The popular game Disney Infinity just got even bigger, as a new expansion based on the Phineas and Ferb animated series has been released. Players who pick up the Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack will get the chance to play as either Phineas or Agent P, two incredibly popular characters from the hit Disney Channel show. Each character gets his own corresponding adventure, with Phineas’ mission taking place in a robot-plagued pinball machine and Agent P’s turning into a tribute to old-school games of decades past.
We got a chance to hang out with the show’s creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (pictured above), who also do the voices of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, respectively. They told us about their history with Disney and how it feels to be a part of Disney Infinity’s runaway success.
It all started with a presentation in which the Disney Infinity team showed off the game, then still in development, to Dan and Swampy. By the end of it, the pair was completely sold. “How can we have our characters be part of this?,” they immediately wanted to know. To their surprise, the Infinity team had already worked up sculpts of their two characters and had them on hand. “Like everyone we work with internally at Disney, they seemed to already know the characters pretty well,” Swampy told us. “That made the process pretty easy.”
One of the signature features of Disney Infinity is that, for the first time, characters from different worlds can interact and appear together on the same screen, including relatively new characters like Agent P and classic Disney mainstays like Mickey Mouse. We had ask, how does it feel to see your character palling around with the Mickey Mouse? “Especially for kids that grew up on Disney, it’s a little –[deep breath]– emotional,” said Swampy. “It’s like the first time we saw the walk around characters and they said ‘These are going to be in the parks’ and I just wept,” he added. “That was also because I had just kicked him in the shin,” noted Dan.
The pair are excited to see what fans do with their characters now that they’re a part of Disney Infinity’s toolset for players to create with. “I think they’ve done a good job at capturing the way the show feels. Not just in the movements of the characters, but the feel of the whole Toy Box is the personification of the theme of Phineas and Ferb, which is to get out there and build, create, and make your day the best day you can make it,” Dan told us.
Finally, we had to know, having created a show that is the entry-point into Disney for so many young kids, what are Dan and Swampy’s own oldest Disney memories?
“I was born in San Diego so we went to Disneyland when I was three or four. It’s one of my earliest memories,” Dan recalled. But the thing I remember from growing up about Disney was after we moved to the Midwest. Sunday nights were TV time for the whole family, and we would all sit in front of The Wonderful World of Disney, and everyone was always in the house at that time. I was never outside playing basketball or tag with my buddies; everyone went home to watch. And one of my favorite memories was actually a very frustrating memory, because they were airing a movie called The Scarecrow [of Romney Marsh] that was set in Revolutionary times, about a guy who put on a scarecrow mask. They aired it over two or three Sundays in a row, and I had been watching the whole time, and it was down to the last one when we had a tornado warning! I went to the front door to see if I could see any tornados and I could see three funnel clouds, just as my dad was yanking me into the cellar. I never got to see the end of that movie.”
“I started going to the park earlier than I can remember,” said Swampy. “That was a huge part of my life. We went once or twice a year, at least. I found some of my old E tickets the other day that I still had in a box! My grandpa used to play there every year for the longest time [as a big band leader], at Carnation Plaza Gardens, so the family used to get to go. We all got free passes, and if you went with him, you got to walk through the back which was really special. Those were our family get-togethers for a long, long time.”
The Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack is available now, with all the tools for you and your family to start making your own Disney memories.