A few weeks ago, we gave you the scoop on Disney's Phineas and Ferb and you were left with questions, like "how were the ideas developed?" So we gave you the opportunity to ask the creators anything. So now, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, creators of Disney's Phineas and Ferb, have taken the time to give you the 411 on your most burning questions.
KatieJRod: Out of all the episodes, which one would you like to experience as Phineas and/or Ferb? (i.e. build and ride on your own roller coaster, star in a one-hit-wonder rock band, build a water slide around big Ben, etc.)
Swampy: As a failed rocker, I think being a one-hit-wonder would be the fulfillment of a great dream for me.
Dan: And as another failed rocker I would have to say “raising public awareness of the word ‘Aglet,’” That’s always been a dream.
KatieJRod: When you were casting the show, did you know who you wanted as each role? or did you have a long list? auditions? etc.?
Swampy: – I was living in England at the time and all I ever knew was the voices that Dan sent to me via email. I had no idea who most of the voices belonged to. We didn’t know who we wanted in advance, but we knew what we liked as when we heard it. Vincent, Ashley, Alyson, Thomas, Mitchel and Caroline were all part of that initial group of actors. Richard O’Brien was one actor that we did want to use as soon as we needed to cast Dad and he’s been a real treat to work with. All of the cast members have made their mark on the characters they portray and we are indebted to each of them for their help in bringing our characters to life.
Dan: Alyson was one of the first girls we heard for the role of Isabella, and I knew she was the one the moment I heard her voice. Mitchel was actually the voice of Ferb in the original pilot, but then when we went to series we decided Ferb should be British, but we liked Mitchell so much we cast him as Jeremy. He’s no longer a title character, but he does have a lot more lines now.
TookieBelle: Why did you pick Bowling For Soup to sing the theme song?
Dan: I was a big fan of their’s for a while and thought they really had the right feel of rock and roll exhuberence to fit the show.
Swampy: Well, not only do they rock, but they also have a sense of humor. That’s very important to us. To top it off, their name is ‘Bowling for Soup’! That’s gotta make you smile.
Annette: Why does Ferb and his dad have a British accent?
Swampy: They are from England!
Dan: Britain specifically.
AutumnAnn: How are the ideas developed for all of the activities and inventions Phineas and Ferb make? oh and how did the name Phineas and Ferb come about?
Swampy: We use a random activity and invention idea generator that was originally developed in the 50’s by a man named Roderick Esteban Clarke, an obscure inventor from the Outer Hebrides. His original design was never perfected (or patented) and lay dormant in a wood shed at the north end of his garden until after his untimely death in late in 2004. It was acquired by Dan and me at the estate sale and we had some of the guys at Disney Imagineering see if they could work out the bugs. Long story short, they did and we’ve been using it ever since. The name Phineas was inspired by the hero of the book “Around the World in Eighty Days”, Phileas T. Fogg, a great inventor and adventurer. We thought that the name suited Phineas’ character well. Ferb was a name that Dan and I have been giving characters in our shows for ages. We have a mutual friend named Ferb (who owns more tools than any man I’ve ever heard of) and we just always thought it was cool.
Dan: All of that was true except the bit about the random activity generator…It was actually developed in the 40s, not the 50s.
SaveThePopPunk72: Why did you pick a platypus to be their pet/undercover spy instead of a regular pet?
Dan: Regular in what way?
Swampy: Why not? We had never heard of a Platypus being a regular on any animated show and we thought that was a shame. Duck-billed, web-footed, semi-aquatic AND egg-laying! How could we resist. Besides, no one knows too much about Platypuses (Platypii?) so we felt free to make stuff up.
MikeyXRandom: What inspired the series?
Swampy: The truth is, Dan and I loved working together and we figured that if we created a show and sold it to a network, we could keep on working together. We did, but it took us about 16 years between creating the show and selling it.
Dan: Swampy and I were blessed to have parents who really encouraged creativity so we wanted to do a show that would celebrate a child’s imagination and creativity.
SanJan53: Will Candice ever manage to convince their Mum about what Phineas and Ferb get up to?
Swampy: No, probably not… But then I’ve learned over the years to never say never.
Dan: Wait, that’s not entirely true. There is a special episode coming up, in which Candace actually busts the boys TWICE and no, it is NOT a dream. It really happens . . . just not the way you expect.
AlexHer123: The show seems to share a similar style to a certain crop of 90s cartoons, is that a byproduct of having worked on Rocko’s Modern Life, or just pure accident?
Swampy: Both I think.
Dan: I think it’s more a product of mine and Swampy’s senses of humor, which we also brought to those cartoons as well.
MacaroniMichelle: How long does it take to make an episode?
Swampy: Six feet seven and three quarter inches. If you convert that to time, it’s about 8 months-ish.
Dan: And if you convert THAT to potatoes it’s about three and a half bushels.
K-ron: What was each of your favorite cartoons when you were growing up?
Dan: When I was young I would watch and study anything drawn by Chuck Jones. He was and will always be the master.
Swampy: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Rocky and Bullwinkle… But I still haven’t actually grown up.