Disney+ has announced that several new episodes of the Emmy Award-winning Original Animated Series The proud family: Louder and prouder is on its way – season 2 premieres on February 1. Produced by Disney Branded Television, the show is a revival of Disney’s groundbreaking The proud family. This past weekend, the series won “Outstanding Casting for An Animated Program” at the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards.
From creator and executive producer Bruce W. Smith and executive producer Ralph Farquhar, the show follows the story of central character Penny Proud and her iconic family: parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, and grandmother Suga Mama ( and Phew!). By Penny’s side are her loyal crew: Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez, Zoey Howzer, Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins and Michael Collins.
The new season continues to entertain while highlighting culturally specific experiences of the black community and addressing universal topics. Various storylines this season include self-esteem, interracial dating and Juneteenth. The streamer also shared a cast with guest stars Gabrielle Union, Chance the Rapper, Leslie Odom, Jr., Holly Robinson Peete and Normani – check it out:
Previously announced guest stars for Season 2 include Union (LA’s finest) as Talia Rouge; singer and producer Chance the Rapper as Darrius St. Vil; Singer and songwriter Normani as Giselle; Odom Jr. (Hamilton) as Kwame; Anthony Anderson (blackish) as Ray Ray; gymnasts Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas and Laurie Hernandez as themselves; Robinson Peete (21 Jump Street) as Dr. Lord; Maury Povich (Maury) as itself; Storm Reid (Euphoria) as Emily; Courtney B. Vance (Genius) as Merlin Kelly; and Liana Mendoza (Hello, Mr. Postman!“) as a singing judge.
Kurt Farquhar, the original The proud family film composer, songwriter and producer, co-wrote an original song, “You’re Lucky I Let You Love Me,” for the new season with Normani, Mariah Meshae and Nkenge Kamau. Normani provides vocals on several original songs. In addition to Farquhar, who serves as series music composer and songwriter, Ashley Neumeister (American soul) is on board to oversee music for the second season. Fans can listen to music from the series onwards The proud family: Louder and prouder official playlist here.
Cast members reprising their roles from the original series and returning for season 2 are Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud; Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud; Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud; JoMarie Payton as Suga Mama; Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby; Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer; Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez; Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez; Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez; Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi; Raquel Lee Bolleau as Nubia Gross; and Marcus T. Paulk as Myron. Additionally, returning voices for the revival include Keke Palmer as Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins; Billy Porter and Zachary Quinto as Randall and Barry Leibowitz-Jenkins; EJ Johnson as Michael Collins; Asante Black as Kareem; Artist “A Boogie” Dubose as Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins; Bresha Webb as CeCe; Aiden Dodson as BeBe and Carlos Alazraqui as Puff.
Calvin Brown, Jr. (Moesha) serves as co-executive producer and story editor, Jan Hirota (Big Hero 6 The Series) is producing, and Eastwood Wong (Carmen Sandiego) is art director. The show is directed by Latoya Raveneau (Stand up, sing out), Rudi Bloss (DC Super Hero Girls), and Tara Nicole Whitaker (Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure). The series is produced by Disney Television Animation.
Season 1 of The proud family: Louder and prouder is available on Disney+, and beginning in January 2023, episodes will air weekly on Disney Channel and Disney XD. All seasons of The proud familywhich debuted on the Disney Channel in 2001, is currently available on Disney+.
Debbie Diamond Sarto is News Editor at Animation World Network.