Allusions (references) to other popular culture made on Phineas and Ferb during Season 4.

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For Your Ice Only

  • For Your Eyes Only - The episode title alludes to the title of the 1981 James Bond movie.
  • The Winter's Tale - The song "Hockey Z-9" ends with an enactment of the famous stage direction from the Shakespearean play: "Exit, pursued by a bear".
  • Mad Max - The post-apocalyptic sport could refer to the Thunderdome, as most of the costumes in the movie were made from hockey equipment due to a delivery error.     
  • Cyrano de Bergerac - Stacy tells Candace what to say to Jeremy much the same way Cyrano tells Christian what to say to Roxanne.
  • The Incredible Hulk - When Doofenshmirtz transforms into the Abominable Snowman, his pants stretch and tear. When he returns back to human form, they return back to their original size.  This is common in many of the Hulk's comics and TV shows.
  • Doctor Who - The scarf on the Abominable-Inator resembles the colorful scarf famously worn by Tom Baker as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor (1974-1981).
  • Epic Meal Time - Buford says "I forgot all about Canadian bacon" is similar to Bacon from Epic Meal Time.
  • Sarah Palin - Linda says she always wanted to be a hockey mom, a reference to a phrase coined by this vice presidential candidate.
  • Who Moved My Cheese, Chicken Soup For Soul, The One Minute Manager and War and Peace- The books on Stacy's desk are titled Who Moved My Puck, Hockey Pucks For the Soul, The One Minute Hockey Player and Hockey and Peace, which are all plays on the titles of these books.
  • Atari - The video game controller in the box of things from the 80's resembles an Atari joystick controller.

Happy New Year!

Phineas and Ferb dancing the Gangnam Style Fireside Girls Gangnam
The famous dance video is parodied.
  • Gangnam Style - During the song and montage, Phineas and Ferb are shown imitating the viral music video by Korean singer, Psy. Phineas was dressed up as Psy and Ferb was dressed up as Yoo Jae-Suk, the man in the yellow suit from the video. Also, in the very next shot, Isabella and the Fireside Girls do the dance.
  • Auld Lang Syne - Auld Lang Syne, mentioned by Ferb as literally meaning "old long ago", is a Scottish poem written in 1788 by Robert Burns. It's generally sung to celebrate the beginning of a new year. And, at the beginning of the episode, the song is heard.
  • Various famous dance moves: During the song and dance montage various dances can be seen, in order: The Running Man, Staying Alive, Voguing, Swing Dancing, the Monkey, and a Conga Line.

Fly On the Wall

  • The Fly - Candace gets turned into a fly much like what happens to the main character in the story. The line "Help me" from the 1958 film adaptation is also used.
  • The Son of Man - Doofenshmirtz's painting is inspired by this 1964 self-portrait by René Magritte, depicting the artist with an apple obscuring his head.
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back - Dr. Doofenshmirtz talks about getting his "Groove" back and getting his life in back in order which was a common phrase refering to this movie.

Bully Bust

  • Mouse Trap - Doofenshmirtz's trap for Perry is based on the classic Ideal board game "Mouse Trap", which as of 2013 is owned by Hasbro.
  • Starbucks - In this episode, Doof's reference to "the soy venti latte extra-caf-and-a-half quadruple sugar, blood pressure bomberino" makes fun of the coffee chain in general.
  • The Haunted Mansion - The vehicles inside the Dental Hygenoshpere are called "Tooth Buggies", which are similar in both name and design to the Doom Buggie vehicles inside the Haunted Mansion ride at various Disney theme parks.
  • Looney Tunes- Dr. Doofenshmirtz gets hit by an anvil, a common theme from the Looney Tunes cartoons.
  • Girls Gone Wild - This NSFW video series is cleanly parodied as "Girls Freakin' Out".

My Sweet Ride

  • Grease - The song from the episode is similar to songs from the Broadway musical and subsequent 1978 movie adaptation. Also, Ferb and Major Monogram look like Danny Zuko and Phineas and Jeremy act similar to him, and Candace looks like Sandy Dumbrowski/Olsson and acts similar to her.
  • The episode has many references to the 1950s including the clothing and dialogues.
  • Happy Days - Phineas refers to this classic TV sitcom as they are dressed in the 1950s, "like when everyone dressed as a sitcom from the [1970's]". Also, Phineas and Ferb are dressed to resemble Richie Cunningham (Phineas) and Fonzie (Ferb), and Phineas says Fonzie's tagline "Heeyyyyy..." before asking where Perry is.
  • Andy Warhol - Doofenshmirtz has a Warhol style painting of himself on the wall.
  • Ed Roth -  An Ed Roth "Ratkink" hot-rod style image can be seen on the flyer that Monogram is holding.
  • Ford Pinto - The Pinto had a similar design flaw due to the location of the gas tank that the car could catch fire if hit from behind similar to the car mention in Doofenshmirtz's flashback.
  • Footloose - Linda's waitress outfit closely resembles Betty Blast's outfit from Footloose.
  • Daimler SP250 - The Nedlington Nymph shares many styling cues from the 1959-1964 Daimler SP250.
  • The cars at the Gimmelshtump Car Show are a variety of eccentric shapes, and drive past the camera from right to left. This is highly reminiscent of Wacky Races.

Der Kinderlumper

  • Running of the Bulls - The Running of the Chinchillas is reminiscent of this famous real-life annual event held in Pamplona, Spain.
  • The Clapper - Doofenshmirtz activates everything in his building with two claps, just like this device.
  • Rocky and His Friends - Doofenshmirtz opens a giant fairy tale book similar to the title sequence of the "Fractured Fairy Tales" segment of this 1960s animated TV series.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas - During the song "Der Kinderlumper", he slithers similarly to how the Grinch in the Christmas special does.
  • Minnie the Moocher and The Blues Brothers - Doofenshmirtz's song and dance are very similar to this 1931 Cab Calloway tune and his "Moonwalk"-inspired dance. This song also inspired the 1932 Betty Boop short, also titled Minnie the Moocher, which featured Calloway's song and dance in the form of an animated walrus. In addition, the setting and costumes from Doofenshmirtz's back story song mimics Calloway's "Minnie The Moocher" performance from this film.
  • Krampus - The legend of a demonic beast that carries off naughty children and puts them in his sack comes from Krampus, St. Nicholas's assistant in early folklore.
  • The Simpsons - Doof makes a dance that is similar to the one that Smithers does in The Simpsons episode "Them, Robot".


  • (Don't Fear) The Reaper  - The theme that plays during Agent P's pursuit of the thieves is in the style of (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult.
  • Ocean's Eleven - The scene taking place in front of Niagara Falls follows the ending of the 2001 film (a remake of the one in 1960). Dr. Doofenshmirtz is the last to leave, and as he does so, he walks past a group of ten men standing at the railing, watching the waterfall. The sizes, positions and appearance matches the scene where Danny's crew stands in front of the Bellagio to watch the fountains.
  • Felidae - The scene in which Perry is teamed up by Lyla is similar to the 1994 film.
  • William Hull - While fighting Doofenshmirtz, Lyla says, "This is for William Hull and the War of 1812. Look it up, kids!" During the War of 1812, Hull invaded Canada.
  • The literal helicopter fight cutaway is done in the style of the Fleischer brothers, who were best known as the animators behind Koko the Clown, Betty Boop and Popeye.

