. I think after 2 seasons of raising the bar, there was no new heights to reach.

It was a pretty good season, with more fresh concepts and a lot of cool things we never saw before. All the stuff we expect from this show. However, for the most part it didn’t quite reach new heights, and a lot of the great episodes were great in a way we were used to.

But that’s not the writer’s fault, since it’s hard to keep topping yourself. Season 4 was one of the most fun Seasons to watch at least, as it had more jokes than usual, leading to some really funny episodes.

The Season was a bit smaller in scale, closer to Season 1. I noticed that it went back to the usual formula more often while still mixing things up a lot. There were a decent balance of all characters having development, with the usual Phineas freak out moment for good measure.

I like that they scale things back and relied on humor more. Sure, it means less amazing episodes, but it’s a nice change of pace. Plus, it did reach new heights with the top 3 alone.

One minor thing I liked is that Stacy and Isabella had a lot more to do compared to last Season. I didn’t mind them being pushed back in Season 3, but I liked that they had more spotlight, especially Isabella.

Sure most of it had to do with Phineas but she was still well written. It was a fitting final Season, giving how Season 1-ish it could be at times. But is it me or was the actual animation better in Season 3? It just had more detail with the character animation and especially the shading and background.

With all of that said, which Season 4 gems were the brightest? Which did I love the most? Which had the best plots, and comedy?

Let’s take a look and see how the show went out with a bang.

This, is the Top 11 Phineas and Ferb Season 4 Episodes

11. Happy Birthday, Isabella!

Writers: Kaz and Kim Roberson

Okay, you all know why this one made the list. But let’s slow down a bit. There’s actually more to this episode than that little twist, so let’s look at the rest first.

On Isabella’s Birthday, she just wants a little alone time with Phineas but of course that won’t come easily. Meanwhile, Doof makes an inator to turn things that bug him into bugs.

I”m no shipper, so I won’t love an episode just cuz it’s got phinbella feels in it. I’ll like it if it’s well done, so when I saw I like this one even without the ending, you know it’s good. It doens’t do anything huge, but it does a good job of making you want to see them get some time.

They did do this back in Candermy but it’s done better here because it’s the focus. The humor is about equal as we get some amusing moments like Buford putting her in a bag to get her away from the planning. Apparently this is the first time he know what was in the bag in this situation.

Everything is summed up nicely in the song, which as I said came close to making my next song list. Isabella sing’s about how she wants alone time with Phineas and you really feel for hwer.

Mostly cuz she says she will accept ANY time with hm, no matter what. Even if it’s a boring or bad situation.

“Trapped under rubble, that’s awesome!”

That’s…depressing. She’s so darn desperate at this point that she’s fine with being under rubble as long as she’s with phineas?  Yikes. That’s what makes this one work so well. They don’t hugely focus on in a big way but simple stories still work pretty well like with Oh, There You Are Perry.

Of course she gets some time at the end and it’s very satisfying. So it’s a nice simple Isabella story with a good song nad a lot of funny and memorable jokes. But if that was all, it wouldn’t be on the list, but if it just the ending than it still wouldn’t make it.

Both of these together make this episode a stand out. So let’s talk about the Stacy in the room. The Doof subplot is nothing too special on it’s own but it has it’s share of funny moments.

Then it intersects with a minor plot involving Stacy watching a horror movie called The Grievance (subtle). According to Doof in a later subtle, there’s quite a few sequels including one called Revenge of the Italian Jugband.

“I don’t think that one’s canon”

Anyway, at one point Doof and Perry crash into her house and have their fight in front of her. Yes, she sees this and recognizes Perry right away. But hey don’t worry, her memory and this won’t be important at all.

“It says right here in your silly little pamphlet that if your host family finds out about your agent status, then anyone who’s seen you has to have their memory erased, or you’ll get relocated. Perry, I’m not part of your host family! I know, I know, it’s a technicality. Look, I don’t want Candace and the boys to lose you, but I also do not want my mind erased. I’m on the last ten minutes of that Grievance movie, and I don’t want to have to watch that whole scary mess again. So, uh, can we just keep this a secret? “

Yep, Stacy learned Perry’s secret and she KEEPS this knowledge at the end of the episode. It’s pretty much a part of the Canon now. And it’s done in a very clever way that makes Stazcy even more awesome.

The me from a few years ago would have shit his pants at seeing this.

But yeah, this really set the fandom on fire, and helped make this a really popular episode. And it’s amazing. I mean, in a show like this huge staus qou chances are unheard of. The biggest to happen in the background is Vanessa getting with Monty. That’s it.

But here, someone learns Perry’s secret and it sticks! It’s also done in a clever way. This is a normal episode too and not a special, which makes it even more amazing. You didn’t need to do it, but it was a great move on the writers’ part.

Now that this was in the show’s aresneal, everyone was looking forward to how they continued this arc. And….it was never brought up again. There was a quick joke in Drusselsteinoween and…that’s it.

That’s…disappointing. ….However, we have a OWCA special coming up so…maybe we’ll see it there? I admit, it sucks that this ended up being pointless, but it’s cool that they did it at all.

And this episode is still great despite that. The main plot gives us decent jokes and a sweet simple story for Isabella, while the subplot has great jokes and an awesome twist that showed they were willingly to shake things up a bit.

Although to be honest, this does make the bottom of the list because it isn’t the best thing ever. If you took either big element out of this, it wouldn’t make the list. It’s the combo of both great things that causes this thing to be on the list, and even then it’s at the bottom. It doesn’t hit quite as hard as other episodes, even with the awesome twist.

But it’s still a great episode for it’s sweet moments and ending. It may not have amounted to much but it was still a cool thing they did.

With all of that taken into accounted, I think this is a very good episode and a great way to kick off the list.

10. Cheers for Fears

Writers: Aliki T Graft, John Mathot, and Kim Roberson

There have been a lot of birthday episodes in the show….and for some reason people have a problem with this. They say it’s weird that there are so many summer birthdays, and see it as a sign they are running out of ideas.

First, Season 1 technically had the most birthdays (Candace, Doof, Linda, Vanessa), while the others had just 2 or so. 2Nd, in a show like this, tons of summer birthdays is not too far fetched. Although I wish they had lampshaded it.

And 3rd, each episode did something different and fit that character very well. None of them felt too obligatory…except maybe this one but it’s still great.

This time it’s Jeremy’s, which means Candace is worried about what do and eventually asks the boys to make a giant 3D Scrapbook. Meanwhile, Doof makes a machine that brings out your greatest fear.

First off, the only that bugs me is the title. There’s another episode called Face Your Fear, that’s paired with a Halloween episode…that has fear in the subplot and it’s not a huge theme. This has a very similar title and it’s tied to the fear theme a lot more, which means it’s really easy to confuse the two.

I blame the writers of Face Your Fear but it’s still stupid.

On to the actual episode. This episode kind of helps show why I quite enjoy the whole Candace/Jeremy thing. Let’s talk about it, actually. For the most part, it’s a typical dyanmic and a lot of people find Jeremy to kind of boring as a result.

And while I can sort of see that, as the show has gone on, I’ve grown to kind of like him. Let’s lets about it for a second. Candace is completely crazy and has tons of flaws that would realistically make it hard for people to be with her.

Now, she’s awesome and all but would most people be able to handle her, even if they were a bit weird themselves? The only people who seem to be attracted to her otherwise are people like Buford and Irving. Anyone who ends up with her has to be really chill or even crazier to want to stay with her, and live with her faults to see her good aspects.

Jeremy fits the bill. He’s kind of boring because he’s written in such a way so he can tolerate Candace. Typically a boy like him would be scared but he’s done in a boring way so he can fit. It’s actually very admirable how he actually tolerates her weird-ness because he’s willingly too look past.

Besides he has his limits, like in SBTY. And has time has gone on, all of this has become appearance and we’ve become more invested in their relationship. It’s nice to see them together and while they have been on and off since getting together, we do some good story lines with them and it’s become a solid couple.

This episode isn’t hugely deep but it does provide a tiny bit more insight. The song itself has you look back and even says most people would flee, but Jeremy has stayed all this time. The actual plot supports this as well.

In the end, Doof’s inator naturally makes her worst fear come true: The Scrapbook flying away, leaving her with the smaller one used as a blueprints. Naturally, Jeremy prefers it this way understands what happened. Normal Jeremy stuff but it’s done in a sweet way and it works really well.

Although this sounds familiar. Someone gets the boys to do something big for someone, and Doof gets rid of it, but that someone thinks the smaller version is enough. ….Oh god, this is Oil on Candace done waaaay better.

Yeah, while in that one the story didn’t feel that strong and the main character was boring, this one works despite almost being a rip off. I guess the characters make a difference.

That’s all great but the main reason this one gets on higher is the humor. There are a ton of funny moments in both plots that stick out. Highlights include Doof’s worst fear and Ferbland. And yes, that worst fear is Vending Machines. Continuity.

There are a lot of good jokes here, making this one of the funniest of the Season. It’s actually the real reason it’s on here. The plot is sweet but if the jokes were just okay, it would be either 11 or an honorable mention.

But with so many good jokes, it gets on the list. The ending gag alone really sells it. Really, that’s all I gotta say because I don’t wanna spoil too much of the humor and I already spoiled the story.

It gives us a very nice portrayal of Candace and Jeremy’s relationship, and has a nice story with the expected sweet moments, a good song, and some great humor. It’s really everything you need for a solid Phineas and Ferb episode.

The next entry will be just as short, by the way. Either way, cheers for this episode!

9. One Good Turn

Writers: Edward Rivera and Micheal Diedrich

When Phineas and Ferb make a huge obstacle course, Stacy and Candace enter to win .Meanwhile, Doof creates an inator make Roger turn 90 degress because that offends a Stumplegimp-ian Mayor that is visiting.

This episode is like Cheers for Fear, in it that it get here due to being sweet and very funny. I almost did both at once but I had too much to say about Cheers. Also, these two are right next to each in production order.

What is the sweet element? Well, let’s go back a bit. For awhile, there was a popular fan theory that Stacy and Ginger were sisters because, eh, they are both Asians. That’s good enough.

Dan and Swampy didn’t really plan this out but it got so popular they finally made it canon in “For Your Ice Only”, an episode written by a Bond/Oso Fan. It’s always cool when that happen, outside of parodies of fan stuff.

So this episode they actually develop the two. We find out Ginger always get a bunch of trophys while Stacy has pretty done nothing, and she wants to win this to accomplish something. That’s right, our first bit of Stacy development in quite a while.

Actually, we don’t need to get much that isn’t linked to Candace. So it’s awesome to see. It is a bit cliché but it is executed pretty well. The payoff at the end is a tad cheesy but the emotion Is good enough to make me forgive it. It might just be the voice.

Ginger was replaced with someone else because reasons, and the newer person is good but not as natural as the previous actor. But she’s still good, and she is the actual daughter of Ming Na, who voices Stacy’s Mom.

But again, the humor is what makes it work. Most of it is the Obstacle Course challenge thing and it’s a lot of fun. It has a lot of energy and they fit in a lot good jokes, like the giant worm. But then we have the Doof subplot, which has a really funny song with a good payoff, even if it slightly rips off Der Kinderlumper.

Dance of Contrition would have made the list if I extended it to 50, which shows you how tough it was. This episode shows off more of that great comedic energy the show has, especially in this Season.

It has a very solid mix of good plot, energy, heart, and humor. And you gotta love the mini song at the start that Buford starts. This is higher than Cheers for Fears because it has just a bit more energy and the plot has a bit more to it, although they are pretty close in terms of quality.

Add development for some characters and you have a fun episode to add to the list of really great episodes. That’s really I got, not exactly the most plot heavy episode.

One Good Turn is….one good episode. I regret nothing.

8. Steampunx

Writers: Bernie Petterson, and Joshua Pruett

You all remember those Season 3 timeshift episodes. They made one for this Season for fun and it’s just as good as those. The thing with the timeshift episodes is that your perference for a certain style will make you like one over the other.

I like fantasy stuff so Excaliferb is my favorite, but I also kind that whole steampunk, earl 1900’s stuff. Which is why I really duh this one.

In 1903, Phineas and Ferb are inspired by the Danville Worlds Fair to create some new tech to do their shores, while Von Doofenshmirtz does evil stuff that’s funny. This one has a frame story with Lawrence finding an old coin but otherwise it’s like the other 11 minute ones.

I don’t have a lot to say about Thia one. It’s more Comedy driven than the others, so there’s less to say. I suppose that’s my only complaint. It’s more like a typical episode, just with different dressing. The main story is…well I just told you all the substance it as, minus Candace doing her thing. Doof’s stuff is better but the story is just basic.

Nothing wrong with that, it just makes it less epic than the others. But it’s my 2nd favorite due to the time period and style. For oen, it’s got a unique song i’ve talked about already.

Like all the others, they really nail the style here. They got the animation that reflects the period, and all the tech and music to match it. This is the best when it comes to capturing that style, although Tri Stone Area was good in that category too.

As for jokes, you got a lot of them such as the Nagging Wife and Farmer cameo. My favorites jokes come from Doof such as everything involving Swerry the Swan and the obligatory silent movie joke.

Everything about Swerry is funny, from the concept to him making those odd honk sounds. Easily the most creative joke in the episode. This episode shows all of the stuff that makes the time shift episodes work, and then some.

It may not have too much plot the style and jokes are enough to carry it. It’s higher than the last few due to the amount of amusing jokes as well as just the style. It’s a simple episode but a very enjoyable one all the way through, and the final joke is great.

….That’s about it. Like I said, ton a ton to analyze. Just a funny episode that serves as a good end to the time shift saga…..unless you count Act Your Age I guess, but more on that later, in some way.

Steampunx is insert lame pun here.

7. Phineas and Ferb Save Summer

Writers: JG Orrantia, Eddie Pitman, Aliki T Graft, Joshua Pruett, John Mathot, Mike Bell, Kyle Menke, and Micheal Diedrich.

