‘Hamster and Gretel’ Creator on Its Connection to ‘Phineas and Ferb’

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“Phineas and Ferb” co-creator Dan Povenmire was absent-mindedly doodling on a scrap of paper throughout a gathering when he realized he had sketched his method into his subsequent TV present: It was a hamster, in a superhero outfit.

“It simply got here from my unconscious someplace,” he instructed Selection. “I favored it and I set it apart and took an image of it. I introduced it residence, after which I pitched a bunch of concepts for a present for it to my daughter once I was tucking her in a single night time. I used to be in a position to give you a complete bunch of concepts for it instantly.”

Povenmire had simply wrapped Disney+’s “Phineas and Ferb the Film: Candace In opposition to the Universe,” and was able to pitch one thing new. So whereas on trip, he created the pilot that will turn into his newest sequence, “Hamster and Gretel,” which premieres Friday on Disney Channel (9:35 p.m. ET) and Disney XD (10 p.m. ET). Within the sequence, teenage Kevin is driving his youthful sister Gretel within the household van when aliens present up and grant the duo superpowers. Besides Kevin doesn’t get the powers: Gretel’s pet hamster does.

That bit was impressed by the cult traditional Eighties TV sequence “The Biggest American Hero.” “That’s kind of a non secular grandfather of this present,” Povenmire stated. “I really like the truth that when he received the superhero powers [in ‘Greatest American Hero’], he loses the instruction guide. So he doesn’t know all of the issues he can do and typically issues simply occur to him. And that’s kind of what we’ve been doing right here. Gretel doesn’t even know all of the powers she has, however ‘I’ve tremendous power and I can fly and I’ve received warmth imaginative and prescient.’ We simply added a extremely weird superhero energy within the second half of the season that we’re attempting to determine whether or not or not there’s a method we will use that energy.”

Gretel is voiced by Povenmire’s daughter, Meli Povenmire, in her first main function, and that additionally got here by happenstance: Povenmire had her do the temp voice for Gretel in his first animatic. “And she or he was actually good,” he stated. “So we stored her via the testing after which she examined very well. And we had been like, ‘Okay, let’s nonetheless see if we will discover anyone with some marquee worth that that will make this as humorous,’ as a result of her humorousness is kind of my humorousness. I don’t have to clarify learn how to say the jokes to her actually, she simply will get it. After which she simply survived throughout and finally she simply grew to become Gretel.”

Sarcastically, casting Meli Povenmire helped save just a few {dollars} in manufacturing: “We don’t must pay for studio time as a result of she data proper right here,” Povenmire stated of his residence workplace.

HAMSTER & GRETEL – “Recipe for Catastrophe / Math Punch” (Disney)
KEVIN, DAVE, GRETEL, CAROLINA

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Povenmire’s voice pops up in “Hamster and Gretel,” however not like “Phineas and Ferb” — wherein he performed Dr. Doofenshmirtz — he opted to not take an everyday function this time. “I’m a few repeating characters however they simply wasn’t a personality that felt like like that’s me,” he stated. “Although the the dad within the present appears precisely like me. However that shouldn’t sound like me, that ought to sound extra like Matt Jones, so we received him to return in and do it.”

In addition to Meli Povenmire and Jones, the present’s voice solid additionally consists of Michael Cimino (“Love, Victor”), Joey King (“Bullet Practice”), Beck Bennett (“Saturday Evening Dwell”) and Liza Koshy (“Liza on Demand”).

Povenmire primarily based Kevin and Gretel on his personal relationship together with his sister. “There are 10 years between us,” he stated. “So we had a distinct relationship than if we had been subsequent to one another in age. If you happen to’re that far aside, then you definately simply turn into like one other mum or dad, besides you the enjoyable one who will nonetheless pillow battle with them. And drive them to go see ‘The Goonies’ 20 instances. I feel that dynamic is one thing I don’t see in youngsters exhibits fairly often, this complete space the place the older sibling might be virtually one other grownup the place they’re kind of caught in that in between.”

After which, in fact, the second that Povenmire actually thought “Hamster and Gretel” was a go was when the title got here into place. “I used to be like, ‘I’ve received to pitch this now,’” he stated. “Since you give you a title that sounds instantly like one thing to folks, I’m like, that’s too good of a factor to not have on the market.”

In contrast to “Phineas and Ferb” and the follow-up “Milo Murphy’s Legislation,” Danville isn’t the setting for “Hamster and Gretel.” However it’s the identical universe, he stated. “Milo and Phineas each lived in Danville, so this is sort of a city over,” he stated. “I really feel like, hopefully we’ll get a second season. But when we get a 3rd season, then I’m gonna pitch doing a crossover possibly of all three of them.”

This additionally reps the primary present since “Phineas” and “Milo” for Povenmire the place he’s not partnered with Jeff “Swampy” Marsh. However the duo are nonetheless tight — Marsh regularly seems on Povenmire’s TikTok movies — and also you’ll hear them voice previous guys enjoying chess on “Hamster and Gretel.”

What about the way forward for “Phineas and Ferb”? “There’s all the time speak and I’ll do no matter,” he stated. “I instructed [Disney] I can do two initiatives directly, I’ve achieved a bunch of instances. Simply let me know when and the place and the way severe you’re about it. Earlier than we did ‘Candace In opposition to the Universe,’ there have been a number of conversations we had earlier than that about about dipping into that pool once more. And ‘Candace In opposition to the Universe’ did very well for them. So I think about we’ll do this once more, sooner or later. I get the sensation that we’re not achieved with ‘Phineas and Ferb’ but.”

Watch a teaser for the primary season of “Hamster and Gretel” right here:

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