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Big City Greens was an animated Disney Channel original series created by Chris and Shane Houghton.[2] The series premiered on June 18, 2018,[3] on Disney Channel and premiered on Disney XD later that same year.

As of April 3, 2021, the show has currently finished its second season, with a third season in production and set to air on October 9. New episodes air on Disney Channel, with reruns on Disney XD; the show is also available online, on Disney+ (where available, though the show is carried exclusively in the United Kingdom and Ireland), DisneyNOW (United States only) and Hulu (second season only).

Premise

Main article: Timeline

10-year-old[4] country boy Cricket Green and his family move to the Big City to live with Gramma Alice. There, he and his older sister Tilly meet and make new friends, including new best friend Remy Remington, cafe co-worker and friend Gloria Sato and others, as well as battling the family's nemesis Chip Whistler. While getting used to his new surroundings, Cricket tries to make the most of his time in Big City, while learning new morals along the way.

Official description

The series focuses on Cricket Green, a mischievous and optimistic country boy who moves to the Big City with his family. Cricket’s curiosity and enthusiasm leads his wildly out of place family on epic journeys, and into the hearts of his new neighbors.[5][6]

Cast

Main

Supporting

Others

Episodes

The episodes are usually split into 22 x 11-minute segments. Full-length episodes are split into 21x7 segments.

Both Rough Draft Korea and Sugarcube provide animation for all episodes outside of shorts, where Disney Television Animation takes over (excluding Country Kids in the City).

International release

Main article: International releases of Big City Greens
Country Language Channel Premiere date Title Source
Spain Spain Spanish Disney XD June 18, 2018 Los Green En La Gran Ciudad
France France French Les Green à Big City
Canada Canada English Disney Channel June 30, 2018 Big City Greens
French (Canada)
Australia Australia English
New Zealand New Zealand
United Kingdom United Kingdom July-August 2018
Southeast Asia Southeast Asia English August 6, 2018
Indonesia Indonesian
Malaysia Malay
Thailand Thai
Vietnam Vietnamese Nhà Green Ra Thành Phố Lớn
Japan Japan Japanese September 23, 2018 ビッグシティ・グリーン [10]
Latin America Latin America Argentina Spanish (Latin America) Disney XD October 12, 2018 (preview)
October 25, 2018 (official)
Los Vecinos Green
Brazil Portuguese (Brazil) October 28, 2018 Os Vizinhos Green
Romania Romania Romanian Disney Channel January 14, 2019 Familia Green la Oraș [11]
Portugal Portugal Portuguese July 1, 2019 Os Green na Cidade Grande

History

The series was created by Chris and Shane Houghton, who originally worked on Nickelodeon's Harvey Beaks. Along with the Emmy Award-winning director Rob Renzetti (creator of My Life as a Teenage Robot, supervising producer for Gravity Falls and executive producer of the 2017 reboot of DuckTales) serves as executive producer and the Houghton brothers serve as co-executive producers.

Pre-production

The series (originally titled Country Club) was pitched to Disney in 2012.[12]. They had worked on Gravity Falls and then for Nickelodeon's Harvey Beaks in 2015.

Initial production of Big City Greens took place between 2014 and 2017.

In March 2016, Disney XD had greenlit two new original shows, Big City Greens and Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer, which would be released throughout the 2017-2018 period.

Following about a year after its announcement, on July 21, 2017, an official main title was released on Disney XD YouTube channel, with the series being renamed from Country Club to Big City Greens.

In late November, a sneak peek of the series was unveiled and shown at the CTN expo. [13][14]

On April 2, Chris announced via Twitter that the series had moved from its original channel, Disney XD, to Disney Channel [15] [16] for the Summer 2018 season.

