LOS ANGELES– “Hamster & Gretel” is an animated series that follows a young girl named Gretel and her pet hamster who have superpowers and fight crime. Her brother, Kevin, and his family are there to support her as she protects her town.
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 boring, kind of a kid,” laughed Meli Povenmire, Dan Povenmire’s daughter who voices Gretel.
“It’s been so much fun and she’s been so funny, since she was born, basically,” Dan Povenmire said of his daughter.
But there’s more to this cartoon than just crime-fighting, according to Michael Cimino, who voices Kevin.
“I think this show shows a lot of family dynamics. Sometimes family dynamics are hard to deal with and I think 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, totally agrees.
“Showing a multicultural family in animation is really special to me. I grew up in a family where we spoke English and Spanish,” Ravassa said.
And as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, “Hamster & Gretel” shows how he represents his Venezuelan culture in each episode.
Writer Joanna Hausmann said, “We were able to incorporate our Venezuelan culture in a way that felt natural, authentic, and real.”
Carolina agreed and said, “To see him on a Disney show is really cool. The show is very specific to Venezuelan culture and I’m honored to play a Venezuelan mother.”
“Hamster & Gretel” airs Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. on the Disney Channel.
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