Primal Perry

  • Army of Darkness - The montage to build the glove, crushing the pear and saying "Groovy" is similar to the montage from the movie when Ash builds his new hand and crushes the goblet. 
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - The scene in which Phineas, Buford, and Isabella talk about Gatherings, Shindigs and Hoot-nannies, it is highly reminiscent of the conversation in season three's "Dead Man's Party". 
  • Predator - During the montage scene the music and some of the action scenes are similar to the ones from the movie.
  • High School Musical - One of the boomerangs is named "Sharpay" which refers to the name of the character Sharpay Evans, portrayed by Ashley Tisdale (Candace's voice actress) in the movie series.
  • One Thousand and One Arabian Nights - One of the boomerangs is named "Scheherezade", the storyteller of this famed collection.
  • 2000 Presidential Election - During the song, Baljeet refers to being a "Hanging Chad", which became famous after the election, because these ballots were dismissed and the votes not counted. (Hanging chads were pieces of paper that should have been punched out of ballot papers but did not separate properly.)
  • Klaus Nomi - Also during the song, Baljeet can be seen dressed as Klaus Nomi, a popular German countertenor from the early 1980's.
  • The Pleiades - Liam has seven boomerangs he calls "The Seven Sisters". This is another name for a cluster of stars in the constellation of Taurus, who according to Greek mythology were the object of affection of nearby constellation Orion the Hunter.
  • The Flash - Liam's choice of weapon and well-stocked arsenal may be a nod to the Flash foe Captain Boomerang.
  • Devo - Baljeet's song is styled after the music and music videos of Devo. Baljeet even wears the trademark cone hat.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- The "Heart of Gold" starship's drive was powered by an Infinite Improbability Generator.
  • Contact- The Infinite Probability Generator bears a strong resemblance to the alien-designed transport machine in this movie.
  • TV Tropes - When the machine begins to spin and Buford says "Is science happening yet?", his line is a reference to the TV Tropes wiki entry "When Things Spin, Science Happens".
  • Final Destination - When Baljeet being hit by a bus, it looks like a scene in Final Destination.
  • Captain Boomerang - Liam McCracken resembles Captain Boomerang.

Mind Share

  • There are many references to The Shawshank Redemption:
    • After Buford realizes he's "the only fly in a prison of frogs and lizards", one of the other prisoners calls out, "Fresh fly!", a reference to Andy Dufresne's first night in Shawshank.
    • The prison guard that calls a surprise inspection says the same line as "Head Bull" Haig at the end of the movie, but his voice is more similar to Captain Hadley, played by Clancy Brown.
    • The character Red is an allusion to the character of the same name from the film, who was the narrator in the movie and was played by Morgan Freeman (including his role as "the finder").
    • The scene where they escape through the hole hidden behind the poster, through 500 yards of sewage pipe and climb out of the end in the rain is similar to the scene when Andy escapes from prison with the hole being concealed by a poster of Raquel Welch.
    • One Million Years B.C. - The poster hiding the hole in the cell is similar to the movie poster, also featured in The Shawshank Redemption.
    • In an advertisement for the episode on Disney XD, two additional phrases from the movie were used: "Crawling through 500 yeards of gugne" and "Get busy livin' or get busy gungin'".
  • Wolfman Jack - When Meap is wearing the translation sideburns he sounds like the famous American DJ.
  • LOLcats (specifically Happycat) and Keyboard Cat - When describing how people stretch the truth on the Internet, Doofenshmirtz uses these two memes as examples.
  • Hillbilly Hare - Candace's square dance call is similar to Bugs Bunny's square dance in this cartoon.
  • Dear Pen Pal - The "mind swap with prisoners" plot is strikingly similar to A. E. van Vogt's short story Dear Pen Pal.
  • Mindswap - a humorous science fiction novel by Robert Sheckley in which the hero is tricked into taking a mind-exchange vacation by an alien con artist.
  • These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Doofenshmirtz says, "These boots were made for dancing... literally," a reference to the Nancy Sinatra song.
  • Twelve Days of Christmas - Seems that Red is about to compare 500 yards to "three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree" before being interrupted by Buford.
  • The Lotsmo store may be a reference to Big Lots and BevMo!, or may simply be a play on "lots more".
  • Johnny Ringo - The alias Doof uses with Rosie is a nod the the American Outlaw.

Backyard Hodge Podge

  • Michigan J. Frog - The green bag of bread does a dance and is dressed similar to the star of the 1955 Merrie Melodies classic cartoon One Froggy Evening and former mascot of The WB Television Network.
  • Live and Let Die - "Live and Let Pie", the event that Linda is baking all the pies for, is a parody of the movie/song title.
  • "Happy Birthday to You" - Carl says, "We couldn't afford the rights to that famous birthday song." This is a reference to the song "Happy Birthday to You" being under copyright at the time the episode was running.
  • The Swan Princess - The heart-shaped locket in Parry Gripp’s song resembles Princess Odette’s from the 1994 animated movie.

Bee Day

  • Fabio - When Isabella is in Phineasland, she envisions him like one of Fabio's romantic novel covers.
  • Bee Day is a reference to National Honey Bee Day, a celebration held on the third Saturday in August for awareness in the bee industry.

Bee Story

  • Episode title - A "b-story" is another name for a subplot, referring to the fact that this is the b-story to "Bee Day".  Almost every P&F episode includes a "b-story" usually involving Perry and Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
  • Spider-Man - Adyson has an idea of getting bitten by a radioactive bee and gaining bee-like superpowers.
  • Animal House - When trying to escape the vacuum cleaner, Isabella gives a speech nearly identical to Bluto's at the end of the 1978 film. The speech is imitated to near perfection, including the line "Forget it, [s]he's rolling" and the long confused pause after "Cause when the going gets tough..."
  • The Lord of the Rings - While explaining her scheme, Poofenplotz says "And I shall not be dark, but beautiful, like the night and the day, and all shall love me and despair!" That is almost exactly what Lady Galadriel said when Frodo offered to give her the One Ring.
  • Earthworm Jim - In the scene that showed Poofenplotz with the Queen Bee Posterior, she bears a resemblance to the main villain of Earthworm Jim, Queen Slug-for-a-Butt.
  • Balenciaga- Poofenplotz's cage which Pinky was in said 'Balenchihuahua'.
  • Fruit Loops - Isabella tells the Fireside Girls Bees to "follow their noses", much in the same way Toucan Sam, mascot of Kellogg's Fruit Loops cereal, says in ads.
  • The Wasp Woman - "A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps." And ends up turning into a wasp herself. A "b-movie" or low budget sci fi/horror film with a similar plot. Poofenplotz says of a potential transformation "And I might have a grotesquely large abdomen for laying eggs, but I can live with that."

Great Balls Of Water

  • Great Balls of Fire - The episode title is a reference to the song made famous by Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • McDonald's - Doofenshmirtz's subplot of trying to get an out-of-season drink from a fast food restaurant is a reference to McDonald's practice of selling such popular items as the Shamrock Shake and the McRib for a limited time. Doofenshmirtz previously referenced the Shamrock Shake in Doofenshmirtz's Daily Dirt.
  • Saturday Night Fever - At the beginning of the song, Candace struts down the street similar to the opening song Stayin' Alive at the beginning of the movie.
  • The Simpsons/Pokémon - When Buford leaves he uses Nelson Muntz's and Gary Oak's "Smell you later" departure line.
  • Lady Gaga - Candace sits near a girl that is a parody of her.
  • San Francisco- The streets Phineas and Ferb travel on (i.e Zigzag Street's decline down) echo some of San Francisco's incredibly steep roads, most notably, Lombard Street.
  • The Simpsons/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - When Phineas and Isabella start surfing on the giant ball of water, he yells "Cowabunga", a catchphrase that Bart Simpsons and Michelangelo (TMNT) use it.

Where's Pinky?

  • "And your little dog..." - The line in question that Doofenshmirtz says to Perry and Pinky was lifted from the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz in which Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West) warns Judy Garland (Dorothy) "I'll get you my pretty...and your little dog, too." This is the second time he says this, the first being the Oz parody "Wizard of Odd" as Doofenwitchwarlock.
  • Tron - The password to override the security door, "reindeer flotilla", is Kevin Flynn's password in the 1982 film.
  • Pillsbury Dough Boy - When Doofenshmirtz is poked in the stomach by the guy trying to call the elevator, he giggles similar to the commercials featuring Poppin' Fresh.

Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown Hosted by Kelly Osbourne

  • Yes! We Have No Bananas - After Osbourne says no one is a second banana because there are no bananas, Major Monogram quotes the title of this 1920s novelty song.
  • Vogue - After Doof and Monogram dress up as Kelly, they "strike a pose" like Madonna's famous music video.

