Turns out that yes there is actually a true story behind the show, see for yourself… READ THE STORY
Looking back now, I overreacted when I saw the post. When I reblogged it. I wasn’t aware that their was also a story that explained the true story of how the show came to be. Looking at the post again. It is actually an interesting read and I do recommend fans of the show to look at this article.
The [smallest residual check] that’s coming to mind was something along the order of $1.76. It was for an episode of the great television show “Phineas and Ferb.” I did a voice on that show. They paid me, and obviously are paying me residuals. But the reality is that if they only paid me $1.76, I would have done it.
The thing about that show is that it’s both pioneering and reflective of the culture. It is telling kids that it is OK to be smart. There have always been nerds in popular culture, and sometimes they’re treated affectionately. But more often in the 1980s and 90s when I was growing up, they were the butts of jokes. … But what’s revolutionary, I think, about “Phineas and Ferb” is that they’re neither the butts of jokes nor are they treated affectionately like exotic creatures. They’re normal. Just as the blended family in that is treated absolutely as normal.
I love it when stock tropes are swept away from culture, and you see something that is casually reflective of the truth. … It’s just one of those things like Mr. Rogers. They get it right, and it’s good for the culture.
John Hodgman, comedian, in an interview with Peter Hartlaub for the San Francisco Chronicle. Mr. Hodgman has previously put Ferb in the company of not only Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood, but also Schoolhouse Rock!, which is both pretty high standards to compete to and darn good company. (via rwmead)