Not so Retro Review: Time Shift time again
It's time once again to look at the episodes that were a part of the Time Shift marathon.
The first half of the pair, "Agent Doof" is not a part of the marathon. As has been Disney's habit of late, this episode was shown separately. A gap of almost four months separated the two episodes and it premiered in the opposite order of how it's paired.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz has an epiphany when his latest Inator doesn't work and decides to give being good a try by going to work for the O.W.C.A. He tries so hard to fit into his new job but winds up alienating several of his coworkers. He also breaks that old rule of "loose lips sink ships" when he comes across a fascinating tidbit about one of the other Agents.
Agent P winds up shepherding him on a mission to rescue the now-endangered Agent and both wind up being captured by Dr. Diminutive. Dr. Diminutive turns out to be a little more straightforward about wrapping up loose ends than Heinz is. At the end of the day, Heinz learns that he actually is better at being evil than good.
While this has been going on, Candace gets a very pointed lesson about how hard it is to take care of babies when Norm gets the Inator working and her brothers are suddenly turned into babies. Despite their decreased age, their Big Ideas are just as big as ever and Candace winds up chasing them everywhere.
It took me a while, but I finally remembered why the song Great to Be a Baby sounded so familiar. It has a bit in common with the song Life of a Hollywood Stuntman from the Burt Reynolds film Hooper, at least in the cadence after the musical interlude.
Now back to our Time Shift episode. "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon" is obviously inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark and its prequel Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. After nearly losing out on a find to Doofenshmirtz, Ohio Flynn and Rhode Island Fletcher wind up in a trading post in Panama, looking for help in locating the namesake temple. Isabella, she of many job titles and business cards, offers her guide services while a series of other adventurers walk by in the background, some experiencing further mishaps.
As they depart, an ice cream foodfight breaks out. Like the song Baby in the other episode, this also reminded me of another great movie. If you haven't seen it, buy or rent The Great Race and watch one of the great pie fights of all time. (Available from Amazon and other retailers.)
For the rest of the episode, there's three jokes involving fezzes, which a certain time-traveler will tell you are cool should you ever be fortunate enough to meet him. And there is also a couple of gags involving finding a much simpler solution to a problem when similar movies would always make it so complex. Oh, and I just realized that Doofenshmirtz did the same thing when he became powerful via the amulet. He cut through the "I'm all powerful" speech and got to the really important part: aspirations to appear on Broadway.
Of the two episodes, I like "Juatchadoon" a bit better. Doofenshmirtz just isn't a team player. He seems to do better when he sticks to what he knows best: dramatic entrances, overly-complicated schemes and emotionally-scarring backstories.