A second season was greenlit ahead of the show's premiere. In addition to the series' renewal and subsequent June 18th premiere, there were guest voices planned for the show. This included Jon Hamm, Raven-Symoné, Busta Rhymes, Danny Trejo, Lorraine Toussaint, Jim Rash, Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, Andy Daly, Scott Aukerman, McElroy, Paul Scheer, Zeno Robinson, Colton Dunn and Anna Akana.[17]

On June 7th, the series was being promoted at the Pixar Fest, alongside the then-upcoming Pixar film, Incredibles 2.[18]

In addition to a 46-second sneak peek, ComicBook revealed that the series premiere was made available on DisneyNOW beginning Friday, June 8, ten days ahead of its airing.[19]

Post-premiere

Main article: Season 1

With "Space Chicken" and "Steak Night" being the first two episodes to air, the series premiered with a week of new episodes June 18–22, as part of Disney Channel's GO! Summer programming event. Throughout the summer season, new episodes premiered Monday and Wednesday mornings (10 a.m.), with additional shorts premiering Saturday, June 16 on Disney Channel and its YouTube channel.

In addition to this, DisneyNOW released its first multiplayer game and first game based on the series, Big City Battle!, where players compete against each other to earn their place as a member of the Green family.

On December 10th, the series won the CommonSense seal of approval. [20]

The first season ended on March 9th, 2019 with "Cricket's Place" and "Volunteer Tilly".

Season 2

Main article: Season 2

On April 21st, the Houghton brothers and Marieve Herington, Tilly's voice actress, attended the Disney Channel Fan Fest 2019, and shared a storyboard animatic of an episode involving the Greens visiting the beach ("Shark Objects") and also added that Season 2 would start Fall 2019; the first episodes of the season would be "Cricket's Kapowie" and "Car Trouble". Production of season 2 began on August 1, 2019 and finished on July 8, 2020[21].

The first half of the season ended on February 8, 2020 with "Garage Tales" and "Animal Farm"; the rest of the season is set to air 2020. The second half of the season began July 11, 2020 with "Desserted" and "The Gifted"; the season is to air up to September 19, 2020, with "Quiet Please"/"Chipwrecked" being the final episodes of the second half, which was shorter (20 episodes, 40 separate segments) than the first due to the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the crew to work from home. The third and final half began with "Chipocalypse Now" which released January 16, 2021. The season concluded April 3, 2021 with "Cousin Jilly" and "Gloria's Café"; this makes this season the longest to air, with it airing over two years (2019-2021).

Season 3

Main article: Season 3

Unlike season 2, Season 3 was not announced before season 2 premiered unlike most Disney Channel shows. On January 13, 2021, a article by Deadline that annouced that the show had been renewed, as well as Chris and Shane being signed to make more shows, movies, and shorts for Disney Channel and Disney+.

Shorts

Main article: List of Big City Greens shorts

Big City Greens has been adapted into animated shorts, including Country Kids in the City, Random Rings and Big City Greens: Road Trip.

Production

The series pre-production is done by Disney Television Animation, with the outsourcing animation done by the South Korean animation studios Sugarcube and Rough Draft Korea; the former known for its work on Star vs. the Forces of Evil amongst other shows.[20].

