The Proud Family
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The Proud Family is an American animated sitcom that ran on Disney Channel from September 15, 2001 to August 19, 2005. On August 16, 2019, the show was announced to return for a third season on Disney+.
|The Proud Family|
The main characters of The Proud Family
(L–R) Penny Proud, Suga Mama Proud, Puff The Dog, Trudy Proud, Oscar Proud, and BeBe and CeCe Proud
|Created by||Bruce W. Smith|
|Developed by||Bruce W. Smith|
Paula Jai Parker
Jo Marie Payton
Karen Malina White
Soleil Moon Frye
|Opening theme||"Proud Family" by Solange Knowles ft. Destiny's Child|
|Ending theme||"Proud Family" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 + film and unaired pilot (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kurt Albrecht|
Thomas L. Wilhite
Bruce W. Smith
Calvin Brown Jr
|Producer(s)||Mercedes J. Sichon|
|Running time||20–22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hyperion Pictures|
Walt Disney Television Animation
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television (original run) |
Disney Media Distribution (revival)
|Original network||Disney Channel (original run) |
|Audio format||Dolby Surround (2001–02)|
Dolby Digital 5.1 (2003–05)
|Original release||September 15, 2001 –|
August 19, 2005 (original run)
|Followed by||The Proud Family Movie (2005)|
- 1 Production
- 2 Characters
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Broadcast
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 Video game
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Proud Family was created by Walt Disney Animation Studios animator Bruce W. Smith and was produced by Jambalaya Studios. Originally piloted for Disney's One Saturday Morning, then Nickelodeon, it was eventually picked up by Disney Channel and started airing in September 2001. An original pilot was made and produced by Nickelodeon in 1999 but was never shown to the public resulting in Nickelodeon passing the show on. Many of the later episodes of The Proud Family were produced using Adobe Flash.
It marked the first animated Disney Channel Original Series, and, coincidentally, the only original animated series from Disney Channel not associated with, and to be produced exclusively by Disney's Television Animation arm.
- Penny Proud (voiced by Kyla Pratt): The main protagonist of the series, a 14-year-old African-American girl who is usually embarrassed by her father, Oscar. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, even though they have gotten her into trouble, and left her to face danger by herself many times. She always listens to and respects her parents, but often caves in to peer pressure. She is a talented singer as shown when she becomes a solo singer for Wizard Kelly productions but quits after missing her old life. Penny is a straight 'A' student, and is part of the school newspaper staff. At one point, she tried out for cheerleading, but due to having an accident with the stage being converted into a giant CD, LaCienega got the last spot on the squad. Penny is also good at writing and reciting poetry, and becomes jealous when her friend Dijonay becomes just as good as her. In The Proud Family Movie, Penny turns 16, and she begins to want independence, but her father has issues letting her go. She saves the world and makes up with him, and he finally realizes she is her own person who can make her own decisions.
- Dijonay Jones (voiced by Karen Malina White): Penny's selfish, untrustworthy, and enthusiastic best friend. She has an obsessive crush on Sticky. She also loves to gossip and has gotten Penny in trouble many times. Eventually, Penny gets fed up with Dijonay mistreating her, and completely loses her trust in her, though they still remain friends. Dijonay's name is a pun on the name of Best Foods'/Hellmann's Djionnaise, and she has 9 younger siblings all named after spices, seasonings and condiments.
- BeBe & CeCe Proud (voiced by Tara Strong): Penny's trouble-making baby fraternal twin siblings. BeBe is a boy with an afro and always has a bottle in his mouth, while CeCe is a girl with brown hair and pink dress. BeBe and CeCe are named after the gospel music brother and sister duo, BeBe & CeCe Winans. BeBe's eyes are never seen, due to his afro hairstyle. They love Penny very much, but at times they play too roughly with her. They are often seen playing with Puff, and most of the time, Puff ends up getting injured. In the episode "Twins to Tweens", Penny wishes that they were teenagers so she would not have to babysit them anymore; her wish is granted but later reverted because they were ruining Penny's life.
- Puff the Dog (voiced by Tara Strong in the series, Carlos Alazraqui in the movie): Suga Mama's beloved pet poodle. Puff is often tormented by the baby twins, BeBe & CeCe, who play roughly with him. He does however, show a soft side for Penny. It is also shown that Puff likes to watch drama shows.
