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‘Big City Greens’ Musical Announced as Disney Renews Series for Season 4

Key members of the animated comedy’s creative team, including Chris and Shane Houghton, have been confirmed as part of the new movie project, which is now in development.

Chris and Shane Houghton, the creators of Big City Greens, are turning their Disney animated comedy series into a movie musical.

The news comes just as Disney Channel ordered a fourth season of the show, following an announcement made by president of Disney Branded Television, Ayo Davis.

"Chris, Shane, and their crew made this decision an easy one because they consistently turn their wellspring of bold ideas into entertainment that connects with kids and families and appeals to fans of animation everywhere,” Davis said in a statement. “They’re an important part of our TV animation studio which, guided by Meredith Roberts and her outstanding team, is key to our group's creative footprint and success. Whether I'm at work or at home with my family, I join the millions of viewers around the world who are looking forward to all that Big City Greens has in store for us.”

Season 3 of Big City Greens is set to premiere on Disney Channel February 12. The story sees major changes in the world of its mischievous protagonist Cricket Green, who left the country behind for life in the big city with his misfit family -- father Bill, Gramma Alice, and eccentric older sister Tilly.

The show’s first and second seasons are now available on Disney+. The Houghton brothers’ two short-form series, Broken Karaoke and Random Rings, also feature characters from Big City Greens and are currently available on the streaming platform as well.

The hit series, inspired by the Houghtons’ rural upbringing in St. Johns, Michigan, stars Chris Houghton as Cricket Green, Artemis Pebdani (Scandal) as Gramma Alice, Marieve Herington (How I Met Your Mother) as Tilly Green, and Bob Joles (Puss in Boots) as Bill Green.

Little is known about the movie musical, but key members of the series’ creative team - including producer Michael Coughlin (The Muppets), co-executive producer Stephen Sandoval (The Owl House), and composer Joachim Horsley (Spirit Riding Free) - are confirmed as part of the project. 

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