Amazing Kids! Magazine

Interview with the Creators and Voice Talents of Phineas & Ferb

By Perry Chen, Amazing Movie Reviews Columnist

 

Perry Chen with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (R) & Dan Povenmire, creators of Phineas & Ferb at Comic-Con

Of all Comic-Con panels and events, my #1 favorite was the “Phineas and Ferb” panel, it was “Perrific”!  This year, I got invited to a special one-on-one press interview with the creators and voice talents of my favorite TV show!

If you don’t already know about the Disney “Phineas & Ferb” TV show, Phineas and Ferb are two step-brothers who make the most of each day by building huge machines in their backyard, such as roller coasters, magic portals, and scale models of Niagara Falls!  Their pet, Perry the Platypus, is actually a secret agent working for the government, who foils the schemes of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, an evil scientist that builds machines to destroy things that have angered him in the past.  Candace, the semi-neurotic teenager who is Phineas’s big sister, obsesses about getting Phineas and Ferb in trouble while at the same time spending time with her boyfriend Jeremy.  Phineas’s mom and Ferb’s dad never seem to notice unusual things that are happening right in front of them!

On the panel, there were the two creators of the show, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh as well as voice talents Vincent Martella (Phineas), Ashley Tisdale (Candace), and Dee Bradley Baker (Perry the Platypus).  I thought that the clips of “Across the Second Dimension (in 2D),” the new “Phineas & Ferb” feature film looked very interesting.

Perry Chen interviews Jeff Swampy Marsh & Dan Povenmire, creators of Phineas & Ferb

The show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh gave me insight on the characters and shared behind-the-scenes stories.  Have you noticed that many cartoon characters have 4 instead of 5 fingers, including Phineas and Ferb?  Do you know why Candace always obsesses about busting Phineas and Ferb?  Watch my interview below to find out:

Perry Chen with Dee Bradley Baker, voice of Perry the Platypus at Comic-Con

Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of Perry the Platypus made interesting animal sounds, including his signature platypus sound.  It was quieter than I expected.   We also discussed the biology of platypus, and if my name Perry came before or after “Phineas and Ferb” show.  What a fun interview!  Watch:

Perry Chen with Vincent Martella, voice of Phineas at Comic-Con

Ashley Tisdale, voice of Candace at Comic-Con

Phineas and Ferb is my #1 favorite TV show.  I watch every single episode as soon as it comes out and keep an eye out for upcoming ones. I love it because it is hilarious, interesting and often has a clever twist at the end.  The show is my mom’s favorite cartoon, because it is very clever, funny, and sometimes has a lesson to it. “Phineas and Ferb” show accurately represents family dynamics and the dreams and desires of kids very well too.

Perry with his "Perry the Platypus" drawing

Copyright 2011 by Perry S. Chen

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Perry S. Chen is an 11-year-old award-winning film critic, artist, entertainment personality, filmmaker and animator. He writes movie reviews for San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network, Amazing Kids!, and his own website Perry’s Previews (http://perryspreviews.com). Connect with him on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/perryspreviewsfan