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PHINEAS AND FERB: ANIMAL AGENTS coming to DVD February 26, 2013!
12 Adventures Featuring Perry the Platypus and His Animal Comrades
How well does anyone really know their pet…or ANY animal? Behind a cute and/or cuddly exterior there may lurk a cunning crime-fighter with a brown fedora, a top-secret identity, and a license to thrill!
Perry the Platypus, family pet of the Flynn-Flethchers, may seem like an animal who “doesn’t really do much,” but when no one’s looking and before anyone asks, “Where’s Perry?” he dashes down a hidden passage to answer the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) call. In Phineas and Ferb: Animal Agents, Perry—aka Agent P—is joined onscreen by his fellow secret animal avengers in 12 different episodes of the popular animated television series.
In anticipation of the all-new Phineas and Ferb: Animal Agents—releasing to DVD on February 26, 2013—I had the opportunity to interview the show’s creators and co-executive producers, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh.
Since it was a phone interview, they began by identifying themselves, so I would know who was speaking when. I told them if they would just speak in character, I’d have no trouble…so they greeted me as Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Major Frances Mongram! That set the tone for the very friendly conversation that follows.
Here’s what the guys had to say about the show in general, the new production, and what’s in the works.
JW: Good afternoon! Thanks for speaking with me today! My kids and my husband and I are all huge Phineas and Ferb fans, and it’s great to have this chance to talk to you. I have read that it took you guys 16 years of pitching the show to various producers before Disney picked it up? Is that so?
P&M: Yeah, it was about 13 years before someone finally took a look at it, and then another couple years of negotiating and working out the details before it actually aired, so yeah, about 15 or 16 years total—1993 to 2008.
Earlier this year, moviegoers got to meet Oscar, the young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest. On August 21, 2012, you will be able to experience the spectacular imagery and stunning high-definition visuals of Chimpanzee from the comforts of home, when the highly acclaimed Disneynature film comes to Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital and On-Demand.
Stunning footage transports you deep into the African forest and brings you up close and personal to Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life, and his family as they navigate the forest, forage for food, and manage the threat of encroaching enemies.
Just as he’s learning important life skills, little Oscar’s world is turned upside-down when a rival band of chimps invades his family’s territory. Oscar’s family is scattered, his mother is injured and ultimately doesn’t survive, and the infant is left orphaned and alone in the jungle. Now, this is the point in the Disneynature films when my daughter usually leaves the room in tears. But I have to compliment the filmmakers on this one for handling the life-and-death issue more delicately than they have in the past. There are no graphic scenes of violence, and while we see what a desperate situation the little chimp is in, his own uplifting personality gives us hope to know he’ll be just fine.
Meet Oscar, the young chimp whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery light up the African forest.
Experience the spectacular imagery and stunning high-definition visuals on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital & On-Demand August 21, 2012. Disneynature will donate a portion of first-week sales to the Jane Goodall Institute through the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” Conservation Program.
On August 21, 2012, Disneynature’s most unforgettable and heartwarming adventure yet, “Chimpanzee,” debuts as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD), Digital and On-Demand viewing. The inspiring film follows the True-Life Adventure of Oscar, a young chimpanzee whose curiosity and zest for life showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.
To celebrate the in-home debut of “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature is proud to continue the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program initiated with the film’s theatrical release. For every purchase of the movie through August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation through the Disney Worldwide ConservationFund to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to conserve chimpanzee habitat, educate the next generation, and provide care for orphaned chimpanzees.
The conservation program tied to the theatrical release will help protect 129,236 acres (202 square miles) of wild chimpanzee habitat through infrastructure investments in the expanded Tchimpounga Nature Reserve in the Republic of Congo (Congo); educate 60,000 schoolchildren about chimpanzee conservation; and provide food and medicine for nearly all of the orphaned chimpanzees at JGI’s Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary for at least the next year.
In addition to the remarkable story filmed in the depths of the African forest, the “Chimpanzee” Blu-ray Combo Pack is filled with spectacular bonus features, including in-depth behind-the-scenes footage showcasing the filmmakers’ amazing efforts to document the making of the film; a music video for the song “Rise,” written and performed by McClain Sisters; a feature on Disney’s conservation legacy; and much more.
From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth,” “Oceans,” and “African Cats,” comes “Chimpanzee” — a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Journey deep into the African forest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps who love creating mayhem. His playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom. Stunning hi-definition images bring you up close and personal as Oscar and his family navigate the complex territory of the forest. It’s an inspiring and life-changing adventure that overflows with courage and charm. And it will capture your heart.
- “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”—This feature details the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” conservation program and how for every copy of the film purchased until August 27, 2012, Disneynature will make a donation to JGI to protect chimpanzees today and tomorrow. The feature also includes an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.
- Disney’s Friends for Change—This feature highlights Disney’s Friends for Change, a program that showcases steps that kids and families can take to make a positive impact on the world and the people and animals that live there.
- Disney’s Conservation Legacy—This feature provides a look at the conservation efforts that Disney sponsors around the world.
- Everything on the DVD, plus …
- ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE” is a series of exciting short features that delve further into the incredible lengths the filmmakers went to tell the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family.
~30 Years in the Making—The story of the team of researchers who have been observing chimpanzees in the Ivory Coast for 30 years.
~The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”—A behind-the-scenes look at how and why the film was made.
~Piece of the Puzzle—A cameraman’s two-hour daily trek through the forest to get to the chimpanzees.
~Don’t Blame the Tool—An observation of the chimpanzees’ daily lives and how they use rocks as tools to prepare their food.
~Scar’s Army—An inside look at the struggles between the film’s two rival chimpanzee groups who share the same forest home.
~Camp Invaders—A featurette on all the creepy, crawly creatures found at the filmmakers’ forest camp.
~Forest of Bees—A feature detailing how the crew spent two days wading through a sea of bees that inhabited their filming location in order to capture 20 seconds of footage.
- “Rise” Music Video—A music video featuring Hollywood Records recording artists McClain Sisters who wrote and performed the inspirational song that plays during the film’s end credits.
- Behind the Scenes of “Rise”—An inside look at McClain Sisters music video shoot.
- “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”
- Disney’s Friends for Change
- Disney’s Conservation Legacy
- “Rise” Music Video
- ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE”
- 30 Years in the Making
- The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”
Street Date: August 21, 2012
Direct Prebook: June 26, 2012
Distributor Prebook: July 10, 2012
Suggested Retail Prices: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada
Digital and On-Demand = For additional information and pricing, consumers should contact their favorite digital retailer or television provider.
Feature Run Time: Approx. 78 Minutes
Rating: G (U.S. and Canada); Bonus Features not rated