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Allusions (references) to other popular culture made on Phineas and Ferb during Season 3.

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The Great Indoors

  • The Great Outdoors - Title reference
  • The Little Mermaid - The part of Candace and Jeremy's ride down the river where the raft is enclosed with weeping willows branches that look like hearts along with dancing fishes and turtles resembles the scene during which "Kiss the Girl" is played.
    • Ashley Tisdale, who provides Candace's voice, recorded a cover of that tune for the movie's special edition DVD release, in 2006.
  • Doofenshmirtz sings the line Raininator in the style of the musical Singin' in the Rain, including similar background music.
  • The Biosphere is extremely similar to the golfball-shaped Spaceship Earth, the signature attraction at Walt Disney World's Epcot.
  • Back to the Future - When the gang went down via the hang-gliders, the background music sounded similar to the main theme from the Back to the Future movies. This is the third time this background music was used. ("Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!", "Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!)"
  • Phineas and Ferb - The show made an allusion to itself as Doofenshmirtz describes his Spanish soap opera as having "three simultaneous story lines that interconnect". Exactly the same dramatic concept are the producers of "Phineas and Ferb" using for their show. He also says that one of the main characters is going to tell his girlfriend the why he likes her so much. This is based on Jeremy telling Candace the same concept in the same episode.
  • Mary Poppins - Mary Poppins floats on the wind with an umbrella in the books and movie, just as Candace and Jeremy do in this episode.
  • The line "Can we cook, or can't we?" upon seeing the entire outdoor world created inside an enclosed area matches the line "Can I cook, or can't I?" said by Dr. Carol Marcus under similar circumstances to Admiral Kirk in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  • America's Funniest Home Videos - Perry slipping off his chair is similar to a video in which a man is seen slipping off the deck of his pool into his pool.
  • Baudelaire and Nietzsche - Jeremy mentions this poet and philosopher, and, in some ways, Jeremy shares a bit of opinions with Nietzsche in the fact that both defend a fair relaxed posture.
  • ESPN - The camera shows soccer at the end.
  • Lawrence of Arabia - Ferb's desert gear resembles that worn by English Army officer T. E. Lawrence as he lead a variety of Arabian tribes during World War I. Lawrence claimed that the garb was owned by Emir Faisal, intended to be worn at a wedding, but as no wedding was imminent, Lawrence was allowed to wear it.
  • French Foreign Legion - The Fireside Girls wear white kepi hats with neck curtains. This style of hat is traditionally associated with the Legion.
  • The storks in the jungle scene looks like the storks from the song "Look Out for Mister Stork" from Dumbo.


  • The Fly - The idea of a two people or objects being fused into one could've been inspired by many old sci-fi/horror films, such as '"The Fly".
  • Sisters - The manner of which Jeremy and Candace are fused together (as opposed to all of the Combine-inator's other targets, which seem to bond completely), seems to allude to the expression, "attached at the hip."
  • The Simpsons - Jeremy was sleeping in a manner as Homer Simpson with a beer and a donut in the couch.
  • Weekend at Bernie's - Candace walking around with a sleeping Jeremy and hiding him could be inspired by this movie.
  • Combining names like this is a common way to refer to romantic pairings in a fandom, such as this very wiki.
  • Catch-22 -In the Joseph Heller novel, a critically wounded soldier repeats the phrase "So cold. So cold", as he lies dying in Capt. Yossarian's arms.

Run, Candace, Run

  • Run Lola Run - The title of the episode parodies the 1998 film. The song is also patterned after "Wish", which accompanies each of her runs in the movie.
  • Forrest Gump - The title could also be a spin on a famous line from the 1994 movie: "Run, Forrest, run!"
  • Discovery Channel - The Uncovery Channel is a spoof of the Discovery Channel.
  • New York Library - The lion statues outside the library are like the ones in front of the New York library on 5th & 42nd.
  • George of the Jungle - At the end of the song "Run Candace Run", Candace runs into a tree (after the last line of the song "Watch out for that tree!")
  • Eadweard Muybridge - The motion-study photographs comparing Ferb and a cheetah are based on Muybridge's famous photo series made to establish whether all four of a horse's hooves left the ground at once.
  • The Flash - Phineas's speed shoes are based on The Flash from DC comics.
  • Poltergeist - One of Doofenshmirtz's attempts to ward off potential buyers of his apartment is telling one it was built on an Indian burial ground. This was the main cause of the hauntings of the house in this 1982 film.

Last Train to Bustville

  • The title parodies the 1966 Monkees single Last Train to Clarksville.
  • Pinky and the Brain - The sound the Dodo makes is very similar to the "Narf" sound that Pinky makes.
  • The Little Engine That Could - Candace saying "I knew we could, I knew we could, I knew we could!" after climbing the hill is a clear reference to this popular children's book. Oddly enough, there was a 2011 film of the book released just 12 days later, which had Alyson Stoner, Isabella's voice actor, voice the engine.
  • Around the World in Eighty Days - In this classic book by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg, in his determination to reach Europe from America on his travels around the world, burns all but the hull of the ship they are on when they run out of fuel, like Candace does with the train. Grandpa's mentioning of the most famous balloon race in history can also be attributed to the beginning of the book.
  • Go West (1940 film) - This film, starring the Marx Brothers, also featured a train being demolished into fuel to feed the engine, which was probably inspired from the Verne book.
  • Green Acres - The conversation between Lawrence and Grandpa Clyde is reminiscent of those involving Hank Kimball, the count agent from this 1960s television show, who often began sentences and left the listener hanging, as Lawrence does talking about the saying in the antique business.
  • The Great Mouse Detective - During the flight Buford quotes he and Baljeet must lighten the load and throws off Baljeet similar to when the film's villain Ratigan throws off his sidekick Fidget after he quotes they must lighten the load.
  • Pike's Peak - Gearhart Summit has some similarities to Colorado's Pike's Peak: both have a steep grade that leads to a step offering a magnificent view. Both have gift stores at the summit. Both have railroads to the summit (even though the Pike's Peak track is cogged, and there is also an automobile road to the top).
  • Godzilla - Doofenshmirtz's thought on what the Dodo-birds looks like is similar to Rodan using Godzilla's Atomic Breath.
  • Pokémon - When Perry drops in at Dr. Doofenshmirtz's place the ballon Perry came from is very similar to Team Rocket's Meowth balloon.

Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - At one point Irving, as well as Candace, is heard humming Also Sprach Zarathustra, a symphonic poem made famous by this film.
  • Happy Birthday to You - Phineas's alarm clock plays the traditional birthday song Happy Birthday to You, though the background music heard at the same time is a soundalike. (Although the lyrics to the song are still protected under copyright, the music itself is in the public domain.)
  • Howl - The beat poem Isabella is seen reciting parodies Howl by Allen Ginsberg.
  • The Honeymooners - The Sewer Repairman pays tribute to the Ed Norton character on the classic Jackie Gleason series, The Honeymooners. Norton, portrayed by Art Carney, nearly always wore the same outfit—White T-Shirt, Unbuttoned Vest, and Pork-pie Hat. Norton worked for the New York City Sewer Department.
  • Picasso - During a clip, Candace appears on Pablo Picasso's "Guernica".
  • Phineas states, "All roads lead to home," whereas the famous saying is, "All roads lead to Rome".
  • The Birds - Birds attacking Candace are probably an allusion to Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds.
  • The Naked Gun/Police Squad - The Perry and Doofenshmirtz close shootout scene that seems very far away is similar to ones used in the movies and TV Show.

The Belly of the Beast

  • Moby Dick - The main parody of the episode. Candace's scream "From Danville Harbor I stab at thee; for the sake of busting I spit my last spit at thee!" parodies the famous "From Hell's heart I stab at thee; for the sake of hate I spit my last breath at thee!" from the classic novel. (Candace has spit on the plunger so it will stick to the shark better.) Also, the name of Captain Squint's ship is the Pea-quad. In the novel, the ship is the Pequod.
  • Jaws - Phineas says "We're gonna need a bigger shark", and Stacy says, "We're going to need a bigger captain", both parodies of the famous line "You're gonna need a bigger boat." The whole catching process of the shark is also from Jaws, only with rubber ducks instead of barrels, and even the boat resembles the Orca from the film. And finally, the shark leaps out of the water and lands on the boat, thereby swallowing the captain, similar to how the shark from Jaws kills Quint. Also, the commercial has the theme of Jaws.
  • Lassie - Among the list of infractions committed by the shark, one is "Tossing Timmy down the well." This is the stereotypical problem associated with the show, although it never actually happened.
  • Donald Duck - Candace and Stacy's outfits include caps that appear to be the same as fellow Disney star, Donald Duck. Their outfits are also similar to the blue sailor suit worn by Donald Duck.
  • Sea-Fever - a poem by John Masefield has the line "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..." Candace says, "All I need is a metal shark and a mom to bust her by."
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - The tune heard when Phineas notices that the sailor on the boat should drive them out to the sea, is similar to the one used as the theme song of the Pirates movies (the song "He's a Pirate"). This tune was also featured in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Hide and Seek".
  • H.M.S. Pinafore: Major Monogram is dressed as one of the characters of the play.

Moon Farm

  • The Jolly Green Giant - When Doofenshmirtz is painted green, he closely resembles this General Mills mascot.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls - The poem was found near the dead sea, a possible reference to the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of Hebrew writings found near the Dead Sea.
  • Apollo 13 Mission- The song about the ice cream starts with the line "Houston we have a situation!"; an obvious parody of the line by astronaut John Swigert saying "Houston we've had a problem!" after the near disastrous explosion of the spaceship's fuel cells on an April 1970 mission to the moon.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - Phineas eats his ice cream the way Sandy eats her Krabby Patty in "Karate Choppers".
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - During the song, the various lights flashing by Isabella is a reference to the famous "Psychedelic" scene from this movie.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog - Nine different colored scoops float around Baljeet, similar to how the Seven Chaos Emeralds float around Sonic.
  • The Simpsons - Stacy's crazy math for baking the food could be an allusion to a Simpsons episode in which Marge made the same for cooking her meatloaf in 24 minutes.
  • George of The Jungle (1997) - When Baljeet argues (breaks the fourth wall) with the male singer (Disembodied Reggae Space Voice) while floating in space, it is similar to when the two "henchmen" argue with the narrator while taking Ape out of the jungle.
  • "The Cat and the Fiddle" - An alternative name for the rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle". The most commonly used modern version goes:
Hey diddle diddle
The Cat and the fiddle
The Cow jumped over the moon
The little Dog laughed to see such sport
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon
  • Apollo XVII mission - The view of Earth as seen from the Moon appears to be the iconic image taken by the Apollo XVII crew in 1972 on their way to the final lunar mission.
  • Rocket Man - Doofenshmirtz's neighbor with the plants calls him "Rocket Man". This could be an allusion to this famous song by Elton John.
  • Caddyshack - The "So what? So let's dance!" line is parodied.
  • Dragon Ball Z - Stacy says to cook the meal at 9000 degrees for 5 min.. This could be a reference to the "ITS OVER 9000!" line from the famous anime.

