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Allusions (references) to other popular culture made on Phineas and Ferb during Season 1.

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Rollercoaster

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show- When Candace tells her brothers that she is going to bust them she says "You're going down! Down, down, down!" This can be seen as a reference to the Rocky Horror Picture Show song "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-me," in which the character singing the song says "I'll oil you up and rub you down" and two other characters respond "Down, down, down!".
  • Heavy Metal - The flaming re-entry of the open roller coaster car is similar to the flaming re-entry of the Corvette convertible in the opening sequence.

Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror

  • Movies - The episode references several "cheesy" beach party movies from the 50s and 60s.
  • Spaceballs - There is a suck/blow lever in Doofenshmirtz's lair, referencing the 1987 film.
  • The Surfing Contest Announcer says that it is gnome-ageddon when the lawn gnomes are falling out of the sky, a reference to the word Armageddon, a dramatic and catastrophic conflict.

Flop Starz

  • American Idol - The show in the episode is called Super American Pop Teen Idol, a spoof on the show.
  • Village People - When Candace is trying on outfits, she is seen wearing a sailor suit, a biker outfit, Native American clothes, a policeman's uniform, and construction worker clothes, the outfits worn by the five members of the 1970s disco group.
  • Popstars - The episode title is called "Flop Starz", a pun on the term.
  • Madonna - Linda's One-Hit Wonder alias is "Lindana", a play on the singer.
  • The Essential...CDs - The CD for "Lindana's" hit, it is called the Essential Lindana.
  • "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" - Lindana's One-Hit is "I'm Lindana and I Want to Have Fun".
  • Groucho Marx - Not only does Agent P don the Groucho glasses to avoid being recognized, when he is invited in by Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Agent P breaks the fourth wall and waggles his eyebrows while looking at the audience, in the same manner as Groucho Marx.
  • Johann Strauss II - Marty the Rabbit Boy plays "The Blue Danube" on his musical blender.
  • Japanese monster movies - A Huge-O Records executive reacts to the approaching building robot in the same way that people do in films like Godzilla.
  • Phineas and Ferb - The record executive says that with the tape they will be able to create "The Phineas and Ferb Show" TV series.
  • The Jetsons - After trying on several outfits, Candace eventually decides to wear her normal clothes. This is similar to what Judy Jetson did in "A Jetson Christmas Carol".
    • There is also a strong parallel with "A Date With Jet Screamer". Judy wins a musical contest and a song is performed for her based on nonsense words created by her little brother Elroy—the song is "Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah", and the lyrics say these words mean "I love you."
  • Rocky - When Candace becomes stressed, Stacy has her punch her purse much like Burgess Meredith's character has Rocky punch a slab of meat when he is stressed.

The Fast and the Phineas

  • The Fast and the Furious - The episode title is a parody of the popular movie series.
  • Speed Racer - The song, Go, Go, Phineas, is a highly possible allusion of the 1960s anime, Speed Racer and its live-action film of the same name.
  • Grease - The song also bears close resemblance to the line "Grease Lightning, Go Grease Lightning" from the movie, Grease (including identical choreography from Isabella and the girls.)
  • Hindenburg Disaster - When the deflating Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated blimp is crashing into the TV signal tower by the racetrack, the TV announcer begins to yell, "Oh, the humanity!" before the signal goes out. This is a reference to the Hindenburg disaster: the news reporter covering landing of the blimp shouted "Oh, the humanity!" as the zeppelin burst into flames.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The racecar is number 42, which is the answer to life, the universe, and everything in this book.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark - Perry's fight with Dr Doofenshmirtz in the car wash finishes in a manner similar to Indy's fight with the guard near the plane. The guard is unaware of the plane's propeller about to hit him from behind until the last moment, Indy covers his head with his arms just before the impact. Perry's fedora especially adds to the similarity of the scene.
  • Looney Tunes - When Candace runs over to see what her brothers are doing she makes a pull over just like the Road Runner.
  • The Muppets - Candace says "Meep", a direct quote from Beaker's Speech.

Lights, Candace, Action!

  • The Princess Diaries and Sense and Sensibility - The title "The Princess Sensibilities" is probably a mash-up of these two titles.
  • Shakespeare's Hamlet - The parts of "The Princess Sensibilities" Candace quotes at the beginning of the episode contain references to the To Be, or Not to Be soliloquy.
  • Title - A parody of the common phrase, "Lights, camera, action!"
  • One of David Letterman's sketches was the monkey cam, with same results.
  • Apple Computers - Phineas and Ferb have a computer that looks similar to an iMac.
  • Tom and Jerry - When Perry eats the cheese wheel, his body shows the shape of the cheese wheel similar to antics used to show consumption of food in numerous Tom and Jerry cartoons.
  • Godzilla - At the beginning of the episode, Phineas and Ferb are playing with a giant monster and it uses Godzilla's trademark roar.
  • The Breakfast Club - Isabella talking to someone on a hearing device is a reference to Richard Vernon talking about the question to Bender.
  • Fame is Fleeting... - The last two lines are a play on the saying, "Fame is fleeting, but obscurity is forever," a quotation normally attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte.

Raging Bully

  • Raging Bull - Episode title reference. The main character of this film is a boxer. The use of the opera song during the fight is also a reference to the opening scene of the film.
  • Rocky - The beat of the song and the way Phineas trains in it is reminisce of the famous Rocky movies. When the song ends, Phineas raises his arms up the same way Rocky did at the end of the training montage. Also, both Buford and Phineas are seen punching meat, which is one way Rocky trained.
  • Chuck E. Cheese's - The Gunther Goatcheese's restaurant is a parody of the Chuck E. Cheese's franchise of pizza restaurants, which cater to children with game arcades and animatronic displays like the one young Doofenshmirtz is watching.
  • Star Trek - The Vulcan Nerve Pinch Ferb uses against Buford is from this famous franchise.
  • The Punisher - Buford's shirt is in the style of the Punisher.
  • Free Willy - The whale jumps over Heinz Doofenshmirtz like in the movie "Free Willy".
  • Walt Disney - Phineas's motto is "keep moving forward". In the 2007 animated film Meet the Robinsons, "keep moving forward" is Cornelius Robinson's motto, derived from a quote of Walt Disney: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
  • Holyfield-Tyson II - There is a bite out of Holyfield's right ear, making reference to the infamous biting incident in the second Holyfield-Tyson fight.
  • Michael Buffer - The announcer's line "Let's get ready to thumb-wrestle" parodies the trademarked catchphrase of boxing announcer Michael Buffer (who provides the announcer's voice), "Let's get ready to rumble!"
  • Pagliacci - The "indecipherable Italian words" hearded in "It's Going So Badly" are from the aria Vesti la giubba from the opera Pagliacci, by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Candace Loses Her Head

  • RMS Titanic - The lava flows past an orchestra, who keep playing as the disaster occurs. The band on the ocean liner Titanic played music to keep the passengers calm during the evacuation after it struck an iceberg.
  • Theodore Roosevelt - The "big sticks" sold in the gift shop are a reference to Roosevelt's famous slogan, "Speak soflty and carry a big stick."
  • Superman - Perry drills straight down into the ground, like the titular character did in the Superman movie.
  • Metal Slug 3 - The Drill-inator looks like the Drill Slug of Metal Slug 3.
  • Old Faithful - The Old Reliable geyser is a reference to Old Faithful, a geyser in Yellowstone Park known for erupting on schedule. Of course, in real life, there are no geysers located in the vicinity of Mount Rushmore.