Knot My Problem

  • The title is a pun on the phrase, "Not my problem".
  • Serutan - Doofenshmirtz's motto for his diner is a parody of Serutan, whose motto was "Remember, Serutan spelled backwards is 'Natures'."
  • In-N-Out Burger - The logo for Doofenshmirtz's restaurant bares a great resemblance to the logo of the popular fast food restaurant.
  • The Three Stooges - Buford says, "I'm a victim o' circumstance," which was the catchphrase of comedian Curly Howard.

Just Desserts

  • Alien - When at the very top of the rock climbing wall, Buford screams and says, "I heard that." This is a reference to the famous tagline of the film Alien, "In space, no one can hear you scream."
  • Hansel and Gretel - Doofenshmirtz using a gingerbread house to trap Perry is a reference to the story.
  • Doctor Who - When Doofenshmirtz looks into the gingerbread house trap after trapping Perry, he notices and says that it's bigger on the inside, a possible reference to the TARDIS.
  • The Six Million Dollar Man - The sound effects and slow motion used in Doofenshmirtz and Perry's food battle are identical to the effects used in fights in this show.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head - After eating the pound cake, Doofenshmirtz starts to giggle the same way Beavis does.

La Candace-Cabra

  • El Chupacabra - The title is a parody of the Mexican legend of the monster, El Chupacabra.
  • Chanel - The perfume Candace sprays on herself is numbered like the popular perfume made by Chanel (No. 5 and No. 19).
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky - The song is styled after Johnny Cash's version of the classic cowboy ballad.
  • The Simpsons - Major Monogram does the chalkboard gag from The Simpsons opening.

Happy Birthday, Isabella

  • Ring - The "greasy girl who emerges from the basement" in the film The Grievance, as described by Dr. Doofenshmirtz and accidentally imitated by Stacy, resembles Sadako and her emergence from the television.
    • The Grudge - The title of the film Stacy watches, The Grievance, is a synonym for the title of the 2004 horror film.
  • Give It 2 Me - When Isabella sings "I'll take it" in "Isabella's Birthday Song", she is imitating Madonna because both say the same thing with the same melody.
  • Slenderman - The way the "grievance girl from the basement" seems to teleport toward the camera and the static as she comes closer hold a likeness to what the player of this videogame series will see right before Slenderman kills them.
  • The Music Box - The classic Laurel and Hardy short is parodied once again with Phineas and Isabella. Only this time, they move a grand piano up the steps instead of an upright piano. (Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension)
  • ING Direct - Candace's line "I know what INAP means" is a direct parody of the ING commercials where the banking group's logo was explained to a person asking "What's That?" The question was not about ING (which the recipient already knew), but some outrageous background spectacle similar to many of Phineas and Ferb's big ideas.

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel=

  • Phineas and Ferb Theme - In the opening title sequence, Spider-Man takes the place of Candace and parodies her line as "Aunt May, Phineas and Ferb are making a crossover!"
  • Star Trek - In the song "Surfin' Asteroids", outer space is referred to as the "final frontier", like the famous opening narration from the classic sci-fi TV series.
  • Silver Surfer - Phineas and his friends surfing is space is similar to the Silver Surfer.
  • X-Men - Stan Lee previously played a hot dog vendor in the first X-Men movie.
  • Charlie Sheen - After realizing he is responsible for the superheroes losing their powers, Doofenshmirtz remarks that he is "winning!", a catchphrase popularized by the actor during a series of 2011 interviews after being fired from his lead role on the sitcom Two and a Half Men.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Fury asks Major Monogram if the agent he heard about is "behind the platypus", much like King Arthur asks if the hideous killer beast is "behind the rabbit".
  • S.H.I.E.L.D - S.H.E.D. is a parody of this organization, which appeared in this episode.
  • Spider-Man - There are many references on the Spider-Man's origin. For example: when Venom asks Dr. Doofenshmirtz if Perry was bitten by a radioactive platypus or when Dr. Doofenshmirtz sarcastically asks Agent P if his "super wire cutters" were originally nail clippers bitten by radioactive pinching shears.
    • The final shot, as the gang walks away from a trash can where Perry has discarded his superhero disguise, is a copy of a famous panel from Amazing Spider-Man #50, in which the wallcrawler did the same thing.
  • The Super Hero Squad Show-The Marvel Heroes' portrayal in the Ducky Momo crossover look similar to their portrayal in "The Super Hero Squad Show" and media relating to it (Spider-Man did not appear in the show itself but appeared in the video game and MMO.) Hulk is also referred to twice as "Big Guy", a nickname he had in "The Super Hero Squad Show".
  • Doctor Who - Ferb mentions using "British sci-fi technology" to make the S.H.E.D., in reference to this series's main mode of transport, the TARDIS, which is also "bigger on the inside". Previously, there were references to that series in "Out to Launch", "For Your Ice Only", and "Just Desserts".
  • Captain America - Captain America does not appear in this special, but he is still referred to when Red Skull asks if Perry the Platypus is a super soldier platypus.
  • Ghost Rider - Dr. Doofenshmirtz says to the Red Skull "Is your head going to burst into flames or am I thinking of someone else?" This is a reference to the Marvel character Ghost Rider.
  • Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - The classic Gershwin song is once again referenced ("Bad Hair Day").
  • The Lone Ranger - Most radio and TV episodes of The Lone Ranger ended with the one being saved asking, "Who was that masked man?" Red Skull parodies this with the phrase, "Who was that"
  • Howard the Duck - Spider-Man believes the masked beaver-duck to be this Marvel character.
  • The Incredible Hulk (TV series) - After Phineas bans Candace from S.H.E.D., she walks away to dejected piano music like David Banner does at the end of every episode of the live-action series. Then Buford says 'I always told her "don't ever make Phineas angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry."' (a common catchphrase uttered by Banner in the TV show).
  • Portland - When an old lady getting off a bus sees the villains, she remarks "this is worse than Portland". This is a reference to the city's strong comic book community of cosplayers and writers.
  • The Avengers - Baljeet rescuing Iron Man and Iron Man flying up into the air is reminiscent of the final battle of The Avengers film. Thor references Bilgesnipe, which are mindless creatures that he tells Phil Coulson about in the movie. After Hulkjeet saves Iron Man, Iron Man says, "We have a Baljeet", just like he says "We have a Hulk" in the film. The beginning of the ending battle even pays tribute to the revolving shot of all the heroes, and at one point during the battle the movie's theme tune can be heard.
  • White Heat - When Doofenshmirtz fires his Waffle-inator, he says, "Top of the world, Ma!", a common misquote of the famous James Cagney line from the 1949 film. (He actually said, "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!")
  • Back To the Future - The scene where Doofenshmirtz cannot connect the cords of the Disintegrator-inator is reminiscent of the scene where Doc Brown cannot connect the cords of the lightning rod from atop the clock tower.
  • The Amityville Horror - The last stop on Linda's walking tour before Candace stops her from continuing was the House Built on the Indian Burial Ground. This was the cause for the haunting in the film.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where are You? - The end credit scene is a parody of the typical "unmasking" scene at the end of every episode of this classic animated series.

Thanks But No Thanks

  • Scotland the Brave - The music that Doofenshmirtz's neighbor plays on the bagpipes is this song, often labelled the unofficial anthem of Scotland.
  • Wonder Woman (1970's TV series) - Agent P does a spin turn and his jetpack is suddenly on his back, similar to how Lynda Carter's Diana Prince did her transformation into Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series.

