Cliff a convert to dry humour in ‘Phineas and Ferb’ after voiceover

2013-03-04 00:00

SOUTH African radio presenter and Idols judge Gareth Cliff can’t wait to see his on-screen character in the hit Disney series Phineas and Ferb.

Cliff has provided the voice for a Ducky MoMo salesman in the third season of the Bafta-nominated and Emmy Award-winning animated comedy, which can be seen on Disney XD (DStv channel 304) at 9.45 am on Saturday, March 16.

Although he recorded his scenes a month ago, Cliff, who hosts 5FM’s breakfast show, has yet to see the entire episode. “I’m excited to see it broadcast and to see it in its entirety,” he said. “It’s been really cool to do something outside of my usual realm … and it was fun to do … and to do something like this for the first time, in this manner, and with a company as big as Disney, is an honour.”

Cliff joins a host of celebrity guest stars who have appeared on the show, including British footballer, David Beckham, actors Ben Stiller, Michael J. Fox and Selena Gomez and musician, Slash.

With more than 100 episodes and counting, Phineas and Ferb has proven a hit with adults and children alike, and even counts American First Lady, Michelle Obama, as a fan.

Cliff will appear in an episode titled Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets, in which the titular heroes, Phineas and Ferb, venture on a city-wide quest to help their father unearth a missing piece of Danville history, unaware that there are other, less scrupulous, collectors close behind them.

Enter Cliff, who voices an antique dealer who has a Ducky MoMo in his possession, which Phineas and Ferb’s sister, Candace, tries to buy. Meanwhile, evil scientist, Doofenshmirtz, makes himself younger to win a children’s film festival.

Phineas and Ferb centres around the adventures of Phineas (voiced by Vincent Martella) and his English stepbrother Ferb — voiced by British actor Thomas Sangster (Nanny McPhee, Love Actually) — who set out to make every day of their 104-day summer holiday count, much to the annoyance of their older sister, Candace (voiced by Ashley Tisdale). The series is co-produced and created by Dan Povenmire (Family Guy) and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh (The Simpsons).

“Before I did the show, I was aware of it. Since then I’ve watched it a lot and I think it’s brilliant,” Cliff said, adding that the show’s dry sense of humour was like his own.

• The fourth season of Phineas and Ferb shows at 5.50 pm on April 17 on DStv channel 304).

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