Grow­ing up Dis­ney

Lu­cas Grabeel talks to BRATs about life af­ter

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRATS - OOK­ING at Lu­cas Grabeel, it’s hard to imag­ine him as any­one other than Ryan Evans – High School Mu­si­cal’s ex­ces­sively fash­ion­able blond star. And it’s just as well, see­ing now that it’s his voice that will be star­ring in Dis­ney Ju­nior’s new 3D an­i­ma­tion:

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.

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