After four great seasons of fun, imagination, and of course a little busting by Candace, and some evil do-ing by Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz…..it’s all coming to the last day of summer. My son has watched Phineas and Ferb for years. It’s been one of the shows I may have watched when he left the room. One of the shows that reminded me of my childhood summers. Full of imagination and trying to extend the summer, just one day at a time.
We had a party to celebrate The LAst Day of Summer! Phineas and Ferb were there as well as Creators and Executive Producers Dan Povenmire & Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. Great people and good food makes a great event!
We also screened the episode and it was probably the BEST episode (ever) as well. It brought everything around and made you remember some of the episodes from the beginning. You felt closure, yet you were left not with an ending, but more of a pause. Like, somewhere in the future it could be revived again. Which is what I want from a finale.
We also interviewed Creators and Executive Producers Dan Povenmire & Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and by the time it was over I think everyone in the room was teary eyed!
Q: How much of your family life ends up on screen and do they know everything is fair game that happens?
DAN: Well they know anything is fair game that it happens. My daughters are all now about the age of Phineas and Ferb are but they inspire stuff but it’s not usually as direct. We’ve stolen pieces of his son’s life.
Most of our inspiration actually comes from our own childhood you know. ‘Cause Swampy and I were both sort of creative kids and we had creative parents that would allow us to do ridiculous things and were always building. I was the king of my neighborhood.
DAN: ‘Cause I can jump 31 pines cones on my bike. Me and some buddies took sticks and flashlights one day and crawled all the way through our sub division in the drainage pipes that were about 4 ft. tall. We came up but you’d see light ahead and you would come up. You look out through the drainage thing on the side of a curb and we suddenly realize, “Oh wait that’s Overlook Church. That’s like a mile and a half from my house. We should go back.”
There was a manhole right there that we could have easily gotten out of and instead we went back through the drains again.
JEFF: A lot of it, Starts with us putting ourselves back as you know a 10 to 12 year old boy and thinking if you could do anything and that’s pretty easy for us to do. ‘Cause we’re, we’re pretty close to that maturity level.
DAN: We built treehouses. How Phineas and Ferb built treehouses. The treehouses, but also robots. They would move around and fight each other and stuff like that.
JEFF: I look at some of the go carts that we’ve built out of old wheels and stuff. [LAUGHS] Like it’s really amazing that I’m here. And I have all my teeth, most of ‘em.
Q: After 10 years do you have any favorites?
DAN: We have a list of favorites. If I really have to be pressed for a favorite it might be, uh roller coaster because it’s just the one that’s small. An idea of just by ourselves basically. Now when I watch it later for me is Summer Belongs To You, which is our first hour long special. It had the, the Phineas and Isabela in Paris where Isabela’s trying to get him to see how romantic it is and, and Candace and Jeremy you know decide to be boyfriend and girlfriend and then they all get stranded on the desert island and, the last 11 minutes of Summer Belongs To You I think was maybe the best thing.
Then they both talked about the show ending and coming to that decision.
DAN: Well we’ve been doing this for a decade and we felt like this is a good time. I feel like this show is still really good and really fresh. I’m really proud of most of the 4th season as much as I am of the first ones. I felt like let’s go out before it starts feeling tired.
JEFF: There’s a whole new batch of kids that could start in episode one.
DAN: They’re doing a marathon on Disney XD this week starting I think Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s 73 hours straight of Phineas and Ferb. It’s gonna’ be going 24 hours a day, they’re gonna’ do every episode leading up to uh the finale. That’s, that’s a lot of TV.
As the interview went on, you could tell these guys were at that bittersweet moment. Their show, their baby was coming to a close. So many emotions in the room and the one that was the most palpable was the bittersweet feeling.
JEFF: You would be shocked at how many letters we get of people telling us you got us through a really dark time.
DAN: You inspire my kid to be more creative. Somebody sent us this letter that said; it was actually a letter to I think Gary Marsh the head of the head of the channel just saying before their kid was watching Phineas they would sort of get through art class to go out and play and you know and would never draw anything, would never do anything you know. She sent a picture that’s being drawn from before Phineas and it was like, like one line on a piece of paper. I’m gonna’ go out and play. Then a picture that he drew after he started watching Phineas and, all the creativity that she saw coming out of him. [LAUGHS] And [LAUGHS] that makes me proud, but we get a lot of stuff like that. We’ve known the show’s been over for, for a while. We’ve sort of been over it.
A couple of weeks ago when they announced it I was waiting–[LAUGHS] it’s a funny story. I was waiting outside courtroom for Jury Selection. I was on Jury Duty and I like looked at my phone and, Cecilia had sent us the link. “Oh hey it’s finally announced.” I knew it was being announced that week, but I didn’t know what day and so I went ahead. I tweeted it because you know people on twitter sort of suspected the show was over for a while. I said, “Okay it’s finally been, been announced. We came to let you know. It’s been a great summer you know [LAUGHS] and I tweeted it and you know there were hundreds of people saying wonderful things about the show you know.
Some of them were things like, “This is the show that got me through PTSD. This is the show that got me through chemo with my kid, because it was the one thing that would make him smile.” They’re all these kind of things. I started crying like I’m doing right now.
JEFF: I’m sitting at my desk so I can hear tweets and he calls and says, “Have you been reading Twitter?” I’m like, “Yeah.” [LAUGHS]
DAN: I went into the bathroom to splash water on my face ‘cause I gotta’ go in and, answer you know jury questions you know on this thing. I looked at my face and I just looked like a crazy person you know and was like I should just go in like this. It’ll get me out of Jury Duty you know.
There’s all these lasts that happen in animation. We’ve been through all of those, but a couple of weeks ago when she sent me that it didn’t occur to me that there is this whole community of people out there you know and it was– now was the first time they realized it was over, so [OVERLAP] sorry. I don’t mean to cry in front of you guys.
Friday, June 12
Original Series – Special One-Hour Episode Premiere:Phineas and Ferb “Last Day of Summer”
(9:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET/PT)
The summer season is coming to a close and it’s Candace’s last chance to bust her brothers. She is quickly foiled, but is presented with an opportunity to redo the day when she sets off Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s Do-Over-Inator, which results in other consequences like rips in the space-time continuum, the shortening of days and the disappearance of her brothers.
***Disclosure: I attended #PhineasAndFerbEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***