- Suga Mama Proud (voiced by Jo Marie Payton): Penny, BeBe, and CeCe's hip, wrestling-loving paternal grandmother, Oscar and Bobby's mother and Trudy's mother-in-law who does Tae Bo. She is very nice but sassy, and always gets straight to the point when she talks. She can even tease and beat up Oscar, but loves him deep down (during The Proud Family Movie, she finally gives him some respect and listens to him for once). She has the highest respect for Trudy. Her age is unknown (although in She Drives Me Crazy, it said she had a driver's license that expired in 1938), and is often made fun of by Oscar. An event from 20 years ago shows her looking exactly the same as before. Suga Mama is in love with her neighbor Papi, who often makes rude remarks about her in Spanish which she thinks are compliments. She shows extra amounts of love for her poodle, Puff. She is really into pink dresses and afro puffs, hence the name of her dog, Puff. Like Puff, Suga Mama also displays a really warm relationship with Penny and sometimes even agrees with her ideas.
- Trudy Proud (née Parker) (voiced by Paula Jai Parker): The veterinarian mother of Penny, BeBe and CeCe, wife of Oscar, daughter-in-law of Suga Mama and sister-in-law of Bobby Proud. She comes from a relatively wealthy family, including her father who is a doctor and her sister Diana who is a famous actress. She often gives Penny advice when Penny is in trouble. Trudy is married to Oscar, and in turn often forces him to see the logical side of an argument. She is the level-headed one in the family along with Suga Mama, though she can be bossy and jealous sometimes.
- Oscar Proud (voiced by Tommy Davidson): The overprotected father of Penny, BeBe and CeCe, husband of Trudy, younger brother of Bobby Proud and son of Suga Mama. Oscar is characterized as hyperactive, immature, childish, but still a well-meaning man. Oscar owns and operates his own snack food business called "Proud Snacks" whose products are badly disgusting, yet he manages to stay in business.
- Zoey Howzer (voiced by Soleil Moon Frye): Zoey is geeky, timid, shy, kind, smart and one of the few white characters in the show. She is very insecure about her looks and wants to be accepted. Zoey is known for being a follower and Penny often has to talk sense into her. Her mother is a limousine driver while her aunt is a lawyer. Zoey enjoys dancing but has a bit faith in her skills. When she competes in a dance battle however, she proves herself to be just as good as, if not better than, her friends.
- LaCienega Boulevardez (voiced by Alisa Reyes): Penny's Latina frenemy and the daughter of Felix and Sunset Boulevardez. She is the most popular and beautiful girl in Penny's school, as well as an excellent student. Penny and LaCienega despise each other and Penny is usually stuck hanging out with her, since LaCienega is friends with Dijonay, and their parents and grandparents are best friends. LaCienega is able to convince her parents that she is a very sweet and moral young lady, but in reality, she is very vain, arrogant, obnoxious, selfish, and snobbish. Despite her rebellious attitude, she is secretly envious of Penny deep down, but would never show it. LaCienega and her mother Sunset are named after La Cienega Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, two Los Angeles area arterial roads that meet in West Hollywood, California.
- Sticky Webb (voiced by Orlando Brown): Penny's other best friend. He is shown as a cool tech nerd who is able to build or hack any type of device. He seems to have a crush on Penny and is constantly trying to avoid Dijonay's affection. He does have some affection towards Dijonay, such as when she ignores him, he gets jealous.
- The Gross Sisters (voiced by Raquel Lee): The neighborhood bullies who are almost always seen together, who go around stealing money from students, faculty, and even parents (including their own). They live with their family in a rough housing estate in the city, so they have to do chores to support it. Nubia is the leader and the only Gross sister who can talk while her sisters (whom she often treats poorly), the heavily built Olei (who serves as Nubia's bodyguard), and the short-statured Gina (who collects the money), are silent. Nubia's catchphrase is "Hands up, cash out!". Despite the constant mistreatment and abuse, Nubia is protective over her sisters and threatens anyone who might endanger or harm them. Their names are a play on skincare products Neutrogena, Nivea, and Olay, which is sardonic as their skin is noted to be dry, ashy, and blue.
