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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Be yourself. Look out for your friends. Change is good. Speak up for what you believe.
Positive Role Models
Penny Proud learns to remain true to herself, to use her voice for good, and to apologize when she is wrong.
Depicts a successful Black family. Penny Proud is a strong Black female protagonist. As in the original show, stereotypes abound, but they compel viewers to reflect on what they believe and to have discussions as a family about people's experiences and the world around us. E.g., issue of colorism has long been discussed in relation to the Proud family. Some may feel that Dijonay, the only dark-skinned friend in Penny's group, displays characteristics deemed problematic, like being aggressive or being a troublemaker. But Dijonay is also confident, outspoken, unashamed of her curves, and likely to go after what she wants. Character BeBe is diagnosed as having autism in a thoughtful way that dispels stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
A few scenes where characters experience mild cartoon violence, like being smashed, flattened, or shot into space. Injuries are short-lived and no real harm is endured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Penny and her friends are going through puberty, so there are references to developed body parts, attraction to others, dating, etc. In one scene containing sexual innuendo, Penny returns home from school to find her parents looking disheveled on the couch, wearing parts of each other's clothes. She asks what they were doing, and they rearrange their outfits.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is the star-studded follow-up to the classic Disney Channel series The Proud Family. With most of the original cast returning -- including Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, and Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud -- viewers can expect the same laugh-out-loud comedy, relatable stories, and positive messages. This time around, however, the characters are dealing with issues more suited to tween and teen viewers, like puberty, dating, activism, and expanded representation in gender identity and family makeup. Creators have taken care to give things a modern update that reflects the world in 2022 while maintaining the heart of the show that people loved years ago. Viewers can look forward to a very long list of celebrity guest stars, including Disney favorite Keke Palmer, singer Lizzo, actor Billy Porter, and Olympic gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Laurie Hernandez, to name a few.
Is It Any Good?
Disney+ just got even better with this authentic, relevant, and seriously amusing reboot. The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder will provoke heartwarming nostalgia for parents who grew up on Penny Proud and her friends and family, while inspiring a new generation with life lessons sprinkled with hilarity (as opposed to after-school special sappiness). The consistent animation style, the hip-hop and R&B soundtrack, and the modern-day slang and jargon maintain the vibe of the show and solidify its authenticity. Yes, stereotypes abound, but they compel viewers to reflect on what they believe and to have the discussions as a family about people's experiences and the world around us. Like its predecessor, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder offers the representation that was lacking for so long in television, specifically in cartoons -- displaying a Black family in all of its animated realness, for the world to root for.
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