Disney Channels Worldwide has ordered a third season of the Emmy-nominated hit series “Phineas and Ferb” for its Disney XD and Disney Channel platforms.
Created and executive-produced by Dan Povenmire (“Family Guy“) and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (“The Simpsons” and “Rocko’s Modern Life“) and featuring a notable voice cast, the series is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation.
In making the announcement, Gary Marsh, president, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide, said:
Phineas and Ferb’ is the simplest of ideas – two brothers determined to do something unique, something outrageous every single day of their 104 days of summer vacation — and Dan and Swampy have executed it with brilliant comedic flair.
Walt Disney Records will debut the “Phineas and Ferb” soundtrack, featuring 26 original songs from the series, in September. “Phineas and Ferb” has also created opportunities for other Disney divisions, including Disney Consumer Products (action figures, apparel and accessories), Disney Publishing (books, comics), Disney Interactive Studios (a fast-selling Nintendo DS game) and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.
“Phineas and Ferb” airs on Disney XD and Disney Channels in more than 135 countries and in 26 languages around the world. In fourth quarter 2008, it reached more than 135 million Total Viewers. In the U.S., 2009 to-date, “Phineas and Ferb” is TV’s #1 animated primetime series among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. It was also #1 in these key demographics for 2008. “Phineas and Ferb” is Disney XD’s #1 program in all key demos.
The talented voice cast is: Vincent Martella (“Everybody Hates Chris“) as Phineas Flynn, Thomas Sangster (“Nanny McPhee“) as Ferb Fletcher, Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody“) as Candace Flynn, Mitchel Musso (“Hannah Montana“) as Jeremy, Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch“) as mom Linda Flynn-Fletcher, Richard O’Brien (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show“) as dad Lawrence Fletcher, Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad”) as Perry the Platypus, Alyson Stoner (“Camp Rock” and “Cheaper by the Dozen”) as Isabella, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh as Major Monogram and Dan Povenmire as Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Recurring guest stars are: Barry Bostwick (“Hannah Montana The Movie“) as Grandpa Clyde, Jane Carr (Broadway’s “Mary Poppins“) as Grandma Fletcher, Bobby Gaylor as Buford, Kelly Hu as Stacy, Allison Janney (“The West Wing“) as Charlene Doofenshmirtz, Tyler Mann as Karl the Intern, Malcolm McDowell as Grandpa Fletcher, John O’Hurley as Roger, Olivia Olson as Vanessa, Maulik Pancholy (“30 Rock“) as Baljeet and Kari Wahlgren (“Bolt“) as Suzy.
Recent guest stars include: Moises Arias (“Hannah Montana“), Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical“), Tim Curry, Billy Ray Cyrus (“Hannah Montana“), Lucy Davis (the UK’s “The Office“), Sheena Easton, Joel Grey (“Cabaret“), Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing“), World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, Mathew Horne (of the UK’s “Gavin & Stacey” and the band Perestroika), Tom Kenny (“Handy Manny,” “SpongeBob SquarePants“), Lorenzo Lamas (“Falcon Crest“), John Larroquette (“Boston Legal“), Vicki Lawrence (“Hannah Montana“), Cloris Leachman (“Mary Tyler Moore“), Damian Lewis (“Band of Brothers” and the ITV drama “The Forsythe Saga“), Vicki Lewis (“NewsRadio“), Bruce MacKinnon (of the UK-based band The Duchess), radio personalities Mark and Brian, Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock“), David Mitchell (“Peep Show” and “That Mitchell and Webb Look“), Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy“), Madison Pettis (“The Game Plan“), recording artist Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup), news personality Geraldo Rivera, JK Simmons (“The Closer“), French Stewart (“3rd Rock from the Sun“), Jennifer Stone (“Wizards of Waverly Place“), Ming-Na (“ER“), Dominic Wood (the UK’s “Dick and Dom in da Bungalow“), Gwendoline Yeo (“Desperate Housewives“) and Steve Zahn (“Sunshine Cleaning“).
In the series, produced in traditional 2D animation, Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother, Ferb Fletcher, set out to conquer boredom and make every day of their 104-day summer vacation count, even if it means building a giant marine aquarium, creating their own video games or rebuilding an alien aircraft. Their older sister, Candace, makes it her mission to get the boys in trouble but every time without fail, the proof she needs mysteriously disappears by the time she can get Mom to come and see her brothers’ antics. Meanwhile, the family’s pet, Perry the Platypus, may seem like any other domesticated house pet but he has a secret life as suave Agent P, deftly battling the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz to save the Tri-State area.
“Phineas and Ferb” has featured over 100 original songs spanning all music genres, including pop, rock, swing and jazz. It was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music (performed by Grammy-nominated artists bowling for Soup). The series was also nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production and a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Cartoon.
New episodes of “Phineas and Ferb” premiere Fridays (8:30 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD. The series also airs Fridays (9:00 and 9:30 p.m. ET/PT and Monday through Saturday at 6:00 p.m.ET/PT).
Wrapping it up
If you have not seen this show, check it out as soon as you can – you will not be disappointed. I think this is a great show, not as great as Fairly Oddparents (yet) but it is on track for some wonderful seasons with so many talented people working on the show.