Quinto and Porter join the reboot voice cast as the parents of new character, Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins. Johnson will voice a new friend of Penny Proud.
The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder has added Zachary Quinto, Billy Porter, and EJ Johnson to its voice cast. The Proud Family aired on Disney Channel from 2001-2005. The animated sitcom centered on the life of BIPOC teenager, Penny Proud, and her eccentric family. The series notably featured a holiday episode that explored the traditions of Kwanzaa – a remarkable milestone for Disney Channel programming. Disney Channel also aired The Proud Family Movie in 2005, which served as the series finale. In February 2020, it was announced that the series would receive a reboot entitled The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, which will stream exclusively on Disney+.
According to an Instagram post from Disney Plus, Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto and POSE‘s Billy Porter will join the cast of the series’ reboot. They will lend their voices to Barry and Randall Leibowitz-Jenkins, respectively – parents to new character, Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, who will be voiced by Keke Palmer. Disney+ also announced that EJ Johnson (Rich Kids Of Beverly Hills) will voice Michael Collins, Penny Proud’s non-conforming friend. This trio will join the original series’ voice cast, including Kyla Pratt, Soleil Moon Frye, and Cedric the Entertainer. The full Instagram post can be viewed below:
Not only has The Proud Family been heralded for its BIPOC representation, but its reboot will continue to break down barriers by including multicultural families and characters who belong to the LGBTQ+ community. Disney has suffered from lack of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ representation in years past, but The Proud Family reboot is surely a step in the right direction – especially by using a talented voice cast who authentically represents the show’s characters; Quinto, Porter, and Johnson are all proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder is likely to engage younger viewers as well as an older demographic who’s nostalgic for the original series, when it airs on Disney+ in 2022.
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