Out of all the interviews I did in Los Angeles, this is the interview that helped me to reach rockstar status with my kids. Not only are they HUGE Phineas and Ferb fans, they are huge fans of Milo Murphy’s law. When I told them that I interviewed Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, instantly I was a cool mom. Yes, kids– that is ME above with the creators of Milo Murphy’s Law.
As part of this interviewed the mentioned something that I really loved and it is something that I try to have in my home. They mentioned that one of the purposes of making the shows that they make are to bring back family viewing! Watching a show together as a family is a great way to laugh together, spend time together and talk together. I love Milo Murphy’s Law because it is written in a way that it is enjoyable to kids and adults. It is a fun show that families can enjoy together. We love spending some time every Saturday morning in our Pajamas watching our favorite episodes. My kids spend the rest of the week quoting their favorite lines!
While in Los Angeles, we had the opportunity to screen some of Milo Murphy’s Law. It was a cute episode with a lot of laughter. I actually really enjoyed the episode because we are an RV family and I know first hand the crazy adventures and turns that every trip takes. After watching the episode, Dan Povenmire mentioned that it is, “Really fun to watch that with an audience. We forget sometimes, by the time we’re done with it, none of it’s funny to us anymore ’cause we’ve seen all of those jokes 30 or 40 times each so it’s always a matter of “Well, this made me laugh the first several times I heard it. I should probably leave it in,” because otherwise you end up changing things because you’ve heard them a lot. And it’s always nice when people laugh at the things you thought were funny originally.”
Here ares some highlights of the interview.
Interview with Milo Murphy’s Law creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh
Question: “What is it like, working with Weird Al Yankovic, and how much influence does he have on Milo?”
Answer: “We auditioned hundreds of people for Milo. And we auditioned kids. Seasoned voice actors. You know, people who — whose work we love. But when they try to do that super-positivity thing, it’d always come off sort of Pollyanna and false. And we were just like, we just need to find somebody who just actually has that voice, ’cause the character is sort of modeled after a friend of ours who just sounds that way when he talks. And, you know, he just always sounds really positive. We had him come in, and it was just — just immediately worked. He’s about the nicest guy that we know.”
Question: “Have your grandkids inspired any episode? “
Answer: They show up as little characters in there, too. Yeah, every time you’re with ’em, you know, there’s fun little behaviors and things you don’t think about until you see, you know, your grandkids, people that young, doing stuff that you think it’s funny. So yeah.
Isabella from Phineas and Ferb was named after Dan Povenmire’s daugher and Melissa from Milo Murphy’s Law is named after his niece.
They love finding characters that really work because they are able to push those characters further.
They love looking to see what from the movie is being quoted and are often surprised at the feedback they get from the episode. Sometimes people find things really funny that they didn’t expect.
Question: ” What advice would you have for young kids who are into drawing and doodling and those kind of things.”
Answer: “Throw away their erasers. The whole thing that I always see people doing, or kids, that are drawing, or trying to create perfect drawings or beautiful drawings, and somebody much wiser than me once said, “I think there’s 10,000 bad drawings, and everybody, your job is to get them out as quickly as possible, and you only do that by doing more drawings.”
The lesson that Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh want people to take away from their show is that Things WILL go wrong. Don’t let it ruin your life. You can always find the positive spin to the situation.
Here is a clip from an episode of Milo Murphy’s Law.
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