Ask a Foolish Question

  • The title refers to a common phrase/adage, "Ask a foolish (or stupid) question, get a foolish answer."
  • Jeopardy! - The music that plays while Phineas and Ferb wonder what to do for their mom parodies the theme from the game show.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Phineas and Ferb's supercomputer speaks with a voice that sounds very similar to the HAL-9000 computer from the film.
  • I, Robot - The supercomputer's declaration, "My logic is infallible," was exactly what the antagonist supercomputer declared in the 2004 film.

Misperceived Monotreme

  • Jeff "Swampy" Marsh - When Doofenshmirtz hits the brick wall, Monogram calls it the "Marsh Maneuver". This is a reference to his voice actor, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh.
  • Disneyland's Haunted Mansion - When Baljeet walks past the second last mirror in the Hall of Mirrors, he sees a monster-like version of himself. When he comes back, he is only stretched out, as the mirror normally would show him. This is the same in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride, only there are no fun house mirrors.
  • Looney Tunes - Doofenshmirtz running into the brick wall is most likely a reference to cartoons like the Looney Tunes which is known to feature stuff like that.
  • Shangri La The song Doofenshmirtz sings, Shangri-La, the name of the song might be a parody of "In Shangri-La" by The Rutles [1] (a Beatles Parody created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes).[2]
  • Apollo XVII mission - During the song Funhouse a view of Earth is shown. This is the famous shot taken by the Apollo astronauts during the final mission to the Moon in 1972.
  • Syfy's House of Imagination - Candace and Jeremy discover everyone exploring the Fun House in the song  Funhouse similar to Syfy's House of Imagination.
  • Futurama - Doofenshmirtz's "Singapore Crab" fighting stance resembles one that's often taken by the crustacean Doctor Zoidberg.
  • Hollywood - The truck that delivers the parts for the funhouse is from Foley Freight. In film and television, Foley refers to the process of creating sound effects in post-production. Appropriately enough, after the truck arrives we hear the sound effect of all the funhouse parts spilling out of it.

Candace Disconnected

  • Girl, Interrupted - The title may be a play on the 1999 hit.
  • Monsters, Inc. - When Candace is watching her cellphone being destroyed, she reacts in a similar way that Sully does when he thinks Boo is in the garbage compactor—a scene that, in turn, was inspired from a Warner Bros. cartoon-short, Feed the Kitty.
  • When Norm's prototype head remarks that Easter Island is where "a head can be a head", it makes a reference to the Chuck E. Cheese's catchphrase, "Where a kid can be a kid".
  • Apollo XVII mission - As Candace is transported from Easter Island, she is seen receding from Earth. The view of Earth is that taken by the Apollo XVII crew in 1972 on their way to the final lunar mission.
  • Blackberry Mobile Phones- Candace's phone closely resembles the BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone.
  • The Incredibles- when Candace is running across the water it's similar as Dash does in the movie

Magic Carpet Ride

  • Aladdin - Phineas and Ferb build a magic carpet. Another reference is when Phineas helps lift Isabella up. Also, the song and episode title reference the Aladdin themed magic carpet ride at various Disney theme parks. Even moreso, when Candace and Stacy are near the fish market, the man's yell of "Hey all, catch it now, fresh fish! Fresh fish!" is similar to the scene where Jasmine walks down the bazaar and a fish seller there yells the same thing from the 1992 film.
  • Steppenwolf - The title of the episode shares the name of a song from the band Steppenwolf.
  • Titanic - Ferb asks who would also like to be king of the world while standing on the front of the carpet with his arms outstretched. This is a reference to the iconic "King of the World" scene from this film.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place - Magic carpets of this show are also run on machine parts.
  • The Odyssey - The book Doofenshmirtz is holding while laying in bed in the flashback.
  • Pinocchio - Candace says "Fate is kind", which is one of the lyrics of "When You Wish Upon a Star".

Bad Hair Day

  • Rifleman's Creed - Mrs. Johnson reads from the manual for the tranquilizer dart rifle: "There are many like it, but this one is yours," a play on the opening line of the Rifleman's Creed of the United States Marine Corps.
    • This is also an apparent reference to the film Full Metal Jacket in which Marine recruits chant said Creed.
  • Futurama - The professor in the endangered animals meeting is called Professor Herbert Farnsworth Weatherman Jones, giving a resemblance to Futurama's mad scientist, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. Farnsworth may refer to Hubert's ancestor, Philo T. Farnsworth, in real life, one of the inventors of television.
  • King Kong - Both Candace and Doofenshmirtz being on top of the museum is similar to King Kong.
  • The Lord of The Rings - Mrs. Johnson says: "I see you!" when she sees Candace in the dome in a similar way to Sauron when Frodo wears the One Ring for the first time.
  • Myron of Eleutherae - Phineas knows the name of the ancient Greek sculptor, famous for Discobolus, the discus thrower.
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Dr. Doofenshmirtz plays an organ before talking to Perry, similar to Ganondorf before the first battle.
  • Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - The animal control guy says, "Tomato, potahto", which is a parody of the lyrics of the classic Gershwin song.
  • Blackadder the Third - Mrs. Johnson has to consult the tranquilizer dart's instruction manual before she can use it. In the final episode of Blackadder the Third Edmund Blackadder has to consult the instruction manual for a cannon before fighting a duel with it. Both manuals begin with the phrase "Thank you for purchasing the [make and model number]."

Meatloaf Surprise

  • Jamie Oliver is based on the real Jamie Oliver who promotes healthy eating. He hosted a show titled Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution where he goes around the country to schools, and changes the lunches to a healthier choice.
  • Tiny Cowboy seems to be an allusion to the British band Oasis and their song Meatloaf is parody of Wonderwall.
  • Chowder - During the song, Tiny Cowboy's clothes have patterns that move as they do, like people's clothes in Chowder.
  • The Archie Show - The psychedelic backgrounds, silhouette shots of the band, and the girls' dance moves during Meatloaf look strikingly like those from The Archies musical numbers.
  • Angry Birds - The bird Doofenshmirtz has looks a little like a cross between the red and yellow birds from Angry Birds.
  • The first line of the refrain to the Tiny Cowboy's song, Meatloaf - "so you think you know Meatloaf?" is a reference to an actual Meatloaf tribute competition that was held in Grossglockner, Austria.
  • Blendtec viral commercials - Perry may have been inspired by the Will it blend? videos when he throws Doofenshmirtz's -inator into a propitiously placed blender.

Phineas and Ferb Interrupted

  • Heartbreaker - When Doofenshmirtz said 'Perry the Heartbreaker' it's similar to the songs Break your Heart and Heartbreaker.
  • Girl, Interrupted - The title parodies the 1999 drama film and 1993 book. In fact, an early working title for this episode was Boys Interrupted.
  • Armor Hot Dogs - Blueprints sounds similar to the Armor Hot Dogs jingle.
  • Apollo 13 - When Candace says, "Houston, we have a problem," it is copies the memorable phrase supposedly uttered by Jack Swigert during the Apollo 13 mission.
  • Winnie the Pooh - In the Disney Classic, Pooh and Piglet get tossed up on a blanket like when they did the same to Phineas and Ferb with the blueprints.
  • This is Spinal Tap - Baljeet asks if the little marks on the drawing are feet or inches. He produces a tiny contraption that Candace steps on. In the same way, band member Ian Faith confuses the inch and foot marks when he draws the Stonehenge triptych [sic] and ends up with an eighteen-inch tall stage monument.
  • The Thing with Two Heads - Baljeet is inside Buford's shirt and he looks like the Thing with Two Heads, also Baljeet says "look the Thing with Two Heads".
  • Uncle Sam & The Statue of Liberty - Dr. Doofenshmirtz was dressed as Uncle Sam and Perry was dressed as the Statue of Liberty while Blueprints is being sung.

A Real Boy

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio - Becoming a real boy is a theme popularized through the story of Pinocchio, specifically the Disney movie.
  • Three's Company - Doofenshmirtz rambles about this situation being like a sitcom in which a misheard remark causes hilarious misunderstandings and situations. This was a stock plot of Three's Company, the eighties sitcom starring John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.
  • Boyz II Men - There is an another poster beside Candace's James Braid poster with a band called Mimez 2 Men.
  • The Alamo - Doofenshmirtz made his Forget About It-Inator to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo Mission, where the Mexican army decimated a small force of Texians (later Texans) who had captured the mission and tried to defend it. The Texians' subsequent battle cry, "Remember the Alamo!" is still used today and would be a formidable challenge to the Forget-about-it-inator. The 170th anniversary would have been in 2006.
  • Little Orphan Annie - The phrase "Leaping Lizards" was popularized by Annie as her catchphrase.

Mommy Can You Hear Me?

  • The title parodies The Who song Tommy, Can You Hear Me?
  • The Simpsons - The episode is a little parody of "Bart of Darkness", where Bart breaks his leg while trying to jump to swimming pool.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - The transition from a bone tossed in the air to a space station, the use of The Blue Danube as background music, the wormhole sequence, the white-lettered, black background title card, and the entire ending scene are all nods to the 1968 Stanley Kubrick sci-fi film.
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  • Van Gogh - One of the backgrounds of Candace's room is Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night."
  • Rear Window - Candace's invalidism and one-way communication with the outside world resemble that of James Stewart's wheelchair-bound character, "Jeff" Jeffries, in the famous Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Candace watches in horror as Stacy's mission goes astray just as Jeff watches helplessly as Lisa (Grace Kelly) wanders into trouble.
  • Asteroids - The "Asteroid Warning" sign on the space station features an asteroid which resembles those from the 1980 Atari video game.
  • The Grudge - Candace crawling down the stairs is similar to Kayako in the film as she crawls down the stairs.
  • Henry Bessemer - Doofenshmirtz throws bagels "as hard as Bessemer Steel," referring to the 1855 process that allowed inexpensive production of steel directly from molten pig iron.
  • Yentl - The title may also parody the song "Poppa, Can You Hear Me?" from "Yentl".

