Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz

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Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz
Phineas and Ferb character
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Dr. Doofenshmirtz
First appearance "Rollercoaster"
Created by Dan Povenmire
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh
Voiced by Dan Povenmire
Occupation Evil Scientist
Family Roger Doofenshmirtz (brother)
Spouse(s) Charlene Doofenshmirtz (divorced)
Children Vanessa Doofenshmirtz
Nationality Drusselstein

Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (often called "Doofenshmirtz", or occasionally "Doof") is a fictional character and the antagonist from the television show Phineas and Ferb. He was created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and is voiced by Povenmire.[1] The character first appeared in the pilot episode of the series and appears in the majority of episodes. He is described as a bumbling, incompetent and forgetful evil scientist intent on conquering the local region known as the "tri-state area" through creating obscure inventions. Dr. Doofenshmirtz speaks with a caricature of a German accent and comes from the fictional European Kingdom-styled country of Drusselstein.

Doofenshmirtz appears in several merchandise pieces based on the series, particularly the book series[2][3][4][5] and the video game.[6]

Role in Phineas and Ferb[edit]

Doofenshmirtz is portrayed as a bumbling and somewhat dimwitted evil genius.[epnote 1] He is bent on taking over the "entire tri-state area"[epnote 2] and uses peculiar contraptions made up of "strange items [he] purchases off the internet"[epnote 3] to do so. His nemesis is Perry the Platypus, a skilled anthropomorphic platypus secret agent who disguises himself as the mindless pet of the series' main characters.

A typical episode features Doofenshmirtz who hatches an evil scheme or invention that he often links to a "back story" from his youth. The stories explore his mentally abusive and shunned childhood in the fictional village of Gimmelshtump, Drusselstein. His parents often neglect him and favor his brother, Roger.[7] Doofenshmirtz usually monologues[7] and displays acts of "cartoonish" physical violence[epnote 3] towards Perry the Platypus.

In Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, a more successful version of Dr. Doofenshmirtz appears as the main antagonist, with the regular Doctor Doofenshmirtz as a supporting character.

Running Gags[edit]

Dr. Doofenshmirtz is a part of various running gags in the show. One is his redundant naming of inventions, which consistently end with the suffix "inator".[epnote 4] Furthermore, Dr. Doofenshmirtz only recognizes Perry when Perry wears his hat. During every introduction of Dr. Doofenshmirtz in the episodes, a song is played, with the lyrics "Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated", performed by a quartet,[epnote 5] which on rare occasions ends up with the song lyrics changed. Habitually, Doofenshmirtz's daily encounters with Perry follow a basic chain of events that routinely begin with a back-story told by Doofenshmirtz[epnote 6][epnote 7] and end with Doofenshmirtz yelling his catch phrase, "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!"

Creation and design[edit]

Doofenshmirtz is voiced by Phineas and Ferb co-creator Dan Povenmire.[7]

When Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire were working on the Nickelodeon animated series Rocko's Modern Life, they always had two things in episodes they worked on: a song or a musical number and an action/chase scene. When they created Phineas and Ferb, they wanted to incorporate this trait into the series as well.[8] They used a platypus secret agent to do so,[9] due to the animal's interesting appearance,[10] and wanted to have a continuous nemesis for him that the viewers could get to know.[11] They chose one named "Dr. Meddleshmirtz;" Meddleshmirtz was a prototype for Doofenshmirtz and carried a majority of his traits. His name eventually was changed to "Doofenshmirtz."[12]

Every main character of the series was designed to incorporate geometric shapes in reminiscence of Tex Avery's graphic style for his Looney Tunes cartoons; Doofenshmirtz himself appearing to use that of an oval.[8] They were as well meant to be drawn very simply, so that the child viewers could draw them easily themselves. Each one was designed to be recognizable from a distance or, as Povenmire notes as a reference to Matt Groening and The Simpsons, by silhouette.[13]

Voice[edit]

Co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire voices Doofenshmirtz. He describes the voice he uses as " Eastern European" and is one he used at fifteen years old when having pillow fights and such with his five year old sister. To this day, his sister recognizes the voice and asks him to do it frequently. During recording sessions, Povenmire is easily able to ad-lib and improvise; the writers are known to change his lines around and add new ones without throwing him off.[7] Povenmire sometimes adds his own lines to mix with the script, as well as being asked to alter his voice to enunciate his lines.[14] Povenmire is usually asked to perform the voice in interviews [7] and performs the voice for his daughter's friends.[10]

Reception[edit]

Despite a negative review of the Phineas and Ferb series on Toon Zone, Maxie Zeus notes that a large bright side of the series is Povenmire's performance as Doofenshmirtz. Zeus states that "Dan Povenmire voices him with such energy, and with such perfect timing, that you'll laugh out loud even at the stuff that isn't even supposed to be funny." Zeus as well says that the Doofenshmirtz subplot would have made a "fine bit of sketch writing" if trimmed down.[15]

