Producers Compare 'Phineas & Ferb' Film to 'Roger Rabbit' Hybrid Mix
by Alex Billington
November 7, 2011
Just last week it was revealed that Oscar winning writer Michael Arndt was coming onto the Phineas & Ferb movie now in the works at Disney to take a crack at polishing the script. It was also mentioned that it would be a live-action and animation hybrid mix, which is a big trend in Hollywood, but still a bit odd for a show like this. Over this past weekend I met up with producers David Hoberman & Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films (The Fighter, The Muppets) and couldn't help but ask them to clarify what exactly they were planning for this, and I got a great answer about how excited they are to make this movie coming up.
"The next thing we have going that we're both very excited about is Phineas & Ferb, which is an amazingly brilliant Disney channel show that we're turning into a film that I cannot wait to be a part of," Lieberman told me in the interview (full video forthcoming). It turns out he's a big fan of the show himself, but I asked about how it would work, since it's a straight animation show. "It would be like Roger Rabbit, where we'd keep those characters and put them in the real world," he said, referencing Zemeckis' 1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit animation-hybrid classic. "But the show is truly brilliant, the humor, the irreverence, and it's something that we're thrilled to be a part of, seems like a great opportunity." Sounds like it's in good hands.
Animation hybrids aren't uncommon nowadays, but they're often CGI mixes, like Yogi Bear or Fox's Alvin in the Chipmunks series, but since Phineas & Ferb is a conventional 2D animated show, they're going to stay true to that in bringing it to the big screen. Phineas & Ferb, created by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire in 2007, who also wrote the first draft of the script, already got a feature film once in the form of Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension shown as a TV special. No director is attached to this movie yet, as it's still in the script development phase right now. I'm liking what I'm hearing so far and they're certainly in good territory referencing Who Framed Roger Rabbit, we'll be sure to keep you updated!