Road Trip

  • Convoy - The culture of truck drivers and CB radio was a popular icon in pop culture in the mid-1970s, perhaps most popularized by the 1975 novelty single Convoy by "C.W. McCall" (Bill Fries).
  • Teddy Bear - *A song on the 8-track had the lyrics "...and one little orphan boy looked up at me with tears in his eyes said, 'Mr. trucker man, you done saved Christmas.'" This is similar in style to the 1976 Red Sovine song Teddy Bear in which a trucker, via CB radio, befriends a paraplegic boy whose trucker father had recently died.
  • Garfield - Perry attaches himself to the window of Doofenshmirtz's truck with suction cups, mimicking the popular "Stuck on You" Garfield suction-cup plush dolls.
  • Wait 'til Your Father Gets Home - In an episode of "Wait 'till Your Father Gets Home", it was a running gag that the refrigerator door would open and spill the food every time the RV took a left turn, similar to how Candace described it at the beginning of the episode.
  • MACK - Dr. Doofenshmirtz comments on how the hood ornament on his truck is a little dog. A bulldog is the hood ornament for most MACK trucks.
  • "Rabbit Hood" - The scene, right down to the musical sting that plays when Candace looks down at herself in an apron and yells, "Oh, what am I doing!?", is reminiscent of the exact moment the Sheriff of Nottingham realizes that Bugs Bunny duped him. In both cases it takes quite a while before the victim of the joke catches on.
  • An Extremely Goofy Movie - The RV driving through a corn field may be a reference to the 2000 movie when Max, PJ, and Bobby's RV was doing that.
  • Wages of Fear - Doofenshmirtz driving a truck full of highly volatile explosive liquid across a long distance is very similar to the movie Wages of Fear, in which men must deliver trucks carrying nitroglycerin a long distance so that it can be used to put out burning oil wells.
  • The Brady Bunch - When Candace is taking an order from a customer and asks if he wants hash browns or fruit, he orders hash browns. Instead, she tells him that he is having fruit. This could be a reference to the Brady Bunch (One fruit cup, two fruit cups)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark - The scene where Perry climbs on the roof of Doofenshmirtz's truck and then swings down and kicks him, punches him in the shoulder, and then throws him though the windshield is almost exactly like events of the truck chase scene in the Indiana Jones movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark." A soundalike version of the "Radiers' March" is heard in the background.
  • Speed - Perry is hanging onto the undercarriage of the RV and looking at the rear tires
  • League Of Legends - Doofenshmirtz's trucker name is "Misfortune" but Lawrence apparently mistakes it as "Miss Fortune" referring to the Champion of the popular MOBA game League of Legends.

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

  • The title is probably a parody of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
  • Duck Soup - The mirror scene is parodied with the two Doofs.
  • The Bible - Alt-Doofenshmirtz is disappointed that no one laughs at his wordplay and comments that it is like "pearls before swine." Jesus uses the term in Matthew 7:6.
  • The Terminator - Ferb (2nd Dimension) and Platyborg's outfits look like a parody of the Terminator's.
    • In the Greek dub of the movie, the song "Robot Riot" is called "Είμαι ο εξολοθρευτης", which literally means "I'm your Terminator".
  • During Brand New Best Friend, Doofenshmirtz and his alternate self are seen as a number of famous duos, including John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles, the Blues Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Laverne and Shirley, Lucy and Ethel from the "Job Switching" episode of I Love Lucy, Ralph and Norton from The Honeymooners, Laurel and Hardy in The Music Box, Phineas and Ferb, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
  • Star Trek - Doofenshmirtz's goatee is a parody of TOS: "Mirror, Mirror" where the Spock from a parallel universe has a beard.
  • The Odyssey - At the start of the Movie, Ferb is seen with this book opened.
  • The Lion King - During "Everything's Better with Perry", Phineas takes Perry in a similar way that Rafiki takes Simba at the start of the movie.
  • King Kong - One of the giant Tree-house Robots are on the top of a building and pounding its wooden chest, although this was only seen in the deleted Robot Riot scene.
  • Star Wars Episode IV - When Jeremy (2nd Dimension) comes to rescue Candace (2nd Dimension), she is posed the same way Princess Leia was when she was captured in the Death Star. Also, Jeremy says "I'm Jeremy Johnson, I'm here to rescue you," similar to how Luke says "I'm Luke Skywalker, I'm here to rescue you" when he breaks into Leia's cell.
  • Red Dawn - When Baljeet asks where the bottom half of the beak suit is, Irving can be seen wearing it on top of a pile of defeated Norm-bots yelling "Wolverines" which is the name of the resistance group in Red Dawn fighting the Soviet and Cuban soldiers.
  • The Wizard of Oz - Alt. Doofenshmirtz releases his Norm-bots in the same way as the Wicked Witch of the West releases her flying monkeys. Earlier, he says, "I've got you and your little friends, too," echoing the famous, "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"
  • Final Destination - When Platyborg got hit by the Bus, the scene was similar to the infamous Bus scene in Final Destination. The only difference is the victim remained alive. (Platyborg was later seen on a Taxi windshield which implies the bus threw him onto the Taxi.)
  • The Jeffersons - Phineas mentions moving "on up to the east side to your deluxe apartment in the sky" during his conversation with Dr. D after crashing into his Inator. These are the famous lyrics from the theme song to the long-running sit-com starring Sherman Hemsley (co-written by Jeff Barry, father of Phineas and Ferb writer and Across the 2nd Dimension co-writer Jon Colton Barry).
  • Q*bert - One of the dimensions the boys traveled through to return to their own featured the play field from the 1982 video game.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - At the end as the group is gathered at OWCA headquarters, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is restrained on a dolly in a straightjacket and anti-bite mask, same as Hannibal Lecter was.
  • Jackie Chan - When fighting the Platyborg, Perry socks him then shakes his hand in pain—a signature move of Jackie Chan.
  • Jane Fonda - In Perry's mug shot he is showing the Black Power salute similar to Jane Fonda's mug shot.
  • Vince Vaughn - The actor in That Darn Fiancé looks a lot like Vince Vaughn.
  • Jackson 5 - It is possible that Everything's Better with Perry was inspired by the Jackson 5 song I Want You Back.
  • Monopoly - Alt. Phineas and Ferb were playing a game called, "Doofopoly", a parody of Monopoly.
  • Søren Kierkegaard - Buford properly invokes the nineteenth century Danish philosopher with some help from a Victory Gum trading card.
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Buford tries to trade off his Victory Gum card honoring the great Russian novelist.
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970 TV special) - When Dr. Doofenshmirtz gives Alt. Doof his Choo-Choo train and Alt Doofenshmirtz says a similar line to the one when Kris Kringle gives the Winter Warlock a train in the 1970 TV special.
  • The Great Escape - Alt-Candace bounces a baseball against the wall of the Jailbreak, just like in the movie.
  • Race to Witch Mountain - When the computer at Perry's lair asked the boys to insert the key. Ferb took out a whistle similar to the one Seth used to open the spaceship.
  • Georgia O'Keeffe - When the Norm Bot falls to the ground and the skull lands on his head, he says, "Get me - I'm a Georgia O'Keefe painting." This is likely a reference to Georgia O'Keefe (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, November 15th of 1887 - March, 6th 1986) and her 1931 painting, Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue.
  • Family Matters - Baljeet plays a Polka song with accordion in a same way that Steve Urkel does in "Family Matters".
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog - In the background on a dog food advertisement, a puppy can be seen, it is a bit similar to Clifford when he is a puppy. It can be seen behind the Robot Dog just before the Robot riot begins.
  • South Park - When Alt. Doofenshmirtz talks with the puppet it is very similar to how Mr. Garrison talks when voicing Mr Hat.
  • The Simpsons - When Monogram mentions that cannot be called between 3:30 and 4 could be an allusion to "The Simpsons Tree House of Horror V" in which Willie mentioned that his brain can't be read between 4 and 5 because this hour was private.
  • Xiaolin Showdown - 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz named his robot Normbots, possibly thought by Jack Spicer naming his robots Jackbots.
  • Hawaii Five-O - As 2nd Dimension Doofenshmirtz enters back into the 2nd Dimension, Major Monogram says "Book 'em ladies!", similar to "Book 'em Danno!"
  • Herbie The Love Bug - When Ferb is jumping onto the platypult after Robot Riot, one of the cars behind him a classic Volkswagen Bug, the same model as Herbie the Love Bug.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - The mine cart scene closely resembles the scene from the film.
  • Doctor Who - When the robots come out of the portal it is similar to the Daleks coming out of the portal in Doomsday where they also came from another dimension. It is also similar how they traveled through the streets afterwards.
  • AC/DC - The tones of voice in the song "Robot Riot" used by Danny are the same used by the band in their song "Shoot to Thrill" and "Back in Black" including the cry at the end of the song.
  • Garfield - The line "'Cause your momma was a blender" in the song Robot Riot is similar to a quote from this comic strip.
  • Pulp Fiction - During "Kick It Up A Notch" Doofenshmirtz refers to "going to get Medieval" which refers to a line made famous by Marcellus in the movie.
  • TV Tropes - Several tropes from this web site are name dropped including Everything's Better with Platypi, Eviler Than Thou, and Plausible Deniability.

Tour de Ferb

  • Tour de France - The title of the episode is related to the Tour de France bike race that takes place during the summer.
  • Muppet Treasure Island - Buford referred to the lake as the big round wet thing, similar to how Fozzie referred to the deep blue sea as the "Big blue wet thing" during the Sailing for Adventure number.
  • Swiss Family Robinson - The tiger pit is a reference to the Disney film where the little boy makes a pit and captures a tiger and at the end the pirates fall in the pit like Baljeet's ancestor in the bike race.
  • E.T. - When the kids ride their bikes over the chasm, for a split second, it references the bike flying scene from E.T.
  • The Jungle Book - The tiger has a similar appearance to that of Shere Kahn, the main antagonist of the story. Shere Kahn also had a pattern of attacking people in the book.