Gallery

Promotional

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Video

Trivia

  • The series was originally titled Country Club.
  • The series was originally going be aired in 2017, but ended up being postponed into 2018 while another show, Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer, (which originally was assigned for 2018) ended up taking its place for the 2017 release.
  • The theme song was performed by a band named "The Mowgli's".[22][dead link]
  • Although the series generally starts with the opening theme, the double-length episodes start with a cold open, similar to Disney Channel's live action shows and older Disney Channel cartoons, as well as some of Big City Greens' sister cartoons such as Gravity Falls.
  • Design-wise, the show is somewhat similar to Doug (a show originally aired on Nickelodeon and later on Disney) and The Simpsons.
    • The main characters (except Tilly) have yellow skin, while the background characters have colored (e.g. purple, red, green, yellow, blue) skins rather than normal human skin color. This contrasts with The Simpsons where almost all characters, including the titular family have yellow skin.
    • The reason why the Big City Greens main characters are yellow is because the Houghton brothers worked together on the Simpsons Comics. However, The Simpsons' yellow is slightly darker   (Light brilliant gold) .
    • It is unknown why the other characters have varying colors of skin tones (a'la Doug).
    • Some of the characters lack a nose; this is very similar to the Moomins and some characters from Adventure Time and South Park, whose characters also lack noses.
  • Originally, the series was going to air on Disney XD, but moved to Disney Channel.
    • However, syndicated reruns and marathons do air on Disney XD.
  • The series was listed as #4 of 10 Animators to Watch 2018.[23]
  • Cricket and Tilly are the only characters that have appeared in every episode of the series. However, they did not appear in all the shorts.
    • The only Big City Greens media Cricket does not appear in are "Tilly's Cats" (only appearing in the title card and ending segment on YouTube), "Tilly Calls a Librarian" and "Gramma Calls an Electrician".
    • The only Big City Greens media Tilly does not appear in is much of the Random Rings shorts and the episode "Time Crisis" (though she appears only in Cricket's vision as an adult). The first episode where Tilly does not appear the entire time is "Date Night".
  • To date, Cricket, Tilly and their friends have yet to be shown going to school. According to Chris Houghton, the writers joked that the series mostly takes place on weekends, afternoons and weeknights, and vacations such as summer break, as he felt school might "split up" the family and childhood is encompassed outside of school. In addition, he claims childhood mostly happens when not in school.[24][25]
  • According to Chris Houghton, the series will usually be episodic and never truly serialized, but with tentpole events and little thru-lines spliced in-between for long-time viewers. This was introduced in Season 2 following Chip Whistler's promotion to CEO.[26]
    • The series becomes more continuity driven since Chip Whistler's introduction, and especially throughout Season 2.
  • The opening and ending credits use a handwriting done by Chris Houghton. It is given the name "Cricket Scrawl". [27]

Continuity

Shared universes

  • Chris Houghton claims on his Tumblr the series is set in the same universe as the following Disney Television Animation shows:
    • Amphibia[28]
      • Ironically, in the Amphibia episode "A Night at the Inn", a plush of Cricket is shown in Polly Plantar's room.
    • The Ghost and Molly McGee[29]
    • Big Hero 6: The Series[30]
    • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil[31]
    • Kim Possible[32]
    • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero[33]
    • Pepper Ann[33]
    • Phineas and Ferb[34] (which also includes the other "Swampyverse" shows Milo Murphy's Law and the upcoming Hamster and Gretel)
    • Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja[33]
    • The Replacements[33]
    • Teacher's Pet[35]
    • Teamo Supremo[35]
    • The Weekenders[35]
  • This is quite ironic, judging the fact that these shows use different character designs, this one in particular having no noses nor eye colors, and everyone has different colored skin, very much like Doug.
  • In regards to the Kim Possible universe, Shane later stated that it's the live-action Kim Possible universe; after a user asked what Cricket looked like, he sent a picture of a real cricket, proving that is was most likely a joke.
  • The multiple universes are explored in the Random Rings and Broken Karaoke shorts. In particular, in both, Big City Greens characters interact with:
    • The 2017 reboot of DuckTales
    • Phineas and Ferb (curiously, its spinoff/sequel Milo Murphy's Law isn't acknowledged)
    • Big Hero 6: The Series (Doof Sings Deck the Halls only)
    • Amphibia (Doof Sings Deck the Halls and Shortsgiving only)
    • The Owl House shorts are acknowledged in Shortsgiving.
      • In addition to these, the Random Rings shorts starting from Tilly and Cricket Call Raven Symoné! have the characters interact with live-action Disney stars like Trevor Tordjman and Raven-Symoné and acknowledge the events of series/movies like Z-O-M-B-I-E-S and Raven's Home.
  • When asked if it takes place in the same universe as Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer, Chris thought, "Most likey".[36]
  • Chris recently claimed the show is set in the same universe as Planet Sheen.[37] It is currently the only non-Disney show to share the same universe.
    • However, the original show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is not part of the universe.[37]

