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The Music of Phineas and Ferb Highlighted at SDCC 2014


How does music make Disney’s Phineas and Ferb a great cartoon for kids of all ages? That’s a thought-provoking question that will finally see some worthy attention, including a 15-minute interview with Phineas and Ferb Creators Swampy Marsh and Dan Povenmire, as well as Composer Danny Jacob.

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When ToonBarn Head Writer Marc Morrell interviewed Dan and Swampy previously, over the phone, for past articles, it was when Disney was releasing DVDs for The Perry Files or Mission Marvel. This time, Marc met up with Dan, Swampy, AND Composer Danny Jacob in person at San Diego Comic-Con.

The panel these 3 gentlemen were appearing on was the BMI/White Bear PR “The Character of Music” panel on July 25th at SDCC 2014. The completely packed panel included a dynamic discussion on the working relationship between composers, creators and executive producers for some of today’s top cable TV network shows, including A&E, AMC and Disney. The panelist pairings featured composer Chris Bacon and producer Christopher Nelson (A&E’s Bates Motel); composer Paul Haslinger and creator/executive producer Christopher C. Rogers (AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire); and composer Danny Jacob and creators/executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (Disney’s Phineas and Ferb). Panel topics also included the role of music as a character in the story and the intense process of scoring television projects. BMI Director, Film/TV Relations Anne Cecere, produces the panel annually and also served as the moderator. The panel was followed by a Q&A, with selected fans receiving exclusive autographed giveaways.

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Before the panel, Marc talked to this amazingly talented trio about the musical components of Phineas and Ferb, the way these processes have changed since the start of the show in 2006, and how musical themes are created, based on characters, setting and context. We also talked about how the Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special episode differed in the way the music was orchestrated, based on the blending of John Williams’ dramatic score for Star Wars and Danny Jacob’s existing Phineas and Ferb themes.

Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars debuted on the Disney Channel on July 26, 2014 and has had many replays, as well as being available OnDemand from many cable/satellite providers. You can catch this episode as well as other past episodes at WatchDisneyXD.com or the “Watch Disney XD” app on iTunes (IOS) or the Google Play store (Android).

New episodes of Phineas and Ferb debut every Friday at 8 PM ET on Disney Channel. Check local listings.

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Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.

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