“This must be a special episode, he’s yelling at his sister again”-Buford

This is where we get into the more impressive episodes, and it’s weird I say that because this also happens to be the weakest of the specials. I’ll explain why after the plot:

After the boys throw a global summer concert to celebrate Summer. Doof’s latest inator moves the sun away, changing the weather big time. LOVEMUFFIN approves and takes advantage of this to take over, especially since Monogram got fired, leaving OWCA is disarray. Now Perry and everyone else must save the day.

Writing that made me realize this has quite the big plot, so why is it weaker than a few other specials? Well, it’s because of it doesn’t quite have the big emotional stuff the others have. It has it’s moments but nothing too huge.

It’s far less ambitious than the other main specials and it’s a couple other minor issues. It takes a bit to get started, and it feels like Phineas and Ferb don’t really do anything important until the 2nd half, making this feel more like an longer 22 minute more than a special.

As it’s also obvious the writers didn’t have quite enough materiel for 40 full minutes, because there’s a subplot with Linda and Lawrence spelunking with Wallace Shawn. It’s funny but not really needed.

But none of this is really a problem. I mean, not every special needs to be too huge after all. And it’s every bit as enjoyable as those others for various reasons. I just kind of perfer the more complex ones, and this is more like a first special than one you do very later on.

So why is it still great? Well, it has a lot of great jokes. Way more than I remembered, actually. Besides the quote up there, there’s a lot of the jokes with Lovemuffin such as Dr Killbot, and Monogram working at Slushy Burger. This is one of the funnier specials, fitting in with Season 4’s humor.

There are only 3 songs in this one but they are all good, with Summer Anthm #5465 pretty pretty catchy and of course you know how much I like OWCA’S going down. Oh, and Irving sings which is amazing.

But naturally the plot is main reason I like. There’s a heavy focus on OWCA in this one which is pretty cool. The plot itself gets pretty intense and they go quite far with it. It starts with getting slightly chilly, which really bothers the people of Danville. Not only is this funny, but it shows how fragile the Tri State Area kind of despite the crazy stuff going on. You saw their reaction to a bunch of robots, yet this may be more extreme.

LOVEMUFFIN proves to awesomely competent. As I said before, they did something like this in Robot Rodeo, which shows how good they are when they work together. Rodney makes for a pretty good villain, although it killed any chances of me making him likable in Irving and Friends.

….Wait….now I know how most fic writers feel.

I like where the story goes, as LOVEMUFFIN more like an actual evil gang which kind of bothers Doof as they get a hold on the world. Not exactly the most original story ever, but it works pretty well.

And don’t think the boys do nothing. They do try to get things back to normal and while they don’t leave the backyard, it does get fairly intense. Given the plot, I’m not sure what they could have done before they had to do anything, really.

Then there’s the subplot with Candace trying to get over her fear of spiders. Not her deepest development, but it works pretty well and it leads to some great moments. This is where some of the deeper development happens as it goes hand in hand with the intense bits.

Also, this all starts with her seeing a video of her 5 year old self, and Young Candace is really adorable.

But even with that, the actual highlight in the story is Monogram and that whole deal. When he is fired, he doesn’t cry or plead or anything like that. He takes it all in stride like a man. It would have been an even more lovely moment if not for the fact that animals are the ones doing the music he leads out on.

Then it becomes nice AND funny. Monogram really shows off his stuff here, both with Comedy and his actual character. They get some nice moments out of trying to get him to come back, and he gets some badass moments.

Carl is put in charge while he’s gone and that leads to some good stuff to. My favorite part might actually be when Monty helps him out. Monty proves his worth on his own, and it’s really cool.

While they could have gone farther I with it, I ike the bits the OWCA gang gets. The thing with this special is that while everything is done really well, and it’s pretty great, I’ve seen each aspect done better.

Other specials have more intensity, better songs, and more complex character development. What we have is good but other episodes go deeper. There’s nothing wrong with this but it does make it less special, and why it’s not higher on the list.

However, I can push all that aside to enjoy this episode. It has a lot of great jokes, some seriously intense moments, and some very good character development. Is it objectively weaker than other specials? Sure, but it’s still great for how much fun it is.

Although I do think it should have been a normal 22 minute episode so more deserving episodes could flesh out their story, but what we have is still very good. Also, Jay Leno is in this as Colonel Contraction.

He’s okay.

This special may be the greatest but on it’s own it’s own it’s really good with it’s humor and plot. It’ s not very ambitious but not every episode has to be, and the other specials more than make up for that.

Despite all of my bitching, I consider to be a stand out episode on it’s own and it’s another really enjoyable gem. Since this one is low, you know the rest are really good to me, and this is when get into the more notable gems.

Phineas and Ferb Save Summer: It may not be huge, but it’s still well worth the watch.

6. Father’s Day

Writers: Edward Rivera and Patrick O Connor

My relationship with this episode has been …odd, and if you were following back when it aired, you all remember why. But I’ll go into detail when we cover the ending, so let’s focus on the episode itself.

On Father’s Day, Doof tries to find that old lawn gnome that repoosed to gain his approval. Meanwhile, Phineas and Ferb create biplanes for Lawrence and his father can do flying stuff.

The premise alone pretty much tells you this is going to be an emotional one and it sure is. The big moments in this are really good, and it seems like it should be a bit higher. But that’s where some minor flaws come in.

I’m not even talking about the ending here. See, the story isn’t exactly…big. Here’s what happens: After introducing the P&F stuff, Doof mentions Dad and Perry is able to find out where the gnome might be, they get there, we have a scene of them getting a gnome, they go to Dad, something happens and that’s about it. It’s kind of empty compared to pretty every episode on the list.

It’s not really a bad thing, and I don’t see what else they could have done, but It does seem weak once you realize what actually happened. Also, the main reason the next episode got hgiher is that this one isn’t too funny.

I don’t need jokes all the time but there aren’t as many as there could have fine. There are some gems like the store clerk looking like a lawn gnome and just Doof in general, but not a lot, which is weird for a Doof episode.

The P&F plot only exists because it would be odd to do a Father’s Day episode with Lawrence in some way. I more or less told you what happens. They make plans, they have a song about flying, and that’s it. It’s cute and I like the song, and the ending is really sweet, but it is slightly weak, and this has even less humor.

HOWEVER, the parts that work make this one great. Being on a small scale does make this rather quaint in a way that makes it cute and fun. It is rather fun during most of it’s run time nad the jokes that are there do work.

But it’s…sort of the ending that makes it work. It does have that issue that bugged me when I first saw it, so let’s get into all of it. Doof is able to track down the Lawn Gnome and get it to his Father. But when he arrives, he trips and breaks the gnome before Dad can see it, so he thinks he got him rubble.

He doesn’t get angry he’s obviously disappointed and says Roger can him something cool. This is more or less the end of the main plot as Doof heads back home with Perry saying that at least he still has him.

…Well this is good. Yeah, I really love this. I’m not sure why I exactly expected a huge happy ending but the way this was done really surprised me. It’s a very great sort of sad ending. That bit where Doof walks away after this happens is pretty depressing. He finally did what he needed to do to get Dad’s respect but it got ruined thanks to his own clumsiness.

The fact that it’s Doof’s fault kind of makes it actually better. It’s no ones fault, it’s just Doof’s bad luck. It makes even sadder, and the bit with Perry is even better. A really powerful and kind of complex moment.

So what was my problem? ….Well, Doof’s Dad (voice the same VA as perry, hilariously enough) sees the lawn gnome code after Doof’s leave, realizing what Doof did. …And that’s it. It’s dropped and the episode ends without this being resolved.

….Except in the credits. Yeah, this bugged me so much when I saw this. I thought it was such a writing flaw that they resolved the plot in the credit. I still liked it but that soured the episode for me.

Now, I still think this should have been in the episode but it doesn’t bug me too much. They were really just continue the plot, not really resolving it. However, it is weird to tease something that only happens in the credits. It’s like of a Marvel post credit scene resolved a major plot point.

What happens in the credits? Well, after a bit with Vanessa, Dad remakes the lawn gnome and tells is to stand still, out of habbit. Doof’s Dad did find out what he did but he’ll never know.

…Yikes, that’s even more complex and amazing. Even without being in the actual episode, it really makes thing even better. Although Dad saw this right as Doof was still outside, so why didn’t he try to get him?

…Crap, I have sin mode on again.

Anyway, I’ve gone about the problems but the good parts are so good. That song is so catchy, that final bit in the subplot is so good, and the big ending is so great. This has some seriously emotional moments, some of the biggest in the Season.

It’s the kind of complexity I like from this show. Yes, it could have been better but the good parts are so good that I don’t care. It may seem like I’m being harsh on these episodes so far, but they are so good that the issues I bring up don’t matter.

This will be the last time I bitch about an episode, for the most part. The top 5 is…pretty awesome. It might be flawed, it’s cute and really emotional with some great moments. 2014 me was so stupid.

Father’s Day is…insert really bad Dad pun here.

5. Lost in Danville

Writers: Eddie Pittman, JG Orrantia, and Damon Lindelof (Story).

This and Father’s Day were competing for this spot, but after thinking a bit, I put this one high. Because it actually impressed me more, actually. Let me explain.

A mysterious capsule falls into Phineas and Ferb’s back yard and unleashes something they cannot control. Meanwhile, Perry discovers that Doofenshmirtz has been abducted.

So let’s address the obvious thing first. Yep, this is a parody of lost, sort of written by a major creator person. I”ve never seen Lost, but the story made as much as sense as it was suppose to make. I know enough to see where the parody is. Slightly shallow I suppose but coming from Damon himself, I trust it’s done well.

They do make obvious jokes like Doof saying he’ll be harsh on hig blog if it doesn’t well, but they are pretty funny. The humor is really good here with a lot of good jokes about the weird stuff going.

Such as the running gag of that guy saying he’s people from the future, and how he keeps pulling crap out of his ass. And of course, the ending which is too good to spoil. You may predict it based on the nature of the episode, but it’s still funny.

The comedy alone make this one worthy of being high on the list, because of how it mocks lost and has a lot of creative jokes. However, it’s actually the story that makes it work. I’m not talking about the Phineas plot, it’s in the subplot.

See, it turns out Doof was taken by Peter the Panda’s old Nemesis, who thinks Doof is the reason why their relationship went downhill. Now this is a genius concept. And Damon actually thought of it. Yes, this whole episode started because he meet with the creator and was curious about Peter’s old nemesis, so they let him help with this episode nad just put in the Lost jokes since hey, might as well.

There’s a fun fact for you. When you think about it, Peter was a dick for leaving his nemesis in the first place. Actually, he’s a dick in general since he was messing with Doof’s machine while he was singing about his feelings.

This episode explores the reason and it’s pretty interesting. See, there’s that running joke about how Doof keeps meeting villains who don’t use his bad tatics like explaining the plan and so forth. The Regurgiator, Doof-2, etc. Here they take it to a rather interesting place.

Professor Mystery is all about …well mystery. He never talks to Peter about his plan or anything like that. They milk it for jokes (Doof has a whole song about communication) but….then they actually make a moral out of this.

Yes. At the end, Mystery finds that things get easier when he does talk to Peter about his back story and why he does what he does. It is played for laughs, but Doof turns out to have a point and they even connect it to the main plot in a hilarious way.

While this isn’t meant to be a serious moral about communication, it’s still really interesting. They took a simple running gag and played it almost seriously. Usually Doof is wrong and he would be better if he was more competent. But here he’s completely right, because Peter did leave him because of how boring Mystery got with how he was.

It works really well and it’s very impressive how they did this. It’s both funny and interesting because the Comedy of the concept and the concepts are used to very good effect, and they blend together.

And yes, Mystery is voiced by a guy from Lost.

I was expecting this episode to just be a fun Lost parody, but instead it’s quite smart with it’s story. It has also a hidden moral about how maybe being mystery isn’t always good. Sometimes it is better to just be upfront. Kind of meta about Lost, based on what I’ve heard. Again, never seen it.

It works on pretty much every level. It’s a good parody, it has a lot of good jokes, and it’s a very solid story that takes a old gag and puts on it’s head. I was more impressed with this one than with others, so that’s why it’s barely in the Top 5.

It would be even higher if it was 22 minutes, which it should have been. But as it is, it’s great. Even Non-Lost fans will get a kick out of it due to it’s comedy and story. Just a very good gem from this Season.

And remember: Sometimes, if you’re lost, it’s best to just go along for the ride.

4. Terrifying Tri State Trilogy of Terror

Writers: Mike Bell, Kim Roberson, Aliki T Graft, and John Mathot.

Despite being a Summer show, they have made some good Christmas episodes, and thankfully they have done the same for Halloween. That’s the Spirit and Drusselsteinoween were both solid although not amazing.

Then comes this episode, which was not as directly linked to Halloween as the others, but is easily the best of that bunch. As the title implies, this is their take on The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes.

Weird only recently have people tried to do their own version after the concept has existed like 2 decades at least. Anyway, Mr. Macrabe tells us three spoooky stories about our lovable main characters, each focusing on the shows main subplots.

The first story has Candace dealing with a living Ducky Momo Doll, the 2nd has Doof trying to summon the Giant Floating Baby head, and the 3rd has the Phineas gang facing evil platypus clones.

Like with some of these recent TOH knockoffs, each story gets progressively better, and things get even funnier. As you can imagine, they do quite a few creative things with this concept and each story is interesting in their own way.

The first story is the weakest since there aren’t a jokes, and it’s pretty much a one man-er, girl show, but it’s got god atmosphere, a great song and a funny payoff. It’s a nice warm up for the next 2.

The 2nd one is a Doof story so you know it has a lot of good jokes and some good action stuff. That’s about all I can say without spoiling it, but I love how they made this weird running background thing into it’s own story. Can we consider it Canon, though?

Story 3 is the best because it goes all out with the insanity. I can’t spoil all of it but this has a lot of great jokes as such Baljeet’s Cowboy life coach. Yes. There’s another song here but they cut it off before it gets good.

This episode shows plenty of creativity and humor, just like a lot of the best Treehouse of Horror episodes. Even the wraparound stuff is funny, with a hilarious pay off. My favorite part is a bit with a character voiced by Alex Hirsch.

Yes, the creator of Gravity Falls is on Phineas and Ferb. Mind blown.

