From the creators of Disney’s five-time Emmy Award-winning series “Phineas and Ferb,” Dan Povenmire & Jeff “Swampy” Marsh comes a great new adventure for kids called “Milo Murphy’s Law.” “Milo Murphy’s Law” first aired on October 3, 2016 on Disney XD.
“Milo Murphy’s Law” is an animated adventure comedy series that follows 13-year-old Milo Murphy, the fictional great-great-great-great grandson of the Murphy’s Law namesake. Milo is the personification of Murphy’s Law, where anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. “Milo Murphy’s Law” airs daily on Disney XD.
In the episode that aired earlier this month, “Secrets and Pies,” Milo and Melissa share their most embarrassing stories, but Zack refuses to reveal his past. Danica McKellar guest stars as a pizza delivery girl, Veronica.
New episodes of “Milo Murphy’s Law” air throughout the month of March on Disney XD.
While in LA for the #BeOurGuestEvent, we got a sneak peak at the episode “Family Vacation,” which aired on March 6th. Milo’s family can never be too careful, especially when taking a family vacation. On their trip, Milo accidentally joins another family and they must learn to cope with Murphy’s Law. I laughed through the entire episode and couldn’t stop thinking about how much my 9-year-old son would enjoy this new series. Of course, it’s not the typical vacation, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong…but this family is so close that no matter what road blocks they face, they face it together!
After the viewing, we had the opportunity to learn about “Milo Murphy’s Law” from the creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire & Jeff “Swampy” Marsh.
Dan Povenmire thought it was fun to watch the show with us. He said, “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.”
Fun Fact #1: It took a while to find the perfect voice for Milo. Dan and Swampy auditions hundreds of people, from kids to seasoned actors. They were looking for a person who had a very positive voice. Weird Al came in and did a voice on Gravity Falls. Dan knew he was a good guy, but wanted to interview him to hear his voice again.
Grammy Award-winning recording artist and legendary satirist Al Yankovic (professionally known as “Weird Al”) voices Milo in Disney XD’s “Milo Murphy’s Law.”
Weird Al had the PERFECT voice! Working with Al has been fun for both Dan and Swampy. Dan told us that “Weird Al” is “not as wacky as I think people expect him to be, except on stage, or, you know doing one of his videos. But he’s about the nicest guy that we know.”
“You know, it’s the fact that we get to write songs and have Weird Al sing them, it just makes my high school self just, Weeee!” ~ Dan Povenmire
Swampy knows the importance of finding the perfect voice/actor. “When you find somebody who really works, it lets you push the character a lot more than you normally would and that’s been really fun. And, also, I’d never worked with anybody that’s that prepared every day, for everything, and especially the music stuff.”
Fun Fact #2: Dan and Swampy look online to see feedback from fans after they watched the show. They like to hear/read about what the kids are talking about at school…what impacted them the most from the show.
Fun Fact #3: Family members and friends inspired many of the characters/characteristics. Swampy‘s grandkids show up as little characters in the series. Dan has two girls, and one’s named Isabella, who he named Isabella in Phineas and Ferb after. So in Milo’s Murphy’s Law, he decided to put a “Melissa” in the show. When his older daughter saw a note that he was going to add her sister she left hima Post-It on his desk that said, “Daddy, this is not fair. You can’t put Melissa into this show and not have an Isabella.” Dan had to call her and remind her… “You realize that there’s a big hit show with a character that’s named after you?” Yes. But Isabella doesn’t look like me. And that looks like Melissa. And I go, “Oh, I can’t win. I cannot win.” It’s like, “Well, because you weren’t quite born yet. We knew we were having an Isabella, and so I just like, made it look like your cousin.”
Fun Fact #4: The Doctor Zone ~ “We’ve been busy with Doctor Zone, ’cause that comes back into play. But what this series has that Phineas never had is like, the guys who are protecting the pistachios, that becomes a bigger story by midway through the season. It starts to become a big arc that actually goes through the whole season and culminates in a big season finale with a big climax to that story.” (Dan) Dakota and Cavendish weren’t part of the original concept, they grew out of the writer’s room.
Fun Fact #5: Making a family show… “What the research was showing was that every age group in the house had its own TV. So, family viewing as we remembered it, from when we were kids, had sort of disappeared. You know. When we were kids, it was the whole family on the couch watching TV. It was everybody watching one show, and you had to pick something that everybody liked, and since that was no longer the norm, people weren’t doing as much shows with the whole family to do. So, when we hear that, to us, it just warms our heart, that oh, we’re bringing back family viewing to the family.” (Dan) “And they have this language with their families, they have shared jokes, because the show talked to everybody in the house.” (Swampy)
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Disclosure: I was invited by Disney to attend an all expenses paid trip to cover the #BeOurGuestEvent & other fun adventures in LA on 3/4-3/7. All opinions are my own.