Skiddley Whiffers

  • The game Skiddley Whiffers may be named after the Danish game Bezzerwizzer. Besides the similarity of the name, Bezzerwizzer involves tactics and out-of-sequence moves around the board.
  • Monopoly - The game pieces used for the game Skiddley Whiffers are an allusion to the ones used Monopoly which include a racecar, a shoe, and a hat.
  • The name Whiff-O, the company that makes Skiddley Whiffers, bears a strong resemblance to Wham-O, the real-life company which makes such classic toys as the Frisbee and Hula Hoop.
  • The animation for the Skiddley Whiffers commercial looks strikingly like the fake commercials on the Ren and Stimpy show.
  • Candace jumps around in a giant shoe, similar to Kuribo's shoe found in World 5-3 of Super Mario Bros 3.
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats commercials - Vanessa turning into a little girl mid-sentence is like the cereal commercials where the adult liked the wheat, but "the kid in me" liked the frosting.
  • Mouse Trap - The game board is very similar to that of the game Mouse Trap.

My Fair Goalie

  • My Fair Lady - The title, as well as the concept of a woman becoming "proper," are taken from the famous Broadway musical which is based on the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion. Candace's role is similar to that of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney girl who Professor Higgins tries to "improve." Coincidentally, here the Higgins role is played by a girl named Eliza.
  • Big Fat Greek Wedding - Lawrence introduces Ferb's cousins to Phineas with everyone of them being called "Beckham" or having a Bechkam in their full name, just as in the movie when Gus introduces their relatives as everybody being named Nick except for one who is named Nicky.
  • Rhetorical - Doofenshmirtz's If-A-Tree-Fell-in-the-Forest-Inator plays on a famous rhetorical question: "If a tree fell in the forest and no one was around to hear it, would it still make a sound?", which also parodies the boys' expression at the start of "Tree to Get Ready." (It's true that a falling tree produces a sound wave, but it could be argued that a sound wave is not an actual sound unless somebody hears it.)
  • Soccer - The name of Ferb's cousins are Beckham (British) and Pelé (Brazilian), the name of the two soccer players.
  • The Sex Pistols - Eliza's punk rock song about being ladylike sounds much like this legendary punk rock band; specifically, her vocal style resembles John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon.
  • The Blue Danube - This famous composition by Johann Strauss II plays when Doofenshmirtz rides around on his If-A-Tree-Fell-In-The-Forest-Inator.
  • Beauty and the Beast - During the Lady Song, Eliza and Candace are seen eating soup at a table, and the scene is very much like the scene where Belle teaches the Beast manners in the Disney classic.
  • Persecution for Having a Palindromic Name - Since Ross Eforp was active in the fifties, this may be a reference to blacklisting (which applied in the USA but not in Great Britain): in the early 1950s, many people in film and theater were suspected of being Communists, and on the mere suspicion were forced to go into some kind of hiding. One Hollywood writer, Dalton Trumbo, had to write under pseudonyms for years, and some performers, like Zero Mostel, were unable to work for many years because no studio would hire them.



A Crab hand?

  • The Muppets - The arches and format used during the musical number is similar to "The Muppet Show Theme" from The Muppet Show and the movie The Muppets.
  • Lawrence's line, "Today Danville, tomorrow the world!", is a play on Adolf Hitler's famous quote, "Today Germany, tomorrow the world!"
  • Ectrodactyly - During the song, when they point to Dr. Diminutive there seems to be a crab hand among the hands pointing at Dr. Diminutive. This is a fairly well researched genetic anomaly called ectrodactyly, in which only the pinky and thumb are developed.
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon - Rodney's swimsuit looks quite similar to the titular creature from this iconic monster film.
  • Futurama - The crab hand could possibly be Dr. Zoidberg's hand from Futurama.
  • The Big Bang Theory - During the song, there is an evil scientist resembling Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show - One of the evil scientists has a green shirt with a triangle on it, similar to the lab coat worn by Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror. Richard O'Brien, creator and star (Riff Raff) of Rocky Horror, voices Lawrence; and Tim Curry (who played Frank-N-Furter on stage and screen) provided voices for two other P&F episodes, "A Hard Day's Knight" and "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets".
  • Kim Possible - The whole idea of a pleasant-natured, slightly goofy character being turned evil, and being good at it, due to the malfunction of a weapon at a villains' convention is very similar to the plot in the Kim Possible episode "Bad Boy".

That's the Spirit

  • Halloween - When the group enters the house, the background music sounds very similar to the main theme of this movie.
  • Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters - The devices used by the kids to investigate the house closely resemble the PKE Meters used by the Ghostbusters.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - The Pumpkin-headed ghost resembles Jack Skellington's scarecrow costume at the beginning of the movie.
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - Doofenshmirtz uses a mind transmitter on a cow and turns into a were-cow, similar to Wallace using one on rabbits and turning into the Were-Rabbit. Also in the Book of Monsters, the page before Were-Rabbit is Were-Cow
  • An American Tail - When the woman says there are no monsters in America, it resembles the thought of no cats in America.
  • Ozzy Osborne - One of the zombies in the Russell's underground river has the appearance of a zombie Ozzy.
  • Hidden Mickey - When Ferb shows off his ghost hunting gear there is a speaker type device that looks like Mickey Mouse's head.
  • Haunted Mansion - The haunted House resembles the one in the Disney parks.
  • Vincent Price - Waylon's voice is similar to Vincent Price's, an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice in a series of horror films made in his career. He also is the narrator in Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

The Curse of Candace

  • Twilight - The vampire movie, Early Evening, parodies the popular supernatural romance franchise Twilight. The actors who voice the characters in the movie play or have played similar roles to their casting in the Twilight spoof: Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin play a vampire and his lover respectively on True Blood (and are married in real life), while Michael J. Fox played a werewolf in the original Teen Wolf movie. It is also noted that one of the characters was called Kristin. In Twilight the woman that plays the lead, Bella is Kristen (Stewart).
  • Phineas and Ferb Theme - When Phineas and Ferb first appear, Phineas says to Ferb "I know what you mean Ferb, it does seem like more than 104 days".
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Lawrence laments the lack of rock-and-roll musical numbers in the horror film he's watching, referencing the 1975 cult classic inspired by the similarly named musical. Richard O'Brien, who voices Lawrence, wrote Rocky Horror and played Riff Raff in both the stage and film versions.
  • The Three Stooges - When Candace gets attacked by the bat and she drops to the floor and screams "get it off me", she spins around on the floor running like Curly from The Three Stooges (a scene also parodied by Homer in The Simpsons episode "Last Exit to Springfield").
  • Jumper - When Candace is getting attacked by the bat, there are some posters in the background one of them is for "Leap". Which parodies the title and cover art of the film "Jumper".
  • Australia - When Candace is getting attacked by the bat, there are some posters in the background. One of them announce a movie named "New Zealand", which parodies the title and cover art of the film "Australia".
  • The Big Bang Theory - Candace knocks the door in the same way as Sheldon Cooper does, knocking and saying the name of the person who is inside.

Escape from Phineas Tower

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - The sentient tower is inspired by the HAL 9000.
  • Star Wars - One of the traps is nearly identical to the trash compactor scene in A New Hope, right down to using a pole to stop it. Also, the alien ships at the end look similar to Imperial Star Destroyers.
  • The Great Escape - Phineas and Ferb are shown using small carts to squeeze through a small tunnel. This method is used in the movie as the means of escape. The boys are also shown bouncing a ball against the wall of a cell to pass time, which was also seen in Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension.
  • The scenes in which Phineas and Ferb are tied to railroad tracks and a log about to be sawed parody popular concepts of the stereotypical damsel in distress as popularized by the cliffhanger melodramas of the early 20th century.
  • Indiana Jones - When Phineas and Ferb were trying to escape a hall with walls that have holes that shoot darts out of them. This is similar to a scene in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Race To Witch Mountain - The scene where Phineas and Ferb where falling down the bottomless pit trap is similar to a scene in the 2009 movie.
  • Nostradamus - The name of history's greatest prognosticator is invoked.
  • 20th Century Boys - The eye symbol Buford draws on the note on Candace's face looks a lot like the logo of the cult leader "friend" (Tomodachi), the main antagonist of the manga 20th Century Boys.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The alien army being blocked by the tower's wall may be a reference to the first book in the series, where two alien armies attempt to attack Earth only for their tiny size to get them swallowed by a dog.

Lotsa Latkes

  • The Greatest Generation - One of the seniors refers to being a part of "the Greatest Generation", a term coined by Tom Brokaw in his book of the same name for the generation who participated fighting during World War II.
  • Gremlins - The potatoes destroying the town is a parody of Gremlins, a 1984 film about mischievous creatures destroying things.
  • 300 - Doofenshmirtz is seen wearing the same war costume as the general in the movie.
  • Family Guy -Buford and Baljeet's song "Frenemies" may be a reference to Brian and Stewie's song "You and I Are So Awfully Different" from the episode "Road To Europe" which Dan Povenmire directed.
  • Blazing Saddles  -the final scene in which the Broadway number is interrupted by the army is a parody of a scene of this movie, including the suits that Baljeet and Buford were wearing.
  • Common sayings - Doofenshmirtz parodies the old proverb, "Never look a gift horse in the mouth" as "Don't look a gift horde in the mouth." The line in its more conventional form was used earlier by Phineas in "Don't Even Blink" and is parodied again in "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" with a mention of tantauns and their oral cavities.
  • Play With Me Sesame-Buford's sock puppet Mr. Sock has the same name as Ernie's sock puppet that he used to convince Bert to play Perfect Pair.