I, Brobot

  • Frankenstein - Phineas directly references the book when he says to Ferb, "Have we learned nothing from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?"
  • I, Robot - The name of the title is a parody of the Isaac Asimov novel and the 2004 film based on it.
  • A Christmas Carol - When Santa takes the Giant Magnet, Doofenshmirtz says "Bah, humbug", similar to Ebenezer Scrooge.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth - The tunnel to the center of the Earth is probably a reference to this famous novel and film.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone - The entrance to the Chimney Vator, where you tap certain stones, is similar to the entrance to Dragon Alley.
  • The music played as the leaf drops in the beginning when Phineas realizes summer doesn't last forever is Morning Mood by Edvard Grieg. It is also heard in "Bowl-R-Ama Drama".
  • The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf - The name of the Brobots' coffee franchise, Robot Bean and Tea Leaf, is a parody of this Californian coffee franchise.
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - When Candace says "80's Music is so 2002", she may have been referring to GTA: Vice City as it was set in the 1980s (1986 to be specific) and was given a full 80's soundtrack. As it was released in October 2002, it also introduced 80's music to a younger generation.
  • The Simpsons - The Panic Room where Candace hides there after discovering that Phineas and Ferb are robots is similar to the Panic Room where Ned Flanders, and his kids, Rod and Todd hide in the Panic Room after discovering their house is trashed by Bart, and Milhouse from the episode, "Bart of War".

Run Away Runway

  • Jerry Lewis - When Gaston's assistant says he has great news, Gaston askes if it is a Jerry Lewis marathon on TV tonight, and later when Gaston receives a package, he askes the delivery person if it is an autographed picture of Jerry Lewis. Jerry Lewis was extremely popular in France, and this excitement over Jerry Lewis stereotypes the French's obsession with him.
  • Vogue - The name of the magazine with Phineas, Ferb, and Gaston on the cover's name is Vague, a parody of Vogue.
  • Field & Stream - The name of one of the magazines Candace holds up is Streams in Fields, a parody of Field & Stream.
  • As the Doofenshmirtz clones jump out of the blimp, they can be heard shouting "Geronimo!," "Sitting Bull!," and "Some Native American icon!," playing on the convention of skydivers shouting "Geronimo" while jumping out of a plane, originally adopted by American paratroopers during World War II after they had seen a film about the Native American warrior.
  • Duran Duran - The title of the episode may be a reference to the Duran Duran song, 'Runaway Runaway'.

The Magnificent Few

Shark with laser beam

The Agency takes a cue from Dr. Evil.

  • Austin Powers - While Perry is swimming back to his lair through a minefield, he is attacked by a shark with a laser beam strapped to its head. Dr. Evil once said he wanted sharks with laser beams, and later received them as a gift from his son.
    Another allusion is the use by Dr. Doofenshmirtz of an "unnecessarily slow-moving dipping mechanism" that allows Agent P ample time to escape, followed by Vanessa and Dr. Doofenshmirtz leaving Agent P unsupervised during this time. Also Vanessa's attitude is similar to Scotty Evil.
  • Home on the Range - this episode's beggining and song are similar to the start of the film
  • The Magnificent Seven - The title parodies the western movie based on the Japanese film The Seven Samurai.
  • The musical western themes throughout the episode mostly likely allude to selections from the "Grand Canyon Suite" by composer Ferde Grofé.
  • James Bond - The underwater breathing device Perry uses is also similar to the device James Bond used in Thunderball.
  • My Little Pony - The pony Isabela rides greatly resembles the older versions of the ponies in that toy line, in contrast to Phineas and Ferb's more realistic horses.

S'Winter

Major Monogram drawing
  • The "Melt-inator 6-5000" is likely an allusion to Pennsylvania 6-5000, which is the phone number to the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, New York, and the song by the Glenn Miller Orchestra of the same name.
  • When Agent P sketches Major Monogram, the style is reminiscent of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons (another show Povenmire and Marsh worked on) and Futurama.

Jerk De Soleil

  • Title - The name of this episode is derived from the famous Cirque du Soleil (pronounced "sirk du so-LAY") So is Cirque du Lune. ("Cirque du Soleil" means "Circus of the Sun", and "Cirque du Lune" means "Circus of the Moon".)
  • Cool Runnings - Baljeet's line "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, come on thumb, it's healing time!" is derived from the line "Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme" from the 1993 movie.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks - When Dr. Doofenshmirtz uses his The Voice-inator after Candace flies away and Perry rushes to the circus, Phineas speaks like The Chipmunks.
  • The Legend of Zelda - In Doofenshmirtz's lair you can see an image of a red triforce.
  • Adventures in Babysitting - Candace singing about her troubles with Phineas and Ferb is exactly what Chris Parker does when she and the kids try to run away from the bad guys.
  • Indiana Jones - When Perry escapes from Doofenshmirtz Trap he slides his hat like Indiana Jones.
  • Candace's final line is a hardly-subtle reference to the fact that most blues singers smoke to get their raspy tone.

Are You My Mummy?

  • Indiana Jones - The two booby traps are similar to the first two Indiana Jones film, in order, the giant glass ball full of candy is similar the boulder that Indy runs away from in the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then the flood caused by Doofenshmirtz and Perry is similar to The Temple of Doom.
  • Are You My Mother? - "Are You My Mummy?" may be a reference to the 1960 children's book Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.
  • Doctor Who - "Are You My Mummy?" could be a reference to the two-part episode The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.
  • The Lion King- The scene in 'My Undead Mummy & Me's where Phineas, Ferb, and the Mummy are seen walking across the log in between two cliffs is an Allusion from 'The Lion King' when Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa are seen walking across a log just like this in the movie.
  • Jaws - The "Sharks!" cardboard model in the cinema's basement is similar to the promotional posters for the movie Jaws.
  • Oh what a goose I am - The incantation "Owa Tagu Siam" is the play on words used to trick someone into embarrassing themselves.
  • King Kong - The movie theater lobby contains a display for the movie "Big Ape", which is a primate that is a large as several buildings. Big Ape is also purple in color, which may be a reference to Grape Ape.
  • Speed - In the movie basement there is a cutout of a bus full of screaming people.
  • Dragon Ball Z - In the movie poster "S/A3" one of the aliens resembles a Saibaman.
  • Club Penguin - A previously aired movie is called "Space Adventure". On Club Penguin there is a play called "Space Adventure". Either of these could relate to the sign in storage room.
  • Hey Arnold! - Monkeyman is from Hey Arnold! a show Dan Povenmire worked on.
  • Splash Mountain - During the flood, Phineas and Ferb ride on the water and down the stairs, showing an on-ride photograph as done famously on Splash Mountain at Disney Parks.
  • Thorpe Park - After Perry went back to Phineas and Ferb, They were riding the coffin of King Tut (With Candace in it), Similar to the water rides at Thorpe Park.
  • CatDog - When Phineas and Ferb are running away from Candace, they´re walking on their hands with their legs entangled in a manner very similar to CatDog.
  • R.V. - The movie sign "Bus: The Movie" may be a parody of the movie's title.

Ready for the Bettys

  • Star Trek - When Phineas says "Can you give me! Any more power!" to Ferb while trying to raise the Betty Bus, he says it in the broken cadence of Captain Kirk in Star Trek.
  • James Bond - When Isabella asked "What are you doing?," Phineas says "that my friend is classified information" in an accent very similar to James Bond, specifically Sean Connery's portrayal of the character.
  • The Spice Girls - The Bettys are a clear reference to the famous British pop girl band.
    • Spice World - The bus driver in both this episode and the Spice Girls film is called Dennis.
  • The Veronicas - Both The Veronicas and The Bettys are girl bands named after characters from Archie Comics, also Candace and Stacy act similar to Betty and Veronica.
  • Thunderbirds - The setting, the style of the bridge, the fact that the bus is set to an automatic pilot and certain scenes seem to reference to the mono-rail crash from the Thunderbirds episode "Brink of Disaster."
  • Sir Francis Bacon - The bus driver's pig's name, Sir Bacon, may be a reference to Sir Francis Bacon, an English scientist.
  • The Twilight Zone: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" - When Candace looks out the window and sees Phineas and Ferb flying in the Hoverjet, she tries to alert Stacy. When Stacy looks up the boys have moved out of her view leading her to believe Candace is hallucinating. This is similar to the plot of the episode were William Shatner's character tries to warn a group of passengers that a Gremlin is on the wing of the plane but no one believes him.
  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast - Major Monogram said "Good Googly Moogly" which is similar to Beast's famous catchphrase "Great Googly Moogly".