This one gets high just for the format. I really like these kind of episodes, and it just seemed perfect for this kind of show. It allows them to use some creative jokes and they do a lot with it.

It’s also good for Halloween with the atmosphere and just the general feel of it. The other Halloween episodes did this too but this had more laughs and better stories, so I liked this better.

The only problem with is ….that it gives me little to talk about. The great-ness comes from comedic twists I can’t spoil for obvious reasons. There isn’t any deep stuff to analyze either so….that leaves me with nothing else to say.

But with this kind of episode, you kind of know what you’re getting into. So you don’t know me to tell you it’s pretty great. My only actual complaint about the episode is a nitpick: They have the title at the bottom at the start as usual but later the title pops up as a special card.

What’s the point of showing the title twice?

But now I’m reaching, so let’s end this. This spooky Halloween teat is a lot of fun with 3 fun creative stories with a lot of great jokes. Maybe it’s no Treehouse of Horrors 5, but it’s still pretty awesome.

So whether you like living Ducks, giant floating baby heads, or platypus clones, there’s a little something for everything with this great spooky episode.

3. Mission Marvel/Phineas and Ferb Star Wars

Writers (Mission Marvel): Kyle Menke, Joshua Pruett, Kim Roberson, Kaz, JG Orrantia, Eddie Pitman, Bernie Petterson, and Antonine Guilbuad

Writers (Star Wars): Kyle Menke, John Mathot, Mike Bell, Micheal Diedrich, Micheal B Singleton, Edward Rivera, Patrick O Connor, JG Orrantia, and Eddie Pitman

…Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Why is this a tie? The latter is easily like 10 times better! ….Well, it is but I also feel the former is worthy of the Top 5 and honestly, it’s very close in terms of quality to me.

Normally I would just put Marvel one spot lower…but I wanted to fit an 11 minute episode in my Top 5. dumb excuse but I stick by it. With that said, both episodes are fantastic for their own reason.

Let’s go over the obvious thing: Fanboys all over the world lost their shit over these things existing, only to be dumb(er) when they found how good they were, and how much the writers loved these properties.

And In the end, the biggest complaint about the former had to do with the Phineas characters. Now that’s what I call ironing. ….Wait…

But let’s forget about the handling of the actual characters and just look at them as Phineas and Ferb episodes that happen to have guest stars. First up. Mission Marvel.

Doof’s latest inator drains the power of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Spider-Man and they visit Phineas and Ferb, thinking they are behind it. The villains, Red Skull, Whiplash, MODOK, and Venom, find out Doof took the powers and visit him to team up with him.

I’ll just go ahead and adress the elephant in the room first: The Candace/Isabella subplot. People didn’t like it, some for good reason and some for dumb reasons. Candace is a fangirl (because of course she is) and her excitement causes her to screw up a few times. The first time Phineas gets mad, and the 2nd time he basically tells her to go away. At the same time, Buford randomly tells Isabella to stay away because she’s a girl, and Isabella visits Candace to say that everyone is about “testosterone, powers and fighting” and they sing about it.

I layed out those events to show the flaws that I agree with, to an extent. To be honest, Candace’s part of this is pretty good. I explained in my Top 20 List why Phineas’ behavior in SBTY makes this perfectly in character, as well as AT2D.

However, he shouldn’t have gotten angry that first time. That felt like a bit much. That should have been scaled back so his 2nd freak out is the big one. Outside of that, its handled well. Yes, I hate the Screw up cliché but Candace is completely sympathetic here, AND she does help out in the end.

Not to mention that both parties apologize in the end, and honestly, it’s the emotional backbone of the special that helps make it even better. I like seeing a whole plot linev with Phineas getting mad at Candace, and not just a quick gag like in other episodes.

It could have been done better, but it’s good here. I do see why some people didn’t for it, but I think some of the reactions were silly. They act like this has never happened before, and honestly you can argue his reaction in at2d was less justified, given he had his own secret identity in The Beak.

Also, it lead to that amazing line in Save Summer.

Isabella’s side on the other hand is…not as good. Now, some people hate it because it’s somehow out of character for Isabella. My response? If it’s OOC here, it was OOC in Got Game. She got mad at Buford being sexist there, too. I argue it was done better here, since that one succumbed to that whole Boys vs Girl cliché that we’ve seen quite a bit.

I don’t see how this is a character problem…but it is a writing problem. This comes in out nowhere, about halfway through, and it’s dropped as soon as it’s brought out. Why is Buford just randomly sexist again? Why is Isabella just not having a problem? Why is she singing only trying to help if she was never rejected for her help, at all?

After that song, Izzy’s side is just dropped. She helps Candace but everything she mentioned before is never brought up again. It just comes and go and it’s completely pointless. It did help make an awesome song but that’s it.

That’s why it bugs me, it comes out of nowhere and it’s pointless…but it’s nothing painful and it’s not too out of character. The other complaints about the show are just dumb nitpicks like certain characters not being in it, even though Marvel basically told what they could or couldn’t do.

Hell, the whole thing with Thor and Iron Man arguing over the hammer is taken from a conversation with the creators and Marvel people. The only reason Cap was left off is that dan doesn’t care for them.

Never mind, he’s the spawn of Satan.

But with that out of the way, let’s actually talk about why the special is so good. It does have a few limations due to what I just said, and some aspects of the plot. The plot isn’t as tightly nit as other specials since they can’t exactly their power backs too soon, but we still need some kind of action and things happening to fil the 40 minutes.

So there is some padding like Isabella’s plot, and Hulkjeet to a less extent. However, every scene feels important and it has enough action and Comedy to make up for it. The actual plot is pretty solid and while it’s not substantial, there’s still some moments like Thor’s little speech.

The songs aren’t as good as other specials, but they are a solid bunch. Evil Buddies and Me and is a hilarious sequence on it’s own and Only Trying to Help is just awesome despite the flaws with that plot.

The humor is great in this. There are so many jokes about the Marvel characters that must have been fun to come up with. There’s jokes about how they loose their powers, in jokes, references (“You think it was Howard the duck?)”), and jokes about how the characters interact.
Every joke hits and there are just many great lines and moments. Because I’m more of a Marvel guy, this jokes spoke to me a bit more so I laughed quite a bit. And yes, Stan Lee gets his obligatory cameo.

The action is great too. Every set-peice is really good and it’s very well animated. Some of it is almost on par with AT2D. Yeah. The highlight is the climax. Seeing all the heroes finally use their powers is just an amazing thing.

Speaking of animation, I think they did a good job putting the characters in this world so that they fight. They are more detailed but it works. Although they do that thing where if a character isn’t actually moving, they will be so still it looks they froze over.

The characters are all used well with each getting at least one memorable line. They don’t get tons of epic development but that’s not the point. Drake Bell oddly fits here better than in USM, but that’s just cuz the Comedy fits better here. The villains get some of the best Comedy.

Like I said, the Evil Buddies bit is amazing.

This special has a lot of energy with some great action and a ton of good jokes. Yeah, that subplot is flawed but outside of that this a very good crossover, where they did well with the limitations they had.

So yeah, it’s not the best thing are but it’s still a favorite of just how much fun it is. It’s got a lot going for it despite the flaws, and that’s why I loved it.

Now onto Star Wars, the better of the two. The basic plot pretty much tells you why this one is so cool.

A couple summers ago, Phineas and Ferb live on Tatoonie until the Death Star plans accidentally end up in their hands, thrusting them into an epic adventure to get them to the Rebel’s, while Darthzenshmirtz creates the Sith-inator, and Candace the Stormstropper is itching to bust some rebels.

This concept is amazing. Instead of doing a straight forward crossover, or a parody, they basically put the characters in between the story of the movie. The movie is happening as we’ve seen, but it just so happens that our favorite character existed in that universe, doing their own thing in the background.

And while some plot elements are inspired by parts of the movie, they are going through own unique story with interesting emotional beats. This is genuis and it allows for a lot of creativity with the jokes.

I’ve heard people say this is what Mission Marvel should have been like but I don’t think putting them in between the Avengers would work as well. …Wait, is that what they meant?

And remember the whole fanboy bitching I mentioned? They got you covered because.

UNCLE GRANDPA: Don’t worry bro, None of this is Canon.

…Wait, wrong quote.

“None of this is Canon, so just Relax”

The soundtrack is one of the best for a special, even if none are in my Top 40. They all sound really good, and are excellent. In The Empire is my favorite but my top 100 also has Rebel Let’s Go and Tatooinie.

The other big of this things success is the style. They got the Star Wars feeling done perfectly with the animation and score. The CGI has improved since The Beak and it really makes you feel like you’re watching Star Wars.

This attention to detail extends to the writing. They references even the tiniest things and there’s plenty of small details you may not notice the first time watching it. There are a few obvious jokes-

“They say he shot first, but I could have sworn it was the other guy!”

-but most are more subtle than that. Speaking of humor, that’s really strong as expected. Even some of the concepts are great jokes, like how Doof made the death star with it’s exhaust port thing.

It explains so much.

There are a lot of jokes like, as well as normal jokes that are funny. The fact that they captured the style so well makes a lot of these jokes even better. Being the sick weirdo I am, my favorite joke is when Doof is looking at his property value on Alderaan only for it to suddenly go down out of nowhere.

Guess what happens when you do an episode about a semi-adult film. Hell, there’s a bit where Isabella (the Han Solo) clarifies that she and Phineas aren’t’ related. Yep, there’s an incest joke in a Disney cartoon.


Then there’s the actual story. It’s not the grandest thing ever but there’s a lot to like. I don’t want to spoil too much but there’s some great emotional stuff with Isabella, as well as Candace. But my favorite is…Sith Ferb. Just Sith Ferb.

It’s an amazing idea and it leads to some awesomely intense moments. I joked about an evil ferb back when we were getting some evil characters like Carl. And now it’s real and it is amazing.

My only complaint is that the ending is slightly rushed mostly when it comes to the Ferb thing. But that’s a nitpick. As a side note, this is the longest episode at around 50 minutes. Yeah, and they used every minute of it really well.

The characters are all in top form, from Phineas, to Candace to Isabella. Oh man, Isabella. I think the Mission Marvel stuff has officially been forgiven, because she is amazing here. She is basically Han Solo but she’s still Isabella and she is a badass with funny lines and some nice emotional stuff as well. She pretty much steals the show here.

There’s a few other cool things, like the people they got to voice the Star Wars characters. They have small rolls but they still stick out, with the voice for Han and Vader being the most spot on. What’s especially amazing is that Vader is voiced by one of the writers, and his one line is amazing.

Like with Mission Marvel, this definitely a passion project for the crew as they clearly loved this property and payed tribute to it very well. This one is even better in that regard as they had to captured it even make considering this takes place during the movie.

Should they do the other 2? Eh, only if they have a good idea. Otherwise, don’t try. Family Guy’s Star Wars parodies did get stale by the 3rd one, and I wouldn’t want it to happen here. Although if they want to do Episode 1, Irving should be Jar Jar. It’s too perfect.

Both of these crossovers really show that this show series could do pretty much anything, and even include other characters and have it fit. Sure, both have their flaws but they have too many awesome things for that to matter.

While Star Wars I better, I couldn’t shrug off Mission Marvel because I enjoy it just as much. The action is awesome and there so many funny jokes. And Star Wars has some of the best writing in the series due to how they handle all of these elements.

Instead of blindly saying one is better, we should accept both as at least solid works. Star Wars is better due the style and writing, but Mission Marvel has Howard the Duck. Your argument is invalid.

Jokes aside, both of these specials are a ton of fun and had a lot of effort put into tem on all counts. They have memorable songs, emotional moments, and ton of hilarious jokes all across the board.

Star Wars is higher on my full Top 20 but Mission Marvel is still great, and just a few spots lower.

Mission Marvel has tons of action and humor, and Star Wars has a great concept done perfectly. Really, you can’t go wrong with two awesome specials for the price of one.

May the Excelsior be with you….wait…

2. Night of the Living Pharmacists

Writers: Eddie Pitman, Kim Roberson, Bernie Petterson, Patrick O Connor, JG Orrantia, Joshua Pruett, Edward Rivera, Aliki T Graft, and Kyle Menke.

It’s no secret that Zombies are pretty huge right now. But 2014 was pretty bad with zombie fever as Gravity Falls, Gumball, Wander over Yonder, Breadwinners, and this show all had Zombie episodes that year. Hell, even the live action Kirby Buckets got in on it.

Creepy coincidence aside, all of these ended up being decent (Yes, even the Breadwinners one) and you can debate all you want over which one is best….but this one is obviously my favorite, because it’s very high on this list.

Doof’s latest inator accidentally causes an outbreak of Zombies that look like him, and everyone must try to survive.

I suppose I should address the minor things. The soundtrack is the weakest for a special. The songs are all good (my favorite is the credits rap song) but none of them are in my top 100. At least Gretchen got a song.

Bella Thorne is in this. It’s a footnote because her role is just one of Vanessa’s friends and it’s so small it’s not worth mentioning. Seriously, she really got the shaft compared to her co-star.

Now onto the big points. First up is the humor. Yeah spoilers, this episode is very funny. Not quite as funny as Star Wars, but given the set up it’s got enough jokes. They poke fun at the cliches of the genre, and we have plenty of memorable moments.

Most notably a cameo by Shaun and Ed from Shaun of the Dead. Yes, the actual characters. It’s hilarious, and there’s a cameo from George Romero himself! Wow.

The two main things to praise are the tension and pacing. This is about 40 minutes and it has a pretty simple concept. You would think that would lot to a lot of padding and some issues like in Save Summer…but no.

At no point was I ever bored or thinking this was going too slow. Yeah, there is stuff you can consider padding but every bit of it is either intense or funny. Even the subplot with Stacy adds some decent humor and doesn’t go on too long.

That’s impressive given how easily it could have been for this to be just kind of dull. The characters are also great, which is a plus for this kind of story. Candace and Vanessa bond again, which is always amazing and prove to be pretty good under pressure. People like Phineas and Buford get their own cool moments in the add, as do Perry and Doof.