Ferb Latin

  • Pig Latin - The name of the episode and language is a parody of Pig Latin, which is almost the same as Ferb Latin. You take all the letters before the first vowel and say "ay". If a word starts with a vowel, you add "way" to the end.
  • Home Alone - Major Monogram is seen screaming in pain after putting on aftershave. This could be a reference to the iconic scene from the 1990 Christmas comedy film, when Kevin McAllister does the same thing.
  • My Fair Lady - Phineas says to Isabella "By jove I think she's got it" when Isabella demonstrates her ability to speak a new language. This is a quote from the musical My Fair Lady, when Eliza demonstrates her ability to speak a new dialect and accent.
  • Fringe - The Sensory Deprivation Tank may be a reference to the sci-fi television show Fringe, in which several characters have been known to use the tank as a plot device, most notably in the series' first season. It's also been noted that Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension is similar to Fringe in that both feature a similar-yet-different parallel universe as a major plot device.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar - The way Norm dispenses of loose change through his mouth is similar to how Rico regurgitates loose change in an episode.
  • Frindle - Just like in the 1996 children's book where a boy creates a made up word that becomes a sweeping sensation.
  • The Godfather - Doofenshmirtz's line "Take the dollar, leave the platypus" echoes the iconic line "Take the gun, leave the cannoli" from the 1972 film.

A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas

  • Christmas Specials - This episode appears to parody the concept of the Christmas variety special, a once-common concept for Christmas specials at the time which featured performances and appearances by celebrity guests and musicians.
  • Annoying Orange - Baljeet and Buford seen as icicles on the snow roof is similar to the characters from Annoying Orange.
  • The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy - One of Isabella's relatives (can be seen behind Ferb) is wearing a shirt with the number 42 on it, a reference to The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy.

Tri-Stone Area

  • The Flintstones - Isabelock having a bone in her hair is most likely a reference to Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone, as they both have bones in their hair. All human characters walk around barefoot, much like most characters from The Flintstones. The Tri-Stone Area is also a parody of Bedrock. It also parodies the vehicle of the Flintstones.
  • Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur - The Tri-Stone Area is similar to the 1939 public domain Daffy Duck cartoon.
  • Quest for Fire - This 1981 film featured cavemen talking in their own language.
  • Caddyshack - Carl Spackler in Caddyshack claims to have golfed with the Dalai Lama. He says the Lama told him "Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga" which sounds very similar to how Caveman Monogram talks.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - This episode is quite similar in structure and theme to the episode Ugh, which includes real-life segments and presents the caveman counterparts of the regular characters, caveman language and the discovery of fire. SpongeBob was SpongeGar, Patrick was Patar, and Squidward was Squog.
  • Tuukka Rask - The word tuka comes from the name of NHL hockey goaltender, Tuukka Rask, from the Boston Bruins.
  • A Christmas Story - In the photo-animation sequences with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire, the leg lamp won by Ralphie's father is seen on top of a cabinet to the left.
  • Decorative Nutcrackers - A nutcracker dressed as a Mariachi player can be seen in the photo-animation sequences on top of a shelf.

Doof Dynasty

  • Duck Dynasty - The episode's name is a reference to the popular TV show.
  • The Great Khans - Doofenshmirtz's alternate name "Doofus Khan" and his character could be an allusion at the most successful Mongolian ruler Genghis Khan, or to his grandson Kublai Khan, who established the Yuan Dynasty in China.
  • Way of the Dragon - The Way of the Platypus is similarly named to the movie produced, directed, and starring Hong Kong's famous martial artist Bruce Lee.
  • The Karate Kid - The moment with Buford and the sponge could be an allusion to the 1984 movie. The "crane" move the kids use on Doofus Khan is also from it. The song itself is a parody of "You're the Best".
  • The Empire Strikes Back - When the song "The Way of the Platypus" is played, a Yoda like character uses The Force to lift a heavy object, just like in the movie.
  • Rocky - The sequences during "The Way of the Platypus" are similar with many Rocky movies, specially scenes where Rocky trains to become stronger. Also the ending of The Way of the Platypus is similar to the ending of Rocky III.
  • Platoon - The part where Baljeet throws his arms in the air during "The Way of the Platypus" is a reference to the famous scene in this movie, where Elias fell to his knees with arms in the air. This in turn was based off a famous Vietnam War picture.
  • Mulan - The song "The Way of the Platypus" may be an allusion to the song "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from the Disney film, where Shang teaches an army of men to be true soldiers.
  • Super Sentai/Power Rangers - At the end of the episode, Doofus Khan is fighting in a gigantic mecha dragon and the gang are fighting in a giant terracotta soldier. This could be an allusion to Power Rangers and the show's season two when the Megazord fights against Lord Zedd's Serpentera.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! - The door to Doofus Khan's Penthouse Dungeon looks similar to the back of the trading cards as seen in the anime.
  • Godzilla - Doofus Khan's mecha dragon uses Godzilla's roar when it heads to the castle. The whole fight between the mecha dragon and terracotta warrior is similar to fights in Godzilla movies. This is why Regent Monogram says "They would love this over in Japan" because Godzilla is from Japan, China's neighboring country.
  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure - When Doofus Khan says "I know I am, but what are you?", this turns out to be a spoonerism of a phrase Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) said in the 1985 movie.


  • Arthurian legend
    • Candavere is play-on the name Guinevere.
    • Ferbalot is a pun on Lancelot.
    • Excaliferb is a parody of Excalibur, the sword the Lady of the Lake gave King Arthur.
  • Hercules - The naga version of Ferb bears a striking resemblance of Panic, one of the two imps who serve Hades.
  • America Online - Malifischmirtz' mirror says, "Thou hast mail." This is a reference to an internet service provider called America Online. After logging connecting to the internet, America Online would tell you about new e-mails by playing an audio file of someone saying, "You've got mail."
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Candavere's line, "What flaxen homespun have we swaggering here?" is based on the line, "What hempen homespuns have we swaggering here, so near the cradle of our fairy queen?" (Act III, scene 1) spoken by Puck in this Shakespearean comedy.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring - "The Prancing Platypus" is a play on the name "The Prancing Pony" which was the name of the Tavern/Inn in Bree.
    • Also when the group is at the tavern, they notice a shady figure, who was one of Millifishmertz's spies, just like Aragorn notices one of Sauron's spies in Bree's tavern.
    • Buford's character looks very similar to Gimli in The Lord of the Rings movie, and Baljeet's character is similar to the elf Legolas.
      • Ironically, Gimli and Legolas never traveled together prior to The Fellowship of the Ring.
    • Ferbalot is seen on a Griffon, similar to Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film.
    • Malifishmertz's Evil "Incorporated" is referred to as Mount Doof, a reference to Mount Doom in Mordor in The Lord of the Rings.
    • Malifishmertz has a "shepherd spy" similar to Bill Ferny
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail - When they attempt to cross Professor Poofenplotz bridge, she requires them to answer three questions, just as in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where King Arthur and his knights have to cross the Bridge of Death, where each Knight is forced to answer three questions by the bridge-keeper before they can cross the Gorge of Eternal Peril. The use of a Spam-like can also be considered a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as it's referenced in the song sung during the Camelot scene. "We eat ham and jam and spam a lot!" In turn, Spamalot is the name of the stage musical adaptation of said movie. The Lady of the Lake is also a character from Spamalot.
  • Sleeping Beauty - Malifishmertz's name and attires was based on the villain of the story, Maleficent.
  • Godzilla - When the final battle is about to start, one of the monsters roars like Godzilla.
  • The Princess Bride - A fantasy story is read to a sick person in bed. At the end of the episode, Monogram asks Carl if he can read the story to him again tomorrow. This is very similar to The Princess Bride ending, although Carl ruins the moment between him and Monogram.
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple - Isabella's extremely detailed directions for the quest is similar to Olmec's directions from the Nickelodeon game show. Coincidentally, Dee Bradley Baker was the voice of Olmec.
  • Jabberwocky - Ferb refers to his sword as a "vorpal blade" referring to the vorpal sword mentioned in this famous poem.
  • Rapunzel - When Parable (Perry) reaches the top of the tower to obtain his mission, he does so by climbing up Major Monogram's very long mustache - an allusion to fairy tale Rapunzel where her long and magical hair is one of the many ways to get up and down her tower. Also, Major Monogram's character's name was Monopunzel, similar to rapunzel. 
  • Stonehenge - When Malifishmertz's stone meat minions fall down the hill, they form a structure similar to Stonehenge.
  • SPAM - The canned meat resembles the well-known canned meat product both in packaging and shape/color.
  • Gargoyles - A green gargoyle resembling Goliath with a beard is one of the monsters that carries Phineas and Ferb to the final battle.
  • Cinderella - Linderella is a play-on of the name Cinderella.
  • The Legend of Zelda- Isabel the water sprite is similar to Navi, Tatl and Ciela from the Legend of Zelda games.
  • Mr. Bean - When Major Monogram gets mad that his fantasy character does not appear in the story again, he grunts a bit like Mr. Bean. He also has a teddy bear like Mr. Bean's "Teddy".
  • The NeverEnding Story - The Swamp of Spit-Poor Attitude is a possible allusion to the Deadly Swamps of Sadness; whereas in The NeverEnding Story, you sink in the swamp if your attitude is depressing or negative in general.
  • Robin Hood: Men In Tights - Baljeet discovers that the river below the Bridge of Comprehension is not very deep and can be crossed on foot. In the film, the character Atchoo points out the same thing about the creek below the bridge.
  • Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs - Phineas and Ferb's house is in the style of the Dwarfs' cottage in the movie.
  • Adventures in Odyssey - At one point Phineas and Ferbalot "Goode the goose on the way out." and the goose is named Gertrude. In Adventures in Odyssey Wooton has a pet duck named Gertrude.
  • Quest for Camelot - This episode is very similar to the 1998 Warner Bros animated movie, in which that Phineas, Ferbalot, Bufavolous, Baljeetolas and Isabel on a quest searching for Excaliferb is very similar to Kayley, Garrett, Devon and Cornwall on a quest finding Excalibur.  Also, Malifishmertz acts very similar to Baron Ruber, and his magic potions and Phineas and Ferb's potions are very similar to Ruber's magic potion to turn normal men into minions, and Malifishmertz going down is very similar to Ruber being destroyed with Excalibur in his hand.  Also the bonfire party is very similar to the ending scene from the film.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Malifishmertz does a take on the "Spanish Inquisition" sketch when he lists all the things he's afraid of.
  • The "shepherd spy" gag goes back at least as far as an episode of The Goon Show, a 1950s BBC Radio series that is often cited as a major influence on the Monty Python team.
  • The Sword in the Stone - Under the sword Excaliferb, there is a sign that says "One yanketh per customer". This is a reference to the attraction in Fantasyland in Disneyland.

Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon

  • Indiana Jones - The style of the episode is based on the Indiana Jones Series, and the title is a reference to the 2nd movie, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The names Ohio, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are references to the fact that Indiana is also the name of a state. Isabella betraying Phineas and Ferb is a reference to how Elsa betrayed Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The clothes Doofenshmirtz wears inside the temple are similar to those of Dr. Belloq from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Also Phineas, Ferb and Vivian all have names that are similar to Indiana Jones (names of places). Perry's entrance with the "back up singers" is very similar to the opening sequence of Temple of Doom. Ohio and Rhode Island are also chased by a giant boulder, as Indy was in Raiders of the Lost Ark. As the temple is crumbling, Doofenshmirtz remarks "Probably my face will melt now, and for what?" which is a reference to the fates of Arnold Toht and Colonel Dietrich at the end of Raiders.
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  • The African Queen - Baljeet's clothing and tough-guy demeanor along with the boat he operates seem to refer to the Humphrey Bogart classic.
  • Pez - The "Fez Dispenser" is a parody of this famous candy dispenser.
  • Jurassic Park - The roar of the abominable snowman sounds like a T-Rex from the movie.
  • King Kong - Doofenshmirtz's idea to take the Corn Colossus to New York to perform on Broadway is what the explorers in the 1933 original and its 2005 remake did with the eponymous giant gorilla.
  • Men in Black - Ohio (Phineas) distracts the Corn Colossus by destroying an ear of corn, much the same way that Agent J attracts the attention of the Bug by destroying a roach in the final battle scene of that movie.
  • Hamlet - "The world holds many mysteries, but what seems strange to one maybe commonplace to another" may have been inspired by Shakespeare's famous, "There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
  • The Separation of Panama from Colombia and Panama Canal - Panama separating from Central America is similar to Panama separating from Colombia in 1903. Also, this episode shows how the Panama Canal is being created.
  • Gravity Falls - The head in the fez dispenser, it is a look-alike of Grunkle Stan, the owner of the "Mystery Shack" in that show

Monster from the Id

  • Forbidden Planet - The title alludes to the science-fiction movie Forbidden Planet (1956), in which a scientist stranded on an alien planet where the dominant race has mysteriously died off awakens a creature formed from his own long-suppressed dark desires and fears, the Monster from the Id. The Disney studio animated the briefly-glimpsed creature.
  • Inception - The main plot of the episode alludes to the movie Inception, where people enter another's subconsciousness. The music during many of the scenes referring to this activity is also allusive to this movie, relying heavily on electric guitar noodling and underlying orchestral strings adding the lower notes and chords.
  • Coraline - During the song when Candace is pulled in to the mirror is similar to the scene in the book and movie when the other mother traps Coraline in a mirror.
  • Freudian Psychology- There are several references to different psychological theories, but most prominent is that of Sigmund Freud. They mention Freud during the song and the monster from the title, Candace's ID is one of Freud's most famous contributions to psychological theory.
  • Jurassic Park (film)- At the end the id sounds like a T-Rex from Jurassic Park.
  • Riddle - Candace's fear of the number seven might be a reference to the riddle, "Why was six afraid of seven?" "Because 7 8 9 (seven ate nine)"


  • Circus Maximus - The name of the ant farm, Antimus Maximus, is an allusion of Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue.
  • Mr Bean and Friends - At some point, Doofenshmirtz gets his head stuck in a cooked turkey. This is an allusion to what happens to Mr. Bean in the Christmas episode, and to Joey and Monica from Friends in the episode, The One with All the Thanksgivings. Doofenshmirtz lampshades the allusion by saying, "It can't be the first time someone's got their head stuck in a turkey."
  • Futurama - The rest of the episode plays like the Season 6 episode, A Clockwork Origin.
  • Dragon's Egg - An alien society evolves at high speed because of initially unintended human intervention. At one point, they evolve past the need of a queen.

The Remains of the Platypus

  • Seinfeld - This is the same as the famous reverse Seinfeld episode.
  • The Remains of the Day - The title is a pun on the Academy Award-nominated 1993 drama. Set in 1950s England, the said film is told in a series of flashbacks to WWII, and features a butler (like Perry in this episode) as the main character.
  • Forrest Gump - During "Perry's Hat", as Perry's fedora is drifting around the city in the atmospheric current, Forrest can briefly be seen sitting at a bus stop as an arriving bus pulls into the curb. Also, the song is obviously a reference to the feather scene.
  • Star Tours, Star Tours: the Adventures Continues - "Be the Cheese" is a motion simulator much like these two in Disneyland, Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.
  • When Doofenshmirtz rips off his clothes to expose his underwear, he says that "it's going to get hot in here", referencing a song of the same name by R&B/rapper Nelly.
  • This is Spinal Tap - Doof says the party has been kicked up to eleven.
  • Memento - The back to front nature of the episode, along with the writing on the amnesiac Perry's chest, are both reminiscent of the movie Memento, which is shown in reverse order and features an amnesiac main character with messages tattoo'd all over himself. In addition, Perry the butler is briefly seen shaving Doofenshmirtz's left leg, referencing the note Leonard leaves himself, telling him to shave his left thigh.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3/Super Mario 3D Land - Carl's suit resembles the Tanooki Suit from the Mario series.

Mom's in the House

  • Gigantor - The Perrytronic theme parodies the theme to the '60s anime about a giant robot.
  • The Wizard of Oz - When Perry is trapped in the cage, he closely resembles the flying monkeys.
  • The Addams Family - When Doofenshmirtz makes a duplicate of Perry's arm it lands, and moves in a way similar to that of Thing.
  • Angry Birds - When Dr. Doofenshmirtz throws his duplicate heads, the heads have a similar shape to the yellow birds.

Perry The Actorpus

  • Positive Reinforcement - The psychological-educational term by Skinner is used in this episode.
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous - Perry is forced to take the day off after becoming a celebrity, similar to how the main character of Miss Congeniality, Gracie Hart, is forced into retirement from the FBI after becoming a celebrity.
  • Apple - When Phineas and Ferb show Perry to the Totally Tools executives, they are dressed like the late Steve Jobs.
  • Skype - The way Major Monogram and Doofenshmirtz are chatting on the screen are done like the computer-chatting program.
  • "Vacation" by The Go-Go's - Phineas and Ferb are shown wearing tutus while water-skiing with Perry as The Go-Go's wear in the song's music video; the 1980s new wave style of Let's Spend Half a Day also recalls The Go-Go's.
  • Hetalia - The way Doof says things like "you look so silly with your moustache" may be a reference to the anime Hetalia, in which one episode Romano has a fake moustache that he holds up, so from his perspective it looks like Germany has a moustache. Romano proceeds to tell Germany, "You look so stupid with your big bushy moustache."

Let's Bounce

  • When Phineas first uses the floating trampolines, it resembles the app, Doodle Jump.
  • The title refers to Phineas's occasional use of the line "Let's bounce", meaning to leave one place for another.
  • The title also may be a reference to David Bowie's song, Let's Dance.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - When Candace is floating in the air in the back yard and on the way to answer the door The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss plays as it did during the docking sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Hulk - Doofenshmirtz's Abe Lincoln robot says "Honest Abe Lincoln Smash" similar to Hulk's saying.
  • Back to the Future - Doofenshmirtz dresses up in clothes similar to Marty McFly's (from part one when he sings Johnny B. Goode in 1955) during his song, Lies.
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - The animatronic Lincoln is just like the Disneyland show, and to a lesser extent, it's Walt Disney World counterpart, the Hall of Presidents.
  • When Doofenshmirtz says that the Lincoln robot is "going to John Wilkes my Booth", the line refers to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated the 16th President of the United States at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC in 1865. Later, Doofenshmirtz says "He's going to emancipate my proclamation!", which refers to the Emancipation Proclamation which was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.
  • The way when Isabella is jumping on the trampolines shows that she is dancing around like a prima ballerina.
  • Thompson Twins - Doofenshmirtz's song has the same name as the single, 'Lies.' Also, the speed of the woman walking after the line, "Oh, I thought you said eight" is similar to the speed of the men falling from the ceiling in the music video.
  • Chuck Berry - In Lies, Doofenshmirtz does the Duckwalk, that was popularized by famous rock and roll singer.

Bully Bromance Breakup

  • Peanuts - During the song, an image shows Buford pulling a football away from Baljeet, is a reference to the famous gag in the Peanuts comic strips and TV specials when Lucy does the same to Charlie Brown on several occasions.
  • Sidekick - The scene where Baljeet breaks up with Buford is very similar to Eric dumping Trevor as his best friend.
  • Inspector Gadget - After defeating Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Perry deploys a helicopter out of his hat much like Inspector Gadget's own helicopter hat.

Quietest Day Ever

  • Spider Man - When Candace announces that "My busting sense is tingling", it is similar to Spider-Man's motto "My spider senses are tingling."
  • Seinfeld - When the restaurant puts lobster in Doofenshmirtz's eggs, it's like when George put lobster in the eggs.
  • Bob the Builder- After Doof stops being handsome, one of the guys in the front row looks similar to Bob.
  • Fairest - When Linda said how can Candace throw her voice, it's similar to how Aza has the ability to "throw her voice" in Gail Carson Levine's book.

The Doonkelberry Imperative

  • The disagreements between those who want the goats to move to the left and those who want them to move to the right satirizes the basic opposition of left-right politics. The two sides are depicted with blue signs for the left and red signs for the right, which are colors commonly used to represent the particular sides in the United States: blue for left (Democrats) and red for right (Republicans).
    • The animated Dilbert series did something similar with lefties and righties (i.e., left- and right handed people) in the primitive country of Elbonia.
  • A Wrinkle in Time - The way the world seems to bend when Phineas and Ferb travel via trebuchet is very similar to the way a tesseract is explained in this famous novel.
  • The Big Bang Theory - The title of this episode is done in a similar style to a title of one that show's episodes.
  • Silent Hill - In the opening, where Candace is wearing a pyramid hat on her head, this is a reference to one of the villains in said video game series named Pyramid Head.
  • The car in which Doofenshmirtz does the driving test, resembles the much-derided and much-mocked Zastava Koral, otherwise known as the Yugo. This type of car is also seen in the 2011 Disney/Pixar film Cars 2 and the 2011 Disney Channel Original Movie, Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas!.
  • Inspector Gadget - The self-destructing letter is a reference to the episodes in the series Inspector Gadget, in which Gadget's letter self-destructs after being briefed. They are both, in turn, references to the self-destructing tapes in the original Mission: Impossible TV series.

