Hamster & Gretel Creator Dan Povenmire, Actor Meli Povenmire Interview


Being the co-creator of the critically acclaimed, extremely in style Phineas and Ferb helped Dan Povenmire when it got here to casting Hamster & Gretel. Disney Channel’s new music-filled animated collection set to premiere on August 12, 2022 options actors and songwriters who’ve grown up with Phineas and Ferb or have youngsters who watched the collection. However for the lead character of Gretel, all Dan needed to do was flip to his daughter, Meli, who turned out to be good for the position.

The daddy-and-daughter workforce paired up for interviews on the 2022 San Diego Comedian-Con the place Disney Channel hosted the first-ever panel for Hansel & Gretel. Right here’s what they needed to say concerning the plot, superpowers, and whether or not we are going to ever see a Phineas and Ferb crossover episode.

You began out as a scratch short-term voice and your dad put you thru the paces a little bit bit to get the position. What was it like whenever you lastly bought it?

Meli Povenmire: “I knew it was going to occur, truthfully.”

Dan Povenmire: “Did you? You didn’t inform me you knew.”

Meli Povenmire: “You didn’t inform me a single time that like, ‘Oh, you may not get it.’ He was like, ‘I feel you’re going to get it as a result of I really feel such as you’re top-of-the-line. You simply examined very well.’

I used to be all the time fairly assured in my expertise. (Laughing) I sound so stuffed with myself. However I’ve performed temp traces earlier than – I’ve performed auditions – however this was like the primary time the place it was similar to a transition from doing the temps straight into doing the precise voice, and it was so thrilling. It didn’t actually hit me till just a few months into recording that I used to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m really this individual. I even have this job.’ However it was tremendous thrilling.”

Can you’re taking us via the origin of the story?

Dan Povenmire: “Properly, the origin is like every little thing – it’s form of from a drawing I did of a brilliant hamster. After which I really like this man, however I don’t know what to do with it. After which I form of began basing it on my relationship with my youngest sister. There’s three of us – there was me and my youthful sister after which 10 years and one other sister. And by the point I used to be 16, I had this six-year-old sister who I grew to become her chauffeur and was taking her round and stuff. Then it was like, ‘What can I do? What if we make that a part of the dynamic?’

It grew to become, okay, what if the little sister will get superpowers too? What if from the older brother’s standpoint, he was purported to get the superpowers as a result of they got to them by an alien who comes and says, ‘We’ll bestow upon you powers unimaginable,’ after which shoots him with this beam however she occurred to have her pet hamster within the automotive and the powers go to her and her pet hamster. What would that do to their dynamic?

You recognize, the older brother is all the time protecting of the little sister and now she will raise a bus over her head. What sort of safety does she want? So, that grew to become form of the idea of the entire present is that form of dynamic. Like, ‘Oh, your little sister can now kick your butt and all people else’s.’ The place do you discover your home in that – and her pet? In order that was form of the jumping-off level.”

Superhero origin tales all the time contain the superhero discovering their powers, studying them, after which making errors alongside the way in which. How a lot of which might be we going to see this season?

Dan Povenmire: “Properly, we do as a result of Gretel is all child. She’s all impulse and doesn’t suppose issues via. […] She simply desires to do the simplest, quickest factor {that a} child would wish to do and he’s making an attempt to get her to be accountable.

However she doesn’t actually find yourself studying a lot as a result of she does issues her approach. It all the time finally works out in order that’s a little bit little bit of a frustration for him. He’s making an attempt to inform her the accountable strategy to do issues after which she does it the unsuitable approach and it often works out. Typically he has to return in and assist and remedy issues for her, nevertheless it all the time finally ends up okay. So, she form of comes out the identical individual on a regular basis, which is enjoyable.”

Are you able to discuss a number of the evil villains we’ll see and a number of the loopy superpowers?

Dan Povenmire: “Who’s your favourite?”

Meli Povenmire: “My favourite – there’s a cat-themed villain. What’s his identify?”

Dan Povenmire: “Copycat.”

Meli Povenmire: “Copycat. And he has this gun that shoots hairballs however how he reloads it… I used to be watching a video of it once I was doing the ADR and he’s taking pictures however then it begins making this cat coughing sound. He was like, ‘Oh, it’s empty,’ and he opens it, pulls out a unadorned cat, places it to the aspect, and places on this furry cat and begins taking pictures it once more. That’s most likely my favourite.”

