Louder And Proouder ‘Creatives plague Disney + Revival – TCA – Deadline

The Proud Family has finally returned, more than 20 years after it first hit the Disney Channel in September 2021.

Starring original voice cast members Kyla Pratt, Karen Malina White, Soleil Moon Frye, Alisa Reyes and more, Disney +’s revival series The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will bring Penny Proud (Pratt) in 2022 as she explores her teenage years. In addition to further spotlighting Penny’s coming-of-age, maker and EP Bruce W. Smith and producer Ralph Farquhar said during Friday’s TCA panel that the show will address topics relevant to today’s larger conversations.

“A lot has changed in 20 years, that’s for sure. Previously, we had to use top-notch and coded language,” said Farquhar, who served as executive producer on the original series. “Now we can go for it.”

He went on to highlight the new additions The Proud Family world: husbands Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto, respectively, and Penny’s new generation non-confirming friend Michael Collins. The introduction of LGBTQ + characters into the world of The Proud Family is the “biggest change,” fans, both back and forth, can expect, he said.

EJ Johnson, who hires Michael Collins, said he is excited for the impact and visibility of queer kids this series will bring.

“Just to have a character who is out and proud and fabulous … I was surprised that this character exists,” he said.

Even while “upgrading” the series with more prominent conversations about identity, social media, and growing up in today’s world, Smith said the series remains true to its core – whether it’s with the original cast members or the desire to tell stories authentically.

“The important benefit of this is to make sure that both series … can sit side by side,” he said. “We were released to lean on the truth of the stories we wanted to tell. It accelerated everything and because of our great cast they were able to bring their characters back into the fold.

The panel members also talk about how The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will continue catering to a wide range of audiences with his humor, how the series is like a “nice time machine” and more.

On Friday, Disney + revealed that The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will premiere Feb. 23 and drop a trailer that teases the new chapter of the Proud’s.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is executive-produced by Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar, who both lead the original series. Calvin Brown, Jr. is co-executive producer and story editor, Jan Hirota is producer, and Eastwood Wong is art director.

Watch the trailer above.

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