Meapless in Seattle

  • Sleepless in Seattle - The title is a parody of the 1993 romantic comedy film.
  • The Wheedle on the Needle - The scene when Meap is shown on top of the Space Needle may be a reference to the popular children's book in which the main character, the Wheedle, seeks refuge on top of the Space Needle.
  • Star Wars - The scrolling exposition that starts the episode is from Star Wars. Also, Doofenshmirtz's line "This is some rescue!" is a line said by Princess Leia in Episode IV. In addition, the way Candace throws her phone to close the door onto Mitch mirrors how Luke defeats the Rancor by throwing a bone at the door switch.
  • Battlestar Galactica - The phrase "ragtag group of animators" calls back Commander Adama's narration of "a ragtag fugitive fleet" from the original series. Battlestar Galactica itself was influenced by Star Wars.
  • Burbank, California - The location of the Walt Disney Company headquarters and studio productions.
  • The Blair Witch Project - When Candace records her cell phone message on Mitch's spaceship, she holds the phone close to her face and speaks in a panicked tone in a very similar manner to this movie.
  • Meet Me in St. Louis - The supposed next episode in the "The Chronicles of Meap" saga's name parodies Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis, a song written as a tribute to the 1904 World's Fair exposition, as well as a 1944 musical film and a 1989 Broadway musical.
  • Greek Mythology - The usage of mirrors in this episode is a reference to Perseus battling Medusa by only looking at her reflection in his shield so as to not being affected by her power.
  • Duck Soup (1933) - The "To War" song is similar to the "Fredonia's Going to War" musical sequence from the classic film.
  • John Dalberg-Acton - When Meap mentions that absolute cuteness corrupts absolutely, this is a take on Acton's famous quote which states; "Power tends to corrupt; and absolute power corrupts absolutely".
  • Douglas McArthur - The commander of the army on Meap's home planet closely resembles the World War II commander.
  • Nirvana - The music playing in the background when the gang arrives in Seattle greatly resembles the style of the 90s band: Nirvana, a band who originated in Seattle.

Delivery of Destiny

  • Date With Destiny - The title is a reference to the phrase.
  • Flatiron Building - In the final delivery scene, Paul drives by a brief shot of a building that bears a strong resemblance to the Flatiron Building in New York.

Buford Confidential

  • L. A. Confidential - The title is presumably modeled after this 1997 movie featuring Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe.
  • Bugs Bunny - During "Runnin' from Love (In a Bear Suit)", Buford is seen tunneling through the ground in the same way as Bugs Bunny.
  • Alouette - The French Fireside Girls are heard singing this popular French children's song when they are first seen.
  • Casablanca - The page quote is a reference to a famous line from this movie.
  • Henry the Hexapus or SpongeBob SquarePants - During "Runnin' from Love (In a Bear Suit)", Buford, while falling down the cliff, is seen wearing a six-legged octopus (hexapus) costume. This may be an allusion to Henry the Hexapus, the world's first six-legged octopus, or Squidward, a character from SpongeBob SquarePants who is said to be an octopus (not a squid) with six legs.
  • John Venn, FRS - Doofenshmirtz tries to symbolically link the two parts of his scheme using Venn's famous logical diagram. He has to add a lot of plot details before the two colored circles can intersect.
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The last costume during Buford's falling scene is a whale which smacks the ground hard. In the book, a whale spontaneously springs into existence a few miles above the surface of the legendary planet of Magrathea and contemplates its surroundings as it falls.
  • Home on the Range - After Major Monogram gave Agent P his mission, he was singing "Home on the Range," an American traditional song. It is also the name of the 2004 animated Disney movie.
  • Disney's Toontown Online - After Doofenshmirtz's De-Twist Inator hits the super sprinkler, the sprinkler now looks like the geyser in Chip n' Dales Acorn Acres in the game.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - When Heinz was flashing back to the pretzel factory it looks a lot like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
  • Sahara Hare - Doofenshmirtz adds a lot of doors to his entrance, like Bugs did to a building to trick Yosemite Sam.

The Mom Attractor

  • King Kong - The giant robotic mom climbs Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc. just as the titular giant ape climbs the Empire State Building in the classic 1933 film.
  • Also sprach Zarathustra - The timpani introduction to this piece, strongly associated with the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, plays when the giant tower is revealed on the dark side of the moon.
  • We Are the Champions - The song title of We Are the Moms is a spoof of Queen's song, We Are the Champions.
  • If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) - Doofenshmirtz can not remember where he previously heard The Mallet Song, because the song does not exist; rather, he has unknowingly composed a song in response to If I Had a Hammer, a Folk Music anthem of the American Civil Rights movement, most famously performed by The Weavers, and by Peter, Paul, and Mary.
  • The Simpsons - "Ay Caramba!" is Bart's catchphrase

Cranius Maximus

  • Circus Maximus - The episode title is an allusion of Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Perry's lair entrance is the same as when Lucy enters the wardrobe and into Narnia. Also, Lawrence jokingly says that the closet at his antique shop had a secret land in it with mystical creatures, much like Narnia is.
  • X-Men - Phineas and Ferb's helmet resembles Professor Xavier's helmet in Cerebro.
  • Archie's Weird Mysteries - The whole idea of a character is slightly dumb being turning a real genius, and being good at it, due to a malfuntion cap is very similar to the plot in the Archie's Weird Mysteries episode "Brain of Terror".

Agent Doof

  • The Hard Way - The partnership between Doof & Perry copied from relationships between Nick Lang & John Moss in the movie.
  • The Karate Kid - Monogram tells Carl washing his car will teach him karate, which is what Mr. Miyagi tells Daniel in this film.
  • Happy Hallow Park & Zoo - Danny the Dinosaur is nearly identical to the San Jose children's park/zoo mascot.
  • Discover Card Commercial - The tune of the end of this episode's song  is similar to the tune of the commercial.
  • The Duck Song Viral Video- Doofenshmirtz telling the fellow agents about a duck that asks "Got any grapes? " which is a frequent gag in the song.

Minor Monogram

  • The Empire Strikes Back / Attack of the Clones - Rodrigo approaches Vanessa saying, "Join me, Vanessa, and together we will take over the world. I'll let you get a tattoo! I think boots should come in pairs... like people!" before offering his hand as a gesture of alliance, similar to how Darth Vader and Count Dooku (also both evil apprentices) asked Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, respectively, to join them in overthrowing their masters in evil conquest.
  • Hollywood Squares - When Ferb was modeling the rapid leaf production machine, the music that played in the background sounded similar to the original theme song of the classic game show 'Hollywood Squares'.

What A Croc!

  • Steve Irwin - Steve's famous catchphrase "Crikey!" is also the name of the crocodile celebrity. It also fits in with The Crocodile Hunter, the TV series that was hosted by Steve.
  • Jaws - In this episode when Candace hits Crikey, Irving says "We're going to need another boat," as a reference to the line in the movie "you're going to need a bigger boat". This line was also cribbed twice in "The Belly of the Beast".
  • iPad - The UPAFDS resembles the iPad and has a similar control scheme.
  • Top Gun - The shot of Phineas and Isabella on the jet ski at the beginning of the song is reminiscent of the movie publicity still with Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis on the motorcycle.

Ferb TV

  • Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery - When Baljeet says " I did not go through 6 years of ninja school just to be called Dr. Baljeet. It is Dr. Ninja Baljeet, okay?", this is similar to when Dr. Evil says "Doctor Evil!  I didn't spend six years in evil medical school to be called 'mister'."
  • Dora the Explorer - The show, Ducky Momo, seems to be a parody of this show.
  • Dancing with the Stars - Dancing with the Bears is a spoof title of the dance show.
  • Kitchen Nightmares - Buford's show, Your Cooking Stinks and So Do You, as well as the personality he displays, alludes to Gordon Ramsay, a famous chef known for his harsh methods.
  • Reality Shows - When Guilbaud and Buford talks to the camera like in reality shows.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja/Doctor Who/Ninja Turtles - Baljeet's show has elements from these shows.
  • ALF - That's the Norm, a sitcom about an alien robot, seems to be a parody of this show about a wisecracking, troublesome extraterrestrial visitor whose presence has to be kept a secret from people.
  • Classic sitcoms - That's the Norm is a parody of famous sitcoms, that are known for using laugh tracks and catch phrases.
  • Mad Max, Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior - The people in the semi-truck chasing Baljeet in his "Doctor Ninja" show are a reference to these 1980s Mel Gibson movies.
  • Knight Rider - The "Katt Karr" is a reference to the talking automobile K.I.T.T. The name even references K.A.R.R., the "evil twin" counterpart of K.I.T.T.
  • US Marines - The Fireside Girls commercial, "The few. The relentless. The Fireside Girls." is a reference to the US Marines commercial, with its saying, "The few. The proud. The Marines." .
  • "Who's on First?" routine - The concept of unusual nicknames of sports players is the setup to this famous vaudeville routine, made famous by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
  • The Candymakers - The chocolate harmonica that Dexter Thompson plays is featured in the novel by author Wendy Mass.
  • Happy Days/"Jumping the Shark" - During the opening credits for "Katt Karr", Katt Karr can be seen jumping over a shark tank similar to The Fonz jumping over a shark and coining the phrase for the moment when a show has met its highest point and is now on the decline.
  • S.W.A.T. - Kat Karr's theme song parodies the theme song to this show.
  • U.S.S. Missouri/Pearl Harbor - During the commercial of the Fireside Girls. A scene where the battleship of the Fireside Girls, looks similar to the American Battleship during World War II. And the background looks like the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
  • Amazon Women in the Moon - the idea of the episode is based on the same of that movie (sketches that parody films)

Sleepwalk Surprise

  • Inception - Doofenshmirtz questions his flashback in a fantasy within a dream, the plot of Inception involves dreams within dreams.
  • Pavlov's Dog - Linda mentions having a "Pavlovian go outside" response; this alludes to the Pavlov's Dog experiment.
  • The Simpsons - Candace arguing with her own voice-over is a running gag with Homer.
  • 4 o'clock club - inner doof look's like inner nero from quiche

Sci-Fi Pie Fly

  • Domino's Pizza - The pizzeria's promise of delivery in 37 minutes or less parodies this chain's legendary (and now-defunct) promise of "delivery in less than 30 minutes or your pizza is free." Also, the leaflet Doofenshmirtz was looking at said 'We deliver' often used by Domino's.
  • Rocko's Modern Life - The pizzeria name Rocco's may be a hint toward this cartoon that Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire both worked on.
  • Barney the Dinosaur - When Major Monogram as a puppet sings out the mission for Agent P, the melody of the song comes from the closing theme of the long-time PBS Kids series Barney and Friends, titled "I Love You", on which the melody is based on the nursery rhyme "This Old Man".
  • Voyager Program- The aliens return one of the Voyager space probes from the 1970s. These unmanned probes performed flybys of planets in the outer solar system.
  • Ratatouille - The way Perry is trapped inside Doofenshmirtz's chef's hat might be a reference to how Remy the rat hides inside Linguini's chef hat.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - When Phineas, Ferb and the gang are in their dad's Antique Shop there was a wardrobe as seen in Cranius Maximus but right next to it there is a horn that looks like Susan's emergency horn, and a bow and arrow next to that (also Susan's).
  • Finding Nemo - When Doofenshmirtz says he can call whale it might be a reference to Dory when she says she can speak whale.
  • Spaceballs - Once again, Doofenshmirtz is thwarted by a suck/blow switch ("Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror").

