Growing up Disney
Lucas Grabeel talks to BRATs about life after
Halloweentown, The Adventures of Food Boy as well as the ABC family drama Switched at Birth. However, Sheriff Callie’s will be his first 3D animation to air in Malaysia.
It’s like Rango meets Mickey Mouse and Friends. The show is an Wild West-themed cartoon revolving around Sheriff Callie and her sidekicks, Toby and Peck. That’s where Lucas comes in.
“I play Peck, who is a comically dim-witted but energetic deputy who’s kind of always trying to take care of the problem and be the hero.
“He always gets himself into trouble, but that’s why Sheriff Callie’s there to bail him out,” he says.
Sheriff Callie’s Wild West brings Lucas back to his midwestern roots. “I’m from Missouri which is right in the middle of the United States so most of my family have a country western accent.
“Every time I perform Peck I think of my dad, I think of growing up in Missouri and all the simple parts of life that Missouri kind of encapsulates.”
The sheriff is played by Mandy Moore, aka Rapunzel from Tangled, and Lucas is a huge fan.
“I’ve been a fan of hers for a very long time and she has an amazing voice,” he says. “And we did have a lot of fun when we recorded together.”
Big voice, bigger heart
When he isn’t busy making the rest of us look selfish and self-centred, Lucas Grabeel works quietly on a cause close to his heart – children with cancer.
In a campaign called Music Is Medicine still in the works, Lucas plans to pair up with a child who has been diagnosed with cancer, learn his/her story, write a song dedicated to said child, and then record and release it, with all earnings going to charity.
He might be a recording artiste and actor, but clichéd as it sounds, Lucas really is still a child at heart and continues to perform for children, be it in animated cartoons, Disney movies or in person at local hospitals.
“I’ve always been the kind of kid who makes funny voices and is always being silly and stuff,” he says. And chances are, that’s not going to change any time soon.
Forever young: Lucas Grabeel will be starring as a voice actor for a new Disney Junior series that’s already getting top ratings in the United States, SheriffCallie’sWildWest. SheriffCallie’sWildWest stars actress/singer Mandy Moore, who voices Sheriff Callie. Gabreel voices Callie’s trusty sidekick Peck (left), and that little cactus there is Toby, voiced by Jessica DiCocco.