In 2009, Josh Jackson, editor-in-chief for Paste Magazine, wrote in a blog that Phineas and Ferb was "the best kids show on TV" and gave Doofenshmirtz a large amount of praise. He calls his inventions "awesomely designated devices of pure evil" and his complex relationship with his nemesis Perry the Platypus as "pitch-perfect."[16]

Doof's Daily Dirt[edit]

In January 2013, Doofenshmirtz "launched [his] own YouTube channel and weekly videocast" titled Doof's Daily Dirt.[note 1] He comments on various Internet memes and pop culture trends, usually long after the subject is no longer of interest or relevant. Subjects have included: Internet Acronyms, Lolcatz, Bacon infused products, PSY's "Gangnam Style", One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe", Honey Boo-Boo, the Kardashians and the Mayan apocalypse. He also started a Twitter account where he posts more frequently.[17] The webisode series had an original run of 13 episodes.[18]

In April, Disney announced that Doofenshmirtz will appear in the season finale for the reality TV series Shark Tank where he would get a chance to pitch his latest invention.[19][20] The finale broadcast a clip of his pitch and the full segment was posted online afterwards.[21] More episodes have been planned for the summer. Lauren DeVillier, the Vice President of Disney Channel's digital media, said that "Our team is having a great time with 'Doof's Daily Dirt' so we're thrilled to have it extended," and "We can't wait for even more of Doof's distinctive commentary and completely unexpected insights."[20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In one of the videocasts, Doofenshmirtz admits that he chose Daily because of the title's alliteration.

References[edit]

Episode references

  1. ^ Writers: Swampy Marsh, Martin Olson, Dan Povenmire; Director: Dan Povenmire. "Tree to Get Ready". Phineas and Ferb. Season 1. Episode 6 (P.2).
  2. ^ Writers: Sherm Cohen, Antoine Guilbaud; Director: Dan Povenmire. "Flop Starz". Phineas and Ferb. Season 1. Episode 4 (P.2).
  3. ^ a b Writer and Director: Dan Povenmire. "It's About Time!". Phineas and Ferb. Season 1. Episode 9.
  4. ^ Director: Zac Moncrief. "Mom's Birthday". Phineas and Ferb. Season 1. Episode 11.
  5. ^ Writer: Jon Colton Barry, Piero Piluso; Director: Zac Moncrief. "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister". Phineas and Ferb. Season 2.
  6. ^ "The Chronicles of Meap". Phineas and Ferb. Season 2. Episode 59.
  7. ^ "De Plane! De Plane!". Phineas and Ferb. Season 2.

Other sources

  1. ^ "Phineas and Ferb (2007)". IMDb. 
  2. ^ Jones, Jasmine (2009). Speed Demons. Disney Press. ISBN 1-4231-1628-3. 
  3. ^ Bergen, Lara Rice (2009). Runaway Hit. Disney Press. ISBN 1-4231-1797-2. 
  4. ^ "Wild Surprise.". Google Shopping. 
  5. ^ "Thrill-o-rama.". Google Shopping. 
  6. ^ "Phineas and Ferb :: DS Game Review". Kidzworld. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  7. ^ a b c d e ""The Geek Dads" Podcast interview with Povenmire & Marsh". Wired. 
  8. ^ a b Strike, Joe. "From Swampy & Dan Emerges Phineas and Ferb", Page 2.". Animation World Magazine. 
  9. ^ Robinson, Sherry (2009-04-18). "Quick wit, funny characters drive Phineas and Ferb". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  10. ^ a b Bond, Paul. (7 June 2009). "Q&A: Dan Povenmire". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ "Phineas and Ferb" creators Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh (Audio interview). Audioholywood.net. 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  12. ^ Povenmire, Dan. Original Pitch featurette for Volume I (DVD). Disney DVD. 
  13. ^ Galas, Marjorie. "Phineas and Ferb: Music, Mischief, And The Endless Summer Vacation". 411 News. 
  14. ^ "A Day With 'Phineas and Ferb'". MSN TV. Retrieved January 2009. 
  15. ^ Zeus, Maxie (February 1, 2008). ""Phineas and Ferb": Spawn of Frankenstein". Toon Zone. 
  16. ^ Jackson, John (March 31, 2009). "Five Reasons Why Phineas and Ferb is the Best Kids Show on TV". Paste Magazine. 
  17. ^ Blum, Matt (January 4, 2013). "Exclusive: Phineas and Ferb‘s Dr. Doofenshmirtz Launches Web Series, Twitter Account". Geekdad - Wired.com. 
  18. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 4, 2013). "'Phineas & Ferb' Character Dr. Doofenshmirtz Makes His Social Media Debut With New Twitter Account and Web Series". TV By the Numbers. 
  19. ^ "April 22, 2013". The Futon Critic. 
  20. ^ a b "PHINEAS AND FERB's Dr. Doofenshmirtz to Host Special SHARK TANK Edition of DOOF'S DAILY DIRT". Broadway TV World. March 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Breaking News - "Phineas and Ferb's" Breakout Internet Star Dr. Doofenshmirtz Is Back for a Special "Shark Tank" Installment of "Doof's Daily Dirt"". The Futon Critic. May 17, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 

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