Chris and Shane Houghton

Animation Magazine - - Tv - By Ellen Wolff and Ramin Za­hed

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!]

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