Disney provided hotel and transportation so we could attend some press events. While we were there we visited some offices of Disney Channel’s animation and learned all about Disney’s new cartoon Big City Greens. We got to talk to the creators of the show who happen to also be brothers, Chris and Shane Houghton and how their childhood influenced this show, Big City Greens.
About Big City Greens
“Big City Greens” follows the offbeat adventures of 10-year-old Cricket Green, whose natural curiosity and enthusiasm lead him and his family – older sister Tilly, father Bill and Gramma Alice – on epic journeys and into the hearts of his new neighbors.
Eric Coleman, senior vice president, Original Programming and general manager, Disney Television Animation, said, “Drawing upon their personal experiences, Chris and Shane have created a ‘fish-out-of-water’ series that consistently delivers stories with big laughs and plenty of heart. We’re eager for viewers to get to know the tight-knit Green family and their endearing relationships that will be universally appealing to kids and families.”
We got to watch the first episode and take a look into Chis and Shane’s inspiration. They showed us childhood pictures of themselves and their family. They told us some fun family stories too from growing up on the farm in Michigan, and my favorite was the one about their grandmother that the character in the cartoon is based off of. They said she was soft in the middle and very hard around the edges. She would give them money as a gift and they would tell her thank you. She would then tell them to shut up and put it in your pocket and go away. Like she didn’t want anyone to know she had a soft heart, but sometimes they found her attitude very confusing. But of course they took the money and ran.
Big City Greens Show Characters:
Cricket – is to me a trouble maker. But he’s just that boy that is curious and will lead the way through trouble. They described him as being the person that will go through the door that says do no enter.
Tilly – Is a very sweet girl that marches to the beat of her own drum. She is confidently quiet.
Gramma Alice – is based off of their grandmother. She has that super hard exterior and a soft inside.
Bill Green – Is the dad that is always worrying about the farm and the weather and things that are out of his control.
Remmi – is the best friend and is everything that Cricket is not. He is very sheltered and scheduled and has no siblings. He is seeing life in a totally new way and becomes a surrogate member of the Green family.
Cat – they had a cat named Lucy and lived to be 21. So they had to put a cat in the show. They always had animals and the Green’s place had to feel like that.
You can look forward to the premiere of Big City Greens June 18th.