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"Der Kinderlumper"
Doofenshmirtz tells about the Kinderlumper.
Season: 4
Production code: 404a
Broadcast number: 181
Story by:
Jim Bernstein
Written & Storyboarded by:
Michael B. Singleton
Michael Diederich
Directed by:
Robert F. Hughes
"Assistant Director":
Derek Thompson
Broadcast Information
Disney Channel US Premiere:
February 15, 2013
Disney XD US Premiere:
April 13, 2013
International Debut:
May 1, 2013 (Disney Channel France)
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Paired with
"Just Desserts"
You know, a gigantic troll with sharp teeth, nose like a broom handle, he grabs children, puts them in a gundersack if they... you never heard of this?

— Heinz Doofenshmirtz

The boys create Rutabaga-themed vehicles when Candace is chosen to be Rutabaga princess and gets to start the "Running of the Chinchillas." Across town, Doofenshmirtz plans to turn himself into a real live Kinderlumper to scare Roger into relinquishing control of the Tri-State Area over to him.

Episode Summary

The episode opens at Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated in the middle of the night. Dr. Doofenshmirtz wakes up from a nightmare about the Kinderlumper, before coming to an evil realization.

The next day, Candace is dressed as the Rutabaga Princess, preparing for the 100th Annual Running of the Chinchillas. Stacy figures out that Candace wants to be Rutabaga Princess so she can be on TV, hopefully escalating her path to stardom, and making Stacy "famous by association."

Phineas calls out to Candace, having had Baljeet genetically alter rutabaga to make vehicles for her to ride in during the Running as he, Ferb, Buford, Baljeet, and Isabella demonstrate the vehicles, Candace declines and leaves with Stacy to start the Running. Meanwhile, Linda realizes she needs to be in Badgertown for the end of the Running, Perry enters his lair, where Major Monogram and Carl are handicapping the Running. Monogram tells Perry that Doofenshmirtz is planning to attend, and must be up to something. At that moment, Perry leaves to find out.

At the start of the Running, newsman Mike Van Hatofapilgrim reports while Candace initiates the event with the help of her Tuber Troubadour, Irving. The Running starts, and Candace and Stacy run alongside the chinchillas. Over at D. E. Inc., Perry arrives as Doofenshmirtz is putting the finishing touches on his Kinderlumper-inator. The scientist announces that he is planning to turn himself into a Kinderlumper, but Perry has never heard of the Kinderlumper. Doofenshmirtz explains the tale of the Kinderlumper by means of a song that his mother used to sing to him: the Kinderlumper is a giant, nasty troll who takes misbehaving children and puts them in a gundersack.

After telling the story, Doofenshmirtz enters his Kinderlumper costume, planning to turn himself into a Kinderlumper and scare his brother into giving up control of the Tri-State Area. He activates the -inator, but Perry starts fighting him, and they both get zapped, turning into Kinderlumpers. The -inator fires again, straight through the hole Perry used to get into the building.

While Candace and Stacy are still running, the ray hits the chinchillas behind them, turning them giant and troll-like. The two girls see this and take off. The chinchillas knock over the news van, and Mike tells his assistant to call in a news chopper. Back at D. E. Inc., Perry has destroyed the Kinderlumper-inator before turning his rage towards Doofenshmirtz, who then lures him towards a giant X on the floor before dropping a cage on him, trapping him. Doofenshmirtz then happily leaves to scare his brother at the end of the Running, and Perry is unable to get out from the cage, much to his discomfort.

At the Flynn-Fletcher house, the kids are preparing to cheer Candace on, when the two girls come running up to tell them about the giant chinchillas. They all get in the rutabaga vehicles to flee, as Mike continues to report from the chopper. However, the vehicles are not fast enough, and all the kids are gradually overcome by the wave of chinchillas. Candace and Stacy's vehicle crashes into a fire hydrant; Stacy is trapped and tells Candace to run as she too is stampeded. At the Running's finish line, Melanie tells Roger that the chinchillas should be there soon, but is frightened by the giant Kinderlumper (Doofenshmirtz) arriving. Everyone else is frightened as well of the Kinderlumper's presence, except for Roger, who is unexpectedly very excited about this. Doofenshmirtz is confused by his brother's lack of terror and asks him if he had remembered the Kinderlumper song that their mother sang. It was then Roger tells him that their mother sang him a different version presenting the Kinderlumper as a loving, gift-bringing creature. Realizing that (as the Kinderlumper) he cannot scare Roger at all, an upset Doofenshmirtz mopes in defeat, much to Roger's confusion.