Troy Story

  • Toy Story - The title is a parody of the Toy Story franchise.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There - Perry's entrance to his lair makes alludes to the Lewis Carroll novels. A couple of characters from each of the books also appear, including The Mock Turtle and the Jabberwocky.
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - The way that the flying chariots wrap around the Trojan T-Rex's feet is similar to how the Snowspeeders wrap around the legs of the AT-AT, knocking it down and destroying it. The music is also the same at one point and the laser fire sounds similar.
  • Jaws - The famous "we're gonna need a bigger boat" line is referenced by Buford saying "Yeah, we're going to need a bigger army". ("The Belly of the Beast", "What A Croc!")
  • Buford references the classical Greek (actually Spartan) phrase "Either with your shield, or on it" during recruitment.
  • Hansel and Gretel - Doofenshmitz says that he "should have left a trail of breadcrumbs", which is what Hansel and Gretel did when that were sent into the woods by their father.
  • Hercules - Isabella, as Helen, wears a dress and ponytail similar to Megara's appearance from the Disney movie Hercules.
  • Lord of the Rings the Return of the King -  At one point during the song when Phineas's side is launching water ballons at Buford's army, Buford very calmly steps out of the way of an approaching ballon in a similar way to a scene in this movie with an Orc General steping out of the way of a boulder.
  • Quips - Though not often used anymore, "This is the face that launched a thousand ships", is quipped in reaction to seeing what has caused alarm. More recently, phrased sarcastically as a question to an over reaction.
  • AC/DC - The song "Troy" has similarities to AC/DC's " It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" which appears on the album T.N.T. "Troy" is similar to the AC/DC track with its combination of bagpipes and rock guitars as well as the "call and response" between the two instruments. The song "Troy" also includes chants of "Troy, Troy, Troy..." which are similar to the opening "Oi, Oi, Oi..." of the title track "T.N.T.". Other songs within the series also have noted similarities to songs by AC/DC.


  • Adventure Time - Vanessa dresses as a vampire queen for Halloween. Vanessa's voice actress, Olivia Olson, also gives voice to Marceline the Vampire Queen on this series.
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - A reference from the play, book, and movie is made in the episode multiple times.
  • Carmen Miranda - Was a 1940's Brazilian move star best known for wearing a hat made of fruit while performing.
  • Dirty Dancing - When Monty and Vanessa were dancing, Monty held Vanessa above his head into the air and Vanessa held her arms out to the sides. This is an allusion to the famous scene where Johnny held Baby into the air in the same fashion.
  • Harry Potter - One of the trick-or-treaters at Doofenshmirtz's apartment is misidentified as a "class dunce with a fake scar."
  • Lady Gaga - Another one of the trick-or-treaters is misidentified as the Princess of Meatland. It's a reference to the performer born Stephanie Germanotta's meat dress from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Angry Birds - A third trick-or-treater is misidentified as "an upset rooster head", which sounds like the general appearance of the Angry Birds characters.
  • Gremlins - When Doofenshmirtz rides on the chair lift, it loses control and he is sent flying towards a window. The Gremlins murder an old lady by causing her chair lift to do this in this film, the difference being that she actually went through the glass.
  • The Shining - A pair of twins egress from the elevator akin to those from the Stephen King novel and movie adaptation.
  • Ali Baba Bunny - Doofenshmirtz does Daffy's "I'm rich! I'm wealthy! I'm comfortably well off!" spiel.
  • Windsor Castle - Buford calls Irving "Windsor".
  • Julius Caesar - Candace's "Et Tu?" line to Vanessa comes from the Shakespeare play.
  • Cinderella - This is Isabella's costume. Phineas refers to her as "Isabellarella", and Isabella tries, in vain, to "lose" a glass slipper to get closer to Phineas.
  • Deadmau5 - When Ferb is DJing he wears a large mask covering his head like the famous DJ.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - The elevator that Doof and Perry ride in is simular to the ride found at Disney resorts in Florida, California, Japan and Europe.
  • The Haunted Mansion - When Ferb is DJ-ing then headstones that come out have rhymes on them based on the name inscribed on them.  The headstones in the cemetery area of the line up also have rhymes on them based on the name of the person.
  • Katy Perry - When Phineas is examining the scalloped cheese slices, the music played sounds like the beginning of Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold".
  • Psycho - At the beginning when the title appears, the theme from "Psycho" is heard.
  • Beauty and the Beast - In "Vampire Queens Love Pimpernels", one of the final lines is "It's a story as old as time" which references the line "Tale as old as time" in the film's titular song.

Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror

  • Trilogy of Terror - The concept of an anthology of three spooky tales may be adapted from this 1975 horror film.
  • Tales from the Crypt - The framing device of the stories is similar to that of this horror anthology series. Also, The narrator resembles the Cryptkeeper.
  • Night of the Living Dead - The title of the second tale seems to be themed on the title of the famous George A. Romero movie, the second episode to spoof this title after "Day of the Living Gelatin", but before "Night of the Living Pharmacists", which made it the third.
  • "Invasion of the..." - The final tale's title is the second time these words are used, the first being "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers".
  • Poltergeist - Isabella says, "They're here" like the late Heather O'Rourke when the gang approaches the evil platypus clones in the grape juice factory.
  • Gremlins - The spilling grape juice on a platypus is akin to getting a normal Mogwai (Gizmo) wet in the movie. Both result in evil clones.
  • Wayne's World - The ending of "Invasion of the Evil Platypus Clones" is a reference to the ending of Wayne's World where they try different endings.
  • Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor - In the background of the opening segment, the Philadelphia Orchestra's version of this famous organ music by J. S. Bach from the 1940 film Fantasia is heard.
  • Renfeld - Mr. Macabre's assistant is named for the first victim in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • The Crazy Honey Badger - Buford says, "Zombie bunny don't care", a play on this famous viral video's catchphrase, "Honey badger don't care."
  • Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop - In this show one of the main characters is a Zombie Bunny. On other order of things, the main character of this show looks physically like Doofenshmirtz.
  • Kool-Aid Man - Officer Concord the Juice Time Juice Box Flavor Cop's entry and design resembles the famous Kool-Aid Man ads.
  • Aliens - Isabella's solution for getting rid of the Evil Platypus Clones is a direct quote from the movie, originally spoken by Ellen Ripley as her solution for ensuring the aliens are all killed.
  • Frankenstein (1931 film) - The Ducky Momo doll arises from under Candace's towel like the monster in this classic monster movie.
  • Harlem Shake - When the kids are dancing with Officer Concord the Juice Time Juice Box Flavor Cop, it's similar to the popular dance, which the Phineas and Ferb writers once did a video for.
  • The Exorcist - Both Ducky Momo and Mr. Miggins' heads eerily spin like Linda Blair's does in this horror film.
  • Child's Play - Candace's Ducky Momo doll coming alive and turning evil is a very similar plot to this horror movie.

Face Your Fear

  • Super Friends - The "meanwhile at the Hall of Justice" line is parodied.
  • Irish Spring - When the rover lands in Ireland you can see a man whittling a green and white bar of soap similar to some scenes from the commercials.
  • Lilo & Stitch - In close-up the giant Derek's face looks a lot like Stitch's.
  • Night of the Lepus - The movie Doofenshmirtz mentions, which shows giant kittens attacking a city, may be a reference to the film about giant killer rabbits.
  • Heinz 57 - Doofenshmirtz's online name is "Heinz58", a reference to the slogan.

Cheers for Fears

  • Tears for Fears - The episode title references the well-known 1980s band. The band was reportedly named after a psychiatric technique.
  • Jerry Maguire - Phineas' line "She had me at 'Smiley face'"  is a play on Renée Zellwegger's line "You had me at 'Hello'" from the movie.
  • Ghostbusters - Doofenshmirtz's reaction to his worst fear coming true, "I couldn't help it. It just popped in there." and "Oh no, it can't be!" just like Ray Stantz; words from the film when he accidentally chooses Gozer's destructor form.
  • Horrible Movie Night - Major Monogram says it is "Horrific Movie Night", which is a play on writer John Mathot's web site.


