“The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder,” the revival of the beloved early 2000s cartoon, has been officially greenlit for a third season on Disney+. This exciting announcement was made during the prestigious Annecy Film Festival in France, an annual gathering dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the world of animation.
According to reports from Collider, this renewal ensures that the new iteration of the show will surpass the number of seasons the original series enjoyed. However, it’s worth noting that the original series, which made its debut back in September 2001, featured more episodes per season than the current revival.
“The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder” has undergone significant adaptations to make it resonate with today’s audience. The episodes delve into contemporary cultural events and history, ensuring that the series remains relevant while maintaining the heart and humor that fans adored from the beginning.
The show’s narrative centers around Penny Proud, a 14-year-old navigating the ups and downs of modern life alongside her quirky Proud Family. This revival brings back the original voices of some beloved characters, with Kyla Pratt reprising her role as the main character, Penny Proud, and Karen Malina White returning as Penny’s best friend, Dijonay.
Joining the voice cast for this new installment is EJ Johnson, who voices the character Michael, and Keke Palmer, who takes on the role of Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, a fresh addition to the Proud clan’s neighborhood.
Despite its popularity, the latest season of “The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder” has sparked controversy among some viewers due to its exploration of “woke” themes. A particular episode that aired in February drew attention for introducing the concept of “white fragility” and referencing activist Robin DiAngelo’s book of the same title, published in June 2018. The episode featured a musical number performed by students that acknowledged the role of enslaved people in building the country and included a reference to reparations.
These elements led to criticism from some quarters, with the show being labeled as “anti-white propaganda” by certain critics. However, the creator of “The Proud Family,” Bruce W. Smith, aged 61, expressed his enthusiasm for the controversy, viewing it as a testament to the show’s ability to address relevant and thought-provoking topics in today’s society.
As the show’s renewal ensures its continued presence on Disney+, it seems “The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder” will maintain its position as a show that sparks conversation and reflection while offering entertaining stories about family, friendship, and the challenges of growing up.
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