External Links

References

  1. April 19, 2018 Disney Channel GO Summer Disney23, Retrieved 19 April 2018
  2. Big City Greens fact info DisneyABCPress, Retrieved On 31, May 2018
  3. Bryn Elise Sandberg (March 04, 2016) "Disney XD Orders Pair of Original Animated Series (Exclusive) The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved on 20 April 2017
  4. 'Big City Greens': Watch an Exclusive Clip From Disney's Newest Animated Series
  5. March 6, 2016 "Big City Greens Disney XD Disney ABC Press Retrieved on 6 March 2016, Archived
  6. Danielle Clifford (August 22, 2017)"Big City Greens is Coming to Disney XD" The Game of Nerds Retrieved on 22 August 2017
  7. https://twitter.com/chrischoughton/status/993953697204920320?s=21
  8. https://twitter.com/search?f=images&vertical=default&q=country%20club%20disney&src=typd
  9. https://twitter.com/chrischoughton/status/799474773394718720
  10. https://twitter.com/disneychanneljp/status/1043096501281378304
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0r-7RPh0Wg
  12. Mekeisha Madden Toby (December 27, 2017) Country boy moves downtown in coming ‘Big City Greens’ "Detroit News" Retrieved on 27 December 2017
  13. https://twitter.com/DisneyTVA/status/932015248164491269
  14. https://twitter.com/chrischoughton/status/931202388437868544
  15. Ellen Wolff and Ramin Zahed (March 30, 2018) Animation Magazine’s Rising Stars of 2018 "Animation Magazine" Retrieved on 30 March 2018
  16. Houghton, Chris (April 2, 2018) Y'ALL LISTEN UP! Big City Greens will debut on DisneyChannel this summer! "Twitter" Retrieved on 2 April 2018
  17. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/disney-channel-renews-animated-series-big-city-greens-premiere-1112765
  18. https://www.whatutalkingboutwillis.com/incredibles2-pixarfest-bigcitygreens-events/
  19. "Big City Greens": Watch an Exclusive Clip From Disney's Newest Animated Series ComicBook, Retrieved 6 June 2018
  20. 20.0 20.1 CommonSense 9th December, 2018 [1] Retrieved 16 December 2018 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sc" defined multiple times with different content
  21. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCZYAKkJLY7/
  22. http://candyshopmanagement.com/index.html
  23. "10 Animators to Watch 10" Variety, Retrieved 8 May 2018
  24. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/189610849762/will-cricket-tilly-and-remy-ever-go-to-school
  25. Tumblr School Post. Chris Houghton (February 23, 2020).
  26. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/618033088163971072/whyd-you-decide-to-end-reckoning-ball-on-a-huge
  27. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/631960733556555776/whats-the-type-of-font-you-use-for-the-opening
  28. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/649928235129389056/does-amphibia-take-place-in-the-same-universe-as
  29. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/649905769393815552/does-the-ghost-and-molly-mcgee-take-place-in-the
  30. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/644019484337782785/does-big-hero-6-the-series-take-place-in-the-same
  31. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/643950856971108352/does-pepper-ann-the-replacements-kick-buttowski
  32. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/639043757947469824/does-kim-possible-take-place-in-the-same-universe
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/643950856971108352/does-pepper-ann-the-replacements-kick-buttowski
  34. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/643497198010728448/hi-chris-i-have-a-question-that-left-me-confused
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/643582483823230976/does-the-weekenders-teachers-pet-and-teamo
  36. https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/644019053694976000/does-billy-dilleys-super-duper-subterranean
  37. 37.0 37.1 https://chrishoughton.tumblr.com/post/644019074816458752/does-planet-sheen-take-place-in-the-same-universe
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