  • Steampunk: The episode title is a play on this sub-genre of science-fiction involving Victorian-era steam-powered machines.
  • Ken Burns' The Civil War: The closeup on the coin, the period music, and the narration of it is a parody of this 1990 PBS mini-docuseries.
  • Melodramas: von Doofenshmirtz ties Sweary the Swan to the train tracks, which was a common plot device for early film melodramas, made (in)famous by the parodied version in the "Dudley Do-Right" segments of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Von Doofenshmirtz's costume also strongly resembles that worn by Snidely Whiplash in the same series.
  • Teddy Bear: The Farmer's Wife is angry at the Farmer for creating a doll in the shape of a bear. These bears, named after then President Theodore Roosevelt, made their debut at a toy fair in November 1903. The Farmer's bear actually has Roosevelt's face.
  • Panama Canal: Buford suggest that they should go to Panama and start digging the canal after they had finished their chores.
  • American Gothic: The design of the House of the Future, as well as the Farmer and Farmer's Wife's positions in front of it, mimic the oft-parodied Grant Wood painting.
  • The Wild Wild West: In the song "Professor Elemental Future Past", the rocket powered bicycle is similar to Artemus Gordon's motorcycle that was modified to fly later in the film.

Just Our Luck

  • Oscar Mayer  - In Doofenshmirtz's flashback to the time he misused a genie, it shows him as a hotdog telling the genie that "It's not a wish. It's a song. It's not a song. It's a jingle!" referring to the the Oscar Mayer's jingle, "I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener."
  • Just My Luck -  The plot of Candace having good luck while Phineas, Ferb and the others having bad luck is based on the 2006 movie, starring Lindsay Lohan, in which a young girl had extremely good luck while a guy had extremely bad luck, then both of them switch luck.
  • Secret Agent Man - Linda jokingly refers to Planty the Potted Plant as "Secret Agent Plant".

Return Policy

  • The Natural - The scene where Buford hits his ball is a parody of the climax of this movie, complete with a parody of the Randy Newman score.
  • Overtime in Sports - Isabella refers the extra time as "sudden death", which in sports, overtime is referred to "sudden death" when both teams or players are tied and the player or the team that scores win the game.
  • The Hunger Games - Isabella states that "only one contestant will survive." Later on, both Buford and Baljeet win, similar to how both Katniss and Peeta come out of the Games when only one was supposed to survive.

Live and Let Drive

  • James Bond - There are plenty of James Bond references in this episode, including the scene at the casino and the Doof's Evil Hideout Vacation Swap song.
    • Dr. No - Dr. Doofenshmirtz's disguise resembles Dr. No.
    • You Only Live Twice - the guy who swaps lair with Heinz resembles Dr.Ernst Stavro Blofeld
    • Live and Let Die - The episode title is an allusion to the 1954 James Bond novel and the 1973 film based upon it, the first to star Roger Moore in the title role, along with its Paul McCartney composed theme song.
    • Jaws - Norm's new metal teeth are a reference to the steel teeth of the James Bond character, Jaws.
    • Goldfinger - Perry's removing his wetsuit to reveal a tuxedo underneath and the scene where Perry is driving along the cliffs to Montevillebad are references to this Bond film. In addition, the "Doof's Evil Hideout Vacation Swap" similar to the Goldfinger theme and the character singing it resembles Shirley Bassey, who performed the song.
  • Paul McCartney - There is a song called Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney
  • Dario Franchitti - The character of Paolo Vanderbeek, who is Italian-Scottish-Swiss-Dutch, is a parody of this Indianapolis 500 winner who is Scottish and Italian.
  • Martin Olson - Perry's spy car is a 1963 Olson Martin, a reference to this Phineas and Ferb writer.
    • Aston Martin - Perry's spy car is also a reference to the Aston Martin which has appeared in 9 Bond films.
  • Wacky Races - Doof seems to have stolen Dick Dastardly's cheating playbook.
  • NFL on Fox - Some of the race's telecast's music is reminiscent of the theme music to this show.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Doof mangles Arnold Schwarzenegger's quote as "Hasta la pasta, baby!"
  • Circuit de Monaco - The track at Montevillebad references the famed Formula One venue, which also sits near a harbor and a casino district.
  • Top Gear (U.K. Version) - Adrian ends the race telecast with the phrase "And on that bombshell ..." Jeremy Clarkson frequently uses that phrase to end episodes of Top Gear.
  • The track of Montevillebad Grand Prix is similar to Monano Grand Prix's track on Formula 1.

Phineas and Ferb Save Summer

  • The Beatles and U2 - During "Summer All Over the World", the gang is briefly seen on a rooftop in London in reference to the band's well-known final public appearance and U2 concert. This was previously parodied in "Oh, There You Are, Perry".
  • Barack Obama - Rodney presumably speaks to Obama himself when videochatting with "the president."
  • Doctor Who - In the London sequence during "Summer All Over the World", the gang dress up as characters from Doctor Who. Ferb is dressed up as the Fourth Doctor, Burford is dressed as the Sixth Doctor, Isabella is dressed as Rose Tyler as she appeared in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, Phineas is dressed as the Tenth Doctor, and Baljeet is dressed as the Eleventh Doctor.
  • Caramelldansen - In Tokyo, the characters all do this dance again, and one of the residents holds a sign saying "I ♥︎ Sweden", a reference to the country that originated this dance.
  • Romeo and Juliet and the Hatfields and the McCoys - The OWCA event is registered under the Capulet Bat Mitzvah while the L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. event is registered under the Hatfield Wedding Reception, both references to two different feuds.
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic - The OWCA agents hum this song as Major Monogram makes his exit.
  • West Side Story - The beginning of Act III is a parody of the opening helicopter shot and prologue from this 1961 Oscar winning film of the Bernstein-Sondheim musical.
  • Star Wars- The scene with Phineas' hologram is similar to episode IV, even a similar music is used.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - When Perry and Monty encounter the goons and Monty states one of them is a cave-troll, just like Boromir sees and stated it.
  • The Tortoise and the Hare - Phineas instructs Candace to pull the levers "slow and steady", Candace replies "Like the rabbit in the story!", but Phineas corrects her as "Like the turtle!"
  • Community - Dr. Killbot uses "¿Dónde está la biblioteca?" as a typical Spanish expression in a similar way that Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy (Donald Glover) do it in the end credits of the episode "Spanish 101".
  • Team America: World Police - Buford's simulation is similar to the opening scene from the same movie.
  • Snuggie - A woman in the crowd when L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. is giving demands states that "You made me buy a blanket with sleeves!" This is a reference to this product.

Father's Day

  • North by Northwest - The scene in which Reg and Lawrence go in the plane and leave a man without his suit is an homage to this 1959 Alfred Hitchcock film.
  • Get Smart - Doof says, "Missed it by that much," which was the catchphrase of Maxwell Smart in this 1960s TV series.
  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure - How Phineas and Ferb make breakfast for Lawrence is similar to how Pee-Wee Herman prepares his breakfast.

Imperfect Storm

  • The Perfect Storm - The title of the episode is a parody of the movie.
  • Transformers - Phineas' kite transforms from a robot to a car.

The Return of the Rogue Rabbit

  • Alcatraz - The name of the prison - O.W.C.A.-Traz - is a spoof of the famous defunct prison in San Francisco Bay that is now part of the National Park Service.
  • The Godfather - The puppet show that the Fireside Girls present is called The Denmother, a parody of this 1972 film, often considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made. Isabella's voice for the Denmother puppet is based on Marlon Brando's voice, and the logo for the show is based on that of the movie.
  • Of Mice and Men - After Norm says that Dennis is so soft and cuddly, Doof says, "Back off, Lennie, you're creeping me out" in reference to the character of Lennie Small from the John Steinbeck novel, who loved rabbits, among other cute animals.
  • Homestuck - The appearance of Dennis in the robot-suit looks very similar to the robot bunnies of this web-comic.

It's No Picnic

  • Yogi Bear - The Pic-A-Nic Bust song is written how Yogi would pronounce picnic.
  • Batman - The Fireside Girls have a red phone under glass like the one Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara had in his office to contact Batman.
  • Carl Stalling - At one point, Isabella blinks to two xylophone notes. This was a trademark of this cartoon composer, who would often silence the orchestra for a couple of xylophone hits with an eyeblink.
  • The Brady Bunch - Isabella attempts to perform the "Greg Brady Yawn Move" on Phineas.
  • Reese's - This is the second time the "Peanut butter in my chocolate" ad is parodied after "Split Personality".

