Chris and Shane Houghton
Creators/ Exec Producers Big City Greens (Disney Channel) Comic-book fans know Chris and Shane Houghton as the creators of the popular bear-riding cowboy Reed Gunther. This summer, a new audience will be introduced to their mad genius when their show Big City Green debuts on the Disney Channel. Co-executive produced by Emmy winner Rob Renzetti ( Gravity Falls), the series centers on a mis- chievous country boy named Cricket Green, who moves to the big city with his sister, Tilly.
“Ever since we were little, we’ve always loved reading comics and watching Saturday morning cartoons,” says Shane. It was their successful comic-book series that led to their work on Nickelodeon’s Harvey Beaks.
“Reed Gunther opened a lot of doors for us and eventually led to working in animation,” notes Shane. “The show is loosely based on our lives. We grew up in the country with dirt roads, corn fields and lots of animals. When we moved to Los Angeles, it was a huge culture shock and took some getting used to. Lots of folks have had a similar experience, so hopefully they can relate to the Green family finding their way in Big City.”
The brothers are quick to offer some tips for animators. “Make stuff!” says Shane. “Chris and I started making short films, then comics and eventually TV pilots together. We learned from every project we completed, and each project informed the next. Anyone who wants to go into a creative field should start making stuff today!”
The Houghtons believe that the people working in the animation business make it all worthwhile. “Animation just seems to breed good folks!” says Shane. “I may be biased, but the crew of Big City Greens is filled with the most delightful and talented people who inspire us with their great work every day.”
So, what is it like to work with your brother every day? “It’s awesome!” says Chris. “Shane is my favorite writer. He’s smart, incredibly talented, and a lot of fun to work with!” Shane agrees without missing a beat. “And Chris has great taste!” [Note: They both high five!]