*Disclosure: I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for the coverage of these events. All opinions are 100% my own.
Big City Greens Debuting on June 18th only on the Disney Channel
Big City Greens is debuting for it’s first season on June 18, 2018 but has already been renewed for a second season! This animated comedy-adventure is about based on Shane and Chris Houghton’s adventures of their lives as they went from living in the country to living in the city. 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.
The brothers have been working on the show for two years and they have been working with a great production crew. We were the first group outside of Disney to see the episodes. Farm town in Michigan, and they are little charmers, and everything goes better with butter in the Midwest. They showed us their house that they grew up in and St. Johns Michigan. There were farms as neighbors, and they had an assortment of animals to hang out with.
When they went to college they both went to big cities and it was a culture shock in some ways. You don’t know anyone and it’s all new, but they saved those memories for an amazing show. Shane and Chris took everything they knew from their childhood, city life during college and rolled it into one amazing show which is is Big City Greens.
Meet the Characters of Big City Greens
Cricket Green-Main character-Skimpy rebellious boy who has misadventures but it is curiosity that drives him which makes him a lot like other kids. All kids are hungry for knowledge and exploring new things, so he is always exploring the city especially if it says do not enter. *Chris in real life and joy rides the lawnmower often because as kids they could do this and it was a right of passage if you will.
Chris Houghton even does the voice of Cricket Green which is the perfect match.
Tilly Green is the slightly older sister and is a little odd but she is very sweet. She marches to the beat of her own drum and has very strong opinion but they refer to her as confidently quiet and really fun. Tilly of course gets into lots trouble right along side Cricket and they pull each other out of trouble when their adventures go wrong. Tilly is Voiced by Marieve Herington from (How I Met Your Mother)
Grandma Alice who is sweet and sour, she loves her grandkids and her son, but she is feisty and won’t let anyone get away with anything. Who also resembles their own Sweet Grandma Alice who would sneak them $5, but then fuss at them to put it into their pocket as kids. Grandma Alice is voiced by Artemis Pebdani (ABC’s Scandal)
Grandma Alice’s son is Bill Green is Cricket and Tilly’s parent who is part of the show. He is a single parent and is a bit overwhelmed at the whole situation, which is a lot like the farmers they watched growing up. They do their best when things are out of your control, but Bill is doing his best and that’s all you can ask. (Which resembles life in lots of ways!) Bill Green is voiced by Bob Joles from (Puss in Boots)
Remy is Crickets best friend he meets in the big city and oddly enough he is everything the Green’s are not. Remy comes from a wealthy family, lives in the city, has lead a very sheltered life full of routines and scheduled activities. Remy is also an old child who becomes a surrogate of the Green family and tags along on lots of fun adventures. Remy is voiced by Zeno Robinson (Marvel’s “Spider-Man”).
Meet the Green’s Pets
Phoenix the dog and Lucy the cat were Shane and Chris’ pets growing up and they had Lucy for who lived for 21 years. So it was fitting that the Green’s had both a dog and a cat in their new found home in the city. But that isn’t all they included, the Green’s have an oasis of sorts with animals, a coffee shop and more in their “neighborhood”. Making it the perfect scene for some of the exciting adventures.
The old garage at the Green’s is that iconic “old” garage that Shane and Chris enjoyed growing up. While we all know some buildings in our childhood are special, the Old Garage is special because of it’s character, and it’s leaning is something you could see on any farm.
How was Big City Greens?
We saw 2 11 minute cartoons while there and it was great and full of humor. Without giving to much away there are always 2 parts funny and 1 part heart that sets Big City Greens apart from other cartoons that are now airing. Remember that “steak night” isn’t about steaks at all but spending time with family and a lot of heart. And we all need to remember that “Sometimes you have to be yourself to make the best impression.”
Follow Disney Channel on their website and tune in on June 18th to watch all of the fun unfold.