The Klimpaloon Ultimatum

  • The Bourne Ultimatum - The title refers to the 1990 book and 2007 film.
  • Ernest Shackleton - Alvin Shackleburg, the man who discovered Klimpaloon, is most likely a reference to this polar explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic.
  • Mitt Romney - Mr. Random's first name is Mittington, a reference to Jon Stewart jokingly giving this Presidential candidate's real name as "Willard Mittington Romney", among others, on The Daily Show.
  • More Cowbell - The flautist from Swine Flute asks for "More tambourine" from Perry the Warthog in reference to this classic SNL sketch from the year 2000.
  • Leeroy Jenkins - This infamous World of Warcraft viral video is parodied twice with Phineas and Baljeet doing a number crunch and Buford shouting his own name and charging ahead. They even say some of the same dialogue from the video.
  • Whoomp! There It Is - Doof references this rap song performed by the group Tag Team when he says, "Whoomp, there he is, my brother Roger, mayor no more."
  • Swine Flu - The band Swine Flute name is derived from the name of this strain of influenza virus.
  • Mickey Mouse - At one point during "The Ballad of Klimpaloon", Isabella and Phineas do the same dance Micky and Minnie perform in the short "The Delivery Boy".
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - The scene of the song Trees are Made of Wood is similar to one of the film.

Operation Crumb Cake

  • The Spork - Phineas wonders what they call a spoon/fork combination.
  • Rocko's Modern Life - This episode is similar to the plot of the season 4 episode "S.W.A.K.", which is probably not a coincidence since Dan and Swampy also worked on this show.
  • Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies - Ferb holds up a sign indicating the mail has arrived similar to how certain characters speak when speechless in the Warner Bros. cartoons, notably Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
  • Massive Chair Sculpture - Baljeet mentions Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata's sculpture in Abu Dhabi.
  • The Blue Boy - Baljeet does a recreation of this Thomas Gainsborough painting as part of the art sculpture.
  • I Got Rhythm - When Norm lands on the inator, he inadvertently says the title of this George Gershwin song.
  • Spongebob Squarepants - On the inator of Doofenshmirtz, there is a 5 cent coin-slot on the self-destruct button. This is a reference to one of the episodes of Spongebob, "Imitation Krabs". The Robot Krabs, operated by Sheldon J. Plankton, has a self-destruct option with nickel coin slot.


  • Teddy Roosevelt - Doof transforms himself into the likeness of the 26th President of the United States.
  • Think of the children - Buford yells, "Won't someone please think of The Buford?!?!", a parody of this common phrase made (in)famous by the character of Helen Lovejoy on The Simpsons.
  • The Pirates of Penzance - Doofenshmirtz refers to himself as "a modern guy" when considering transformation into "a major general", a reference to the song "Modern Major General" from this show.

Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

  • From the Star Wars franchise:
    • Episode IV: A New Hope
      • Clothes:
        • Phineas' clothes are based on Luke Skywalker's from this film.
        • Ferb's normal clothes are based on Obi-Wan Kenobi's clothes from this film and the rest of the original trilogy.
        • Darthenshmirtz's uniform is a modified version of Darth Vader's.
        • Norm-3PO is a parody of C-3PO.
        • Isabella dons a vest similar to Han Solo's.
      • The Han shot first controversy is parodied. When dragging away Greedo's corpse, one of the lifters remark about conflicting accounts on who shot first.
        • Also, the shot of Isabella showing her blaster when she first meets the boys is similar to when Han Solo shows his blaster while Greedo confronts him.
      • The name of Isabella's ship, the Centennial Chihuahua, is patterned after the naming convention of Han Solo's Millennium Falcon with a timespan and an animal.
      • Phineas' line, "Whadaya think, Ferb? A girl like her and a guy like me?" is a parody of Han's line, "What do you think, a princess like her and a guy like me?"
      • Vader's only line, "I find your lack of socks disturbing", is a parody of his line, "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
      • When Buford enters wearing Obi-Wan Kenobi's cloak, he makes the same alien sound and gestures used in the film when Obi-Wan scares away the Tusken Raiders from Luke, R2-D2, and C-3PO.
      • While Darthenshmirtz checking at his computer, the planet of Alderaan was destroyed. It is actually the same way that Grand Moff Tarkin ordered to destroy Alderaan, during Princess Leia's interrogation at the Death Star.
      • After Perry the Rebelpus boards Princess Leia's Corellian Corvette, there is a scene wherein a Star Destroyer and the Corellian Corvette exchange fire. It alludes Star Wars, A New Hope's opening crawl in which the same event happens, before Princess Leia is captured by the Empire.
      • In the scene where an escape pod was de-attached, the two Imperial Officers said this line, based on the movie: "There goes another one, Hold your fire. There's no life forms. It must have short-circuited."
    • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
      • Darthenshmirtz traps Perry the Rebelpus, and later himself, in carbonite.
      • Boba Fett makes a cameo when picking up a wanted poster of Han and Chewbacca.
      • Baljeet sings "Socks socks socks socks socks socks socks socks socks" to the tune of The Imperial March.
      • Isabella asks Phineas if they are related before kissing him; this parodies the fact that Luke and Leia kissed each other in the first Star Wars movie without knowing they were brother/sister.
      • The Stormtrooper shot by Buford states that he would keep falling until going into a tunnel and falling onto a weather antenna. This is a reference to what happens to Luke after his duel with Darth Vader on Cloud City (Bespin).
        • The Stormtrooper even remarks about the area before he falls into space: "Oh, no. Wait, that's Cloud City I'm thinking of!"
      • When Pilot Isabella presses a deflector shield button, (which converted into a cloaking device system) An AT-AT is seen. The AT-AT's (Imperial Walkers) are used during the Battle of Hoth.
    • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
      • Darth Ferb's line of "If you will not join me, then I must destroy you" is based on Emperor Palpatine's line near the end of the movie.
      • During Perry's infiltration of The Empire's Administration Offices, the Stormtroopers chasing him come across one of the Office Workers looking at a Website that says "Hutt's Annual Swimwear Sale", featuring a picture of a Twi'Lek female wearing a bikini similar to the one Princess Leia wore in Episode VI when she was captured by Jabba the Hutt.
      • In a scene where Perry is still in carbonite, the heat detector is alarming, and it melts. It alludes the melting of frozen carbonite of Han Solo in Jabba The Hutt's palace.
      • During the song "In The Empire" an Imperial Scout speeder was seen. It is used in the Battle of Endor, where the Rebel's mission to destroy the shield generator.
    • Episode I: The Phantom Menace
      • After Ferb becomes a Sith, his face becomes like Darth Maul, and he battles using a double-ended lightsaber like Maul's.
      • Blatto, the son of Watto, the Toydarian junk dealer, also makes a cameo.
      • At one point, one of the Rebels wants to blame a mistake on Jar Jar Binks, which is a reference to the audience backlash against this character.
      • The pod-racing engines of Phineas and Ferb is similar to one of Anakin Skywalker's pod-racers.
      • The lightsaber battle between Phineas and Darth Ferb was similar to Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi against Darth Maul.
    • Episode II: Attack of the Clones
      • During the song "Tatooine", the desert background where Phineas and Ferb are riding their speeder is similar to the backround where Anakin Skywalker is looking for his lost mother.
      • When the Tusken Raiders are shown, the female variation on Tusken Raiders can be seen, which were unique to this film.
      • During the song "In The Empire" the Geonosis background with Federation starships was seen
      • Darthenshmirtz has a portrait with a purple lightsaber in the backround that is similar to Mace Windu's purple lightsaber that was used in the Battle of Geonosis.
    • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
      • Ferb's eyes turning yellow after being turned into a Sith Lord is a reference Darth Vader's eyes as a Sith Lord after killing the entire Seperatists leaders on Mustafar.
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead - The way this episode works is based on this 1966 Tom Stoppard play and 1990 movie.
    • In a similar vein, Dark Horse Comics released a three-comic book series titled Tag and Bink Are Dead in 2001, which was also set in the Star Wars universe.
  • The Three Musketeers - Darthenshmirtz suggests that he, Perry the Rebelpus and Ferb become the "Three Sith-keteers", a reference to this 17th century French novel by Alexander Dumas.
  • Happy Birthday to You - In a rare instance, this copyrighted song can be heard in its original melody when Perry the Rebelpus puts the birthday cake back together.
  • Gangnam Style - At one point during "Rebel, Let's Go!", Perry does the "Invisible Horse" dance from the music video for Psy's "Gangnam Style".
  • Beverly Hills - Candace's code is TK-90210, which is the zip code of this California city as well as the name of the famous TV show of the 1990s.
  • The United States Navy and the United States Army - When Candace sings about why she joined the Empire she implies the Naval slogan "See the world" and United States Army slogan "Be all that you can be".
  • Burbank - One of the "exotic worlds" seen in the song "In the Empire" is this California city where the Disney Television Animation studio is located and Phineas and Ferb is animated.
  • Common sayings - Three common sayings are parodied:
    • "One man's trash is another man's treasure" - Parodied by Norm-3PO as "One man's trash is another man's bad idea."
    • "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" - Parodied by Darthenshmirtz as "You can lead a dianoga to garbage, but you can't make him think."
    • "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" - Parodied by one of the Rebel Officials as "Don't look a gift tauntaun in the oral cavity."
  • Family Guy - Its' a Trap - Norm says that frozen platypus ties the room together in the same way as Jabba the Hutt/Joe Swanson says about frozen Peter/Han Solo in the Family Guy Special.
  • Barrack-room Ballads - Darthenshmirtz's line, "You're over there and I'm over here and never the twain shall meet" is a reference to a line from this Rudyard Kipling poem.
  • Groucho Marx - When Darthenshmirtz sings "He now will say, 'I'm blown away!'" he then adds, "Much like Alderaan" while waggling his eyebrows and pretending to hold a cigar much like this comedian.
  • Tarzan - When Darthenshmirtz thinks Perry intends to use his grappling hook to swing across to him, he refers to him as a "swingy swingy monkey-man" in reference to the ever-popular image of Tarzan swinging from tree to tree on vines.
  • Robin Hood - When Candace, Baljeet, and Buford are wondering whether the Empire of the Rebels are the "good guys", Buford mentions Robin Hood as a "good rebel."
  • The Big Lebowski - Doof mentions that a frozen platypus "ties a room together", which is what The Dude said about his rug.
  • The Magic Flute - Towards the end of the scene with the stormtroopers searching the escape pod landing site on Tatooine for R2-D2 and C-3P0, one of the troopers comes from off screen with a twig, saying, "Look, sir! A magic flute!" This is a reference to the Mozart opera Die Zauberflöte.
  • Clerks - The Firestar Girls were seen rescuing the innocent civilian personnel before the Death Star was destroyed. Maybe unintentional, but this subject was discussed by Dante and Randal about the Death Star personnel, with the second Death Star being constructed by innocent "independent contractors" who presumably got killed in the crossfire. George Lucas brought this up in the commentary of Attack of the Clones, saying the Geonosians are the "contractors" due to carrying the blueprint for the Death Star.

