Thursday, August 11, 2011

'Phineas & Ferb,' 'Fish Hooks' and More at the Paley Center's Family Fest

Paley Fest Family

Ferb, I know what we're going to do this Saturday!

I've moderated a lot of panels in recent weeks, from "Community" to "Falling Skies" and several in between. But I may be most excited about my next panel, this Saturday, when I moderate the cast and crew of Disney Channel's "Phineas & Ferb" at the Paley Center.

The Paley Center's 2011 PaleyFest: Family Edition is like a mini version of the organization's popular "PaleyFest" -- and with shows geared toward tykes and their parents. This year, Disney Channel shows ("Phineas & Ferb," "Fish Hooks," "Kickin' It") take place on Saturday, with Cartoon Network series ("Ben 10: Ultimate Alien," "Dude, What Would Happen," "Adventure Time") on Sunday.

"Phineas & Ferb" could very well be the smartest and most clever animated series to come along in years. It's geared toward kids, yet most of the reference fly right over those little heads and right toward their parents. (In the recent "Phineas & Ferb" movie, for example, some of the kids trade existential philosopher bubble gum cards. I doubt Blogger Kid got it.)

Among those in attendance this Saturday: Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, Cocreator / Executive Producer; Dan Povenmire, "Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz" / Cocreator; Ashley Tisdale, "Candace"; Vincent Martella, "Phineas"; Dee Bradley Baker, "Perry the Platypus"; Mitchel Musso, "Jeremy"; and Alyson Stoner, "Isabella."

Later in the day, Disney Channel's newer animated series "Fish Hooks" will also be celebrated -- and moderated by my pal Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts fame. On Sunday, my TV Guide Magazine colleague Rob Moynihan will be moderating a Cartoon Network session. So make it a weekend, people!

Tix are $10 for Paley Center members and $15 for non-members. Go to their website here for more info. Where's Perry?

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