I Scream, You Scream

  • I Scream, You Scream - Comes from the old rhyme "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!"
  • Love Actually - Thomas Sangster (voice actor for Ferb) plays Sam, who is in love with Joanna, played by Olivia Olson (voice/singing actress for Vanessa).
  • The Godfather - Doofenshmirtz refers to his works as the "Family business," similar to how the characters in the film refer to their works.

Toy to the World

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - The purple suit that Phineas wears, the chocolate river and the Ba-dink-a-dinks are references to the book. The purple suit is a closer match to the suit worn by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, rather than the maroon suit worn by Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Joy to the World - The episode title is a reference to the song.
  • The Ren and Stimpy Show - The advertising of a brick as a children's toy is similar to the popular toy "Log" from this show.
  • The Emperor's New Clothes - Ferb's comment about the CEO's lack of clothes.
  • James Bond/Austin Powers - The way the CEO eliminates the worker who thinks that Phineas and Ferb's idea won't work, is reminiscent of the way that super-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld dispatches an underling who has failed him (Dr. Evil also dispatches comrades that fail him).
    • Perry flies to the lair in a gyro-copter like Little Nelly from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice.
  • King Kong - The toy "Ascendin' Brendon" is a gorilla that climbs a building, mimicking the famous scene from the film.
  • The Muppets - Some of the workers outfits have collars similar to Kermit's collar.
  • Hardy Har Har - Har D Har may be a spoof on Hanna Barbera's character Hardy Har Har from Lippy the Lion & Hardy Har Har.
  • Sherlock Holmes - After one of the workers shows "The Mad Marauding Marsupial of Death" Phineas and Ferb are seen dressed as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively.
  • Lilo & Stitch - One of the little girls dancing in the Shimmy Jimmy TV commercial resembles the Disney character Lilo.
  • The Fast Show- When the CEO shows off his "new suit" towards the end of the shower of appraisal, somebody says, "Suits you, sir!", like in the tailor sketches.
  • Father Ted - The episode "Speed 3" has a running gag about a brick.
  • LEGO - Some of the things Perry the Inaction Figure does and the way Phineas describes how he wants the toy to be sound like he is describing LEGO.
  • "La cumparsita" - When Ferb tangoes with Perry the Inaction Figure, he hums the first few bars of this Uruguayan tango.

Get That Bigfoot Outa My Face!

PerrySavesVase

He saves the vase on the way down.

  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody - Perry saving the vase is similar to when Mr. Moseby saves the vase in many episodes, even though he throws himself and Perry is laying when the vase is in mid-air. (In the final episode of The Suite Life, the vase breaks.) Also, Ashley Tisdale is a regular on Suite Life, and Caroline Rhea has made two guest appearances as a German-accented rival hotel owner.
  • Grease - The trick Grandpa Clyde does with his glasses is almost identical to something one of the Pink Ladies did near the beginning of the movie version of this famous musical.
  • Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! - The glasses trick is also similar to the secret trick that Dr. Kawashima responds to after the player says 'glasses, glasses'.

It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World

  • Title - The title is a reference to the 1963 classic movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
  • Isabella's television announcement - The way Isabella announces the truck driving competition is exactly like the television ads for the monster truck driving shows that went on back in the 90's, including saying the day of the show and for people to be there three times.
  • The announcer who give Isabella the microphone for Isabella's television announcement is named Wink Dinkerson. When Isabella hands him back the mic, she calls him "Dink". This is a paraphrase from Cheech and Chong's first comedy album.
  • The Simpsons - In this episode, a family sits on a couch as it hits Candace's truck. They are sitting in the exact posture the Simpsons do. Also, the couch is the same color the Simpson's couch is.
  • Mr. Bean (animated series) - One of the evil investors (the one who gained swelling from the Monster truck away-inator) slightly resembles one of the convicts from "Missing Teddy".
  • Heinz Doofenshmirtz collection of monster trucks are like the kustom car kulture from the sixties that made such cartoon icons like Rat Fink.
  • Calgon - The "Ancient Chinese Secret" line is from a 1970's ad for this famous brand of water softener.
  • Transformers - The way mom's car transforms from a monster truck to her normal car could be a reference to how a Transformer transforms back into a car.
  • Back to the Future - The fire trails left by Phineas and Ferb's toy monster trucks as they exit light speed mirrors the fire trails left by the DeLorean time machine when it makes a time jump in the Back to the Future franchise.
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - A car was chasing another car with their companies but still the car survived except for the chasers, It looks similar to the chase but there were no crashes, It's just a big chase.
  • Robosaurus - A giant robot shaped like a dinosaur appears on the track. This is a reference to Robosaurus, often mistakenly called "Truckasaurus" after its parody on The Simpsons.

Mom's Birthday

  • The Horse Whisperer - There is a DVD in Doofenshmirtz's lair titled The Unicorn Whisperer, parodying the 1998 film. A later Phineas and Ferb episode also has an allusion to this one, called the "The Lizard Whisperer".
  • When the robots melt, the Star Spangled Banner, in the style of Jimi Hendrix, is played in the background.
  • The two wax robots' skeleton are similar to look like a skelecog, a type of cog in Toontown Online.
  • Movieland Wax Museum outside of Disneyland closed and held an auction of some of the figures. Doofenshmirtz got his figures from a bankrupted wax museum. Also a reference to The Hall of Presidents attraction.
  • The Wizard of Oz - The George Washington robot says the Wicked Witch of the West's dying words, "I'm melting!"

Journey to the Center of Candace

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth - The name of this episode is derived from the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.
  • Fantastic Voyage (1966) - The submarine that enters Pinky is a homage to the film Fantastic Voyage.
  • Infocom's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1984) - Elements of this story may also have been influenced by this text-based computer game. An important part of its plotline involves your character finding himself on a microscopic spaceship which is eaten by a small dog, ending the game. However, if you fed this dog a cheese sandwich earlier in the game, he is preoccupied with the sandwich and ignores the spaceship.

It's About Time!

  • The Flintstones - Phineas and Ferb use turtles as helmets.
  • Jurassic Park - The Tyrannosaurus Rex destroying the time machine is similar to the scene where the T-Rex destroys the jeep. The scene where the little dinosaurs and Candace were chased by the T-Rex is also similar to when the T-Rex chased Dr. Grant, Hammond's kids, and the Gallimimus. Additionally, when Phineas tells everyone not to move, Candace panics in a similar way to a scene from Jurassic Park III. Finally, when Candace is trying to stop her parents from going into the exhibit, we see the T-Rex blinking its eye like in Jurassic Park.
  • Bride of Frankenstein - After Candace gets zapped by lightning, her hair resembles that of the bride of Frankenstein.
  • Dr. Phil - Dr. Feelbetter bears a strong resemblance to Dr. Phil McGraw, even showing some of McGraw's similar speech patterns.
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - The appearance of Doofenshmirtz, Perry, and Peter on Dr. Feelbetter's show is similar to that of Dr. Evil and his son, Scott Evil, on The Jerry Springer Show in the Austin Powers movie. The chair-throwing antics on the Dr. Feelbetter Show are reminiscent of the hijinks on Springer's real television show.
  • The Time Machine - The design of the time machine in the museum resembles the one made for the 1960 film adaptation of the book The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. Wells may have popularized the idea of the time machine staying in exactly the same place during teleportation.
  • Back the Future  - Candace's "you mean to tell me you built a time machine that..." is just like what Marty McFly says to Doc after learning about his time machine.
  • Wan Hu - One of the exhibits in the museum is a chair with rockets attached to it, probably a reference to this Chinese legend.
  • Land of the Lost - The tyrannosaur Grumpy's leitmotif, or recognizable musical theme, from this 1970s television show can be heard when the T. rex is chasing Candace.

Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together

  • George Clinton - The "Funk Train" part of "History of Rock", possibly refers to the great funkmaster and his various bands, including Parliament-Funkadelic. Clinton was famous for outlandish outfits and hair on stage. "Funk Train" is also a reference to the long-running "Soul Train" program.
  • Slash - During the Metal part of "History of Rock", Ferb looks like Slash, the guitarist for Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver.
  • Grease - During the Boogie-Woogie part of "History of Rock", Ferb looks a lot like Danny Zuko from the 1971 musical and 1978 film.
  • The Blues Brothers - The title of the episode and storyline may be a reference to the Blues Brothers, in which Jake and Elwood reform their band, telling their former band members that "We're getting the band back together." Also, one of the band members Jake and Elwood needed to bring back was named Mr. Fabulous, like Bobbi Fabulous. There was a song in a music store to convince another band member to join again, like "History of Rock".
  • Yes - Bass player Bobbi Fabulous may be modeled on bass player Chris Squire, who is famous for his stylish costumes in concert.
  • Bye Bye Birdie - The phone tree started by Candace telling Stacy that Love Händel was reforming is like the one seen in the 1963 film.
  • Michael Jackson - At the end credits, Perry's dance is similar to the King of Pop's dance from his "Smooth Criminal" video.
  • Rob Halford - During the Metal part of "History of Rock", Phineas looks like Rob Halford, the singer of Judas Priest.
  • Queen - The rhythm of Swampy stamping the books (i.e., the rhythm that he claims not to have) is similar to the start of "We Will Rock You".

Tree to Get Ready

  • THX - Candace initially wonders if the THF button is some kind of sound system.
  • The Episode title is an allusion to "Three to get ready" (part of a standard count to prepare for action).
  • Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi can be heard in the background while Phineas, Ferb, Candace, and Stacy are rolling into their backyard.
  • Stacy's response "I want the whole thing" is the same that Bob Barker used in "Happy Gilmore".
  • Phineas said "I guess it would make a sound" may be a response to the philosophical question "If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?"
  • Monty Python's Spamalot - Doofenshmirtz's song sounds very similar to Spamalot's "You Won't Succeed On Broadway."
  • During the tree house fight, Phineas and Ferb change costumes periodically, copying Groucho Marx from the battle scene of the Marx brothers movie Duck Soup.
  • The Living Daylights - Phineas' quote regarding that Isabella is it's first passenger is a reference to how the defector was the P.I.G.'s first passenger.
  • The scene where Isabella walks around with a sign is a reference to boxing and MMA matches where a woman walks around the arena with a sign showing the current round.
  • The Powerpuff Girls - Both the mayor and town hall resemble the ones used in this series.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Stacy calls Candace, Candirocks, possibly a mixture of Candace Rocks and Goldilocks, the girl who tests porridge, chairs, and beds at the bears' home.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - Vanessa's seated chorus-line kick-step during the musical number is eerily similar to the one done by wheelchair-bound Dr. Scott during the "floor show".
  • The Italian Job - The scene were Perry parks his car in the middle of two vehicles is reminiscent of the scene where Stella Bridger parks her mini cooper in a small spot between two vehicles.
  • Psycho - When Perry is surrounded and captured by the pigeons a variant of Psycho's theme song is played.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - During the song, Doof smashes the fake taxi driver with a 2-ton weight, a reference to this British sketch comedy show's running gag of dropping a 16-ton weight onto a character in lieu of a punchline.

The Ballad of Badbeard

  • Captain Blackbeard - "Badbeard" is a parody of the infamous Captain Blackbeard.
  • Phineas's map has many landmarks which are gags: Point Plots (plot point), Sea of Bile, Stones of Gall (Gall stones), Spleen Island and the Cove of Incontinence.
  • Alice in Wonderland - The Talking Zebra may refer to the Cheshire Cat from Disney's Alice in Wonderland.
  • The Simpsons Movie - the way the pirate ship blueprint is folded may have been copied from the scene from The Simpsons Movie where Homer unfolded his Alaska poster.
  • Baljeet's boxer shorts flying on the flagpole may be a nod the '90s Nickelodeon series Salute Your Shorts.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - Phineas and Ferb's ship has a small resemblance to the Black Pearl in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Greece Lightning

  • Grease - The title is derived from the song "Greased Lightning" from the classic movie and musical "Grease". The spikes on Buford's chariot wheel may also be derived from the race scene of this movie.
  • Hercules - Some of the figures on a vase in the museum at the episode's beginning resemble the muses from the Walt Disney animated movie "Hercules". The "use the head" scene is also parodied.
  • Roger Ebert's Little Movie Glossary - Candace hits a Fruit Cart, as referenced in Ebert's Glossary.
  • Ben Hur - The spikes on Buford's chariot wheel may be derived from the movie "Ben Hur"
  • Toy Story 2 - Baljeet telling Buford to literally "use his head" is probably an allusion to a famous scene in Toy Story 2, when Rex the dinosaur's head is used to smash open a vent cover.
  • Jason and the Argonauts - Major Monogram reveals that he's inside the crouching statue by turning its head to look at Perry. This resembles the moment in the film Jason and the Argonauts when the giant crouching statue of Talos turns its head before coming to life.
  • Family Guy - The kid in the theatre resembles Chris Griffin

Leave the Busting to Us!

  • Greyhound Bus Lines - The title is play on the bus company's motto "Take Greyhound and leave the driving to us".
  • The TV show Bust 'Em is a likely parody of MTV's Busted.
  • Night of the Hunter - Lulu's knuckle tattoos "bust" and "them" struggling against each other are a reference to this movie where the antagonist, a corrupt preacher, does the same thing with tattoos of the words love and hate.
  • Teen Titans - Perry shooting numerous bunny rabbits at Doofenshmirtz can be similar to Mumbo firing rabbits at Raven in the episode "Sum Of His Parts".
  • Very Special Episode - advertising term: Lulu says that "I think we finally have our very special episode!"
  • Sesame Street - Agent P swing and crashing to a fake picture of Doofenshmirtz is similar to Super Grover appears flying and crashing to the bottom of the "Sesame Street" lamppost from Sesame Street Theme.
  • The Simpsons - The hat with spy camera is similar to one used by Homer in the episode "Homer and Apu".
  • Harry Houdini - Doofenshmirtz's magician stage name, the Improbable Doofini, could be a reference to "The Great Houdini".

Crack That Whip

  • Crack that Whip: The title is a reference to the song Whip It, performed by the band Devo, whose beginning line is "Crack that whip!"
  • Betty Jo's line "You skate like a water buffalo." may be a reference to the song "You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd".
  • "Et tu" is a well known line from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.

The Best Lazy Day Ever

  • When Candace says "Who-o-o i-i-is Ca-a-a-anda-a-ace?", the musical "sting" from the movie Psycho is heard.
  • Guitar Hero - When Jeremy and the Incidentals are hit by Doofenshmirtz's Ugly-inator, the bassist turns into a guy who looks like Johnny Napalm, a playable character throughout the Guitar Hero series.