Lost in Danville

  • Lost
    • The episode title is a reference to this ABC television series, which was co-created by story writer Damon Lindelof and co-starred guest star Terry O'Quinn (who serves as the voice of Professor Mystery).
    • Ferb says, "Sometimes if you're lost, it's best to just go along for the ride", in reference to this show.
    • The polar bear at the end is also a reference to this show.
    • The hatch storyline is taken directly from the show. Denise and Bernie are parodies of the characters of Desmond and Penny.
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Phineas and Ferb wear the outfits from the TV room sequence of this 1971 film adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • M.C. Escher - This is the fourth episode to mention this surreal artist after "Gaming the System", "The Doof Side of the Moon" and "Where's Perry? (Part Two)".
  • Schrödinger's cat - When wondering what the capsule contains, Baljeet entertains the idea of "dozens of strange Schrödinger's cats", referring to the thought experiment conducted by Erwin Schrödinger, in which a cat is left alone in a sealed box and when no one is looking, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead.

The Inator Method

  • Mary Poppins - Perry makes his entrance to his lair like Bert the chimney sweep from this Academy Award-winning film.

Night of the Living Pharmacists

  • Horror Movies
    • Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead - The title of the episode is a reference to the 1968 George A. Romero movie. Romero himself voices a reporter named Don Adaded, punning off this 1978 sequel.
    • World War Z (film) - The episode's plot about infected "zombies" chasing and infecting everyone, creating unstoppable hordes, spoofs the 2013 film. Other direct references specific to the movie in the episode are: the movie's near-exact theme music playing with several scenes; one of the pharmacists clicking his teeth, just like one of the movie zombies; a scene of escaping up a building's stairway, and using a fire hose to tie a door shut; a helicopter crashing; and the glimpse of the wall-enclosed city, with hordes of infected lurking outside.
    • North by Northwest - The opening credits music evokes Bernard Herrmann's score for this Alfred Hitchcock film. The credits themselves are presented in the style of Saul Bass, the famous animator who designed the credits for several Hitchcock films.
    • Shaun of the Dead - Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reprise their roles as Shaun and Ed respectively. Additionally the Fireside Girls attempt to hide themselves as pharmacists to move through the mindless repulsive pharmacist much how Shaun's group did to get to the Winchester.
    • Aliens - Buford cries out "Game over, man!" much like Pvt. William Hudson (played by Bill Paxton) says in the 1986 sequel to Alien.
    • The Rocky Horror Picture Show - The "Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky!" gag is parodied. Of course, as many know, Richard O'Brien, Lawrence's voice actor created the stage show and movie.
    • Ghostbusters - Ferb paraphrases Dr. Egon Spengler's line from the original 1984 movie: "I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought."
    • The Omega Man - Carl refers to Perry as the Omega Platypus which is a nod to the 1971 post apocalyptic zombie movie.
    • The Invasion - Perry is rescued by Doofenshmirtz from a horde of infected , on board an helicopter, at same way the Nicole Kidman's character did.
  • Saturday Night Fever - Doof and Norm dance like the the main characters of the movie
  • Left 4 Dead - Buford triggers the alarm of a parked car, alerting the horde of pharmacists just outside the building. This is one of the main mechanics in the video game Left 4 Dead. Isabella also yells, "Here they come!" which is what the game says in Left 4 Dead when a Crescendo Event starts. It's also the line that Louis says in the game.
  • Die Hard - Buford and Doof say, "Yippee-ki-yay!" like Bruce Willis in this film.
  • The Karate Kid - When Candace, Vanessa, and Heinz are gearing up to hold off the mindless repulsive pharmacists, Heinz starts in the Crane kick position from the movie.
  • The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions - The entire population of Danville getting morphed into clones of Heinz, is sort of reminiscent of the population of the Matrix being turned into clones of Agent Smith.
  • The Dirty Dozen - Phineas using a scale model to describe his plan in numbered steps is reminiscent of a similar scene in the film where Major Reisman (Lee Marvin) uses a model to go over steps of an attack plan.
  • "Katie, bar the door!" - When Gretchen says this, she refers to Catherine Douglas, who barred a door to prevent assassins from getting King James I of Scotland in 1437.  The poem "The King's Tragedy", published in 1881, states the idiom of "Catherine, keep the door!" which would be later used in James Whitcomb Riley's poem "When Lide Married Him", in 1894 becoming "Katy, bar the door!" meaning that there is trouble ahead.[1]
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Buford yells out "Sanctuary!" like Quasimodo from this Victor Hugo novel.
  • Sir Francis Bacon - Two references are made to the famous English scientist who passed away from a severe case of pneumonia testing on how meat would freeze.
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Isabella says "Hit me with your bounce shot" as she gets zapped by the rubber ray referring to the title of Pat Benatar's 1980 hit song.
  • Monopoly - The Drusselsteinian board game Kleptocracy is a spoof of this famous Hasbro property game, based on Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • Austin Powers - During "Army of Me", Doof says "yeah baby" in a similar way that Austin Powers (Mike Myers) does in the film series.
  • Chess - Triangulation is an endgame chess tactic.
  • Land Surveying- Triangulation is the technique used by surveyors to determine the height and/or location of a position that can be observed but not occupied. Three elements are needed, either two distances and one angle or one distance and two angles.
  • Attack on Titan- The wall around Danville at the end of the episode is reminiscient of the wall around the city in Attack on Titan.

