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Big City Greens (originally titled Country Club) is a Disney Channel original series animated cartoon 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.

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.[4][5]

Episodes currently air on Disney Channel, with reruns on Disney XD.

Premise

Main article: Timeline

10-year-old country boy Cricket Green and his family move to the Big City to live with Gramma Alice. There, he and his 12-year-old sister Tilly meet and make new friends, including new best friend Remy Remington, cafe co-worker and friend Gloria Sato and others. 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.

Cast

Main

Supporting

Minor/Recurring

Others

Episodes

The episodes are usually split into 22 x 11-minute segments. For full-length episodes, they're split into 21x7 segments.

Rough Draft Korea and Sugarcube each provides animation for the episodes.

Main article: List of Big City Greens episodes
Series
Season Episodes Production Codes Start date End Date Total

Ratings

Full Segments
1 30 58 101-130 June 18, 2018 (Disney Channel)
September 3, 2018 (Disney XD)
March 9, 2019 (Disney Channel) N/A
2 TBA TBA TBA-TBA November 16, 2019 TBA N/A
Shorts
Short Series Shorts Production Codes Start Date End Date
Country Kids in the City 7 101-107 June 4, 2018 August 13, 2018
Random Rings, Season 1
Big City Greens: Road Trip
Broken Karaoke 2
Theme Song Takeover 1
Miss Tilly's Fun Time TV Minute
Random Rings, Season 2

International release

Country Language Channel Premiere date Title Source
B69A664A-D7C4-44A1-AFBB-D7FEEF56DACC-324-0000009E16F816F8 Canada English Disney Channel June 30, 2018 Big City Greens
French
3347CD7F-4A8B-4D7F-96A3-2E37324155AA-324-0000009EF67E1EB0 Australia English
Download (1) New Zealand
UKUnionJackFlag United Kingdom July-August 2018
Southeast Asia August 6, 2018
Indonesian
Malay

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 greenlit by Disney in 2012.[9], just before they contributed their work on Gravity Falls and then for Nickelodeon’s Harvey Beaks in 2015.

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

On March 2016, Disney XD had greenlit two new original shows, Big City Greens and Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer, to 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. [10][11]

On April 2, Chris announced via Twitter that the series had moved from its original channel, Disney XD, to Disney Channel [12] [13] 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.[14]

On June 7th, the series was being promoted at the Pixar Fest, alongside the then-upcoming Pixar film, Incredibles 2.[15]

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.[16]

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 premierieng 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. [17]

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 Green) 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".

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.

Shorts

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

Production

The series is animated by Disney Television Animation, with outsourcing 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.[17].

Gallery

Promotional

Video

Trivia

  • The series name 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 music was performed by a band group named "The Mowgili's".[18]
  • 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 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 have yellow skin.
    • The reason why the Big City Greens main characters are yellow is because the Houghton brothers worked together on Simpsons Comics.
    • 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 Moonins and some characters from Adventure Time and South Park, whose characters also lacks a nose.
  • Originally, the series was going to air on Disney XD, but moved to Disney Channel.
    • However, syndicated reruns do air on Disney XD.
  • The series was listed as #4 of 10 Animators to Watch 2018.[19]
  • Cricket and Tilly are the only characters that have appeared in every episode of the series and shorts.
    • The only Big City Greens media Cricket does not appear in is "Tilly's Cats" (only appearing in the title card and ending segment on YouTube).

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. March 6, 2016 "Big City Greens Disney XD Disney ABC Press Retrieved on 6 March 2016, Archived
  5. Danielle Clifford (August 22, 2017)"Big City Greens is Coming to Disney XD" The Game of Nerds Retrieved on 22 August 2017
  6. https://twitter.com/chrischoughton/status/993953697204920320?s=21
  7. https://twitter.com/search?f=images&vertical=default&q=country%20club%20disney&src=typd
  8. https://twitter.com/chrischoughton/status/799474773394718720
  9. Mekeisha Madden Toby (December 27, 2017) Country boy moves downtown in coming ‘Big City Greens’ "Detroit News" Retrieved on 27 December 2017
  10. https://twitter.com/DisneyTVA/status/932015248164491269
  11. https://twitter.com/chrischoughton/status/931202388437868544
  12. Ellen Wolff and Ramin Zahed (March 30, 2018) Animation Magazine’s Rising Stars of 2018 "Animation Magazine" Retrieved on 30 March 2018
  13. Houghton, Chris (April 2, 2018) Y'ALL LISTEN UP! Big City Greens will debut on DisneyChannel this summer! "Twitter" Retrieved on 2 April 2018
  14. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/disney-channel-renews-animated-series-big-city-greens-premiere-1112765
  15. https://www.whatutalkingboutwillis.com/incredibles2-pixarfest-bigcitygreens-events/
  16. "Big City Greens": Watch an Exclusive Clip From Disney's Newest Animated Series ComicBook, Retrieved 6 June 2018
  17. 17.0 17.1 CommonSense 9th December, 2018 [1] Retrieved 16 December 2018
  18. http://candyshopmanagement.com/index.html
  19. "10 Animators to Watch 10" Variety, Retrieved 8 May 2018
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