Boyfriend From 27,000 B.C.

  • South Park - In "Prehistoric ice man," the South Park boys discover a man encased in ice for thirty-two months. The South Park boys and the Danville boys, both cart their finds home on a kiddie trailer and thaw them with hair driers. In both cases, the formerly frozen specimens have trouble dealing with modern life. The episode itself is a parody to The Encino Man.
  • The Flintstones - Candace's "cavegirl" costume is reminiscent of Pebbles Flintstone. Similarly, Jeremy's "caveman" costume might also be meant to resemble Bamm-Bamm Rubble. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm become lovers in their own show, and eventually marry in I Yabba-Dabba Do!, and welcome twins in Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby. Candace envisions herself as a mother of two after she marries Jeremy.
  • Dave the Barbarian - Candace's costume also resembles Fang from the this Disney show.
  • SexyBack - The music that Candace dances to while preparing for the party sounds distinctly similar to the hit song by Justin Timberlake.
  • Fun and Fancy Free - Before Perry the Platypus left, Major Monogram asked him if he wanted to leave as a big, pink bunny. In Fun and Fancy Free, Willie the Giant asked Mickey Mouse if he wanted to change himself into a big, pink bunny.
  • Zac Moncrief - The sandwich shop is named "Zac's Sammich Shop" after this P&F director.

Voyage to the Bottom of Buford

  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - The title of the episode is a spoof of the old sci-fi fantasy movie/TV series, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." Coincidentally, it also is structurally similar to "Journey to the Center of Candace," which was based on Journey to the Center of the Earth.
  • Sobre las Olas - The music at the carnival is this instrumental composition by Juventino Rosas, otherwise known as "Over the Waves", often associated with circuses and fun-fairs.
  • Back to the Future - The name of the goldfish "Biff" was also the name of the Biff Tannen, the main antagonist of the first two Back to the Future movies. (Note that Buford shares his name with Buford Tannen, the antagonist of Back to the Future III.)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - The giant squid is an allusion to the giant squid in the 1954 Disney film, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
  • SNES - During Buford's flashbacks, you see them playing a game system which looks like a SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System).

A Hard Day's Knight

  • A Hard Day's Night - The title comes from this song by the Beatles, which served as the theme song of their 1964 feature film of the same name.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Deadpan television announcer.
  • Sherlock Holmes ("The Hound of the Baskervilles") - The moment when the Knight is followed by the hounds is similar to the moment when Sir Hugo Baskerville is followed by the enormous dog.
  • Evil-Con is a parody of Comic-Con.
  • BBC - The VBBC channel name is a parody of the BBC, a major British TV and radio organization. (The original stands for British Broadcasting Corporation; presumably VBBC stands for Very  British Broadcasting Corporation.) 
  • Sleeping Beauty - The dragon the knight fights look similar to Maleficent's dragon form.

Traffic Cam Caper

  • Dr. Strangelove - The headquarters for O.W.C.A. looks like the war room from the film.
  • Jaws - Phineas says, "We're gonna need a faster bike," which echoes the famous line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

Bowl-R-Ama Drama

  • The Simpsons - The bowling alley and possibly title is a reference to the Bowl-A-Rama, which was in The Simpsons. Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire worked on The Simpsons ("Original Pitch"). Also, the owner of the hairiest pig may be named after Cletus Spuckler, the yokel from the show.
  • Spider-Man - The scene where Agent P tracks Doofenshmirtz down over the streets of Danville with his grappling gun references Spider-Man.
  • Batman - The scene where Agent P tracks Doofenshmirtz down over the streets of Danville with his grappling gun could also be a reference to the 1990s Batman cartoon where he would travel across town in the same fashion
    • Batman (1960s series) - Perry is frozen solid by Doofenshmirtz’s giant-robotic-penguin-icy-freeze-your-socks-off-breath-inator-thingy is similar to Batman and Robin is frozen solid by Mr. Freeze’s freeze gun in the episode "Instant Freeze"
  • Voltes V - In the scene before chasing Candace, the kids "Volt In" in their own buttons to open their garages and get their own methods of transportation: bike (Ferb), scooter (Phineas), roller blades (Isabella), unicycle (Baljeet), and skateboard (Buford).
  • Guinness World Records - The record book that Baljeet shows to Phineas and Ferb may be based after Guinness World Records.
  • Star Wars - Perry is frozen solid for a long time which is a parody of Han Solo when he is frozen in carbonite in "Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back". Also Perry gets out of the ice a parody of Star Wars Epidode VI: Return Of The Jedi.
  • Gantz - The bowling ball's side opening and inside control panels resemble the Gantz ball in the anime of the same name.
  • Meet the Robinsons - When Candace is daydreaming, the background music when Jeremy comes in is extremely similar to music from this film.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- When the song "Pin Bowlin'" starts you can see a sign saying, "Today's weather: Sunny with a Chance of scattered Lawn Gnomes" parodying the title of the film.

Got Game?

  • X-Games - The name F-Games is similar to the name X Games, an extreme sports tournament.
  • National Lampoon's Animal House - "She's on a roll" is the same response to the famous inspirational rant in National Lampoon's Animal House.
  • Gatorade shower - Ferb dunks the cooler on himself like the players dunk ice cold Gatorade on the coach at sporting events, especially football and baseball.
  • Saskatchewan Roughriders - Roughrider fans ofter wear watermelons on their head purposefully like Candace did during the fruit level.
  • Lilo and Stitch - The line "I'm not even sure if that's a dog." is very similar to a line in the movie Lilo & Stitch.
  • Got Milk? - The title might be a reference to "Got Milk?" commercials.
  • Calvin and Hobbes - The way the score to the F-Games is similar to the scores in Calvinball.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - When the airplane scrapes the top of the stadium, it is exactly the same when the jet scrapes the top of the mountain.
  • Queen - The intro to F-Games is similar to the intro to We Will Rock You by Queen, with the same effects.

Comet Kermillian

  • The title "Comet Kermillian" is probably a reference to the Culture Club song, Karma Chameleon.
  • Major Monogram's comment for Perry to "lay the smack down" on Doofenschmirtz is a possible reference to a catch phrase used by WWE pro wrestler, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
  • The Observa-Ferbatory is similar to Mr. Nosy and Mr. Small's house on The Mr. Men Show.
  • Candace, after getting a bunch of squirrels dumped on her, says, "The horror. The horror." This is the last line of The Heart of Darkness, and, more famously, the movie adaptation Apocalypse Now.
  • Phineas and Ferb using a laser to inscribe their likenesses into the comet is similar to what happened in The Tick episode "The Tick vs. Chairface Chippendale," where the evil Chairface used a powerful series of lenses to "commit the ultimate act of vandalism" - burning his name into the surface of the moon.
  • A famous quote, "You had me at hello" from Jerry Maguire is referenced after Linda suggests that Candace invite Jeremy to the barbecue for steaks, and twice more when Phineas tells Isabella they can show their grandchildren the faces that Phineas and Ferb engraved on the comet.
  • Comet Kermillian is probably based on Halley's Comet, or Comet Halley, which comes close to the sun every 76 years, most recently in 1986. In real life there are no other prominent comets with similar periods. This would mean that Augustus Kermillian is based on Edmund Halley. However, Halley did not discover "his" comet, but was simply the first astronomer to realize that several historical sightings were of the same comet.