Tales from the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension

  • Tales from Longpuddle - The episode title is from a novel written by Thomas Hardy.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day - The setup of Candace's bed frame as a pull-up bar in the opening scene is the same as Sarah Connor's setup in the opening scene of this film.
  • Lord of the Rings - Some random voices in the beginning are heard whispering Elvish, a language created for this novel series by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Charlene's voice-over is similar to Galadriel's voice-over at the beginning of the movie.
  • Sepulveda Boulevard - When the male voice attempts to "speak" Elvish, he simply says "Sepulveda", which is the name of a boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
  • Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi - Doof-2's line, "There is another Doofenshmirtz", parodies Yoda's line, "There is another Skywalker".
  • Take Me Along - The song "All the Convoluted Reasons We Pretend to be Divorced" is a parody of Volunteer Firemen's Picnic.
  • The Silence of the Lambs - When Candace visits Doofenshmirtz in prison, the scene is similar to when Clarice visits Hannibal Lecter for the first time. Also, when Candace brings Doofenshmirtz to her base, he is restrained on a moving dolly and wearing the bite guard saying fava beans repeatedly.
  • A League of Their Own - Holly's outfit during "Sports" resembles the uniforms worn by the girls in the movie.
  • The West Wing - One of the newly graduated O.W.C.A. agents is a flamingo. This is a subtle allusion to Allison Janney's character from The West Wing, whose secret service code name was "flamingo."

Doof 101

  • King Kong - Johnny is climbing up the school bell tower while taking Vanessa with him, similar to how King Kong climbs up the Empire State Building, taking Ann Darrow with him, making it the second time this movie is parodied after "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister".
  • 90s Sitcoms - Allusions/Season 4 is a parody of the 90s High School themed sitcoms.
  • The Simpsons - Principal Lang is similar to Superintedent Chalmers.
  • Star Trek - Napoleon tells Wendell they are about to go where no bug has gone before.
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Becky keeps a crossbow in her pack just like the title character of this show.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame - This is the second episode to use the "Sanctuary" line from the novel after "Night of the Living Pharmacists".
  • Theme song - Doof sings there are 261 days until next summer vacation to the tune of the title sequence of the show. 365 minus 104 is equal to 261.
  • Batman - Doof refers Perry as a deformed tiny torquoise man. In Batman there is a deformed character who also looks like a bird ("The Penguin")

Act Your Age

  • Family Guy - Dan and Swampy appear reading mail as Brian and Stewie do in "Viewer Mail".
  • Harry Potter - Phineas mentions that the school Ferb will be attending in England, Camford on Oxbury, sounds like a wizard school. Ferb denies this, before admitting that there is some wizarding.
  • The Crystal Maze - When Phineas is in the booth surrounded by flying paper it looks like the last round of the UK game show (originally presented by cast member Richard O'Brien)
  • The Diamond Head Game and Beat The Clock - The booth that Phineas and Ferb use to decide what college to go to bears a resemblance to the volcano wind machine from the 1970's Hawaiian based The Diamond Head Game and the 'Swirling Whirlwind of Cash and Prizes' from the 2002-2003 version of the classic stunt show Beat the Clock.
  • Cambridge and Oxford - Ferb's college choice is a parody of these two rival English Universities.
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - When Doofenshmirtz is standing on the Yacht he references to Perry the plot to the book except on the ocean and not on a river.
  • The Brady Bunch - The way Ginger says "Mishti, Mishti, Mishti" is like Jan's "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha".
  • Grease - When Phineas and Isabella kiss, the romantic orchestral/choral rendition of Isabella's "What'cha doin'?" theme strongly resembles the rendition to "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" from the opening scene of the 1978 film adaptation of Grease.

Last Day of Summer

  • Groundhog Day - Candace waking up to her alarm and realizing that she's reliving the same day is very similar to Phil Conners (Bill Murray) waking up to "I Got You Babe" and realizing he's living the same day in this film. Also, the groundhogs getting sucked into the anomaly is a wink to the holiday, specifically the moment when Ferb says: "I hope that doesn't mean six more weeks of Nullville".
  • A Christmas Carol - Candace says to Phineas, "You there, boy, what day is it?" in reference to what Ebenezer Scrooge asks in the ending of this Dickens novella.
  • Bill Cosby - Norm feeds Doofenshmirtz chocolate cake for breakfast. Bill Cosby did a standup comedy routine involving having cake for breakfast.
  • The Muffin Man - Doof sings this traditional nursery rhyme.
  • The Langoliers - In an interview with, Dan and Swampy say this episode was inspired by this Stephen King novel. However, contrary to Dan's statement, the novel was not written by King as Richard Bachman.
  • Seinfeld - Doofenshmirtz greets his brother by saying, "Hellooooooo, Roger", which is how Jerry greeted Newman. Incidentally, John O'Hurley, Roger's voice actor, portrayed the recurring role of Mr. Peterman in the final years of the show. This could also be an alusion to the own Phineas and Ferb show due to the fact that everytime Roger sees Heinz he says: "hello Heinz".
  • Doctor Who (series 5) - Holes in space-time eat people and things, causing everybody else to forget about them, and only the tall red-head remembers. Additionally, the time loop animation that restarts each day is a clear reference to the 12th Doctor's title sequence used in Series 8 and 9.
  • The Jeffersons - Doofenshmirtz tells Vanessa that they're "Movin' on up.", which is a line from the show's theme song.
  • George Washington - In one part of the boys' big idea you can see the story of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree.
  • U.S. Marines Corp - Vanessa tells her father that OWCA is "looking for a few good animals". This is a reference to the Marines' advertising slogan, "We're looking for a few good men". The phrase was further popularized by the 1992 film A Few Good Men.
  • Back To The Future II - Phineas and the gang's hoverboard are similar to Martin McFly's hoverboard in that movie.
  • The Twilight Zone - People and objects disappearing from not only existence but from other people's memories is nearly identical to The Twilight Zone episode "And When The Sky Was Opened"

O.W.C.A. Files

  • The Great Escape - When Perry shows the others the model of the hideout, music similar to the theme from this war film is heard.
  • Frozen - Wendell refers to the copier glass as "warm ice", a nod to Olaf, (also voiced by Josh Gad), who was fascinated with the concept of what happens to ice when it warms up.
  • Titanic - Napoleon plays a violin while saying "Gentlemen, it has been an honor serving with you", in reference to this 1997 film. He even plays the same tune the orchestra was playing, "Nearer My God to Thee".
  • Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - The angle of the shot where Napoleon says "Gentlemen, it has been an honor serving with you" is identical to that of the shot where Slim Pickens rides on a falling torpedo like a rodeo horse.
  • Harvey Beaks - The ending of this episode shows images of the characters doing various missions but, it looks very similar to the intro to the Nickelodeon series "Harvey Beaks" created by C. H. Greenblatt.
  • Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi - Doofenshmirtz says "It's a trap" in a similar way Ackbar says it in the movie.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy - The way Parenthesis use a monitor to show himself is similar to The Chief from T.U.F.F. Puppy.
  • asdfmovie - In one scene, Floyd says "I like trains," which is a reference to a running gag used in the YouTube series "asdfmovie."
  • Powerpuff Girls -  The cocroach villain inside a suit is similar to "Roach Coach" of the Powerpuff Girls.


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