But the highlight in this category is Isabella. If Star Wars wasn’t good enough, she’s even better here. She’s trying to earn her emotional bravery patch by telling Phineas her big secret. Yeah, sounds very…..ship-y, and the fact that this is after Act Your Age in production order makes it weirder, but it’s actually very well done.

Mostly because at one point she realizes she has to buckle down and take care of this whole Zombie problem. She’s quite the badass here and they balance her Phineas stuff and her actual character very well. It shows that has quite a bit of depth.

Considering there isn’t a ton of in depth development, it’s amazing how well the characters are portrayed here. Keep in mind, this had a bunch of writers but it’s still fairly simple. Quite impressive.

But the big thing that makes this episode amazing is the tension. Holy crap, is this the most intense episode ever. A good Zombie movie will make you feel the characters as they are picked off, and this is a good example of that.

Since we’ve grown to love these characters over 4 Seasons, it makes everything happening more tragic. They play this whole plot straight but it doesn’t feel lazy because of how intense it is. You seriously get worried about everyone and feel something when anyone is picked off.

The atmosphere and animation are excellent and the tension just keeps building as it goes alone. It’s a huge emotional workout, and the last 10 minutes are some of the best stuff I’ve ever seen on the show. It’s hard to describe and it works so well.

Sure, there is a happy ending (sort of) but it’s incredibly satisfying. Also, there’s a hilarious Non Canon ending ala Curse of Candace. ….Wait, Dan said this is somehow Canon? What kind of sense does-nevermind, it’s not important.

I really gotta give the writers credit for this one. They somehow did a parody that played it straight that somehow worked without just being lazy about it. They poke fun with some jokes, but it works as a straight example due to how intense it is.

While a couple episodes have a higher joke ratio, this episode is just so much fun to watch and incredibly intense. I keep thinking each viewing will be weaker due to knowing what will happen, but it somehow manages to get better!

That’s pretty awesome. And honestly, it’s the best of the Horror episodes. As much as I like Tri State Trilogy, this is even more fitting for Halloween with the atmosphere. It’s just that good.

So while this isn’t as deep as other specials, it’s just amazing with it’s humor, and intensity. Defeintly a Classic and just another fantastic gem for the series.

Night of the Living Pharmaicsts is l-….lots of m-okay now, I’m not doing that. Let’s just mvoe on.

Of course before we close this off, we have to go over our Honorable mentions.

Doof 101: A cool change of pace with good jokes, fun weird subplot, and Johnny being hilariously pathetic.

Love at First Byte: Not as good as A Real Boy or Norm Unleashed, but still a great norm episode with a cool song and some nice moments.

Backyard Hodge Podge: This sounds like an odd choice but this episode is just incredibly funny with creative jokes all over the place. Also ,Parry Gripp.

Primal Perry: Pretty fun main plot, and a brilliant subplot with one of the best ideas for an invention ever. Also, trippy song and haw haw, one of his boomerang’s is named Sharpay.

Sidetracked: Helicopter Fight. Besides that it’s a cool plot with a cliché plot done right by not having the partner screw up. Yeah, Lyla actually does mostly good thing and doesn’t screw up like an idiot. Awesome.

Tales From The Resistance: Like most sequels, it’s not as good as the original but it’s still great with good action, solid development, and Charlene 2 being amazing.

And My number one is…

1. Act Your Age

…Just kidding! Haw…bet I got it. I like the episode fine, and it’s not as bad as some people say, yet also not as good. A solid and cute episode that some people take too seriously. But it’s not deserving.

No, my favorite episode of Phineas and Ferb Season 4 is…

1. Last Day of Summer

Writers: Aliki T Graft, Bernie Petterson, Calvin Suggs, John Mathot, Joshua Pruett, Kaz, Kim Roberson, Mike Diedrich.

Yeah, sometimes I just have to go with the easy choice. At first, I just put this here out of obligation, but as I thought about it, it really does fit for my number one spot. Even with the problems everyone is going to point out.

Let’s go over how it is as an episode on it’s own. On the inevitable 104th day of summer vacation, the season is quickly coming to an end and it’s Candace’s last chance to bust her brothers; who build huge playground equipment for the finale of summer. She is quickly foiled, but when she goes to return a DVD to Vanessa (SQUEE) and finds Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Do-Over-Inator, she finds an opportunity to redo the day, which results in other consequences like rips in the space-time continuum, the shortening of days and the disappearance of her brothers.

This is a pretty brilliant set up for the last episode. Aside from taking place on the last day of summer, the whole Groundhog day thing makes a lot of sense. We want more time with these characters even though it’s the finale, so why not give Candace the same feeling, to an extent?

Oddly enough, there have been a lot of Groundhog day plots recently. MLP, LPS, Breadwinners, and now this. It’s weird, but here it fits more. And yes, they have a joke with an actual groundhog at one point.

Dan even said this was basically Groundhog Day meets The Langoilers, but with less skygina’s. On it’s own, the plot is very good. It may start out slow, but it gets really intense near the end, as they have to get things back to normal.

No one can say this wasn’t big enough given this is about the end of time as we know it. Even with the way it’s written, it manages to be quite intense and cool. Oh, and I love how this all happens due to the Candace/Vanessa friendship that has been built up.

Heck, she even comes over to return a french film, which is what they were watching in Night of the Living Pharmacists…..which makes it Canon. Huh?

(Yes, they also mention it during the song but that’s very 4th wall break-y anyway)

Humor-wise, it’s not the funniest but it has a lot of memorable moments such as Baljeet/Spoon, the kiss thing during the song, and pretty much every gag about the objects that disappear. They pack in a lot of jokes even when things get intense, more so than Pharmacists.

But I suppose it’s time to address the big thing about this finale. It’s kind of small scale. It doesn’t quite have the big plot most finales have, and the only big finale-ish thing is the ending song, and the basic concept.

A lot of people had a problem with this, and to an extent I can’t blame them ….But Dan later repsonded to an Av Club having these complaints and explained that this was on purpose. A lot of finales try to be so huge that they mostly became a mess, and Dan wanted to avoid this.

This is more like a Season 1 episode, just with the dressing of a Season 4 episode. It’s even the only special to have no guest stars or cameos. It’s just the core characters we’ve come to know. Jeremy and Stacy don’t even show up.

I see why they did the last part but hwy not give them at least a cameo? They aren’t even in the big 4th wall break finale song! They are pretty darn important in the story of the show, so they have appeared. IRVING gets a more notable appearance!

But back to my point, I think this decision….works very well. I’d rather have a finale that’s a good episode, than an episode trying too hard to be a finale. Yes, there’s plenty I wished could have happened and I can make suggestions all day (like a meta commentary by having the boys try too hard to make the last day special and stuff) but what we have works.

Phineas and Ferb is known for subverting exceptions. It’s deeper than most silly formula shows, and has more sophisticated humor and characters like Candace go outside of their archetype. So it only makes to do so for the finale, in a way that fits.

It works as a finale too with the clever plot and the ending. Then there’s Doof’s side of the story. Oh boy, this is what makes this one number one more than anything else. Doof finds out Vanessa wants to move out and live with Mom full time, so he tries to take over the Tri State Area for good to convince her he’s worth staying with.

That alone is awesome but it goes even deeper as we find out she is moving in the first place. Then she says what smut be the most brutal deconstructions of a character I’ve seen in a kids show:

“No, Dad. You’re basically a nice guy who’s pretending to be evil. And, you know, it seems like it’s all out of obligation to your back stories, not something that truly comes from your heart.”

…And with that, Doofenshmirtz has become of the most complex villain in any kids show, much less a Disney show. Let’s think about this for a moment: He had a horrible childhood, being treated like crap his whole life, even after his childhood was over. Even with all of this backstory, Doof was not really soured to much from all of this, and did turn evil.

…But he saw something wrong with this and became evil because if you have this many stories, you msut be evil. However, because he’s a naturally goofy guy he was pretty bad at it, and failed often because of this. He really is an nice guy pretending to be evil, and he’s doing this because he has that back story, not because he really wants to be evil.

….Yeah, think about that. We’ve all known this for a while but this episode put it all in perspective, and it’s amazing. It’s the best development Doof has ever had and that alone is what makes me conifent in putting this at the top.

But above all else, it’s just feel good. Even with the intense plot, the whole small sale thing makes this just plain good to watch. This extents to the song which are really nice to listen and are all excellent.

Yes. There tons of ways this could have been even better and yada yada, but I aupload the wrirters for doing what thye did. This does like a finale just in a smaller way. And what is big is very good.

There aren’t any big emotional moments in the main plot but there weren’t any in Save Summer either so I don’t see the problem. Most of Doof’s plot makes up for that anyway. This is an episode you just put on to enjoy, even more so than a lot of the Season 1 episodes.

Then there’s the ending. If this part didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be defending this finale as much. Like I said in the song list, this was the perfect way to end the show. A slow song that makes you reflect on everything and a fast song that reminds you of the awesome stuff they did.

Then what happens at the very end? Phineas waves goodbye.

GUMBALL: I’m sweating through my eyes…no wait, that’s disgusting, yes I was crying.

Christ, that brought tears to pretty much everyone. Not many shows can have the ability to litterlly say goodbye to it’s audience, and this one flat out thanked us for watching. That’s just amazing.

The final song is one of the greatest things i’ve seen in any show ever, with how everything works out. You can wish for something bigger all you want, but no one can say this finale isn’t fitting or is too “quaint”.

I think that’s make it number one. It’s just a good small scale but feel good finale. The plot and humor are very enjoyable, but it’s their decision to do what they did that makes it so good. The Doof stuff is just icing on the cake.

So yeah, Pharmacists and Star Wars might be objectively better as Season 4 episodes but this is my favorite just for what it represents. It represents this Season and how it was smaller but still capable of new and great things.

And most of it all, it represents the show and how it was able to do so much and deviate from our expectations. It’s 40 minutes of feel good-ness with tons to like, and one hell of an ending.

Both as a finale, and an episode on it’s own, it works and is just awesome. They pretty much thank us for coming alone and all I have to say is ….your welcome, for the best episode of Season 4, and everything else.

And those are my favorite Season 4 episodes. While I will obviously reference the show a lot, this will be the last post focused on it unless I want to review OWCA files. While we will get that OWCA special and the creators new show in 2017, this is the end of the show proper.

I’m not sure what to say here. I could give you a cheesy speech but it would be too expected. …But screw it, let’s do something like that. I’m how a show like this ended up becoming a big part of my life to the extent of childhood favorites like Spongebob, but it was.

I was around 12 or so when this came out in 2007, and I actually loved it right away. I was just young enough for this to effect me and my sense of humor. It showed me how anything can be more than it looks, and do anything. Like a lot of media, it managed to funny, clever, deep, complex, twist conventions, and much more.

It set the stage for more shows to come like Gravity Falls and Adventure Time, shows that prove to be more than they look. It just a show that I quite liked, and it meant a lot to plenty of people, mostly because of how must it proved and how it fit into animation history.

I don’t think deep spiel could do the show justice, really. So i’ll just say that I do wish to thank pretty much everyone who worked on this show, from the writers, to the animators and voice actors. Even people who had to do with the weaker episodes, because even they have value.

I wasn’t too broken up over it ending, because it did have a solid run and did quite a bit in 4 seasons. I’m glad they ended things here instead of going on like insert obvious examples here. Plus, there’s plenty of good shows to enjoy like Gravity Falls, Wander over Yonder, Penn Zero, Harvey Beaks and so on.

Phineas started when animation was at a low point and it helped save it. Now it ends just as things get better, and I couldn’t ask for a better place for it to end. This is certainly the end of an era.

I think I know exactly how to sum everything up: No matter what happens ,and even though it’s over, Phineas and Ferb will live on in our hearts, and in our minds.

Now get lost….i mean bye.

No really, get lost.

See ya.

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Top 40 Next Best Phineas and Ferb Songs (Part 4)

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, here we go. Our final part of my 2nd list of good Phineas and Ferb(s?) songs. Today we see which songs are truly excellent, enough to get to the top 25. Well, Robot Riot was the start of that but now we get into the really good ones, including some that are now in the top 10.

First, the recap.

40. Doofenshmirtz Evil Hideout Vacation Swap

39. Happy New Year

38. Going Deep Into Your Mind

37. Extraordinary

36. Tomorrow is This Morning Again

35. Brand New Best Friend

34. Interface

33. Giant 3D Scrapbook

32. In The Empire

31. No Momo

30. Shark of Danville Harbor

29. All the Convoluted Reasons we pretend to be Divorced

28. Lies

27. Troy Song

26. Untieable Knot

25. Get Down

24. Half a Day

23. Livin’ With Monkeys

22. Livin’ in a Funhouse

21. Brave New World/Professer Elemental Future Past

20. OWCA’s Goin’ Down

19. Let’s Take a Rocketship to Space

18. Drusselstein Driving Test Waltz

17. Summer Belongs to You/Summer (Where Do We Begin?)

16. Floor After Floor

15. Mix and Mingle Machine

14. Frenemies

13. Christmas is Starting Now

12. I’m Me

11. Robot Riot

With that, let’s finally close off this super long list.

This, is The Next Best Phineas and Ferb Songs (Part 4)

10. Ariel Area Rug [Magic Carpet Ride]

Written by Dan Povenmire, Swampy Marsh, Martin Olson, and Robert Lopez

When doing a parody, it’s best to be true to the original. Some of the best parodies keep themselves just as serious as what they are making fun of, making it even funnier. Capturing the atmosphere of the original is important if you want to make an accuratre and faithful homage.

Phineas and Ferb gets that, and this song is a perfect example of that. This song is obvliously a send up of A Whole New World and the lyrics are silly in how they just describe what is going on.

But while it’s a spoof of a beautiful Disney song…it actually is a beautiful song with it’s tune and singing. They perfectly capture the feel of this kind of scene which makes it contrast wonderfully with the funny lyrics.

The show does this a lot but this did it the best, in terms of the style. Even without the lyrics, this would get on the list with the tune alone. The tune is incredibly well done and beautiful, which is impressive even considering how good these songs can be.

The sheer style makes this song and it’s the main focus, even more so than the satire element. Speaking of which, the lyrics help make this better. They pretty much just say what happens on a magic carpet and…that’s it.