At that time, the ray's effects wear off, turning Doofenshmirtz, Perry, and the chinchillas back to normal. Candace dramatically reaches the end of the Running, telling her parents to save themselves, before the now-normal chinchillas run over her. Lawrence asks Linda if she was this dramatic when she was Rutabaga Princess; she affirms. The kids and Stacy run up to Candace, congratulating her on her excellent Running as Rutabaga Princess. Candace asks how they weren't stampeded; Phineas reveals that they were, but the chinchillas were fluffy enough that no one was harmed. Mike comes up and reveals that they got it all on tape, including the kids and the rutabaga vehicles, pleasing Candace. However, the chinchillas climb in the helicopter (with the camera inside) and pilot it away, to Mike and Candace's chagrin. Phineas then sees Perry (who has escaped from the cage after he was turned back to normal) and greets him.


For a full transcript of "Der Kinderlumper", click here.


End Credits

Young Heinz is bouncing on his bed when his mother comes in to warn him: if he doesn't stop, he'll be visited by the Kinderlumper. Heinz goes to bed, but the Kinderlumper immediately appears in the window.

Disney XD UK broadcasts show the song "Perry the Platypus".

Disney Spain broadcasts either "Rock Climbing Wall" or "Shake Your Body"


Der Kinderlumper title card
The image gallery for "Der Kinderlumper" may be viewed here.

Running Gags

I Know What We're Gonna Do Today!


The "Too Young" Line


Ferb's Line

He is seen screaming with Phineas when they are stampeded on by the giant chinchillas.

Candace: Phineas! I thought you were stampeded!

Phineas: We were! But it didn't hurt. They were big, but they were still fluffy.

Ferb: It's like being run over by cotton candy, but less sticky.

What'cha doin'?


Hey, where's Perry?


Oh, there you are, Perry

Phineas: Oh, there you are, Perry. (picks him up) Get over here, you hairy little beast! (Perry chatters)

Perry's entrance to his lair

Perry places a black hole on the wall, climbs through it, and removes it.

Evil Jingle


Memorable Quotes

Candace: So, what do you think?

Stacy: I think you look like you just fell off a turnip truck, and then got run over by a rutabaga truck.

Candace: Yeah yeah, real funny.
Candace: And now, I must leave. My public awaits.

Stacy: Yeah, and I must go be famous by association.

Phineas: And to think, we knew Stacy before she was famous by association.
Mike: Wow, this is incredible! I've never been in a helicopter before!
Stacy: Can't this thing go any faster?!
Candace: I got the fennel pedal all the way to the rutabaga metal! And yes, I know it's a weird sentence.
Mike: (from the chopper) Oh, those poor innocent kids. (covering his eyes) I can't watch. It's just-It's just—I'm gonna step outside where I can—WOOOOOOAHH! Did you see that?! I almost stepped out of the helicopter! Did you just see that?!
Roger: Funny, I'd never thought the Kinderlumper would be such a crybaby.

Background Information

  • "Kinderlumper" seems to be the match-up of the German word "kinder", meaning "children", and "lumper", which is someone who unloads cargo. The name could also be a play on the word "Kinderräuber", which means "kidnapper" in German.
  • Gordon Tokumatsu, a local news reporter who was the inspiration for Gordon Gutsofanemu, voices Mike Van Hatofapilgrim.
  • This is the only episode in which it has a unique credit sequence, but is not the second segment.

Production Information

  • This episode was aired on Disney Channel on Demand on February 8, 2013.
  • This episode debuted on February 15 at 9:30 PM ET/PT instead of the usual 9 PM slot.
  • These episode's alternate credits were launched in the USA only.
  • When broadcast alone, the credits play the unique video as explained above, but when broadcast with "Just Desserts" it uses the credits from said episode instead.
  • This episode aired exactly five years after "Are You My Mummy?"
  • Despite only appearing in the credit sequence, which is only shown when the episode airs by itself, Cloris Leachman still receives credit.

International Premieres

  • May 1, 2013 (Disney Channel France)
  • May 8, 2013 (Disney Channel Portugal)
  • May 20, 2013 (Disney XD Italy)
  • May 27, 2013 (Disney Channel Brazil and Latin America)
  • May 30, 2013 (Disney XD Poland)
  • June 1, 2013 (Disney Channel Spain)
  • June 2, 2013 (Disney XD Spain)
  • June 15, 2013 (Disney Channel Asia)
  • July 14, 2013 (Disney XD Latin America)
  • September 2, 2013 (Family Channel, Canada)
  • September 9, 2013 (Disney Channel Russia)
  • September 28, 2013 (Disney Channel Hungary and Scandinavia)
  • October 2, 2013 (Disney XD Germany)
  • September 7, 2014 (RCTI Indonesia)


  • When Phineas grabs Perry, the lines on Ferb's clothes disappear briefly.



  • 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".



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