Put That Putter Away

  • ABBA - the melody of the song "Disco Miniature Golfing Queen", is similar to Dancing Queen. In writing the episode, there was a need to make "a song that sounds like ABBA about miniature golf".[1]
  • Star Wars - When Candace gets out of bed, she resembles a frail Emperor Palpatine, the Star Wars Sith Lord. Her blanket is wrapped around her like a Sith cloak, and the bags under her eyes resemble the Emperor's wrinkles. Also, her recurring line, "Don't be seduced by the coolness," and its variants are references to the warning about the Dark Side of The Force.
  • Back to the Future - Stacy's line towards the end of the episode, "It just goes to show that if you focus, you can accomplish anything," is paraphrasing Doc's, Marty's, and later George's quote from Back to the Future: "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."
  • Kirby's Dream Land - Phil's tree dropping apples on Doof's lawn is similar to Whispy Woods, a tree whose main form of attack is just that.
  • Gorillaz- The way the golf island was lifted into the air and carried to Little Duffer's may be a reference to the music video El Manana. In the video, Noodle's island was powered and traveled around through the skies by use of a windmill attached to the island.
  • Caddyshack 2 - The air hockey hole is set up the same way the ice hockey hole is set up in the movie.

Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?

  • Title - A notorious "trick question", "Does this dress make me look fat?"
  • Ronald McDonald and Big Boy - The look of Slushy the Clown is a combination of Ronald McDonald and Big Boy, the famous mascots for their respective restaurants.
  • The Simpsons - The Slushy the Clown also looks like the Krusty the Clown seen on The Simpsons episode "Day of the Jackanapes".
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  • Road Runner - When Doofenshmirtz attempts to run away in a cloud of smoke and fails, it resembled how Roadrunner makes its getaways.
  • Wrongfully Accused - Ferb gets tangled in the wires much like the main character of this movie.
  • The Fly - The fly that went through the earrings and the last line may be referring to the 1958 version of this movie, which also centered around teleporters. Also, some of the plot of the episode is similar to the plot this movie.
  • The Emperor's New Groove - Candace's line "I'm an ugly, smelly platypus!" is similar to the line "I'm an ugly, stinky llama!" from this movie.
  • Manos: Hands of Fate - The assistant in the science fiction movie Phineas and Ferb are watching is named Torbo, which is a reference to Torgo in the B-movie Manos: Hands of Fate.
  • The Six Million Dollar Man - The sound heard as Perry (in Candace's body) attempts a slow-motion tail-slap was also used during bionic man, Steve Austin's slow-motion sequences.
  • Freaky Friday- The scene where Candace realizes that she is inside Perry's body, parallels a similar scene in that movie.
  • The Flintstones - After Candace the platypus throws up, the way Linda carries her out, drops her and her end posture is similar to the way Fred takes out the cat during the end credits.

The Flying Fishmonger

  • This episode recalls the craze of jumping things like the Grand Canyon and other canyons, made famous by Evel Knievel.
  • Candace's outfit in the mall is similar to that worn by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • The newspaper boy was a common feature in movies once upon an age.
  • The motorcycle plunging down the gorge and then narrowly avoiding crashing by taking off like an airplane, is taken from Wallace and Gromit:A Close Shave.
  • The idea of jumping a gorge and not quite making it was also used in an early episode of The Simpsons entitled "Bart the Daredevil".

One Good Scare Ought to Do It!

  • Alien - The monster of the Fireside Girls, whose got a tongue-head is a reference to the alien of this film.
  • Banana Phone - Candace talking to the banana like a phone in the beginning of the episode may be a reference to this popular YouTube song originally made famous by children's entertainer Raffi.
  • The Haunted Mansion - As Candace is running through the hallways of the haunted house, she is chased into the vampire's room by a floating candelabra. This is a reference to the Disney Park attraction, "The Haunted Mansion", in which a candelabra is seen in the endless hallway.
  • Beetlejuice - The song One Good Scare, as well as the rollercoaster ride at the end is reminiscent of the 1990s cartoon series, Beetlejuice. The song itself is very reminiscent of Danny Elfman (who composed the theme for the Beetlejuice movie as well as films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands)'s style.
  • Star Wars - When Candace says "Over my dead body" and Phineas says "That's the idea" is a reference to what Han Solo and Greedo said on Episode 4.
  • The Skeleton Dance - A group of skeletons are seen dancing in the hallways of the haunted house before the Giant floating baby head runs over them.
  • Silence of the Lambs - When Candace rides to the Johnson's on her bike, Suzy holds her dog in front of the shades. Then she closes them. This is what Buffalo Bill does in the 1991 thriller film.
  • Macbeth - When Buford washes his hands, saying "Wash away the horror," this is a reference to Act V of Shakespeare's Macbeth, where a sleepwalking Lady Macbeth desperately washes her hands, trying to rid herself of Duncan's blood.
  • Phantom of the Paradise - The use of a pipe organ to control parts of the haunted house is much like the lair from this movie.
  • Can of Worms - The last creature on the roller coaster ride is similar to an alien from the movie.
  • Marvel Comics/Kim Possible - Professor Destructicon's look is slightly reminiscent of both Marvel Comics character Forbush Man, Dr. Doom, and Kim Possible villain Professor Dementor.
  • The Ring - The girls that chase Phineas and Isabella and then are electrocuted all look similar to the girl from the movie.
  • Superman - Doofenshmirtz says "Great Caesar's Ghost!" the catchphrase of Perry White, Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet, the newspaper where Superman's alter-ego Clark Kent works.
  • Halloween - In the scene were Phineas urges the group to find out what scares them the most, the music that plays in the background is very similar to the main theme of the Halloween film series.
  • Scooby-Doo - When Candace running through doors in a hallway is similar to a Scooby Doo-style chase.
  • Sesame Street - When Perry threw the trash can is similar to when Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street threw a trash can. Also, Candace using a banana as a phone is similar to what Ernie did a couple of times.
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Recognize the background?

  • If you went to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland in October 2011, or Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 2012, the background of the haunted house from this episode was used for photo ops with the Phineas, Ferb and Agent P costumed characters.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - Many of the lines before the "One good scare ought to do it" line in "One Good Scare" sounded similar to the rhythm of This is Halloween.

The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein

  • Frankenstein - The entire story of Phineastein and Ferbgor is a parody of Frankenstein, including the title. Also, the introduction to the episode is a direct parody of the introduction of the 1930s Universal film. The idea of the grampa telling the tale because they were trapped in the night and raining, in a parody of the real origin of Frankenstein.
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - All of Doofenshmirtz's story was a parody of the famous story, including his ancestor's name.
  • Monster Movies - The episode also parodies several classic monster movies, including the ones based on the books mentioned above.
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror - At the start of the episode Phineas says that it is a scary episode, introducing this episode in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. This is also near-identical to the presentation before the first four Treehouse of Horror episodes, including the dialogue.
  • Teen Titans - The sound that the platypus monster makes is very similar to Plasmus, a monster villain from the series. This is because both are voiced by the same voice actor, Dee Bradley Baker.
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  • Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" - One of the monsters bears a striking resemblance to Jack Skellington in his scarecrow costume from the opening of the movie.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show - The spelling of this show's title (Phineas-n-Ferbenstein) may be a reference to the character Dr. Frank-N-Furter from the play and movie, created by Richard O'Brien, Lawrence's voice actor.
  • The Andrews Sisters - The singers that appear during "He's Eviler" are reminiscent of the famous close harmony group.
  • Young Frankenstein - The start with the text in green and the castle is parody to the start of this movie. Also, Candace's dress is similar to one of the characters of the movie.. Dr. Phineastein is a parody of Dr. Frankenstein and Ferbgor is a parody of Igor.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle - The castle seen at the beginning bears resemblance to Disneyland's icon, Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Oil on Candace

  • Title: The title alludes to the description of an oil painting, "oil on canvas."
  • The Unpainted Desert is most likely a reference to the Painted Desert in Arizona.[1]