It’s very tongue in cheek but they still kind of have some magic in there. It combines some silly jokes with an actual sense of wonder, which fits the tune really well.

It’s not like the world that we see from the ground
I guess the main difference is we’re looking down

Then there’s this gem:

It’s a brand new perspective, Literally

That’s actually a clever reference to the double meaning of A Whole New World. Knowing this show, I think it’s intentional. And to top it all off, we have another great showing from Aaron Jacob.

This is his best performance yet, because his voice is actually good instead of just being silly. He really adds a magic quality to the song just as much as the tune does. I’d like to remind you that at this moment, he and I are the same age.

Meaning when he did this song in around 2011 or so, he was not even 18. Wow. I knew he had impressive range but this song makes him even better. Especially since this episode was paired with the one with Dance, Baby.

It’s worth nothing that one of the writers on the song was Robert Lopez, best known for Avenue Q and Book of Mormon. He’s definitely awesome and you can see his influence here. And he wold never do anything notable for Disney ever again.

This song pretty much does everything right on every level. On it’s own it’s a really lovely song and it gets better when you realize it’s a parody. It’s both a well made lovely song and a spot on and fantastic homage to a great classic. o

This song had to grow on me cuz I did suffer hype backlash, and at one point I had it tied with a similar song, On The Savannah. Thankfully I learned how good it is and now it’s high on this new list.

It really is a song that gets better the more I think about it, especially with the whole parody thing. I don’t think anything else needs to be said. It’s a spot on homage to A Whole New World that captures the magic of that scene very while also poking fun at it with creative lyrics.

It’s both a spoof of beautiful songs and an actual beautiful song. That’s pretty amazing. So hop on your own official Pinhead Pierre rug and give this song a ride.

9. Only Trying to Help [Mission Marvel]

Written by Dan Povenmire, Martin Olson, Robert F Hughes, and Swampy Marsh.

I have a confession to make: I've never been a huge of the Isabella songs. Now, I've got nothing against the character or Alyson Stoner's singing and all that. It's just a preference. Her voice got a it higher over time which means I can't appreciate her voice as much as the other character's.

That, and while I tend to like her songs they don't stick out as amazing. Good but nothing top 50 worthy compared to other gems. Then Season 4 came around and gave us some more impressive Isabella songs, such as What Might've Been and Isabella's Birthday song, which almost made it on this list.

Then comes this song, which decided that the best way to get Isabella to wowe me was pair her up with Candace. Weird how it took 4 Seasons to pair Candace with two other wonderful singers.

Candace is basically banished after screwing stuff up, and Isabella pops up to tell her that she shares her sorrows because she feels isn't a big help among all the manly heroes there. So they sing about it.

You'll have to wait to hear my thoughts on the context, because I do have a lot to say. But regardless if it's a good subplot, this song made it all worth it. It's another a sad song and a very good one.

While there are more depressing ones, this is one of the most well done. The tune is sad but also decently catchy and memorable. I really like the way it builds up to something a bit bigger as the emotions became clearer. It sticks out among the other sad ones, although the subject matter helps too.

Yeah, this is a cliché but putting the context aside it really makes you feel bad for the both of them. You've seen me rant about the “screw up” cliché but in this context it works for the song because she was …well, only trying to help.

I'm not sure why Izzy is really here, but she sounds sad so it's good enough. The lyrics do a good job at conveying the emotions here and while it's nothing amazingly deep, it works really well.

My presence felt like an intrusion,
Causing way too much confusion.
Now I’ve been sent into seclusion,
I’ve been banished and cast out.

Like I said, it is cliché the song is so well made I can kind of forgive it, even if the subplot was the worst thing ever. (Spoilers, it is not. That’s all I will say here). The real highlight is the singing.

Both characters have some of their best work here. They such a great job here as you really feel their pain, and they work really well off each other. Makes you wonder we didn’t have more cool song tema ups. Doof and Norm! Irving and Albert! The Giant Floating Baby Head and the Klimaploon!

I ship that last one.

Both stick out pretty well. I think Isabella is better with lower pitched songs, so she doesn’t have to strain her high voice too much. Candace is just great no matter what but she is really good here. Like with Tomorrow is Morning Again, this has some of the best harmonies you’ll hear in the show.

They are especially good near the end. So awesome.

Just the concept of who is singing makes this one stick out as amazing. Everything helps too as it really gets you into the emotion of the situation. It’s a pretty song too with no humor until after the song actually ends.

It’s good to see them trying to do more with the sad songs. They don’t all need to be silly. This one sticks out simply due to the singers and how memorable it is with the tune. If people didn’t hate this subplot, this song would get more attention.

But even as it is, it still gets tons of love which is amazing. I guess what’s happens when Ashley Tisdale and Alyson Stoner join forces. They should be their own superhero team! As in, the actors, not the characters. Come on, it’s a great idea.

I suppose you get it. While we can all debate on the worth of the context, it’s still a great song song. The tune is memorable, it has great build up, very solid emotion and some really good singing thanks to a brilliant team up.

Overall, it’s definitely a stand out song from the Season, and the best song in that special. It’s a good one.

Now for the songs that are currently in my Top 20!

8. (Big Honkin’) Hole in my Heart [Bully Bromance Break Up]

Written by Dan Povenmire, Swampy Marsh, and Martin Olson

This show has done a lot of sad songs, and they are almost always emotional despite how silly they can be. There usually isn’t a 100 percent song on this show but they’ve had a couple such as Ducky Momo is my friend and our previous entry. And of all the silly sad ones, this is easily the best, because it works as a serious song and the only \silly thing is the fact it’s a buly and a nerd. And that’s a minor part.

Because these two aren’t gay enough, they gave us a love-ish song and as you can tell, it’s good. For the 1000th time, there’s not much to say since all aspects focus on doing one thing, but i’ll try and fail again.

The emotion is the big strength of this one. Despite a silly premise, it takes itself seriously and it really works. You really do get emotional at this part, because you really feel bad for them.

I’m not a fan of songs about hearts, but this one isn’t cheesy. The tune, lyrics and singing are really emotional and set the tone really well. It’s another very memorable tune that flows pretty well despite there being so many sad songs.

It’s simple but it has a weight to it, more so than Little Brothers or When We Didn’t Get Along. My only problem is that Buford’s verse is shorter than Baljeet’s, which throws out the flow. The soundtrack version didn’t extent it so it’s gonna stay this way, sadly.

The singing deserves some praise. They have rather silly voice, which you wouldn’t think could lend to an actually emotional song, but…wow. They really work well off each oter and you just feel the emotion here.

Especially with Baljeet. You gotta give the voice actor credit for making Baljeet funny and not being just an annoying Indian Stereotype. Buford’s raspy voice weirdly fits here especially when they fit together.

The lyrics basically hammer in the point that the title says, but they work pretty well. This whole thing is another good example of parody, as they this makes fun of various cheesy break up song, but like with Ariel Area Rug, it’s done so well it works as a straight example of the genre.

Who will I give noogies to
And tease for being so smart?
I just don’t know what to do
There’s a nerd-shaped hole in my heart
There’s a nerd-shaped hole

This song once again proves that having a dumb concept for the sake parody isn’t an excuse for weak writing. This spoofs stuff like this while also working as a real song. It’s got the same satirical nature as When We Didn’t Get Along but it feels more serious due to involving humans.

By the way, some people think that it’s okay to just make them gay now with all the stuff going on media. I say no due to the very unfortunate implication that pop up when you remember one is a bully and nerd, and this is all done as a joke.

I still ship it.

As far as song songs go, it’s higher on my top 40 than Ducky Momo is my friend, but I find that one more serious and emotional due to the subject matter. This one is higher because I like the tune more and it has a lot more to respect.

Either way, it’s not our last depressing song despite me saying it’s more or less the best. You’ll see.

As a whole song, this does does it all right. It takes a parody concept and takes it seriously making for a very emotional song with good singing and some solid flow. It’s also weirdly fun to sing, even though doing that gets me more emotional than listening to it.


Hole in my heart: Still a better love story than Strange Magic.

7. History of the Tri State Area [Where’s Pinky?]

Written by Dan Povenmire, Robert F Hughes, Martin Olson, Eddie Pitman, Joshua Pruett, and Wayne Brady.

We’ve had tons of guest stars over the Seasons, and most of them have had their own song. They usually tend to be very good and stick out as part of the show despite just being celebery cameos.

If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Wayne Brady. Yep, not only did he help write a song but earlier on he guest starred as a crazy tour guide who never lets people leave the tour. He is hilarious in this role mostly thanks to some great writing.

So of course he gets a funny song. Maybe not as funny as Driving Test Waltz, but it’s better as a song. This song is hard to explain because I can’t really explain why its so great. It just is.

It’s such a random song too. The lead in is that he comments on how Danville is full of spoanteus musical numbers, and then he sings one. This is Tour Guide and while him going into the history of the tri state is random, it makes some level of sense, but then he just goes into random stuff that has no relation.

Yet it fits with how crazy his character is. The song is silly and random that it becomes something really special It’s just a random piece of comedy that has more of a melody than other joke songs.

The tune is really catchy and it carries the song along with the nature of it. It’s so upbeat and it’s really infectious. Naturally, the lyrics are random and have a ton of good jokes. It starts by going into more detail about….well the History of the Tri state area, that isn’t important.

He even says “people don’t care’, then he rambles about this place in general, and it just gets funnier and weirder.

It’s the history of an area, the Tri-State Area,
Don’t mean to cause a ruckus or a fuss;
It’s the birthplace of the onion and the Danville cafeteria,
And home of Bigfoot’s hairless cousin, us!

I think Wayne Brady also really carries this one. He seems to having a lot of fun with this as he goes on about this stuff. Just the way he sings all this makes it even funnier as he seems to really serious about all of this, but it still sounds silly.

The flow is pretty good too, as it doesn’t drag despite the random nature of the lyrics. It’s just a fun song from all sides. The lyrics are funny, the tune is catchy, and the singer is having fun. It’s just so much darn fun to listen to.

However, it is a bit short. It doesn’t need to be long so I can let it slide, but an extra verse could improve it. Joke songs like this doesn’t tend to get high but this one is so fun, I don’t care.

It’s not quite as sophisticated as some others but its just as well made with the flow and tune. I just love listening to it and I really wanted it high on the list just because it’s so much fun.

Everything about don in this episode is really funny so it’s good that he had an equally good song to match. There’s not a lot to gleam from analyzing it, but I don’t care because I have so much fun. Hell, even the characters consider it the highlight of the tour.

Needless to say, this is the most insane and fun history lesson ever. It doesn’t have a rapping rabbit, but it’s still really good.

6. Not So Bad a Dad [Finding Mary McGuffin

Written by Martin Olson, John Colton Barry, Dan Povenmire, and Robert F Hughes.

I implied that this song being left was an example of how my previous song list was not perfect. And yes, I’m dumb for leaving it out at that time. It’s actually my favorite Season 2 song now.

It’s one of the sweetest songs in the show. Not even talking Sad, it’s just sweet. As you recall, Doof got Vanessa this doll she always wanted, and now she sees that he isn’t so bad.

Like Giant 3D Scrapbook, this provides a good retrospective in a relationship. The Doof/Vanessa thing is a bit cliché but it’s always worked due to the Comedy. Plus, it works very often like in Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together, Summer Belongs to You, Doof 101, and this episode.

I think this song along is one of the greatest depictions of that. The whole song is made to very sweet, but it’s done in a way that’s more effective than cheesy. Mostly because it does have quite a bit of humor to it, with the dumb things Doof does in the flashbacks.

The tune is a pretty cool one that manages to keep it catchy with it’s sweet-ness. It’s got a few cool bits in there too with the instrumentation and all that. I can use big words!

Although the soundtrack version leaves out very opening note, for some reason. Yes, I’m nitpicking but I don’t care, I have a tumblr blog for this stuff.

Of course, the singing carries this one a lot. While I’m Me is more impressive, this is really some good stuff. She helps make it even sweeter by adding just a bit of Vanessa into it, combining the two things I like in these songs. Hence why this is actually higher on the top 40 than a lot of Candace songs.

The lyrics bring it all together by going into more detail about what Doof is usually like and how important this doll is.

You were a sub-standard dad

But the only one I had

I grew up hearing your evil scheming down the hall.
But when I look at this thing

It makes me wanna sing

Maybe you’re not so bad a dad after all.

It really puts everything into prescriptive and helps the story a lot. It’s just so darn sweet and every joke is amusing, including the one about Doof’s attempt to teach her to drive.

I guess Doof and driving just don’t mix well.

Also, a joke about catching fowl balls with a guy doing it out of love that’s actually funny! This is just a really a nice song to listen to. Every aspect helps make it a funny and sweet retrospective that is just really awesome.

The short length works here since I never felt like it stopped too early. An extra verse could be nice but I like it the way it is. As for why I left it off before….i don’t know. I just didn’t fully appreciate at the time, I guess.

But I love it now, and it is really awesome. With it’s pure sweet-ness and wonderful singing, is really is one of Vanessa/Olivia’s crowning moment, and it helps make this episode as great as it is.

I’m getting tired and running out of ways to pad this out, so we’ll close this section here. It’s a really cool song that’s sweet, funny, and has everything needed for a really solid song. It’s another one that deserves all the praise it gets, and it’s just really awesome.

Not so Bad a Dad is so good it makes you forgot she loves him thanks to a materiel possession.

5. Der Kinderlumper

Written by Micheal Diedrich, Robert F Hughes, Martin Olson, Dan Povenmire, Micheal Singleton.

Here’s one I loved since I first heard it. I figured nothing could top it for Season 4 songs at the time…but it got topped pretty easily. But it’s still good. I’ve gone into detail on why Doof songs work, which leaves me with little to work with.

So I’ll make this quick. Doof tells the story of a mythical Drusselsteinian monster his mother told him about. They did a song like this with Bigfoot, but this one takes the concept to a new level.

The big thing you notice is the style. According to the Wiki it’s very Cab Calloway. I looked it up…and yeah I see it. It’s a really cool sort of Jazz style song and the style is what makes it so good.

