By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
6:14 AM PDT, July 5, 2012
If Vincent Martella's voice sounds familiar, maybe you've been watching a "Phineas & Ferb" marathon. Or maybe you knew him while he was growing up in DeLand.
Martella, 19, plays Phineas on the Disney Channel animated comedy and he gave voice to the character for Agent P's World Showcase Adventure at Epcot.
He lives in California now, but on a recent visit to Orlando he talked about using Phineas' upbeat vocals in theme parks.
"The people you see wearing Phineas merchandise are a lot of adults as well as kids. So whenever I see someone with a Perry the Platypus shirt, specifically, I'll walk past them and say [in high-pitched voice], 'Oh, there you are, Perry,'" he says.
"The kids really don't know how to process it. They kind of get freaked out. The parents think it's hilarious," Martella says.
"The older people who wear the shirts really get a good laugh out of it. I don't know if they actually know that I'm the voice of Phineas or if I'm doing an impression of Phineas. Either way, they think it's funny."
There was not a specific inspiration for the voice, Martella says.
"I know that the description of Phineas for the audition really, really stressed how sweet and innocent and genuine Phineas always was. He's never upset," he says. "I just wanted to come up with a voice that made people smile, a very light voice. Luckily, I think I did that."
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