In case anybody at all was still waiting for it, there was bad news about the proposed live action Phineas and Ferb movie yesterday when Disney, with no specific comment, just wiped it off of their release schedule.
On the other hand, it there was also good news for fans of Danville’s finest as their cross-over episode, the long-awaited Mission Marvel, finally aired. I’ve yet to see it myself – what’s a couple more days after months of waiting? – but it does seem to have been fairly well received.
In their coverage of that special, EW spoke to the show’s creator Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and he explained a little about their next special, this one a tie-in with Star Wars.
All of [the plot of A New Hope] happens exactly the way it did, but we find out that Phineas and Ferb are Luke’s neighbors on Tatooine and become embroiled in the adventure. Our story all takes place as if you had a slightly wider shot, you could see our characters. Or if you just waited around five minutes after this [Star Wars] storyline, our characters would pass through, which was really really fun to do.
That does sound like fun, if they’ve pulled it off right. It might be a while until we see the results, however, as the show just has a general 2014 release date right now.
I’ll be awaiting a trailer keenly, though, if only to check out the casting. Co-creator and producer Jeff Povernmire points out that none of “the big three” are reprising their New Hope roles, but:
The guy we had come in to do Harrison Ford sounded so much like young Harrison Ford. It was like, if you didn’t look up you thought, ‘We have Harrison Ford in the booth!’
I guess the stand-in Luke and Leia weren’t quite so good. Sorry guys.
Besides these newbies and the Phineas and Ferb regulars, there will apparently see some other guest stars getting involved, actors who:
really fit in in a weird way with the whole Star Wars universe.
Nope, I can’t guess who that might mean. That kid from Modern Family that Kermit didn’t recognise?
So that’s both Marvel crossed over with Phineas and Ferb and Phineas and Ferb crossed over with Star Wars. What chance of just cutting out the middle men and mashing Star Wars into Marvel for an animated special of that fanboy-melting capacity?
Well, don’t be too hopeful. Cort Lane, Marvel TV’s VP of development and production, told EW that there are “there are no plans.”
Though of course, there were “no plans” for a new Star Wars trilogy just a few years ago, and now it’s coming around the mountain roads. Anything might happen if we only wait long enough.