Life Lessons with Milo Murphy’s Law
*Disclosure: I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of these events. All opinions are 100% my own.
Murphy’s Law is anything that can go wrong, will go wrong and poor Milo from Milo’s Murphy’s Law sure puts that to the test. We had a chance to screen an episode of Milo Murphy’s Law and spent some time with Creators and Executive Producers Dan Povenmire & Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. I loved the episode and got more than a few laughs out of it because we all know someone that is jinxed and not always in a good way. It is something that kids as well as adults can relate too and is a show that the entire family can sit down and enjoy together. That doesn’t happen much anymore!
There is only one rule while watching Milo Murphy’s Law and that is if the adult in the room laughs, and the kid asks what they’re laughing about, that conversation can’t be an uncomfortable conversation. Which is a great life lesson in and of itself if you think about it and it makes kids and parents talk about things as well as spend time together. It is allowing families to have a family viewing and they are bringing it back in style.
Working with Weird Al Yankovic
I remember Weird Al Yankovic from back in the day, but he’s a wonderful guy to work with according to Swampy and Dan. The weirdest thing about him is just how normal he is, he’s not as wacky as I think people expect him to be, except on stage, or doing one of his videos. But he’s about the nicest guy that we know. Which is part of why they chose Weird Al Yankovic to voice Milo. He had to have a very positive voice without sounding put on and the rest was history or so they say. They also said that their inner high school self gets a little excited about writing songs for Weird Al to sing…Who wouldn’t??
Al is always prepared for the day and because he is an actual musician there have been a few learning curves for all involved. But the other fun part is that other famous people who have done voices on the show get all geeked out when they find out that Al is coming. But he’s still so relevant, and I think that that’s just a testament to his force of will. He created a job for himself, in which he could be a household name, basically, doing something that no one else in our lifetime has done for a living. Playing the accordion and making up different lyrics to existing songs.
Everything that happens in life happens for a reason, and it’s your choice what you do with that. It either buries you or makes you stronger. So they created Milo’s character to be resilient. Being able to handle whatever life’s throwing at you, you go, “Well. I’m going to know how to deal with that. It’s going to make a little tougher. A little stronger. A little more interesting. A little more fun.” Whatever it is, that’s a great thing to know, because life’s going to throw stuff at everybody. And you have to figure out what you do with it. Nobody really leads a charmed life. They just exist within the life that they have in a positive way.
Advice for young artists
If you have a budding young artist this duo had some great advice for parents.
- Throw away their erasers.
- Fill books with beautiful drawings and quit trying to create the perfect drawing.
- More drawings, no erasing.
- Draw with a Sharpie because it forces you to make bold shapes.
David Silverman helped train Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and he told him, “You should just draw with a Sharpie. It’ll keep you fiddling with stuff and fussing with stuff, it forces you just to make bold shapes.” Meeting these two men will be something that I will always remember and I will be sure to watch Milo Murphy’s Law starting on March 13th because we all need more family fun.