Network orders new animated sibling superhero comedy series from Emmy Award-winning ‘Phineas and Ferb’ co-creator.
Disney Channel has just announced a series greenlight for the sibling superhero comedy Hamster & Gretel from Emmy Award-winning Dan Povenmire, co-creator of the global hit animated series Phineas and Ferb. Povenmire will serve as executive producer on the new animated series, which is inspired by his relationship with his younger sister. Povenmire, who has been working with Disney Television Animation for the last 15 years, recently teamed with the studio on Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe, which premiered August 2020 on Disney+.
Watch Povenmire’s announcement:
The music-filled Hamster & Gretel introduces Kevin and younger sister Gretel, who are about to be bestowed superpowers by space aliens. But something goes awry, and it’s Gretel and her pet hamster (named Hamster) who suddenly have new abilities. Now, protective older brother Kevin must figure out how to work with both Gretel and her pet Hamster to protect their city from mysterious dangers.
According to Povenmire, “My sister is 10 years younger than me, and I had never seen our kind of sibling age gap portrayed in a cartoon so I thought it would be an interesting dynamic to explore. The show focuses on how their relationship shifts due to her new superpowers and how they both navigate through it. Of course, it is also about cartoon villains, aliens, a talking Hamster with superpowers, and a lot of comedy.”
In making the announcement, Meredith Roberts, senior vice president/general manager, Television Animation, Disney Channels, said, “An incredibly gifted storyteller, Dan has been an esteemed member of the Disney family for many years, consistently showcasing his knack for creating universally appealing shows that resonate with both kids and families. His signature blend of heart, humor and music are a perfect fit for Disney, and we’re delighted that he will continue our winning partnership with us once again on Hamster & Gretel.”
In addition to co-creating and executive-producing Disney’s five-time Emmy Award-winning Phineas and Ferb, for which he earned 10 Emmy Award nominations, Povenmire also co-created and executive-produced Disney’s Milo Murphy’s Law. An animation veteran with over 25 years of experience in directing, storyboarding and writing, he has worked on multiple critically acclaimed animated series including Family Guy, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Simpsons, Rocko’s Modern Life and Hey Arnold!
Source: Disney Channel