Disney Channel has ordered the sibling superhero comedy Hamster & Gretel from Dan Povenmire, co-creator of the hit series Phineas and Ferb.
Povenmire will executive produce the new animated series, which is inspired by his relationship with his younger sister. The music-filled Hamster & Gretel introduces Kevin and younger sister Gretel, who are about to be bestowed superpowers by space aliens. But something goes awry, and it’s Gretel and her pet hamster (named Hamster) who suddenly have new abilities.
Povenmire’s most recent success is Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe, which premiered in August 2020 on Disney+. Both it and his new series continue his 15-year affiliation with Disney Television Animation.
Povenmire said, “My sister is ten years younger than me, and I had never seen our kind of sibling age gap portrayed in a cartoon so I thought it would be an interesting dynamic to explore. The show focuses on how their relationship shifts due to her new superpowers and how they both navigate through it. Of course, it is also about cartoon villains, aliens, a talking Hamster with superpowers, and a lot of comedy.”
Meredith Roberts, senior VP/general manager for television animation at Disney Channels, said, “An incredibly gifted storyteller, Dan has been an esteemed member of the Disney family for many years, consistently showcasing his knack for creating universally appealing shows that resonate with both kids and families. His signature blend of heart, humor and music are a perfect fit for Disney, and we’re delighted that he will continue our winning partnership with us once again on Hamster & Gretel.”