The tune is really strong and it has some great instrumentation and other fancy words I don’t use often. …I really need a thesauruses. They really outdid themselves with this tune. But it’s not just the tune.

The song gives off a nice slighty creepy feeling. The lyrics do this too as it goes into detail about how scary this creature is. They play it for Comedy but it does help you figure why Doof was so scared of this thing.

The whole vibe does remind me of you when you were scared of creepy stories about monsters and such. It’s really effective and the lyrics have tons of example of why this thing is so feared.

If you ever drink a glass of water
If you turn your head just slightly to the right
If you ever feel the need to use the bathroom
Then the Kinderlumper’s gonna strike tonight!

So he gets if you if you do…anything? Yikes.

Doof’s singing is what you would expect. Aside from how he describes the creature, there’s nothing to comment on. However, due to everything I am saying, it might be my new favorite song of his.

Yes, Charmed Life is a better “Doof” song but this song is just that good on it’s own. This song better be on a soundtrack at some point, the tune is strong enough to deserve it. No extension needed, it’s long enough.

It’s such a well made song on all counts. The tune is really unique and a lot of fun to listen to, and the whole tone is really cool. It really is an upgraded version of He’s Bigfoot. Sorry Barry Bostwick. Maybe you were wouldn’t have been left out of Teen Beach 2 if your song was this good.

…And that’s all I got. Yeah, there’s nothing left to say because I told you why Doof songs are so good. The only thing to say if how unique the tune and vibe is. Oh, wait there is more.

It turns out Doof’s Mom sang a different version to Roger that’s about how nice the Kinderlumper is. Because of course she did.

But that’s about it. Even short by my standards, but ah well. All you to know is that it has an excellent style and a slightly creepy vibe. While it may not have as much sbubstance as others, sometimes being well made and fun is all you need.

Der Kinderlumper: If he’s gonna get me, at least this song made the warning so awesome.

4. Thank You For Comin’ Along [Last Day of Summer]

…Well this is awkward. I said I would say nothing about the finale until it was time. …But kind of have to discuss the last very scene in the whole damn show. …Okay, I’ll try. There’s been debates over the finale and if it’s fitting or not.

Well, no matter who you are, no one can deny that this song was the PERFECT way to end the show. This is one of the few shows that can even it do it lie this, and the result is….amazing.

This song deserves all the praise SBTY gets, and for purely critical metis. It’s like if you put Carpe Diem, Summer where do we begin, and SBTY in a blender. It’s got everything I want In a great song.

It has heart, sad-ness, continuity, humor, catch-ness and reflection. It’s perfect. Infact, it deserves to be number one….but the nature of it changing tune does make it lesser, and I do prefer less flat out depressing songs.

But this one is still great. The title tells you what kind of song this is. It starts out as a normal sad song, going on how about awesome Summer was and how you shouldn’t really cry and stuff like that.

Then it goes until a more P&F like song, going over what has happened with a ton of callbacks and humor. Then it gets back to sad to end the show. It’s the perfect way to do it if it you ask me.

Yes, it would have worked as a pure sad song but come on. This isn’t a sad show, it’s a happy one. You should be reminded of the fun the show had, not just be sad it’s over. I’ve said I love reflection and this is it in it’s purest form.

It really makes you think about the show in general. How much fun it was and all the epic adventures they went on. This show did a lot and meant a lot and this song honors it.

The flow is amazing. The main, fast part keeps going on about what has happened and it never slows down and the rhymes keep coming. They fit in so much and mention almost everything important.

…Except Candace getting a boyfriend but ah well.

The singers deserve credit for this too, but it’s not about the singers. It’s about..the experience. It’s a fantastic experience. The transition to each part is done very well and it feels like a complete song,

Yet people keep thinking the sad and fast parts are different songs. So much so that no one put it up a whole so I had to do it myself. Goddammit.

The lyrics are so good. The sad part makes you feel just with the words, and the fast part has a ton of great callback and hilarious jokes.

Summer is done,
And we’ve had our fun,
But this isn’t the end of our story.
So for nostalgia’s sake,
Let’s just take a break.
Sit back and take inventory.

The “end of our story” line is especially good.

We met our doppelgängers in the second dimension.
Isabella kissed me but I got my mind erased…
Wait, what?
You just wait 10 years!

That bit is amazing.

Each section is equally good, and on their own they would get on this list….but not this high up. The reason I see this as deserving as SBTY status is how it has everything. If you like the sweet-ness of SBTY, you have the sad part.

If you like the fast paced rocking styles of Carpe Diem and SWDWB, then you have the main part. It has everything and takes you through every emotion. It’s way more fun to listen to than a typical sweet song and that’s why it’s better than SBTY in my eyes…and ears.

It represents the show, really. It can be sad and emotional, but at it’s core it’s just fun and celebrates Summer. This song is the same just replace Summer with the series as a whole.

This song is basically a thank you letter to the fans. They pretty much thank you for watching the show and takes you through a nostalgia trip. They even have clips to go with the lyrics, and it’s fun to spot them.

There’s even a clip…from the very last entry, Der Kinderlumper. Whoa.

This only issues anyone could have with this one is that maybe the transition at the end can be a bit clunky. You can prefer the style of SBTY and all, but this is better made and is funnier. It’s everything I wanted in all those aforementioned songs.

I couldn’t think of a better end to the show. It just represents the series with everything it is. On it’s own, it’s very well made with two great styles and some excellent flow and lyrics.

It’s near perfect, and I can why someone would want it to be number one. But alas, my own standards make me prefer others. Oh, and the final visual? ….Yeah, it’s amazing. Just…wow.

So every time someone says that the finale was not the most fittin endign to the show, they are lying because the song is the perfect way to end. It’s funny, sad and has some great messages.

Chris, I’m gushing let’s end it. This song does everything right and it ended a great show on a high note.

I know this is cheesy to say given the title but….you’re welcome.

3. Giant Puppet [Return of the Rogue Rabbit]

Written by Celeste Moreno, Micheal B Singleton, Robert F Hughes,and Micheal Dedrich.

Congratulations, P&F Crew. After 4 Seasons of trying your hardest, you have finally created…..the weirdest song in the whole show.

I’m serious. Let’s think about this.

The boys create a giant Fireside Girl Puppet thing and take it outside. Then this song comes, done in a very mysterious and almost beautiful way. People see the puppet and say that the puppet is telling them to look into their souls, and find the power to embrace lvoe for all humanity.

The visuals then get very trippy and the song repeats what the people said, and it ends.

KRUSTY: What the hell was that?!

I’d love to know what they were smoking….and why they didn’t get it sooner. We’ve had weirder subjects but let’s think about it. They take something as simple as a puppet and make it a “deep” stament that is very crazy and weirdly beautfil. You have to be amazingly creative or high to think of this.

I think they were both.

Apparently, they got the idea after googling Giant Puppet Girl. …Let’s try it and see what pops up.

….I can see how they got the idea. This song perfectly captures that feeling the video gives you, abiet in a comedic way.

This song is just….amazing in the weirdest possible way. A lot of songs have worked due to their weird-ness like Dance Baby but this is a new level. It’s almost beautful in a very strange way.

Every aspect works to create a very creepy atmosphere that’s really effective. The tune is impossible to describe, but it’s a very haunting melody. The Wiki says it’s Techno which is….very wrong. Might as well say Der Kinderlumper is Rap.

The tune carries a lot of the song and it’s one of the most memorable ones ever. It creates that atmosphere I talked about it and it really catches you by surprise. Even by the odd standards of this show, it’s a very unique and eeriy tune.

This extends to the singing. That’s Jen Hirsch doing this one, and she has done a few other P&F songs, with this being her best work. It kind of blends in with the background stuff and the tune, but it’s still really strong. Her voice sounds as creepy as the rest of the song and it just adds to it.

The lyrics aren’t the focus so they just state what the puppet does, and repeats what the people say, but it works because of the style that is tied with it.

Move your articulate accordion jaw,
Bow your head politely,
Drift through the crowd like a European ghost,
Now raise your hand just slightly.

The lyrics are meant to go hand in hand with the creepy style, and it really works. The visuals also add to this with some trippy colors, especially at the end. I don’t exactly gush about this song like I do the others, but it’s somehow just as good as those others.

It’s just so bizarrely beautiful. It’s a send up to videos like the one I showed you that are very creepy but also kind of lovely with how they play out. This captures that feeling so well and it’s really well made.

My only real problem is that it is slightly short, as the middle is just a bunch of “ooooo” so the people can make comments.

But as a joke song, it’s fine. Objectively there are better songs but this song really get to me because of it’s style. I just love how they took a subject matter and made something so weird out of it.

Although if they made the song like that because a video showed a creepy puppet girl in a lovely way, it is a bit less impressive to go on about humanity or whatever.

But it’s still weird for this show. It is also one of the most well made songs in the show with how everything just gels together. It’s so darn creepy in a very good way. I’m sure it will be odd to see this one this high up, but I just really loved it.

I never thought they could top Whalemingo in terms of weirdly nice songs, but they did. Anyone who can come up with this and make a good song out of it deserves all of the medals.

It’s easily the weirdest song in the show and that’s what makes it so amazing. It’s one of those songs you just have to love because of how odd it is. It’s eeriy but quite lovely and is strong on every front.

That’s pretty much all I got, because the giant puppet told me to wrap it up. Overall, this is a weirdly beautiful song with a very strong tune and even stronger singing. It’s weird but still pretty amazing.

Giant Puppet; Remember to look into your souls and find the power to embrace love for all humanity!

2. Evil For Extra Credit [Where’s Perry?]

Written by Martin Olson, Dan Povenmire, and Jaret Riddick.

Oh yeah. I bet you’ve been waiting the whole list to see this one, and I bet you are happy to see it this high up. Because it really deserves it’s spot. It’s amazing.

The back story to the song partly explains why it’s one of the greatest villain songs ever. Carl is just a little unpaid intern who does not get much respect from Monogram, and when he turns evil he finally fights back. And of course, a song comes with it.

The story behind this helps make it even better than it already is. This is a guy finally fed with the treatment he gets, and despite all the show-y stuff, he’s pretty sympathetic and interesting here.

Of course this song is all bragging so none of that matters. What does matter is how awesome the song. No huge amazing reason, it’s just badass as all hell. The tune is gonna stick out the most to people and it’s amazing.

It’s a really awesome riff and while other aspects carry the song, this catches your attention first. We’ve seen rock riffs done on the show before but this is just a new level of awesome-ness.

It’s a badass tune that really helps make the other elements even better. Quite a while ago, I found that Carl’s voice actor is quite the singer, and ever since then I’ve wanted Carl to have a real song. Sure, Carl is an odd character to give a song but is her actor is good at singing, why not give him sooner?

Thankfully we got it and he does a great job. I’m sure what he sounds like on a more normal song but he carries this one very well. I can’t describe it but it fits Carl pretty well due to what is going on. Monogram even says he has “cleverly concealed singing chops”.

Evil Carl is just amazing. I’ve explained why he might be the best villain on the show, and his performance here is a part of that. He’s having so much fun with his evil-ness, and he even got his own backup singers!

Granted, I don’t think you could actually get extra credit for evil but it’s a cartoon, who cares.

The lyrics just add to the fun factor with everything Carl says:

If you’re looking for trouble
Well I think you’ve found it.
I park wherever I want
I dare you to impound it.

If I’m losing a video game
I just reset it
‘Cause I’m evil…

They aren’t the smartest ever, but they work pretty well. This whole song is just a ton of fun. I could try to analyze it like a boring critic, but I just love this song because it is fun. They wanted to take a concept as odd as an Evil Intern and have as much as fun with as possible.

They do a lot of fun gags with this and every aspect of the song works to make it as awesome it is. The tune is rocking, the singing is great, and the lyrics pack in some amusing moments.

Doof songs are fun too but this is a more competent villain so the way it’s done makes it even more fun. The fact that the tune is so well done just makes it even better. They clearly had fun making the song and it certainly rubbed off on me.

The length is even perfect. The soundtrack felt the need to repeat the chorus one more time, though. At !:48, it’s as long as it needs to be and every second of it is awesome. This song became popular for a reason.

…That reason being Carl has fangirls but the other reasons are solid too. This is just pure awesome from start to finish and it’s just plain fun. Really, what else could I possible say that you don’t already know?

Evil Carl was a great villain and this song fits him perfectly. It’s not only but very well sung and excellently produced. It deserves all the praise it gets, and that’s why it’s right at the start of my current top 10.

Evil for Extra Credit: Evil Carl is amazing….That is all.

With a 2nd top 40, you think there would not be honorable mentions but ….we have some. I have a top 100 so there’s room for a few songs that barely missed out on this list. Here are 5 of them:

Isabella’s Birthday Song [Happy Birthday, Isabella]: Told you this was a stand out Izzy song. It’s very well sung, kind of sweet, and quite funny, with a rather depressing undertone.

Everything’s better with Perry [Across the 2nd Dimension]: This started the movie right with an awesome tune and showing some good themes.

A Real Boy: Norm’s epic debut is awesome with good humor and epic rap skills.

When you’re Small [Hide and Seek]: A very creative and fun tune.

Give Up [Last Train to Bustville]: Only this show could do an awesome ironic tune about giving up. I’ll post the full 100 on Deviant Art at some point.

So with all of that covered, what the hell is my number one? What could possibly top them all? Well, the Next Best Phineas and Ferb song is….

1. Kick It Up a Notch [Across the 2nd dimension]

Written by Dan Povenmire, Swampy Marsh, Danny Jacob and Slash

I’ve had the idea for this list for quite a while and since then it has changed quite a bit, even after I posted part 1. But ever since I thought of the list I knew what my number one would be.

And it’s this. Since it is currently only number 8 on my full top 10, it’ll be weird to sell this as the best when it is technically not, but it is sure is the best song that could not be on my previous list.

I have no special reason for leaving it off, I just didn’t quite appreciate it until later. Either way, it’s awesome. It was an easy song to get right considering Slash asked to do it. No, they don’t ask him. He asked THEM.

Yeah, and the result is just pure rock and roll. This is another song a strong focus on a certain and here it’s obviously the tune. Everything just serves to make this one of the most badass songs ever.

