Povenmire, co-creator of “Phineas and Ferb”, launches a new Disney series


Disney Channel has given the green light for a new animated series from former Mobilian Dan Povenmire, co-creator of “Phineas and Ferb”.

In a brief (and typically silly) intro video, Povenmire does the “elevator pitch” for the new show, titled “Hamster and Gretel”. Kevin drives his younger sister to soccer practice, when the siblings are chosen by aliens to be given superpowers. But the alien “zap” goes awry: Gretel and her pet hamster gain the powers, and Kevin remains in a supporting role for the dynamic new duo.

As described in a recent AL.com interview on the latest spinoff film “Phineas and Ferb”, Povenmire has a history of incorporating aspects of his own childhood in Mobile into his projects. According to information released by Disney, this one is no different.

“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 that would be an interesting dynamic to explore.” , Povenmire said. “The show focuses on how their relationship is evolving due to her newfound superpowers and how they both go through it. Of course, it’s also about cartoon villains, aliens, of a talking hamster with superpowers and lots of comedy.

Disney Channel commissioned the superhero comedy “Hamster & Gretel” from Emmy Award-winning Dan Povenmire known for the hit series “Phineas and Ferb”.Disney Channel / Craig Sjodin

“Dan has been a valued member of the Disney family for many years, consistently demonstrating his talent for creating universally engaging shows that resonate with both children and families,” said Meredith Roberts, senior vice president and general manager television animation for Disney Channels. “His signature blend of heart, humor and music is a perfect fit for Disney, and we are delighted that he is once again continuing our winning partnership with us on ‘Hamster & Gretel’.”

Povenmire worked on several animated series, including “Family Guy”, “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Simpsons”, before scoring a hit with “Phineas and Ferb”. This Emmy-winning show, co-created with Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, ran for four seasons; Povenmire and Marsh also collaborated on a related series, “The Law of Milo Murphy”.

Povenmire will be the executive producer of the new series. Monday’s announcement did not specify an expected premiere date, and a Disney representative said one was not yet available.


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