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Phineas and Ferb Song Demo: "Dodgers' Rules of Etiquette (Demo)"
November 4, 2010
Jon Colton Barry wrote: The Los Angeles Dodgers (as well as other Major League Baseball teams, I presume) have starting showing these funny little filmed announcements before games explaining the "rules of etiquette," as they apply to the fans at the stadium. They had gotten some celebrities and comedians to shoot a few of these things and then approached Disney about getting "Phineas and Ferb" to lay down the baseball law in an animated short. Martin Olson had the brilliant suggestion that we do it in a song, which would not only allow us to create a more fun, memorable little short, but also would made it easier for us to reuse and repurpose various animated shots of the kids playing and singing and edit them together like a music video without it being obvious we did so.
The original (unrecorded) song I wrote out for this was MUCH longer because, as I quickly found out, the actual "rules of etiquette" were quite extensive and specific (and dry and unmusical as far as language goes) and all the rules needed to be included, for legal reasons, which left very little room, time-wise, for any of that quirky "Phineas and Ferb" humor that the kids all seem to be hopped up on these days. I wrote a whole bunch of random lines and verses and fellow staff writer Jim Bernstein, as well as Dan and Swampy, helped me decide what to keep and how to structure it. I thought it was a good idea to have Doofenshmirtz interrupt the song half-way through because he brings with him that big, absurd insanity (which is always still somehow the most grounded and "human" of all the characters, for some strange reason). The final version of this is one of my favorite Danny Jacobs' productions. The whole "Phineas" crew was invited down to Dodger Stadium on "Phineas and Ferb Night" to see the game. It was amazing and surreal to watch the crowd's reaction to my little song playing on the big Jumbo-Tron screen, complete with lyrics and a little bouncing ball with which to sing along. Afterwards, Dan and Swampy got to throw out the first pitch. This is really the best job in the world sometimes.
Written by Jon Colton Barry (with great editing, lyrical finesse, encouragement and hand-holding from Jim Bernstein, Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh)
Demo performed and produced by Jon Colton Barry.