One of Disney’s favorite families is back. The Proud Family, which aired from 2001-2005 on the Disney Channel, is returning to Disney+ after nearly 15 years off the air. The new series is titled The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, and not many changes will be occurring for the return of the animated show: the original voice cast is returning, as is its creator, Bruce W. Smith. Its other executive producer, Ralph Farquhar, is also returning.
Smith and Farquhar said in a statement: “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.” There seems to be a lot of excitement driving this revival, from the crew and cast alike.
While this is really the official announcement, the return of The Proud Family has been teased a few times before. Cast member Tommy Davidson (Oscar Proud) let it slip at the premiere of 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. He said on the red carpet “They [Disney] told me not to tell you.” Jo Marie Payton (Suga Mama) also hinted at her return in an interview with GMA3 in November, saying “Yeah, Suga’s large and in charge.” However, Payton implied that episodes would be premiering in February, and as it is the end of February that the revival has been officially announced, it seems likely that the original release date was pushed back.
The series was hailed for its diversity when it originally aired, receiving BET Awards and an NAACP Award for Cedric the Entertainer (Uncle Bobby Proud), who will also be returning. The entire run of the original show is already on Disney+. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s definitely worth a watch, and if you have and haven’t binged it on the new streaming platform yet, it’s ready and waiting for you.
A release date for The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is TBD.