Out of Toon

  • The title is a play on the term "out of tune".
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II Kings 2:24 - And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

  • The Bible - During the intro to "Pinhead Pierre", the children laughing at him are suddenly attacked by bears. This is in reference to a much-ridiculed passage of the bible, II Kings 2:23-24, where a similar fate befalls the children who ridicule the prophet Elisha's baldness.
  • Hinduism - Team Improbable's Hanuman Man is named after the hanuman, which is one of the most popular concepts of servants of God in Hinduism and one of the most important personalities in the Indian epic, the Ramayana.
  • Sally Field - Candace's line, "They like me. They really like me," is borrowed from a misquote of Field's 1984 Academy Awards acceptance speech.
  • Macarena - This song by Los Del Rio was a one-hit wonder popular in 1996 and early 1997.
  • Computer Animation - Candace's line "I thought that cartoons were done by computer" is a reference to the computer animation boom of the past 20 years. Even much of the two-dimensional animation done today is aided by computers.
  • Japanese animation, or Anime - The style of Phineas and Ferb's cartoon has elements that can be commonly seen in Anime.
  • Sailor Moon - Candace's supervillain character "Control Freak" looks very similar to Queen Beryl. The Rainbow's intro also resembles Sailor Moon's transformations.
  • Rock & Rule - Phineas's superhero character Multiman has a similar facial look to the film's character Omar.
  • The Little Mermaid - When Doofenshmirtz performs the macerena and when the television leads the conga line away from the backyard, the music played is to the tune of "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.
  • The Impossibles - "Captain Implausible" and "Team Improbable" may be allusions to the name. Also, "The Impossibles" has a character named Multi Man, who has almost exactly the same powers as the one from Team Improbable.
  • Bedknobs And Broomsticks - When Doofenshmirtz shows his dancing clothes and shoes, it may be a reference to the movie when the clothes, armor, and shoes start to come alive and dance.
  • Zippy the Pinhead - Pinhead Pierre bears a strong resemblance to the title character of this comic strip.
  • Teen Beat magazine - Evil Beat magazine is a play on the famous teen title.
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman - Doofenshmirtz's line "Quiet you!" to the dryer repairman is the classic phrase coined by this cartoon series.
  • Leroy & Stitch - The background music heard when Doofenshmirtz's suit dances itself, and when he and Perry are dancing, is to the same melody as the song that Stitch, Lilo and Reuben sing to shut down the Leroy clones.
  • Batman - When Phineas described Ferb's superhero: "And Ferb will have a utility belt, and uses lots of crazy gadgets!" It is a direct reference to Batman, as he has a utility belt, and uses lots of gadgets.

Hail Doofania!

  • Batman - Doofenshmirtz uses an umbrella to fight Perry the Platypus on the rooftop similar to Batman villain Penguin.
  • Marx Brothers - In the 1933 movie "Duck Soup", Groucho Marx is the president of Freedonia including the national anthem "Hail, Hail, Freedonia, land of the brave and free"
  • Futurama - In the episode "Bend Her", Bender makes up a fake country called Robonia in order to compete in the Olympics. Having won five gold medals, a national anthem he also makes up plays for him. The national anthem is called "Hail Robonia!" and has some similar qualities to Doofenshmirtz's song. Ironically in Spain Bender and Doofenshmirtz are both dubbed by Abraham Aguilar.
  • Superman - Doofenshmirtz refers to Doofania as his very own fortress of evil-tude, referencing the Man of Steel's Fortress of Solitude.
  • Micronations - small territories claiming to be independent countries, but seldom recognized officially.
  • Titanic: The way the city sinks is very similar to the way the famous ship sank

Out to Launch

  • The title resembles the saying, "out to lunch."
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"Just like beggar's canyon back home."

  • Star Wars - Several references from the movie series are referenced here:
    • "Just like beggar's canyon back home," is an exact line from Star Wars: A New Hope referring to the treacherous journey along the Death Star trench.
    • The giant hand machine Doofenshmirtz uses is possibly a reference to the Death Star in A New Hope.
    • Perry being frozen in the ice cube tray is similar to Han Solo being frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back. Perry is even in the very same pose Han was.
    • Phineas, Ferb and Candace being chased through the asteroid field is similar to when Han Solo and Chewbacca flew through the asteroid field being chased by TIE fighters in The Empire Strikes Back. Their spaceship even makes a swing around an asteroid similar to what the Millennium Falcon did.
    • The scene where Perry is being pulled into Doof's ship by a tractor beam is similar to part of the opening scene of A New Hope, including the camera angle.
    • The astronaut that is trying to park his space shuttle closely resembles Jango Fett from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.
    • The general atmosphere of the Shooting Star Milkshake Bar before the boys fix it up might be a reference to the cantina in Episode IV.
  • The rocket building montage contains real-world footage of American efforts to build successful rockets during the early years of the space race in the 1960s. It is likely that the writers had Phineas and Ferb fail several times as a homage to all the hard work these scientists did to fulfill President Kennedy's dream.
  • During Phineas and Ferb's second attempt, they dug a shallow trench, wearing military uniforms, possibly referencing how previous wars were fought.
  • The dramatic, vapor filled walk Phineas and Ferb take while boarding the rocket mimics that of several films including The Right Stuff, Armageddon and Apollo 13.
  • Armageddon, 2001: A Space Odyssey or the Tintin comic, "Explorers on the Moon," may also be the influence behind the orange space suits. Space shuttle suits have been orange since 1988, so it seems reasonable that Phineas and Ferb would follow that model when constructing theirs, or maybe that's just what the delivery guy dropped off.
  • Star Trek - "It's the final frontier, baby," the line at the very end in the song, is a reference to the famous "Space: The Final Frontier" said at the beginning of every Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Isabella's "Sensors are indicating..." is also a phrase commonly used in every Star Trek series.
  • Phineas comments on Ferb's ability to maximize interior space, a subtle poke at the larger-on-the-inside TARDIS used in Doctor Who. Thomas Sangster, the voice of Ferb, has made an appearance on this series.
    • The quote could also be a reference to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Big Goodbye," when Captain Picard remarks, "The Holodeck makes excellent use of a finite space."
  • The rabbit Dr. Doofenshmirtz makes on the moon might be a reference to the "Moon Rabbit".
  • When Candace enters Jeremy's house in the radioactive-suit like space suit, it's a reference to when Marty wears a similar suit to convince his father to ask his mother out in Back to the Future. Candace uses the same raspy voice, too.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The milk shake bar is probably a reference to Miliways from The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the second book in the Misnamed Trilogy.
  • Some of the aliens are drawn in the style of DePatie-Freleng, best known for the Pink Panther cartoons.
  • The Last Legion - Candace slides down the ladder of one of the rockets in a similar manner as Romulus (played by Thomas Sangster, the voice of Ferb).
  • Cocktail - Phineas and Ferb's turn behind the milkshake bar resembles a similar scene between Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown in the movie.
  • Alan Shepard, astronaut - Phineas's line, "Let's light this candle," is from The Right Stuff. In real life, Shepard, strapped into the Mercury capsule, was exasperated at the delays in launching him as the first American into space, so he said, "Why don't you fix your little problem and light this candle."
  • The part where Phineas, Ferb, and Candace enter a bright light is similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Apollo XIII mission - When Phineas says, "Danville, we have a problem," it is a allusion to the memorable phrase uttered by Commander James Lovell, "Houston, we've had a problem." Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert seems to have mentioned the problem moments before.
  • Bud Light Beer commercials - I love you, man comes from a long series of commercials where the manly approach was actually a ploy to get a beer from the man.
  • Airplane II: The Sequel - Phineas and Ferb jump-started their rocket from the car, in Airplane II they did the same thing with the Mayflower 1.
  • Cirque du Freak - Huge Hands Hans has a similar name to Hans Hands, a minor character in the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan.
  • Gundam Series/DaimosDr. Doofenshmirtz space station looks similar to MSN-02 Zeong of the popular Gundam series. His Robot is also programmed to mimic its Pilot's Movements in a similar to The Gundam Series, Gundam G and the Titular Robot in Daimos.
  • Total Recall: Doofenshmirtz's out-of-air scene resembles to one of the movie

Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!