- Bobby Proud (voiced by Cedric the Entertainer, Arsenio Hall in the movie): Oscar's older brother, Suga Mama's eldest son, Trudy's brother-in-law and Penny, Bebe and CeCe's uncle. He is a fan of groups like Kool & The Gang among others. He sings and talks like the lead singers of the 1970s funk bands Cameo (Larry Blackmon), The Ohio Players (Sugarfoot) and The Commodores (Lionel Richie). He has a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado that only plays one song and has hydraulics and also a parachute for some safety reasons (as shown in the episode "Thelma and Luis" when Suga Mama and Papi accidentally drive it off the Grand Canyon and the parachute saves them). Suga Mama favors him over Oscar. He often has Oscar do things that annoy him very often, but ironically lead to Oscar meeting beautiful women. For example, he gets Oscar to be an ice cream man at a basketball game, which leads to one of the cheerleaders asking Oscar out on a date. Bobby and his band, DisFunkshunal Junction, are a clear parody of band leader George Clinton (also known as Dr. Funkenstein) and his band Parliament-Funkadelic, also known as P-Funk. Bobby reveals in the episode "She Drives Me Crazy" that the band is from East St. Louis, Illinois.
- Wizard Kelly (voiced by Aries Spears): An incredibly wealthy and famous businessman who made his fortune playing professional basketball. He owns various businesses that are named after him.
- Smart Baby/Red-Nosed Baby (voiced by Ron Glass): An infant with a droll expression, who enjoys harassing Oscar. Despite him being a baby he is shown to be able to speak as if he were an adult. Whenever Oscar tries to expose him he responds as if he is just a regular baby, with a "Goo goo". His parents are never seen or mentioned.
- Felix Boulevardez (voiced by Carlos Mencia): Oscar's neighbor and best friend. (Oscar and Felix were also the names of the lead characters from the TV sitcom The Odd Couple). He is the father of LaCienega and the husband of Sunset. He and Oscar often get into trouble together. He and Oscar both have dominating wives, both have parents living in their home (Oscar has Suga Mama and Felix has Papi) and both have teenage daughters. The differences between them is that Oscar is tall and skinny and Felix is short and overweight, and Felix is also richer and more successful than Oscar at everything, but that does not affect their friendship. They are also very strict with their daughters hanging out with boys.
- Sunset Boulevardez (voiced by Maria Canals): Felix's wife and Trudy's best friend. She is the mother of LaCienega, the wife of Felix and is a police officer.
- Papi Boulevardez (voiced by Alvaro Gutierrez): Felix's father, Sunset's father-in-law and Suga Mama's love interest. He is the grandfather of LaCienega. He speaks only Spanish and as a result he can get away with insulting Suga Mama. However, Suga Mama believes that he is sweet-talking her which only increases her affection towards Papi. Nevertheless, the two are often seen spending time together and genuinely enjoying each other’s company. He is also known for his trademark cackling when after he insults Suga Mama or on some occasions. Ironically in The Proud Family Movie, Papi becomes enamored with the Spanish speaking clone of Suga Mama, who promptly beat him up when he insulted her. Papi is a parody of Cesar Romero's character The Joker on the 1966 TV series Batman (as Romero was of Spanish descent and his laugh is reminiscent of the Joker's).
- Michael Collins (voiced by Phil LaMarr): Penny's flamboyant friend and the son of the school coach. Due to his effeminate interests, he is often bullied. However, he does stand-up for himself and sometimes gets over excited. In addition to this, his father is ashamed of him and often tells him to call him coach in public.
- Dr. Payne (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson): The Prouds' doctor, whose build and mannerisms are based on those of Mr. T. Oscar usually suffers painful treatment at his hands. He calls Penny "Itty Bitty" and Suga Mama "Sugar Bear".
- Peabo (voiced by Cree Summer): The Prouds' 9-year-old neighbor. He is very smart for his age and often tries to warn Oscar whenever Oscar does something dangerous, though Oscar never listens and suffers for it. He is the only one who is known to like Proud Snacks. He at first has a crush on Penny, then Zoey, and ends up dating one of Dijonay's sisters.
- Lil' Wiz (also voiced by Aries Spears): Wizard Kelly's son.
