The website Movieweb recently caught up with both Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh to discuss the series, the new DVD, The Perry Files, the upcoming Phineas and Ferb movie, and Perry's overall appeal to the general public.
I'll post here the part of the interview in which they discuss interesting news about the upcoming movie:
You guys have a movie coming out in 2013, right?
Dan Povenmire: That's what we hear!
Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh: Why, have you heard something different? Is there something we don't know?
I hear its still moving forward...
Dan Povenmire: Good! We're sill working on that. Hopefully, the movie will play to both audiences better than the show itself does. We're really keeping the adult audience in mind for the feature. Its still in the development patterned. The second draft is being worked on right now.
Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh: I think making a feature for an ongoing series presents a whole lot of specific and unique challenges. We want to make sure we get it right. Everyone at Disney seems to love the show as much as we do. So, everybody has a vested interested in making sure it can be the best it can possibly be. That it checks all the boxes. We're working on it!
How is the soundtrack coming along for the movie? I know each episode of the show has one new song. Are you creating quite a few new tunes for this?
Dan Povenmire: We are moving through the same process. We go through the story first, and then we figure out where a song will fit in. Then, we write the song around that. The songwriting on the show has become an easier process for us than writing songs for the bands that we were both in. Because, we are not trying to get out our inner demons. There is no angst involved. We have to write a song about this specific thing, and we have about a minute to do it.
Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh: We are singing about muffins, and giraffes...We have sixty seconds to fill, so...Go!
Dan Povenmire: We are just writing silly little pop songs about these different little things. We decide on a musical genre. Then the story dictates the musical chorus. We work towards that to make a melody that we like...
Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh: The difference on a movie is that we are going to write the entire song. When you are working within an eleven-minute format, you tend to write a song, and only use a small portion of it. You only have eleven minutes, so you can't do a whole three to five minute number. In the movie, we will have the joy and freedom of writing the whole song. We actually have a list of songs that we keep saying, "One day we must finish this!" They are really great songs, and we only have about 45 seconds of them.
Dan Povenmire: Yeah, you get a verse or two and the chorus. Then it's over. Because of these time constraints.
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I found another interview made by MTV Geek News on 30/05. Dan and "Swampy" also talk a bit about the movie on this:
Geek: I’m sure you never get this question at all: what’s going on with the Phineas & Ferb feature film?
DP: [Laughs] We’re in development, we’re working on it. The second draft of it is being written right now.
JM: It’s something that presents a lot of challenges, because we have an ongoing series... So there’s a lot of things we can’t do with the characters -- and there’s a whole lot of things we’ve already done with the series. It’s just something that, thank gosh, Disney’s let us take the time to create the story that’s new and fresh, and that we really want to tell... And is going to be fun for the fans, because we care about the characters a lot. We’ll get there.
Geek: Before I let you guys go, what’s coming up for the show?
DP: It’s sort of hard to figure out what hasn’t been on the air yet, because we work a year ahead of time. We do have a big event this Summer, a two parter cliffhanger that will be coming out this Summer. You’ll get the first half in July, and the second half in August. The kids have to wait to find out the answers to all the questions we pose ‘em in the first half.
JM: The nice thing with the fourth season in general is we’re really getting to stretch and try some different stuff that breaks the format in some really cool ways. We just did an episode where we follow the delivery guy, wonderfully voiced by Christian Slater, and we go with him through the whole episode while he delivers things to Doofenshmirtz and Olga and Phineas and Ferb... And it was a great episode that didn’t follow any of our regular rules, and we really enjoyed it. We’re getting to do a lot more of that in the fourth season.
DP: We have an episode coming up that is basically only Doofenschmirtz and Perry trying to find their way back to Danville after having zapped themselves into the middle of the desert. So it’s just Doofenschmirtz and Perrt walking through the desert for almost the entire episode. I think we check on Phineas at the very beginning, and the very end... And that makes me happy.
Read the full interview here.
That's all for now,