In late 2012, in one of the largest deals in the entertainment industry ever, The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm, the production company best known for the creation of the Star Wars franchise.
Just after the deal was officially announced, Dan Povenmire, the creator of Disney’s animated hit “Phineas & Ferb” knew that he had to somehow marry his show with the Star Wars universe in a way that would gain both traction and attention.
For the uninitiated, “Phineas & Ferb” is an animated musical comedy about two step-brothers who have outrageous adventures, much the chagrin of their sister, Candace. The show also features Perry the Platypus whose mission is to foil any and all plots perpetrated by an evil scientist named Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
“My goal was to show everyone the possibilities of what we could do using the Star Wars foundation and weaving it into the framework of ‘Phineas & Ferb,’ said Povenmire.
So he did the thing that he knows best how to do – he put pen to paper and sketched. Quickly, he drew the evil, yet affable, villain Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz as Darth Vader.
“It really was just that quick. I just had the idea right away and let it flow. And, I have to say it was really fun to do,” confessed Provenmire.
Combining the two characters in such a creative way did the trick. The powers that be jumped on the idea, resulting in a Star Wars themed episode of “Phineas & Ferb” that’s currently in the works.
“We’ve done roughly 126 episodes of this show,” explains Povenmire, “and during production we’re working on, well, it feels like about 20 shows at a time. We’re fleshing out the story for one, putting the music together for another, editing another, and so on. It’s non-stop, but in a good way.”
While the schedule is hectic, Povenmire insists that this is fine with him. “It can get a bit frantic, but the end result is totally worth all of the work.”
He’s particularly excited about the Star Wars episode, saying, “This is just something that wasn’t possible a few years ago, obviously, because of all of the legalities of it, but once the seemingly impossible part became possible, then everything surrounding this episode seems possible. I can’t wait to share it with our viewers.”
The Star Wars themed episode of “Phineas & Ferb” will air on the Disney Channel in July.
“Phineas & Ferb” episodes currently airs on the Disney and DisneyXD.
For specific episodes and showtimes, please check your local listings.
For more information about the show, please visit the “Phineas & Ferb” site here.