Notable guest starsEdit
The Proud Family featured various notable guest stars who portrayed themselves or other characters. The following is a list of guest stars who have appeared on the show. Guest stars are listed in chronological order by episode. Characters appearing in more than fifteen episodes will be considered "recurring" and will not be included in the list.
|Episode no. and title||Guest star||Role(s)|
|05 - "EZ Jackster"||Ray J||Mega|
|06 - "Spelling Bee"||James Avery||Crandall Smythe|
|07 - "She's Got Game"||Mablean Ephriam||The Judge|
|08 - "Forbidden Date"||Kel Mitchell||Carlos|
|09 - "Teacher's Pet"||Dorien Wilson||Dave "The Dork" Daniels|
|10 - "Don't Leave Home Without It"||Steve Harvey||The Credit Card|
|11 - "Seven Days of Kwanzaa"||Vivica A. Fox||Angel Margaret|
|Samuel L. Jackson||Angel Joseph|
|13 - "The Party"||Lou Rawls||Himself|
|15 - "I Had A Dream"||Thomas Mikal Ford||Mr. Webb|
|16 - "I Love You Penny Proud"||Shia LaBeouf||Johnny McBride|
|19 - "The Altos"||Jacob Vargas||Big Alto|
|20 - "Hip-Hop Helicopter"||Big Boy||Himself|
|21 - "Romeo Must Wed"||Sheryl Lee Ralph||Aunt Dee|
|Amy Hill||Mrs. Wong|
|Jeffrey Tambor||Randolph Verascola|
|Dante Basco||Kwok Wong|
|Episode no. and title||Guest star||Role(s)|
|2 - "A Hero for Halloween"||Lil' Romeo||Himself|
|Tim Conway||Alvin Peterson|
|Ving Rhames||Garrett Krebs|
|3 - "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thingy"||Vanessa Williams||Debra Williams|
|4 - "Poetic Justice"||Mos Def||Himself|
|Dante Basco||Kwok Wong|
|5 - "Behind Family Lines"||Mo'Nique||Boonnetta Proud|
|Solange Knowles||Chanel Parker|
|David Alan Grier||Reuben Parker|
|Wendy Raquel Robinson||Leslie Parker|
|Sheryl Lee Ralph||Diana Parker|
|Jamal Mixon||Ray Ray Proud, Jr.|
|Cicely Tyson||Mrs. Maureen Parker|
|Robert Guillaume||Dr. Vincent Parker|
|Anthony Anderson||Ray Ray Proud, Sr.|
|6 - "Hooray for Iesha"||Gabrielle Union||Sunny Stevens / Iesha|
|Wendy Raquel Robinson||Katanga|
|10 - "Tween Town"||Al Roker||Himself|
|11 - "One in a Million"||Kobe Bryant|
|12 - "Hmmm... Tastes Like"||Debra Wilson||Oprah Winfrey|
|13 - "There's Something About Rene"||Tisha Campbell-Martin||Rene|
|14 - "Adventures In Bebe Sitting"||Kym Whitley||Caramel Jones|
|John Witherspoon||Oran Jones|
|Debra Wilson||Tabasco / Basil|
|15 - "Surf and Turf"||Big Boy||Himself|
|16 - "The Legend of Johnny Lovely"||Pablo Santos||Johnny Lovely|
|17 - "The Camp, The Counselor, The Mole, and The Rock"||Kirk Franklin||Rev. Haygood|
|18 - "It Takes a Thief"||Ashanti||Randi|
|19 - "Wedding Bell Blues"||Smokey Robinson||Himself|
|Roscoe Lee Browne||Roscoe Carington III aka Clarence|
|20 - "Penny Potter"||Jenifer Lewis||Sista Spice|
|21 - "Monkey Bidness"||Mariah Carey||Herself|
|21 - "Thelma and Luis"||Estelle Harris||Helga|
|24 - "Election"||Rolanda Watts||Reshanda Watson|
|25 - "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"||Alicia Keys||Herself|
|Erica Rivera||Agatha Ordinario|
|26 - "Smack Mania 6: Mongo vs. Mama's Boy"||Michael Clarke Duncan||Mongo|
|28 - "Twins to Tweens"||Al Roker||Himself|
|Lee Thompson Young||Teen Bebe|
The following appeared as guest stars in The Proud Family Movie.
|Omarion||Fifteen (15) Cent|
|Arsenio Hall||Dr. Carver / Bobby Proud|
|Keith David||Bebe Proud clone|
|Masi Oka||Japanese Kid / Announcer|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||21||September 15, 2001||May 24, 2002|
|2||31||September 27, 2002||August 19, 2005|
|TV movie||August 19, 2005|
Crossover with Lilo & StitchEdit
The Proud Family visit Hawaii on an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series entitled "Spats" in which they stay at Jumba & Pleakley's Bed & Not Breakfast and Suga Mama inadvertently activates an experiment that causes spats.