Sipping with the Enemy

  • Sleeping with the Enemy - The episode title parodies the 1991 movie thriller that starred Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin.
  • Romeo and Juliet - Monty and Vanessa's relationship is similar to the one between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, the titular characters of one of Shakespeare's plays.
  • The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show - When Baljeet says "Mind flip", it is taken from part of a lyric from the song "Time Warp", which was written by Richard O'Brien, Lawrence's voice actor. The exact line for the lyric in question is "With a bit of a mind flip..."
  • Phineas and Ferb's look in their magic show, as well as the title, are tributes to illusionist/modern goth magician Criss Angel and his "Mind Freak" shows.

Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets

  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets - The episode spoofs the title of the 2007 Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer film starring Nicholas Cage.
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - When Lawrence has to pick the correct boot scraper, it alludes to the scene in the Indiana Jones film near the end, where he has to pick the correct Holy Grail. Also, after Worthington Dubois chooses a wrong boot scraper, Phineas says "He chose poorly", the same line the Templar says near the end of the film.
  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - When Worthington Dubois becomes a gigantic ghost-like creature, it is similar to what happened in the movie to Belloq. Also, Phineas, Ferb, and Lawrence are seen ducking under cobbling mallets shooting from the walls, similar to darts in the movie. In Raiders of the Last Ark, Indiana Jones says "Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?" Lawrence says, "Cobblers' mallets. Why did it have to be cobblers' mallets?"
  • Aladdin - The cane with the cobra on it closely resembles Jafar's hypnotizing cobra scepter.
  • The Avengers - Phineas says "Team Danville, Assemble" similar to the saying "Avengers Assemble."
  • Jurassic Park - The T-Rex roaring with the banner falling in front of the screen at the end of the movie is similar to the scene near the end of Jurassic Park.
  • Rambo - On the cover of the comic book Agent of O.W.C.A., Major Monogram is dressed like John Rambo.
  • Nick Fury - The comic book Agent of O.W.C.A., is a reference to the Marvel character Nick Fury, who had a comic book called Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., a peacekeeping agency much like the O.W.C.A.
  • Holy Grail - The Boot Scrapers and Sandal Scrapers have similar secrets, runes, rituals, and booby traps to organizations such as the Masons or Templars. The boot scraper itself is nearly as impossible to obtain as the Holy Grail itself.
  • Shepard Fairey's "Hope" - A bar of "presidential bar soap" resembles the famous image of Barack Obama.
  • Hardware Store - The song, Danville Swap Meet may be a reference to the song "Hardware Store" by "Weird Al" Yankovic, which lists items that one can get there.
  • Presidents of the United States - The song, Danville Swapmeet mentions presidential bar soap and features pictures of former presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Regan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush carved on soap and on the boxes.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - The name of one of the rooms in the cave is the "Cavern of Secrets", alluding to the "Chamber of Secrets".


  • FCC Regulations - The "Platypus Fight" has the line "If you're watching at home there's a seven second delay". This is a reference to the Television Delay rule set up by the FCC ever since the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy.
  • The Matrix - Perry and Doofenshmirtz fight like Neo and Agent Smith.
  • Family Guy and Futurama - Doof says "what" in the same way that Chris Griffin says, also mention that he says "wha" like Professor Farnsworth makes.
  • Doctor Who - Phineas says that they "reversed the polarity" on their invention. The Third Doctor was known for reversing the polarity several times during the show.
  • The line "Candace, come on out", by Phineas, it refers to the resurrection of Lazarus in the Bible. Lazarus was been resurrected by Jesus in the tomb, same with Candace, but it is on a life size mold.

Norm Unleashed

  • The title may be an allusion to the racing game NASCAR Unleashed, the Multiplatform 3D platformer Sonic Unleashed, or Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
  • Monopoly - Doofenshmirtz mentions a "Get out of Jury Duty Free" card, like the "Get out of Jail Free" card in the board game.
  • L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. Pudding Revue - The reference to the annual show is likened to annual shows that are put on by Ivy League schools like Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club and the University of Pennsylvania's Mask and Wig Club with all-male casts including dressing up in drag as female characters.
  • Green Lantern - The way Perry uses the nanobots to create various objects and fight Norm is similar to how the characters in this series use their rings to create objects and fight evil.

Where's Perry?

  • The Lion King - When Buford is raising the sun, it reflects the beginning of the movie. Additionally, "On the Savannah" sounds a bit like the song "Circle of Life".
  • Saturday Night Fever - During the song "Highly Unconventional Vehicle", the vehicle does a move made famous in the 1977 disco movie by John Travolta but with its left arm instead of its right.
  • Tron - Doofenshmirtz mentions a Derezz-inator which is a reference to Tron in which the phrase "derez" is used to describe the deresolution of a program.
  • Airplane! - Candace and the blonde girl arriving in Africa in the baggage receiver may be an allusion to a scene in this 1980 comedy, where many people are seen arriving in the bag area in a similar fashion.
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Some of the dance steps that Carl makes on the song are from "High School Musical 3: Senior Year".
  • Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - During the search for Perry, Phineas and the gang reenact the famous Dry-Sand-Pit scene.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - Phineas's verbal fanfare as the gang is about to enter the gorge is the 2001 theme, "Also sprach Zarathustra."
  • Chicago - Doofenshmirtz's dance behind the bars of his cell is similar to the background dancers in "Cell Block Tango."

Where's Perry? (Part Two)

  • Tarzan - Candace swing on the vines and calling to the animals are both similar to those made in the various movie, TV and animated versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan, as well as the yell done by Carol Burnett.
  • M.C. Escher - M.C. Escher is mentioned or alluded to again ("Gaming the System"). He is famous for optical illusions, such as Major Monogram putting sunglasses on only one side of his face.
  • CSI Miami - Monogram says a cool one-liner and puts on his sunglasses just like Lt. Horatio Caine from the series.
  • If Home is Where the Heart is... - Major Monogram quotes this famous poem by reciting the famous lines "home is where the heart is."
  • Aliens - Major Monogram's mournful utterance of the phrase "Game over, man" when it appears that Carl has moved out of range of the Re-Good-Inator recalls Private Hudson using the same line in the film after the drop ship has crashed, and the survivors of the first battle are stranded without hope of a quick rescue.

When Worlds Collide

  • The episode title is a reference to the 1933 science fiction novel, which was made into a movie in 1951.
  • Up - The relationship between Buford and Tristan is very similar to that of Russell and Kevin. Tristan shared a similar appearance to Kevin and even followed Buford around when a candy bar was given to him.
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind - The silhouette of Candace against the light, seen when the planet arrives on their backyard, is similar to a scene from this 1977 alien encounter science fiction film.
  • Super 8 - The moment that Isabella holds Ferb's hand, thinking it's Phineas', is similar to this movie when the young boy and girl hold hands while looking up towards the alien in the sky.
  • Biggest Ball of Twine - This is based on the real biggest ball of twine located in Darwin, Minnesota, made famous by "Weird Al" Yankovic in his song "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota".

What'd I Miss?

  • Shrek - Buford and Baljeet allude to this movie when Buford mentions he has layers prompting Baljeet to respond "Like an onion?" A similar conversation is shared between Shrek and Donkey during the film. This is the 2nd time it has been alluded about onions. ("Picture This")
  • Randy Jackson - The third judge in the debate camp says "You're in it to win it, dog", like Randy usually says in "American Idol". He later jokes on it, by actually talking to a dog.

Road to Danville

  • "Road to.." Movies and Family Guy - The title parodies the long-running series of popular buddy comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (Road to Morocco, Road to Singapore, etc.) Coincidentally, Dan Povenmire directed the first three episodes in a series of Family Guy episodes inspired (and titled) after the series.
  • 127 Hours - Doofenshmirtz says that he got his titanium arm stuck in a boulder which is similar to how Aron Ralston got his arm caught in a boulder and got it amputated.
  • The Iceman Cometh - The name of the play that L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. is performing, The Pizza Man Cometh, is a play on the title.
  • Looney Tunes - The way the desert is illustrated looks like the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons.
  • Gone with the Wind - In a scene of the play one woman uses Scarlett O'Hara's phrase: "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!".

This Is Your Backstory

  • This Is Your Life - The episode title spoofs the television documentary series, originally hosted by Ralph Edwards.
  • The Price is Right - The "Gnome-O-Meter" used in this episode is clearly a spoof of the pricing game "Cliff Hangers" from the iconic game show.
  • Wheel of Fortune - The famous game show is alluded to as there is a hostess named Vanna.


  • The Berlin Wall - Candace requests that her dad "tear down this fence". This is a quote from President Ronald Regan to General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall.  "Hail to the Chief" plays in the background to emphasize the Presidential significance of this spoof. 
  • Space Mountain- The step-brothers big idea could not be seen while Candace was riding it, similar to the rollercoaster in Disney theme parks worldwide (Anaheim, Lake Buena Vista, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong).
  • Revolution - The plot of this episode is similar to the TV Show.


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