LOS ANGELES — “Hamster & Gretel” is an animated series that follows a young girl named Gretel and her pet hamster who have super powers and fight crime. Her brother, Kevin and her family are there to support her as she keeps her town safe.
The show was created by Dan Povenmire, who also brought us the long-running animated series ‘Phineas and Ferb’.
“I love my character. I feel like she reminds me of myself, very hyper, very annoying, a bit of a brat,” laughed Meli Povenmire, Dan Povenmire’s daughter who provides Gretel’s voice.
“It’s been so much fun and she’s been really funny since she was born,” Dan Povenmire said of his daughter.
But there’s more to this cartoon than just crime-fighting, according to Michael Cimino, who plays Kevin.
“I think this show shows a lot of family dynamics. Sometimes the family dynamics are hard to navigate and I feel like this show definitely teaches that,” Cimino said.
This family happens to be of Venezuelan descent and Carolina Ravassa, who plays Gretel and Kevin’s mother, is all for it.
“Showing a multicultural family in animation is very special to me. I grew up in a household where we spoke English and Spanish,” Ravassa said.
And as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, “Hamster & Gretel” shows in each episode how it represents its Venezuelan culture.
Writer Joanna Hausmann said, “We’ve been able to integrate our Venezuelan culture in a way that feels natural, authentic and real.”
Carolina agreed, saying, “It’s really cool to see it in a Disney show. The show is very specific about Venezuelan culture and I’m honored to play a Venezuelan mother.”
“Hamster & Gretel” airs Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on Disney Channel.
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