Web series spinoffEdit
The Proud Family Shorties is an online cartoon spinoff of The Proud Family created by Bruce W. Smith. It follows the adventures of BeBe & CeCe Proud, Suga Mama, and Puff the dog.
The Proud Family began airing in reruns on ABC as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning on August 31 and September 7, 2002. The series was shown on Disney Channel as part of Disney Replay on October 1, 2015 and aired again on December 24, 2015 with the episode "Seven Days of Kwanzaa". In December 2018, the episode was part of a holiday live stream on Disney Channel's YouTube channel.
In 2002, ABC relaunched the series as a part of its rebranded Saturday morning block, ABC Kids which replaced Disney's One Saturday Morning. The series aired in syndication on BET in 2008. It also aired on Toon Disney until February 6, 2009. The Proud Family was also aired on The Family Channel in Canada. In 2010, the series began airing on Centric. In Jamaica, it aired on TVJ. In the United Kingdom, the series aired on ITV in 2002 as part of the network's Saturday morning Diggin' It show.
Awards and nominationsEdit
- 2004 – Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Television Production – Shannon Tindle for episode "Culture Shock" (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production Produced for Children (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Character Design in an Animated Television Production – Shannon Tindle for episode "Forbidden Date" (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production – Bruce W. Smith for episode "A Hero For Halloween" (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Writing in an Animated Television Production – James E. West II & T. Smith III for episode "I Had A Dream" (Nominated)
- 2004 – Outstanding Animated Series (Won)
- 2003 – Best Casting for Animated Voice Over, Television – Eileen Mack Knight (Won)
- 2002 – Best Casting for Animated Voice Over, Television – Eileen Mack Knight (Won)
- 2005 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – Tommy Davidson (Nominated)
- 2005 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – JoMarie Payton (Nominated)
- 2005 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – Kyla Pratt (Nominated)
- 2004 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – Tommy Davidson (Nominated)
- 2004 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – Kyla Pratt (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Cedric the Entertainer (Won)
- 2003 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – Tommy Davidson (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – JoMarie Payton (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series/Special – Kyla Pratt (Nominated)
- 2003 – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Ving Rhames (Nominated)
- 2002 – Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special – Tommy Davidson (Nominated)
- 2002 – Outstanding Youth or Children's Series/Special (Nominated)
- 2004 – Favorite Cartoon (Nominated)
- NAMIC Vision Awards
- 2005 – Children's (Won)
- 2005 – Best Comedic Performance – JoMarie Payton (Nominated)
- 2004 – Best Comedic Performance – JoMarie Payton (Nominated)
- 2004 – Best Comedic Performance – Paula Jai Parker (Nominated)
- 2004 – Outstanding Children's Programming (Nominated)
The Proud Family, a video game based on the series, was developed by Gorilla Systems and published by Buena Vista Games for the Game Boy Advance. The game was released in North America in November 2005, a few months after the show ended. In the game, Penny works a variety of jobs to raise money so she can afford to buy her parents a T.H.A.N.G. (Total Home Automated Necessity Gizmo) for their upcoming wedding anniversary. Each job plays out as a minigame. Aside from Penny and her parents, other characters from the series also appear in the game, including Penny's friends and Suga Mama. GameDaily and GameZone both rated the game 8 out of 10.
- "Tommy Davidson Reveals The Proud Family Is Returning with New Episodes on Disney+". TV Shows. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
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- "The Proud Family". Disney Now. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
- "Disney Channel Favorite The Proud Family Premieres on Game Boy Advance". GameZone. November 11, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- Keil, Jill (January 26, 2006). "The Proud Family (GBA)". GameDaily. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009.
- "Disney's The Proud Family - GBA - Review". GameZone. December 22, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
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