By Alex P. Vidal
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A Filipino-American cook from San Francisco, California will portray the role of “Baljeet Rai” when Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever!” makes it’s first-ever Canadian stop at Pacific Coliseum on January 27-29, 2012.
Fil-Am Valen Casilla dreams of one day opening his own restaurant to share his love of cooking traditional Filipino cuisine. He has been part of the Disney universe, travelling the world and performing for the masses.
This year, Disney is reportedly making a concerted effort to present more multicultural entertainment to the masses, and Phineas & Ferb, Disney’s top-rated animated show features “Baljeet Rai,” one of Disney’s only South Asian original characters.
Phineas and Ferb is an American animated television comedy series. Originally broadcast as a preview on August 17, 2007, on Disney Channel, the series follows Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother Ferb Fletcher on summer vacation.
Every day the boys embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who always tries to bust them (but never succeeds—except once). The series, according Wikipead, follows a standard plot system; running gags occur every episode, and the B-Plot almost always features Perry the Platypus acting as a secret agent (“Agent P”), to fight an evil scientist named Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. The two plots intersect at the end to erase all traces of the boys’ project just before Candace can show it to their mother. This usually leaves Candace very frustrated.
Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh worked together on the Nickelodeon series Rocko’s Modern Life. The Creators also voice two of the main B-plot characters: Major Monogram and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Phineas and Ferb was conceived after Povenmire sketched a triangular boy — the blueprint for the eponymous Phineas –in a restaurant. Povenmire and Marsh developed the series concept together and pitched to networks for 16 years before securing a run on Disney Channel.
The series is also known for its musical numbers, which have appeared in almost every episode since the first-season “Flop Starz”. Disney’s managers particularly enjoyed the episode’s song, “Gitchee, Gitchee Goo”, and requested that a song appear in each subsequent episode.
The show’s creators write and record each number, and vary musical tempo depending on each song’s dramatic use.The music has earned the series a total of four Emmy nominations: in 2008 for the main title theme and for the song “I Ain’t Got Rhythm” from the episode “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together”, and then in 2010 for the song “Come Home Perry” from the episode “Oh, There You Are, Perry” as well as one for its score. The series has also been popular with adults.Phineas and Ferb is currently on its third season.
On August 25, 2011, the show was picked up for a fourth season on Disney Channel, a possible spin-off and feature film for the series. Disney Channel officially announced on November 9, 2011 that fourth season was picked up with new episodes rolling out through 2014.
Upcoming episodes include a musical featuring the one-hit wonder “Phineas and the Ferb-tones,” commemoration of Platypus Day, and a winter vacation special featuring seasonal sports and a New Year’s celebration.