Dan Povenmire: “I like all of them. Now we have a man whose identify is Large Child and he’s simply an toddler and it seems he was a politician who saved dropping to youthful, taller candidates so he determined to make himself younger and tall. He made himself too younger and too tall, and now he’s working amuck within the metropolis. He’s like a 40 foot…think about if King Kong was toddler human in an infinite diaper.”

You’ve confirmed that is set in the identical universe as Phineas and Ferb and Milo Murphy’s Regulation. What are your final plans for crossovers?

Dan Povenmire: “Properly, we don’t have concrete plans to do this aside from we drop hints that they’re in the identical place. We don’t have that story found out as a result of we have now an enormous sweeping story that goes via the second season – knock on wooden. However we all the time form of have that at the back of our minds, like, how are we going to place these guys collectively sooner or later? I feel it could be actually enjoyable and I all the time love revisiting these worlds.

I might like to do one the place Phineas and Ferb and Milo and the Hamster and Gretel crew are all collectively in some loopy journey.”

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Music has all the time been vital to you in all of your exhibits. What are a number of the highlights musically in Hamster & Gretel?

Dan Povenmire: “They’re releasing an album the identical day as the primary episode, so we needed to undergo and discover songs that didn’t give away plot factors and nonetheless type labored on their very own as songs. And we put it collectively and I simply listened to it a few days in the past during and I used to be like, ‘Oh, I feel I like these songs higher than the Phineas songs.’ And I feel we set the bar fairly excessive then.

I feel it’s a operate of a few issues. I feel I’ve gotten a little bit bit higher as a songwriter but additionally, I began – as a result of I didn’t have Swampy and I didn’t have Martin, who’re like my fixed collaborators on songs – reaching out to folks that I knew from faculty or folks that I’ve discovered on TikTok, like songwriters.”

Meli Povenmire: “That’s proper – Sophia James.”

Dan Povenmire: “Sophia James has are available and written a few songs with me. She’s spectacular.”

Meli Povenmire: “She helped with my favourite tune.”

Dan Povenmire: “There’s a tune referred to as ‘Strawberry Pageant’ that’s concerning the strawberry competition that the boys within the household suppose it’s going to be this candy little atmosphere, nevertheless it’s really this high-octane factor.”

Meli Povenmire: “About some stuntman whose final identify is Strawberry.”

Dan Povenmire: “I discovered a bunch of individuals on TikTok which might be nice songwriters. And if I hear them do it again and again, I do know they’ve bought the products. It’s not a shock at the hours of darkness. I’ll attain out to them if we’re mutuals and say, “Hey, would you wish to write a tune for a Disney present?’ They’re often like, ‘Sure, let’s do this.’

So, I did a few of these on Zoom, and now that the pandemic’s form of coming to a detailed, I’ve had a few of them over to the home. Though I don’t know if Michael (Cimino) informed you however when Michael came visiting to jot down that tune, I had COVID and I didn’t know that in any respect. The subsequent day I wakened actually sick and I used to be like, ‘Oh no! I’m going to need to name Michael.’ I referred to as him and he’s like, ‘Okay, I’ll verify. I’ll be certain that,’ and he didn’t get it. We had been in the identical little room writing a tune for an hour and a half and he by some means didn’t get COVID from me.

After we had been writing, we had been speaking about the truth that each of us had been uncovered by chance like 4 completely different instances and never gotten it, which is true. My spouse even had it and I didn’t get it from her, and I used to be sleeping in the identical mattress. So, I used to be form of feeling, ‘Oh I gained’t get it,’ so I went to a live performance the weekend earlier than and I had picked it up at that live performance.”

How do you describe Gretel? Are you able to relate to her?

Meli Povenmire: “She could be very excessive power, and I’m very excessive power. I’m making an attempt to tone it down whereas I’m doing all these interviews. Once I was youthful, I talked rather a lot quicker than I do now as a result of now if I speak too quick, I stumble rather a lot. She’s very hyper, similar to me. She jogs my memory a whole lot of myself once I was youthful.”

(Extra reporting by Kevin Finnerty.)


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