The tune is incredibly awesome, with one hell of a riff. You just need to go listen to it to see why song is even here at all, much less number one. There’s even a long guiatuar solo in the middle that is awesome that I don’t mind that it wastes time.

Speaking of time, this is the longest song in the show proper at about 4 minutes. It is trimmed down in the movie though. Speaking of which, the DVD doesn’t have the song in the credits because they made it at the last minute, when the DVD’s were already being made.

Yes, they put this song in the credits at the last minute and it’s still awesome. The legnth lets them do a lot with the tune and it is amazing. I love it slowly builds up until it’s just an explosion of rock.

We’ve seen some good build up songs but this is just amazing. Phineas sings this and while the style doesn’t exactly show off his chops a ton, he still carries this song pretty well. He isn’t the best but he’s pretty good.

Even the visuals are awesome, with Slash shredding and using a bunch of clips from the movie. Now is how do you one of those movie music videos. Then of course we have the big where Doof-2 comes in, making things even more amazing.

Yeah, crankin’ up the evil!

I’ll cause political upheaval!

Kick it up a notch

Yeah, I’m gonna get medieval on you!

Hey, Doof-2 found rhymes for Evil! The lyrics mostly just serve to hammer in the point but they do add to the awesome-ness going on here, in a way.

Not talkin’ ’bout a mundane day of the week

This ain’t double dutch, kick the can, hide and seek, or hopscotch

So get yourself a platypus and a Dean guitar

‘Cause if you think this summer’s been great so far, just watch

We’ll kick it up a notch

They don’t quite mean anything but it works for the song. After that crazy movie and that sweet ending, we needed something incredibly epic to remind us of the themes of the show and all that.

The flow is pretty good, even if it has to go on for a few minutes, and put in Doof-2. They just keep kicking it up a notch with each verse and it just keeps getting better. They certaintly put a lot of effort into this to make it as epic as possibly.

What it possibly might lack in substance in makes up for in pure spectacle. Even the cut down version is pretty amazing. It’s just a freaking awesome song from start to finish. It pretty much represent the music of the show as they keep kicking it up a notch in each Season, with what they can do with the songs.

…Hey, I found another reason to make this Number one, other than me just liking it a lot. That was totally planned.

But seriously this song is just rocking, all the way. It’s got great build up and it just keeps getting better and better. I guess when you have someone like Slash on your song, it’s going to be amazing.

Really, what more could I say? It’s just pure rock and roll and it’s really kickass. It’s fun, has some strong lyrics and of course the tune is epic. It was the perfect way to end the movie, and a great to close out our list.

With it’s rock nature, Kick it up a Notch kicked it up many notches, and it is the next best Phineas and Ferb song. It’s awesome.

And finally, those are the next best Phineas and Ferb songs. I’m glad to have this and I hope one of your favorite made it on here. It was tiring but fun to count down 40 more awesome songs. Honestly, ranking them is hard since it all comes to personal preference.

So if you disagree with either list, then that’s fine. ….As long as you are nice, of course. That’s pretty much all I got for now. I’ll see you tomorrow for the grand finale to my P&F posts on this blog.

Tune in for Top 11 Phineas and Ferb Season 4 Episodes!

See ya.

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I Didn’t Do It-Lindy Nose Best

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, we are the end of my rather length-y Tv review Marathon. Oh, I’ll do plenty more but this is the end of a certain martathon. There’s one recent one you may see in November or so. But for now, let’s end things with a pretty bad one.

And oddly enough, the show it’s from does not have my anger. It’s yet another Disney Sitcom known as I Didn’t Do It. The title sums up all of it’s flaws. Sort of. We’ve seen Disney sitcoms involve and sometimes get better, or change itself a bit by dropping elements that didn’t work.

But have you seen one almost change it’s image? That’s where this hsow comes it. The fomrula of each episode is that it starts with a crazy situation, usually our “heroes” gettng in trouble and having to explain how it all happened.

You see the issue with this is. This show has been blasted for bad morals as displayed in the pilot and yada yada. I didn’t mind too much because honestly the pilot susm up all the bad elements of the show nad it didn’t get too much worse than that.

Also ,the actors gave it some level of charm and all that. Then something happened. The main gimmick was dropped and most episodes just had a flash forward to a scene from later, and the misadventures were normal.

Then in Season 2 they changed the writing staff to Good Luck Charlie alumni and things got way different. Now it’s more about more character driven stories and the characters got a bit more likable. A lot of the conflicts come from them trying to do the right thing more than anything.

Especially Lindy who went from being mixed to terrible, to being alright. This change is very odd because now it doesn’t have too much to separate itself from some other shows especially since the writing is not exactly GLC level .
And while I am proud that they changed the show to make it less…bad, it’s dumb. If you had to pretty much change the shows premise to make it work, maybe making your show that way to begin with was a bad idea!

So when I see someone going on about how bad the show is, mostly going off early season 1, it pisses me off because Disney chose to do show this way instead of starting it was weak as it was. They pulled a Sanjay & Craig, big time.

With that off my chest, let’s dig into this Season 1 episode from the middle of the Season. Despite being after it got okay, it happens to be the worst episode of the show and one of the worst Disney sitcom episodes to boot.

Let’s just get this other with.

This, is Lindy Nose Best

I’ll skip the opening bit since we see it later. After the theme song, the episode proper opens with Lindy and Logan at lunch, as Logan announces that he got an B on his History paper, while Lindy got a B-. Logan is the idiot and Lindy is the know it all he tends to do well, so you see why this is odd.

“Maybe Buffington just does’t like ya”

Lindy goes to talk to him and we start our B plot. Jasmine walks in and notices that Logan is staring at a girl he likes. She thinks no one wants to take a chance on him because he has never had a girlfriend, and every girl would want him if he had some kind of ex.

And Jasmine conveniently has an Ex she wants to make jealous. Yep, it’s that plot. It’s…another case of a decent subplot but it sadly adds to the main problem in a way. Then we start the C plot. Yeah ,with this many characters there tends to be 3 plots.

Garret is on some sports team and the coach doesn’t treat him that well, which doesn’t sit with Dealiah. …This plots okay but kind of weak and it adds to the main plot as well.

Speaking of which, Lindy visits Mr Buffington and a couple okay jokes, she asks him why she got a weak grade.

“Giving a poor grade is the only power I have”

…This is going to be a problem in a minute. Lindy throws out the “you don’t like me’ theory and he somewhat confirms it. He even says he has good reason,so we get a flashback.

He is out with his girlfriend when Lindy butts in by commenting on how his nose looks normal now after he got some work done. She goes on for a while about how big his old nose is, and mentions his Ex-wife and kids, which ruins things with the girlfriend.

“You didn’t complement me, you stuck your two cents in’….Just because you have an opinion doesn’t mean everyone wants to hear it, Miss Watson!”

Keep that in mind for later, but for now, let’s bitch a bit. He has very good reason to dislike as she being kind of dumb and butting in. She doesn’t even apologize or feel bad at all. That will bite this episode in the ass later on.

He then changes her grade…to a C, simply because he does not like her. Um, ghat’s a dick move and you can get fired for doing crap like that. …He has every right to be angry yet they made him do this JUST to make it justified. That’s some bad writtign right there.

So sets off our Somebody doesn’t love Raymond plot, and it’s worst take on it I’ve ever seen. Back in Garret’s plot, he talks to Coach about his problem and he’s had it with his treatment. This gets him kicked off the team. ….Not much to say so let’s move back to the Logan plot.

There’s a scene of Logan coming up with a back story for them which is kind of funny. After that we go back to Garret as he tells Delilah what happened. …And back to plot A. Yeah, it’s hard to recap episodes plots written this way.

Lindy tells everyone about we what happened, and they say she does tend to stick her butt in other people’s business. We get a montage confirming this, and we see her butting in usually has a bad effect on people.

Okay, so Lindy clearly has a problem that she needs to fix. She even says she doesn’t wanna be like this. …Since I’m reviewing this, you know this falls apart pretty soon. She decides to go make things right with Buffington, which everyone agrees is a good idea.

Which makes no sense given how they think about her other actions so far.

He’s video chatting with his currently girlfriend and Lindy shows up with Tammy to cheer him up. So I think we’ve learned that having a girlfriend named Tammy is always a bad right, right?

This does not go well with the current girlfriend, and him trying to cover it up just sinks him even deeper. Way to go Lindy. Yes, he isn’t too innocent so he wasn’t truthful about his exes and they shouldn’t have an issue with this…but the problem still stands.

Now, this does happen out of Lindy’s own stupidity and it’s not on purpose, and she kind of feels bad. That’s the only good thing I can say…and that falls apart later. After the commercial, Logan and Jasmine start to bond a bit for real.

Delilah talks to the Coach about Garrett and brags about how good he is. But she kicks a football very well and then it just cuts back to Logan and Jasmine. You should finish the scene before cutting, guys.

Lindy shows up why they are hanging out, and points out that the guys they are trying to make jealous already left. They do have decent chemistry, I’ll say that much. Speaking of Lindy, during History Class, she notices that he has a booger hanging out.

She wants to tell him but she doesn’t want to butt in. Great, they picked a context where butting it wouldn’t be the worst thing ever. Although if she did it would be embarrassing. She jumps out and jumps back, which ends up breaking his nose.

This time it’s her own fault, so haw. After another commercial, Delilah tells Garret that Coach put her on the team. She signed on because…uh…reasons. They fight about it and then our first part of the big problem shows up.

Lindy butts in and says that Garret should becoming a better kick so Coach will notice him and Deliah should teach him. Then she tells Logan and Jasmine that they should go out if they really like each other, or knock it off if they don’t.

That’s right, the big issues of the subplot are not solved until Lindy butts in. Her own problem is shown as a good thing despite being nothing but problematic up to the this point.

You think that’s bad, just wait. Garret and Deliah go train and Jasmine and Logan head off. Lindy visits Buffington on his birthday. And here comes the oblgiatoty big moment I build up to.

“I have opinions Lots of Opinions. Are they always right? …Yes, because that’s my opinion! Even if you don’t agree, you take the good with the bad. I’m just trying to help, like I did with Logan and Jasmine”

Speaking of her help, Garret kicks so well that the football comes in and hurts Buffington even more. His cake catches on fire and the fire extinguishing goo gets on him.

“I wish it were the early 50’s, were it was still legal for a teacher to rap a student on the knuckles with a ruler!”

…well Lindy, I have opinions too. Like that THIS EPISODE SUCKS, as this is all why. Let’s just dissect this for a moment. Throughout the whole episode, Lindy butting in does NOTHING but bad things, not only to Buffington but in the past with her friends.

Then out of nowhere, it’s shown as good so she can defend herself. She does bad stuff the whole episode but the episode sides with her because reasons. Yes, she did those things by accident but she doesn’t feel bad because “You take the good with the bad”.

Nothing good happened to him because of you so what happened with your friends is not relevant. And you gotta love that line back there.

‘Are they always right? …Yes, because that’s my opinion!”

Our main character is basically allowed to be terrible because dur hurr it’s her opinion. That line is horrible ans sinks this episode. Never make jokes with your moral. And then her influence in one plot hurts him more, which makes it even worse

Wait, this sounds familiar. A character acts bad and the episode has a moral that allows them to do what they did, and plays it for comedy. …This is Freaky Fido! It’s pretty much the same structure!

….And…it’s the same writer. …I don’t wanna judge him because these are the only bad things he wrote, sand he did the best Season 1 episode of this show. …But he also did the Halloween episode, where Lindy is a bitch again. …Yeah, I detect a pattern.

I’ve said bad morals before, but this is some amazingly bad writing. And that ends 2 of the plots, so let’s finish the Logan plot.

Jasmine finally decides to admit that she might like him. However, Logan says that the whole plan worked and he bagged his girlfriend.


Jasmine drops what she was going to say and Logan leaves, leaving her kind of sad. …Whoa, did this episode just get come kind of emotion out of me, in a decently tragic way?

That’s…amazing. It’s actually one of the better things the show has done….and they build it on it! They made a whole arc out of this with many episodes, even going into season 2. Hell, this Friday’s episode is about it, making my timing amazing.

…And it’s in the worst episode. Ugh, this is Mastermind of Diastermind all over again. The episode ends with a gag regarding Garret and Delilah that doesn’t really add anything….except breaking Buffignton’s nose again.

A great note to end on.

Final Thoughts:

This episode was pirtcualrlly bad. It’s basically Freaky Fido and Review it Up mashed together. The Logan plot is decent and the actors give more laughs than the actual writing. But that can’t make up for the main plot’s problems.

At least with Freaky Fido, I wouldn’t want Avery to stop being herself for the msot part. But here, Lindy has an actual problem.

Yes, she has an okay effect on Logan’s plot…but she doesn’t get a word in and Logan doesn’t listen, so it means nothing and while Garett ends up fine, this hurts the teacher even more.

Lindy does mostly bad things to people all through the episodes, but they just randomly pull out a moral that puts her in the right. I don’t think they are saying she was right to hurt Buffington but it is played for laughs and she doesn’t see it as bad.

She says she is always right, and it’s fine because it’s he opinion. This isn’t the kind of moral I wanted out of this plot anyway. Just feels weird. I would explain the correct version of the moral…but Buffignton did so earlier.

“Just because you have an opinion doesn’t mean everyone wants to hear it, Miss Watson”

I’ve never an episode do a bad moral but state the correct version in the same episode. Even putting that aisde, this is mean spirited torture on top of all the other problems.

Want to see this done right? Watch the Good Luck Charlie episode Teddy’s Little Helper. In that episode, Teddy gets a weak grade due to a fault of hers, but it’s directly related to the assignment and not just cause the teacher doesn’t like her. His problem are related to how she does in school and not because of some other thing that makes her look bad.

And guess what? She ends up fixing that problem in the end, and despite one joke, she mostly learns the correct lesson. That’s how you do this. And guess what? The writer of that episode is currently on this show!

Wow, I think he saw this and decided to help fix their problems. Hell, both Dog With a Blog (ironically) and The Thundermans did this kind of thing better!

So yeah, this episode is just a mean spirited mess with bad writing with it’s moral that puts an asshole in the right. The only way to make it worse is if she was a more direct jerk, but it’s just as bad as it is.

