Yet another one of Phineas and Ferb's big plans has mysteriously vanished into thin air: Exhibitor Relations Company, which tracks the release dates and box office grosses of the American film industry, has reported that today Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture made a minor change to its theatrical release schedule, dropping the film adaptation of Phineas and Ferb that was previously set for an unspecified 2014 release. This move was also confirmed by Deadline Hollywood.
As disheartening as this circumstance is, I'm not really surprised by it, as not much has been announced on the feature film front ever since it was originally announced and later had its release date moved back (it was originally supposed to have been released last month). As interesting as it would have been to see how Phineas and Ferb would be adapted to the big screen and what they would actually do there, perhaps it's for the best, as the creative team has been hard at work on the series itself and is currently working on next year's Star Wars crossover. That, combined with tonight's Marvel extravaganza, the three other hour-long specials we know are on hand for the coming year, and whatever other surprises the Boys of Perpetual Summer may have up their sleeve will most likely satiate fan desires and more than make up for the absence of a cinematic escapade. One only wonders how Dr. Doofenshmirtz is taking this, though - he more than anyone else probably would have relished the chance to hypnotize movie audiences in more ways than one. (Not that he still doesn't have a chance to - OWCA intel passes on this parting word: "Always inspect your artificial popcorn butter thoroughly before consumption!")