Disney Channel US has ordered a second season of Big City Greens ahead of the animated comedy/adventure series’ June 18 premiere on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD.
Created by comic book writers and brothers Chris and Shane Houghton (Harvey Beaks), the series follows the adventures of 10-year-old Cricket Green. The Houghton brothers serve as executive producers alongside Rob Renzetti (Gravity Falls), while Monica Ray (Harvey Beaks) and Natasha Kline (South Park) are on board to direct.
Big City Green‘s voice cast includes Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as store manager Louis, and Raven-Symone (Raven’s Home) as news reporter Maria. Season one episodes will air daily from June 18 to June 22 as part of Disney Channel’s Go! Summer campaign that kicks off on May 12, before moving into Monday and Wednesday morning time slots on Disney Channel. Animated shorts related to the series will begin rolling out on Disney Channel and Disney Channel YouTube on June 16.
To increase exposure, Disney is also launching a new multi-player game entitled Big City Battle on the DisneyNOW app, which will let players compete to earn their place as a member of the Green family.
In other House of Mouse news, iconic toon bunny Molang will be hopping back to Disney Junior US later this year, following a deal with French producer Millimages.
The new third season—which includes nine x seven-minute Christmas and Halloween specials and summer break episodes—will begin rolling out on Disney Junior US in late 2018. Disney Junior and the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel US currently air the first two seasons of the 104 x three-minute non-dialog series, which follows an eccentric rabbit and his best friend.
Introduced in 2015, Molang also airs on Tele Quebec (Canada), Disney (Latin America), MTV Oy (Finland), NRK (Norway) and Rai Yoyo (Italy). The IP is growing in China, too, with recent acquisitions by Chinese SVOD platforms including Tencent, Youku, Tudou and Mango TV. On the global licensing scene, more than 150 licensees are attached to the property, including North American master toy partner Jazwares.
With files from Jeremy Dickson.