I’m glad this show grew out of it’s flaws and moved on, because then we can just forget this episode ever happened. It’s many problem, it deserves to be the finale to our TV Marathon.

Grade: D

Whew, glad to get this off my chest. Yes, this is the Freaky Fido thing I mentioned in the bad episodes list. Trust me, the show learned it’s lesson, which is good. Don’t worry, more Tv Reviews will happen. I have some positives ones planned, and another kidcom one in November that’s…pretty interesting.

Now if you excuse me, I have some good Tv to finish a list for.

See ya.

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Anger Management

Adam Sandler Vs the Joker is somehow less epic than it sounds.

Adam Sandler Vs the Joker is somehow less epic than it sounds.

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, I suppose with Hotel Transylvania 2 coming out this month, it’s time to tackle another Adam Sandler movie. Honestly, I only plan to do 1 more after this, depending on how HT 2 pans out. The main reason being…I’m running out of films that I actually want to review in depth.

This 2003 film was in a weird area. No one really remembers and while it got negative review, no one really cares about it enough to hate it. I think it’s just cuz it wasn’t a major hit or noteworthy enough, and stuff like that.

I saw it a while ago and it was…odd. Not bad, but not quite good either. It’s …differnet what I expected, and that’s why we’re here. We’ll see this Sandler romp turns out. Oh, and before you aks, I won’t review Pixels. Not just cuz NC did it, but because I doubt i’ll have a lot to say. Aside from ranting about people being overly negative about it.

This one comes to use from the director of 50 first dates….and Nutty professor 2. The writer has done nothing.

So let’s see if we’ll need anger managent after our reaction to this movie, or if it’s got a bit more.

This, is Anger Management

The movie opens in 1978 as a kid if trying to hit on a girl. Okay, if an Adam Sandler movie opens with him as a kid, you know it’s not gonna be good.

She’s about to kiss him when a bully pulls his pants down and because kids in movies find that the funniest thing ever, this embarrasses him.

We cut to 25 years later as the kid has grown to be Adam Sandler who in this one is a powerful business secretary guy. Eh, i’ll buy it for now. I’ll call him by his name, Dav,e because this is different from a typical Sandler role.

Speaking of typical Sandler, his too hot for him girlfriend is Marisa Tomei. Dave’s boss is a jerk who steals his ideas and doesn’t stick up for himself. Didn’t we go through sticking up to your boss in the last review?

He’s going on a flight to do business stuff ad this is where things get….weird. He sits next to Jack Nicholson who acts annoying. He laughs at an obviously dumb Comedy. …The irony is amazing.

Dave asks a flight attendant for something but she wastes time gossiping with someone. He asks politely and she claims he is raising his voice. Then she acts if he’s acting up when he’s being normal.

A guy pops up and asks Dave to have a talk with him, and again acts like he’s acting up.

“What’s up your people?’

he’s black….yeah. He’s just being normal but they keep bitching at him to calm down, and eventually he is tased. For just being a bit shouty, at least in their mind. He is taken to court for “Assault and battery” even then he didn’t do anything.

….Yeah, I said this got weird. See, this kind of joke happens when the world obviously doesn’t take place in reality. Pretty sure South Park does it all the time. This movie however seemed to be fairly normal up to this point, and yet this is happening.

It’s more awkward than funny….but it’s not even the start of it. You’ll see, and it’s…weird. Dave must pay a fine and go to Anger Management. And that’s how we get into it….Well, I didn’t see that coming, at least.

The therapist just happens to be Jack Nicholson, whose character’s name is Buddy. He says he’ll tell them Dave has no problems if just goes to one session. Naturally, we get some jokes about crazy people from this.

Let’s go down the list: We got John Tuttro wasting talent again, two lesbians (one of which is played by January Jones), a sports obsessed guy, and people who aren’t introduced yet. Dave gets a bit angry due to Buddy’s weird methods and we get jokes from the stereotypes.

One of the other guys is a gay black guy. Sigh. After the session, Buddy assigns him to double the time he had to spend here. He claims Dave is an implosive angry person and given one reaction back there….eh, maybe but Buddy kind of caused it.

This whole movie is basically a Sandler torture but done in a very…odd way. At the end you’ll see why I’m reviewing it. Anyway, Dave meets up with Linda who is with her Ex-boyfriend who is not a jerk for now, and is a good friend. This still troubles Dave quite a bit

Oh, and he’s played by Sandler regular Allen Covert. Dave voices his concerns about Andrew to Linda and they talk about his dick because Comedy. Chuck, John Tuttro’s character, shows up for help because clearly a guy who dislikes you is the best person to go to.

They go to a bar as Chuck explains his backstory as an angry person. He slept with his aunt because Comedy. Chucks picks a fight with a guy and Sandler gets wrapped up in it. This takes Dave right back to court. Joy.

Although in this case I get it. A blind guy was attacking him and he tried to take away his can only to hit a waitress. That…does look pretty bad. They don’t let him explain himself though, because we’re only 25 minutes in.

Buddy stands up for him and says he’ll just do even more Anger Management. This is where the plot really starts, of that was just a warm up. …Yep.

Buddy shows up to crash at Dave’s place during this 30 day program. By the way, there are some funny moments here and there but I want to focus on the plot at the moment. We get an awkward joke with Buddy sleeping with Sandler while nude because ugh. Fart joke, then we find out that Buddy must join Dave at work.

This is where things are getting mixed. We have more funny moments mostly due to Jack Nicholson, but we also get more bad jokes and just plain weird moments. I swear, this building up to something.

The fact that Dave is fairly normal makes all of this extreme stuff much less funny. I get what this is supposed to do but at the moment it’s just really awkward. Especially this bit where they are driving and Buddy makes him stop the car so he can sing and get ‘un-flustered”. It’s…..weird and it goes on FOREVER.

They arrive at work at have another awkward scene with the boss. Dave is getting angrier as this goes on, which I suppose is sort of clever but the ending ….well you’ll see.

Dave finds out that Buddy has a history of rather unorthodox techniques and he even has some lawsuits pending. This would work better if everyone else in the movie wasn’t equally crazy like the people on the plane.

Next, Buddy has him take off his clothes….oh my. Then we just….skip that part and cut to Buddy paying a prostitute to have a chat with Dave. Said prostitute is a transvestite played by Woody Harrleson. Oh yay, something else Tumblr can get pissed at. Wait, I can get angry because it’s reaaaaly unfunny.

So after…that, Dave gets a call from Buddy’s assistant saying his Mom is having minor surgery. He tells him and he starts to show some humanity, albeit through “comedic” crying. …Then Dave tells him it was a joke and then he says he’s serious. That was confusing and pointless, because the result is the same: They go up to Boston to see Buddy’s mother.

But we skip the part where they see her so the mother surgery is just a plot device to get us to the next awkward set piece. They stop a restaurant on their way back to New York and Buddy asks Dave to flirt with a chick because…reasons.

“That’s my boy”

….That angers me but I’m not sure why. The flirting fails but Buddy makes him try again with better words. He repeats these crazy words and….it works for reasons they actually do explain in a bit.

They hit off and then Buddy ditches him because he’s a crazy dick. So he just hangs out at her place while he tries to get in touch with Buddy. After a sex offer, he says he has a girlfriend and she gets all offended. It’s another really awkward and un-funny scene, let’s move on.

He gets back to Buddy so easily it makes that last bit pointless, and Buddy says he told Linda about that other girl. Because he’s a dick. …And it turns out that the girl was an Ex-Patient of his and he arranged all this to mess with him.

….Now that is messed up. And all cuz of the Mom “joke” from earlier? Seriously? Wouldn’t this make him angrier? What are you trying to prove?!

Dave, understandably, gets pissed and calls him out. This doesn’t effect him so it doesn’t even matter. Later, Buddy takes him to see Dave’s old school bully to confront him.

As it turns out, Arnie, played by John C Riley, is a monk now….Oh boy. He apologize for being such a jerk back in the day….but still finds the pants thing from the opening scene funny. Because he has to in order to justfit anything bad that happens to him.

Then Buddy says Dave made a crass joke about Budda, because he’s a dick. He also says he made a crack about Arnie’s isnane sister. As in, she was in an asylum insane….Now that is crossing the line, and if Buddy is put in the wrong, I will forgive it.

…Then Dave decides to play his game and claim he screwed his sister. ….Whatever, let’s just skim this stupid part. After the greatest monk fight ever put on film, the other monks get pissed and they run away.

….Well, that was a stunningly unfunny scene. The movie even treats it like it was good. I fail to see anything positive in pissing off someone who was at peace, just to finally get even. Oh no he finds out dick move funny, how horrible.

Off screen, Buddy explains to Linda what really happened and she seems to be okay with it despite Buddy being more insane than Arnie’s sister. She says Buddy her some advice, and Dave says she should follow it cuz it usually works.

1. No, it doesn’t.
2. His advice is for Linda and Dave to not see eachother for awhile. Something it strengthing their relationship or whatever. …Eh, I can see what he means but after all that crap, it sounds like him being a dick again.

Dave confronts him and starts to see his point. It’s just here for 3rd act drama. I can’t get too invested given what has happened and all that although it’s a good try.

But not long after, Dave hears about her making a date already, which doesn’t help her likability at all. So he goes with a fake date to spy on her, because this is now a Sitcom. The people he fake dates are those lesbians because….cheap titliation.

Anyway, none of that matters because I’m more focused on the fact that Linda’s date happens to be….Buddy. ….He’s the villain, right? Because anyone who pulls all the crap he does is just…a bad person. And linda has no problem with this, at all?!

Buddy claims he’s doing this to prevent Andrew from getting her, but there are easier ways to do this…or you could have told Dave beforehand so he doesn’t explode like this.

He says he will act boring so Linda will appreciate Dave more and go back to him quicker. Dave starts to get on board with it so…it’s okay now? I guess? They meet up after the date, and Buddy assures him that he did the right stuff by giving her a bad night….but they also kind of kissed, and after Budd gets a phone call…

“Linda and I have fallen for one another”

…I don’t care if he says he didn’t intend for this to happen…it’s still pretty horrible. Mostly cuz of Linda. We don’t see her POV here, or how hard it must have been. No, from where i’m standing, she just did this because she’s horrible.

Buddy says Linda did want Dave’s blessing first. His answer is to attack the guy who has been a horrible person this whole move. Not the greatest move but of course when he gets to court, they don’t see his semi-justified reasoning at all.

Instead of throwing him in jail, the just issue a restraining order so he can’t see Buddy or Linda. Wow, they better be a point to all this because it’s not even funny anymore.

But there’s no time to feel sad, because Dave is called into work and he finds out Frank the boss gave Andrew the job that he wanted.

“You’re behavior is unacceptable”


This causes to finally stop, and it’s actually pretty glorious. But we can’t focus on that, because we have a cliamx to get to. See, Dave had been planning to propose to Linda at a Yankee’s game.

Guess where Buddy is going to with her tonight.

Dave goes there and he is let onto the field because the sectuiry guard is the transvestite from earlier….Glad that returned. He tries by all romantic by taking a mic and pleading to her. Of course someone in power has to tell everyone to let Dave finish what he has to say.

Bassicaly, he says Buddy was right about Dave being angry, mostly at himself for letting people treat him like crap. He then proclaims his love and asks for marriage.

She says before she can say anything, he must kiss her in front of all these people….Yeah that opening kind of implied that it lead him to not like affection in front of others. It was explained well, as you can see.

He does so and it’s a big happy moment. Buddy even congratulates them. ….But then comes the big twist I’ve been sort of building up to. …But let’s wrap up the plot first, because I have stuff to say.

After the twist is revealed, they all have a pinic together. But a dude shows up angry at Buddy for trashing her car then leaving his card there, which I mgiht have skipped but it’s more evidence of Buddy being horrible.

It’s just a prank played by Dave though, which is less funny when I tell this angry guy pulled gun. Because Dave can be horrible too!

The movie ends with them singing I Feel Pretty ,which was that song from earlier. A weird ending to a weird movie.

Okay, reading to hear that twist? Listen to this:

The game was the final part of Dave’s therapy, and explain that the tormentors and aggravations he has been put through were Buddy’s doing to teach him how to unleash his anger in healthy doses to avoid it building up. The passenger, the Judge, the waitress and the flight attendant are Buddy’s friends.

..Yep, all of the stupid torture that Dave went through was part of some plan to get him to use anger better or some crap. ….I…just…what? There’s….so much wrong with this…but while I will go into detail blew, let me put it this way:

Instead of talking to him about this like normal people, they put him through tons of crap and did stuff that is pretty illegal….and it’s seen as a good thing and it is a brush off like a happy ending.


Final Thoughts:

This movie was….average. Yeah, after all that, it’s just okay. Let me get the positives out first. The performances are pretty good, especially Sandler and Nicholson, there is some decent Comedy and I do like what they were trying to do with this one.

The ending is….a mixed bag. I do like the concept. Instead of Sandler playing yet another angry man child, he’s playing a guy repressing his anger and needs help dealing with it.

It’s a good idea and someone dealing with a crazy Anger Management teacher is also good….but those ideas don’t work together. Or at least that twists throws things himself. Yes, he needed help but not to this extent.

Putting him into Anger Management to get him to admit he’s angry is fine…not so much the rest. Dave was put under so much stress he attacked Buddy and even attacked a guy who was at peace.

How is that helping him at all? He could very well be put in jail for real over that, and Buddy did some crazy bad things of his own accord. I could see this working as a very dark Comedy but it has the dressing of an Adam Sandler film.

It just doesn’t work….but I can’t get mad because I do like the concept, and I even like that builds up. However, the Comedy is mostly lazy, the pacing is wonky, it’s too long, and it’s morality is all screwed up.

But it’s different from a typical Sandler movie and I like. I would have perfered to have him mix it up like this instead of making Blended or crap like that. I like what they were trying to do, it just didn’t pan out.

I suppose if you like something quite different, you’ll like it, but otherwise it’s just average with a few below average moments. You Tried.

Grade: C

Next time….well my brother’s birthday is coming up, so you know the drill.

See ya.

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