Bearsden boy gets a starring role in Phineas and Ferb

Andrew Cross Phineas and Ferb
Andrew Cross Phineas and Ferb

A 12-YEAR OLD boy has had the experience of a lifetime after recording a voice-over for the wacky kids’ tv cartoon series, Phineas and Ferb.

Andrew Cross, from Bearsden, was one of only six youngsters to get the opportunity to be part of the Disney XD channel’s worldwide hit show when he travelled down to the legendary Pinewood Studios for a recording.

The High School of Glasgow pupil even got to meet the creators of the show Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh.

He said: “I saw an advert on tv and I just thought I’d enter it. Two of the six children will be chosen from the six of us.

“I was the voice of someone in a shop selling a drink to one of the characters. “

Asked what was the highlight of his time at the studios, he said: “Definitely meeting Swampy and Dan. That was cool. We also had a tour of the studio’s hall of fame where some of Harry Potter was filmed.”

Phineas and Ferb is a show that has worldwide celebrities queuing up to bag a coveted cameo. It is the number one rated programme on Disney XD and the top animated series on Disney Channel, which saw over six million Brits tune in between January and March this year alone.

It was launched in 2008 and has spawned not only a phenomenally successful movie but music, top performing apps, and a feature film in development for 2014 from Disney Studios.

Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh, who also voice the Bafta nominated and Emmy Award winning show’s villain Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, mentored Andrew and the other kids on how to record a voice cameo for one of the future Phineas and Ferb episodes.

The initiative that Andrew is involved in is part of Disney XD’s Aim High mentorship programme launched in 2010 to help inspire a generation of youngsters to get the most out of life, try new things and learn from some of the UK’s most talented and dedicated professionals, including musician Tinchy Stryder and football ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Previous voice over guests including David Beckham, Jamie Oliver and more recently Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross.

The episode will be show next February and boasts a worldwide following of 289million viewers, including First Lady Michelle Obama.