Proud Family Reboot To Feature LGBTQ+ Representation
The Proud Family is back! Before Disney+, there was this thing on cable called The Disney Channel and it aired some of the best series and movies IMO (anyone else remember Zenonand Johnny Tsunami?!), including The Proud Family. The show followed 14-year-old Penny Proud and the hijinx that her family and friends often found themselves in. Besides having witty dialogue that was highly entertaining and good at addressing important life lessons, The Proud Family was also a leader in having diversity and representation in a children’s TV series. Now we’re getting a Proud Family reboot that will appropriately be called The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.
What’s The Latest News Regarding The Proud Family Reboot?
In February of last year, Disney+ announced that The Proud Family would be getting a reboot as a Disney+ series. Despite airing 18 years ago, the show seemed like it would continue where the original series had ended and no characters would age. Earlier this week, Disney+ shared that Pittsburgh natives Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek) and Billy Porter (Pose, Kinky Boots) would be joining the Proud family cast as Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins and Randall Leibowitz-Jenkins, mixed-race adoptive parents to 14-year-old activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, who will be voiced by Keke Palmer.
Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins and Randall Leibowitz-Jenkins/Image via Disney+
Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins/Image via Disney+
Shoutout to Pittsburgh for giving us Quinto and Porter, but also Disney+ for continuing to make sure characters of different backgrounds are featured in their shows. It’s no secret that Hollywood has a diversity problem (just as Ava DuVernay, who launched a new database to make sure Hollywood isn’t slacking), but it’s heartening to see that one of the biggest media companies is trying to be more inclusive.
The entire original voice cast will be back for Louder and Prouder, including Kyla Pratt (Penny Proud), Tommy Davidson (Oscar Proud), Paula Jai Parker (Trudy Proud), Jo Marie Payton (Suga Mama), Carlos Mencia (Felix Boulevardez), Maria Canals-Barrera (Sunset Boulevardez), Alvaro Gutierrez (Papi), and Cedric the Entertainer (Uncle Bobby Proud).
Newcomer EJ Johnson will also be joining the cast as Penny’s non-conforming trendsetting guy friend, Michael Collins, who serves fierce looks at school and on the basketball court. Michael Collins was originally voiced by Phil LaMarr.
Louder and Prouder will be executive produced by Bruce W. Smith (The Princess and the Frog) and Ralph Farquhar (Moesha), both of whom led the original series. Calvin Brown, Jr. (Moesha) is co-executive producer and story editor, Jan Hirota (Big Hero 6 The Series) is producer, and Eastwood Wong (Carmen Sandiego) is art director.
Also, just for fun, here’s the old-school video of Destiny’s Child (!) featuring Solange singing The Proud Family theme song!
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will air on Disney+ in 2022. Original episodes of The Proud Family are currently streaming on Disney+.
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.