Back in August, Tommy Davidson, who played Oscar Proud in the hit Disney Channel series The Proud Family, let slip that the mouse house was working on a series revival, and that it would be premiering on Disney+. Since then, word went silent on the reveal… until now.
Disney+ has (finally) officially announced The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, which is currently in production at Disney Television Animation. Original series creator Bruce W. Smith and executive producer Ralph Farquhar, are helming the revival. Joining them is Calvin Brown Jr., who is co-executive producer and story editor.
“In our minds, the show never really went away, as we still had tons of stories left to tell. It’s the perfect time to bring back this show, and we can’t wait to take fans, old and new alike, on this journey with us,” Smith and Farquhar said in a joint statement.
The entire original cast will be back as well, including Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, Jo Marie Payton as Suga Mama, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez. Cedric the Entertainer will also return as Uncle Bobby Proud.
The Proud Family ran on Disney Channel from 2001 to 2005, and remains one of the network’s most popular animated series’. The show followed Penny Proud, a 14-year-old girl who is usually embarrassed by her father, as she experiences life and the typical hardships of growing up with her family and friends.
“The show’s humor and relatable stories are as relevant with audiences today as ever,” said Agnes Chu, senior vp content at Disney+.
The Proud Family revival becomes the latest classic show that Disney has mined for new streaming service content. It joins Monsters at Work (sequel/spin-off of Monsters Inc.), Lizzie McGuire, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, among others.
“The genius of the original Proud Family series was that, under the guise of a family comedy, it provided a brilliant social commentary on our life and times,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer at Disney Channels Worldwide. “With this new series, Bruce and Ralph will once again challenge everyone to think differently about the world we share.”