Why Disney+’s IT’S A DOG’S LIFE Is a Family Affair
By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer
IT’S A DOG’S LIFE host Bill Farmer, who voices popular Disney characters Goofy and Pluto, steps out from the cartoon world to showcase the very animals he voices, dogs.
Farmer didn’t come up with the idea by himself, though. The voice actor and his friend, Steve Duvall, were filming a different project when they realized Farmer had the talent to host his own show.
So, Farmer first recruited his wife, Jennifer, who also has background in the industry.
“Jennifer and I developed this show along with Steve and were able to sell it, and we needed a theme song,” he said.
“My son’s a composer, an audio engineer and a professional drummer, and we said, ‘Hey, come up with something.’ He came up with a great title song and Disney liked it.”
Farmer calls the show a “family affair,” and credits that for putting him “at ease” while filming.
Working with his family was just one good part of the show. The other was that he got to work with the animals he’s spent so many years voicing, dogs.
“Dogs are just – not only man’s best friend, but man’s working partner, too,” Farmer said of what he learned through the show.
IT’S A DOG’S LIFE is very educational, although that wasn’t the show’s intention. The actor wanted the show to be something for whole family to enjoy. He did that by using his own curiosity about the animals.
“I wanted this to [not be] an educational show, but a fun show that incorporates learning for both adults and kids, and I asked the questions that I wanted to know.”
He hopes that the show, “Provides some entertainment, and much needed entertainment in these times, as well as some information that – you know – most people may not know about their dog.”
Farmer also hopes IT’S A DOG’S LIFE “Lets people know what amazing creatures these are – that dogs are and how they just – they help us in so many ways.”
“Dogs have a lot of talents that we can use, and they love helping us.”