  • Full Metal Jacket - The Dream Sergeant may be a parody of Sgt. Hartman.
  • "Stray Cat Strut" - The music and tempo of the lyrics in "Chains on Me" is in the style of "Stray Cat Strut" by The Stray Cats. (Link to a live performance by Brian Setzer: [2].)
    • Alternately, the song's lyrics and style could be a reference to songs such as "Sixteen Tons" as sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford. The oppressive atmosphere of the school (and the song) are reminiscent of the oppressiveness of the coal mines mentioned in "Sixteen Tons".
  • Cool Hand Luke - The line "Drink of water boss?" as well as the punishment boxes come from the movie Cool Hand Luke.
  • A Clockwork Orange - Baljeet's line about the book being better is a reference to A Clockwork Orange. The book and the movie include a famous aversion therapy sequence, which is the type of treatment all three boys are undergoing at the time. (Coincidentally, the lead actor of the movie adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell, is the voice actor of Phineas and Ferb's Grandpa Reg.)
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - The episode has some striking similarities to Avatar: The Last Airbender; the reform school building resembles the earth king's palace, the brainwashing is similar to the Dai Li's way of brainwashing, and the sergeant's character is similar to Long Feng, the leader of the Dai Li. Also, Clancy Brown voiced Long Feng.
  • The Lion King - When Phineas and Ferb regain their imaginations, the scene were they stand on the cliff and receive direct lighting from above could be a reference to the Disney film The Lion King.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - The Flying Car of the Future, Today is possibly a reference to the title vehicle in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as it is an automobile that is able to develop wings and fly. Coincidentally, Lawrence Fletcher's voice actor, Richard O'Brien, portrayed The Childcatcher in the original stage adaptation of CCBB.
  • The character Morty Williams may be a combination reference to talk show hosts Morton Downey, Jr. and Montel Williams. Morty Williams is voiced by another talk show host, Geraldo Rivera.
  • Jaws - The Sergeant said "I'm gonna need a bigger yard" is a direct reference to the line "You're gonna need a bigger boat." from Jaws.
  • Holes - Smile Away takes a nod from Camp Greenlake from the book and and its movie adaptation.
  • Space Needle - When the camera zooms out of the tower for "The Flying Car of the Future-Today!", it looks like the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.
  • The Blues Brothers - The O.W.C.A. agents are making the same "hut, hut, hut" noises as the S.W.A.T. teams did in The Blues Brothers.
  • Back to the Future - When we first see Candace and Jeremy flying in the The Flying Car of the Future-Today, the music we hear is possibly a nod to the famous movie Back to the Future, which features a flying DeLorean as a time machine.
  • Pikmin 2 - The robot spider Perry and Doofenshmirtz are fighting on resembles the final boss of this game known as the Titan Dweevil. It crawls out of the ground in the same way and looks similar to it.
  • Westworld - "The Flying Car of the Future-Today" is similar to the beginning of Westworld. (The Vacation of the Future-Today!)
  • Evel Knievel - Candace water-ski jumps over some London double-decker buses. In 1975 at London's Wembley Stadium, Robert "Evel" Knievel jumped his motorcycle over thirteen red single-decker buses at Wembley Stadium. Most people know that Knievel crashed heavily but do not know that the buses he jumped were not the classic double-decker style.
  • The Simpsons - This episode's title is a parody of The Simpsons episode, "Krusty Gets Busted". This episode is also similar to "The Secret War of Lisa Simpson", where Phineas and Ferb attending the Smile Away Reform School for building things without permission is similar to Bart and Lisa Simpson attending Military School for Bart's bad behavior.
  • Escape from Alcatraz - The Smile Away Reform School is similar to Alcatraz. Also Candace and Jeremy trying to rescue Phineas and Ferb is a reference to Frank Morris escaping Alcatraz while using a crafted head in his prison cell bed.
  • Dallas - The scene where Candace wakes up and realizes that busting her brothers and trying to bust them out was all a dream is a reference to Pam Ewing waking up and discovering that her husband Bobby being killed was all just a dream. Perry also had the same reference.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - The Sergent's voice sounds like Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob Squarepants as both were voiced by Clancy Brown.
  • Family Guy - This episode's title, along with Candace Gets Busted, are similar to the titles of Family Guy episodes "Stewie Kills Lois" and "Lois Kills Stewie" Both of which are "what if" episodes, featuring a character finally doing something that he/she has been intending to do for a long time, but ultimately failing at. Both this episode and Lois Kills Stewie ended up being fake, with Family Guy having it all being a simulation, and Phineas and Ferb having it all be a dream. As of Candace Gets Busted, that episode title alludes to Lois Kills Stewie, wherein both episodes are basically the same thing happening, only the reverse, with Stewie getting killed by Lois and Candace getting busted.

Unfair Science Fair

Volcano Science Fair Judges

Doofenshmirtz apparently lost to Pinocchio.

  • The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody - (Refer to Background Information)
  • Meet the Robinsons - When Doofenshmirtz and Perry are waiting in line, the music resembles a similar scene at the science fair.
  • Pinocchio - One of the kids in Doofenshmirtz's flashback bears an uncanny resemblance to the title character.
  • Stargate - The Portal to Mars looks a lot like the Stargate.
  • Spider-Man - The girl who wins the blue ribbon has four metal arms attached to her back similar to Doctor Octopus, one of Spider-Man's enemies.
  • Batman - At the beginning, the boys think of flying with bat wings like the DC comic book superhero.
  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior - Brenda Song's character name, Wendy, may refer to the title character she played in Warrior.
  • King of the Hill - When Phineas, Ferb and Baljeet are building the portal to Mars, they are carrying a large pole with Baljeet just hanging from the pole instead of helping them carry it. This directly mirrors a scene in the episode Old Glory where Hank, Dale and Bill are carrying a pole and Dale is the one goofing off.
  • PRISE - During the song Baliwood, one of Baljeet's forefathers is seen in a portrait holding a piece of paper that says "1st A+ Prise" instead of "1st A+ Prize". This is most likely a spelling mistake or it could be referring to Harvard's PRISE program (Program for Research in Science and Engineering).
  • Plants vs. Zombies - In the regristation, one teenager seems to be holding a Chomper.

Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)

  • One of the statues the martians made looks like the Statue of Liberty.
  • When the Martians rebuild the Rover, they shout "Yensid" which is Disney spelled backwards. The Martians also say "Erimnevop," which is Povenmire spelled backwards. When Ferb speaks Martian "Meht tuohtiw ton tub enif yas yeht" He is just saying his line "They say fine but not without them" back masked. It is possible Martian language is backwards.
  • The destroyed Candace face on Mars' surface looks like the Red Face, a well-known landmark on the planet's surface.
  • The owner of Taco Teepee is disparagingly called "Cooks with Grease" by the manager of Mr. Slushy Dawg, a reference to the character "Dances with Wolves" from the movie of the same name.
  • The title is a reference to Apocalypse Now Redux, an extended version of Apocalypse Now with extra footage.
  • This episode is similar to The Lion King 1 and 1/2 because the concept of the same story told in this episode originated from the above film.

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