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Meet Big City Greens Creators: Brothers Chris and Shane Houghton
Can you imagine what it would be like to have your childhood turned into a cartoon on the Disney Channel? That’s exactly the kind of dream that’s coming true for brothers Chris and Shane Houghton as they’ve turned their life story into Big City Greens which debuts this month on the Disney Channel!
I had the chance to chat with these two and also screen a couple episodes of Big City Greens and I have to tell you, this show is very unique with a fun sense of humor that I think young kids are going to get a huge kick out of.
If they look like a fun pair of characters, they are! I got the biggest kick out of their interaction with each other and they definitely act like siblings. They joked that they tend to show up wearing similar outfits and that their familiarity with each other comes in handy when working together because they understand where the other is coming from.
And probably my favorite thing about BIG CITY GREENS is that this show is based on their life growing up in Michigan. They even pulled in characters based on family members, the sweetest of which is the character Grandma Alice that is modeled after their own grandmother. She’s a hoot and they mentioned that they feel like their grandmother would have been so proud of her character because just like their real grandmother, Grandma Alice is fun and feisty but most of all, loves her family.
Cricket Green is a main character in the show. He’s a darling little farm boy who gets into all kinds of adventures after moving to the big city. He’s also voiced by Chris Houghton and is a character that I think you will really get a kick out of. Chris does such an amazing job at voicing him that I can’t help but wonder… was Chris the inspiration for Cricket?
I’m exciting to see more episodes of this show and really excited to see what my kids think of it! Here’s a big more about the show, including a trailer for you to enjoy!
“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 voice cast is Chris Houghton as Cricket Green, Artemis Pebdani (ABC’s “Scandal”) as sweet Gramma Alice, Marieve Herington (“How I Met Your Mother”) as quirky older sister Tilly Green and Bob Joles (“Puss in Boots”) as hard-working father Bill Green.
The guest voice cast includes Emmy® Award-winner Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) as store manager Louis; Emmy Award-nominated Raven-Symoné (“Raven’s Home”) as news reporter Maria Media; GRAMMY® Award-nominated Busta Rhymes as a wise fish; Danny Trejo (“Spy Kids”) as bodyguard Vasquez; Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange Is the New Black”) as Rashida Remington; Academy Award® winner Jim Rash (“The Descendants,” “Community”) as waiter Ted; Paul F. Tompkins (“Bajillion Dollar Propertie$”) and Lauren Lapkus (“Orange Is the New Black”) as city hipsters Justin and Val; Andy Daly (“Silicon Valley”) as Officer Keys; Scott Aukerman (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”) as a radio DJ; Griffin McElroy (“My Brother, My Brother and Me”) as a pepper merchant; Paul Scheer (ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat”) as supermarket manager Chip Whistler; Zeno Robinson (Marvel’s “Spider-Man”) as Cricket’s best friend, Remy; Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange Is the New Black”) as Remy’s mom; Colton Dunn (NBC’s “Superstore”) as Remy’s dad; and Anna Akana (“Youth & Consequences”) as café barista, Gloria.