A conversation with Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh

150609_CBOX_DanSwampyOffice.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlargeSlate has a great interview up with both Dan and Swampy and if you loved the series like I do, you’ll enjoy this article.

As the final episode of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb airs this weekend I am proud to have been a small part of it and none of it would have been possible without Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh who were actually great bosses and did a fantastic job of bring the ‘funny’ out of everyone as we wrote and boarded the shows. I only worked on 7 of the episodes and did some revisions for the Phineas and Ferb Movie (which is how I got to be on the series full time) but everyone still let me feel like a part of the team which was a great feeling considering everyone else had two seasons under their belt. It also points to why it was so successful, because Dan and Swampy really were open to any sort of joke and they say as much in this interview.


From the site:

Povenmire: The reason we wanted to do several stories at once is Rocky & Bullwinkle, because that was what we grew up with. But they did it as an anthology, where they’d check in on one story and come back. The formula really came from Snuffleupagus onSesame Street, and how Big Bird had this big, furry, mastodon-type character that only he would see, and then he would, like, go to try to find other people to get them to bring them back and show them the Snuffleupagus, and then the Snuffleupagus would always …

You can read the entire article here.

Help Olivia!

4874762_1433830546.6728Oh no… Why have I not heard about this before? I worked with Olivia’s father Kyle on Phineas and Ferb… he’s an incredibly talented man, with a love for animating and storyboarding. My heart breaks for him and his family. Give your support if you can. http://www.gofundme.com/pleasehelpolivia

Olivia Esther Menke (18) of Burbank, CA, suffered a traumatic brain injury on June 6th when a Los Angeles County fire truck struck the car she was driving on Pacific Coast Highway, and she remains in the ICU in critical condition at UCLA Medical Center. Just days from graduating as Salutatorian from Providence High School in Burbank, Olivia had volunteered to take her aunt and little cousin who were in town for the graduation sightseeing in Malibu, with her brother Carl also along for the ride. Although the boys escaped serious injury, Olivia’s aunt also suffered injuries and remains hospitalized but in stable condition. As anyone who knows Olivia well could attest, she personifies care and caution, and would be devastated to think that this accident happened on her watch.

Olivia is an extremely rare young woman of character, diligence and compassion. The oldest of four children, Olivia’s innate desire to work hard and excel has been felt not only by her family through her devotion to them, but by everyone who has ever the had chance to get to know her and call her friend. A graduate of St. Finbar School in Burbank, Olivia received Providence’s Pioneer of Excellence Scholarship as an entering freshman. A merit-based award granted only to the smallest percentage of students who maintain high GPAs with test scores to match, Olivia maintained her scholarship through all four years of high school.

Shy by nature, Olivia truly blossomed during her time at Providence and constantly worked to push herself outside her comfort zone and to take advantage of every opportunity she could find to better herself. During her time at Providence High School she maintained straight A’s and was part of the Spanish Honor Society; she was a scholar-athlete, having played girls basketball and volleyball all four years, and serving as captain of the volleyball team her senior year. Olivia was an NSF member and became ASB President, working up the courage to run and becoming a polished public speaker. Desiring a career in business, Olivia was accepted to Bentley University in Waltham, MA, receiving their highest academic award—the Presidents Scholarship. She also received the Women in Leadership Scholarship as well as the Disney Scholarship.

A young woman of health, promise, ambition and excitement for her bright future, Olivia now faces the greatest challenge of her young but very accomplished life—a six-month to two-year-long recovery process to regain her brain function and physical strength. But if anyone can do it, Olivia Menke can.


Wade Wisinski

What is your name and your current occupation?
Wade Wisinski,  Line Producer,  The Looney Tunes Show, Warner Bros. Animation.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I owned and operated a chain or retail comic book stores. The shop in Newhall, CA is still there with fabulous new ownership – Brave New World – check it out. If you have ever spent any quality time in a comic book store, you may get a pretty good idea of what it would be like to work, live, eat, and sleep in one. All of the stereotypes are true.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
All of them pretty much. I’ve been fortunate to have begun working on Kevin Smith’s Clerks, then the first three seasons of Kim Possible, The Spectacular Spider-Man (my favorite Spider-Man interpretation by far…). Most recently some classic character takes – Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and The Looney Tunes Show.

How did you become interested in animation?
Animated films and televisions shows were the first movies and TV I watched, which is typical. That’s all I knew for a while, really. I was obsessed with comic books, but animation was always around. As I became more entrenched in Continue reading

Ed Ghertner

is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Ed Ghertner and at the moment I’m a Designer at Walt Disney T.V. Animation

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I was young when I got my first gig in animation,but the jobs I had ranged from a grocery clerk, auto mechanics assistant and gardener.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
While going to Cal Arts some of the students were privileged to work on the first Muppet Movie for one then I would say Continue reading

Eddie Mort

What is your name and your current occupation?

Eddie Mort.  Occupation?  Well I animate, storyboard, design and composite. Sometimes for shows you may actually see.  I work with Lili Chin under the name Fwak! Animation.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I only had two jobs before I got into animation.  Filing Clerk at the Department Of Veterans Affairs, and pumping gas.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Mucha Lucha! for Warner Bros Animation because we were able to bring an awareness of Lucha Libre to US broadcast television.  I am also proud of the feature film Lili Chin and I did together - Los Campeones de la Lucha Libre.  Though we only had the budget equivalent of just over two TV episodes, we managed to produce a theatrical feature.
How did you become interested in animation?
Animation was always something that really super talented people did and I never considered It was for the likes of me.  It was through watching Ralph Bakshi’s films I realized it didn’t all have to be slick and polished.  His films – and the original Ren & Stimpys – showed me Continue reading