My blog criteria is that every single post needs to reflect my life – in some way or other. And, like it or not, Phineas and Ferb are in my life. We have a Saturday ritual at Life of Yablon HQ which is called ‘Phineas & Ferb hour’. It takes place after our family lunch has finished and involves the Smalls parking their bottoms on the sofa to enjoy 60 minutes of (almost) uninterrupted adventures of the animated stepbrothers Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher. This hour allows us all to function: He can read the papers and I can write. It sets us back to zero preventing any hair pulling or parental explosion.
Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh is the creator and executive producer of our crucial hour of entertainment so I jumped at the chance to interview him earlier today at Soho Hotel, W1. But because I’m not a viewer myself, I asked the Smalls (and my Facebook feed) for some questions:
What initially inspired you to make the series? It all started with a middle aged man rant. Dan (Povenmire) and I were frustrated that kids of today play endless computer games instead of getting out there into the yard making ‘stuff’ – as we had done as young boys.
Why does Candace have a long neck? Quite simply because it made us laugh!
How did Doctor Doofenshmirtz become evil? I’m not sure he is actually that evil. He is really a sad guy looking for attention.
How many episodes have you created? More than 100…. I think something like 126!
How long does each episode take to draw/create? Each one takes around 8-10 months. Every week we start a new one.
Will Candace and Jeremy ever get married? (by the way our Dad is called Jeremy) We hope so. (yes, I think they will but shhhhhh!)
Why doesn’t Ferb usually talk? Well, this is an interesting one; he does but only when he has something really important to say.
(Swampy answered my questions while drawing the pictures below for my Smalls. Who said a man can’t multi-task?)
Here is my final question: IMG_3567 2 2 – Wi-Fi
Swampy was in town to promote the upcoming Mission Marvel special, which premieres on Disney XD this autumn. Mission Marvel will assemble characters from Phineas and Ferb and Marvel’s iconic Super Heroes: Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Thor and Hulk). The television event marks the first crossover-animated television special for Marvel and Disney properties.