A Day With 'Phineas and Ferb' Series creators show what it takes to bring an animated episode to life
It's not often one gets the chance to see the inner workings of an Emmy-nominated animated series, but that's exactly what I had the opportunity to do during my day with "Phineas and Ferb
" at Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. I wanted to see the many things that occur during a typical day of creating this Disney Channel series, but as Phineas and Ferb always say, "There's no such thing as an ordinary day."
"Phineas and Ferb" focuses on two stepbrothers and the wild backyard adventures they have during summer vacation. This series premiered in February 2008 to a worldwide audience -- a first for a Disney Channel original series. The show's U.S. premiere was marketed as "Phineas and Ferb-uary" because new episodes aired each day in February.
After arriving on the Walt Disney Studios lot, I was introduced to series creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, who worked as layout artists on "The Simpsons" in
the mid-1990s. One night at dinner, Povenmire drew on the butcher-paper tablecloth the triangle-headed kid who would become Phineas. The rest, as they say, is history -- or at least a successful animated series.