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Review: ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ Season 2

Season 1 of the Disney+ Original animated series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” debuted on Disney+ in February 2022.

“The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” picks up the story of its central character, Penny Proud, and her iconic family: parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, and grandmother Suga Mama (and Puff!). By Penny’s side is her loyal crew: Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez, Zoey Howzer, Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins and Michael Collins.

Building off the standout success of the series’ debut, season two of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” continues to tell entertaining and laugh out-loud stories, while highlighting culturally specific experiences of the Black community and addressing universal topics. Various storylines this season include self-worth, interracial dating and Juneteenth.

All 10 episodes from Season 2 begin streaming on Disney+ on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Cast members reprising their roles from the original series and returning for season two 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. Recurring 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 Blackk as Kareem; Artist “A Boogie” Dubose as Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins; Bresha Webb as CeCe; Aiden Dodson as BeBe and Carlos Alazraqui as Puff.

A full list of the previously announced season two guest stars is below:

  • Gabrielle Union (“L.A’s Finest”) as Talia Rouge
  • Singer and producer Chance the Rapper as Darrius St. Vil
  • Singer and songwriter Normani as Giselle
  • Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”) as Kwame
  • Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”) as Ray Ray
  • Gymnasts Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas and Laurie Hernandez as themselves
  • Holly Robinson Peete (“21 Jump Street”) as Dr. Lord
  • Maury Povich (“Maury”) as himself
  • Storm Reid (“Euphoria”) as Emily
  • Courtney B. Vance (“Genius”) as Merlin Kelly
  • Liana Mendoza (“Hey, Mr. Postman!”) as Singing Judge

This review is based on the first three episodes of Season 2.  Episode descriptions are as follows:

EPISODE 201 – Old Towne Road Pt 2
Realizing nothing has changed, Suga Mama decides to run away from Oklahoma yet again but when a man from her past catches up to her, she decides to prove her father wrong and stay.

EPISODE 202 – Grandma’s Hands
When Penny becomes increasingly rebellious, Trudy sends her to Suga Mama’s house, where Penny receives old school tough love.

EPISODE 203 – Curved
When Dijonay starts dating the leader of their debate rival team, her friendship with Penny suffers, making Penny increasingly jealous and scared their friendship may not survive.

The Proud Family is back and returns with 10 more charming, witty, funny, and heart warming episodes.  The animation is bright and colorful, and the stories are very current that deal with modern-day topics and issues.

Season 1 of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” ends with The Proud Family attending Suga Mama’s family reunion at a ranch in Oklahoma.  Season 2 picks right up from there and also gives a nice little recap from the last season. Of course, the slapstick puns are even better this season.  During a pig race on the farm, the audience can hear the announcer calling out “Hamela Anderson from Haywatch.”  There are also plenty of heartfelt moments in these episodes too, especially between Penny and Suga Mama her mom Trudy and her best friend Dijonay.  Episode 3 starts off a little slow, but viewers will be rewarded with a fun surprise at the end.

Episode 2 is easily the most memorable of the first three episodes.  Penny ends up staying at Suga Mama’s house and figures out pretty quickly that life at Grandma’s isn’t what she thought it would be as Suga Mama delivers some tough love to a rebellious Penny.  Penny ultimately triumphs in the end but the hilarious antics that take place in this episode are downright hysterical.

The music throughout the episodes is always a nice bonus.  Songs are upbeat and current and set the mood for modern-day American teenager stories.  Kurt Farquhar, the lauded television and film composer, songwriter and producer who wrote and composed “The Proud Family” original theme song, reimagined it for the revival. Farquhar also co-wrote an original song, “You’re Lucky I Let You Love Me,” with Normani, Mariah Meshae and Nkenge Kamau, for the upcoming season. Normani will also provide 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 music supervise the second season.

Overall, all ages will enjoy Season 2 of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” however it is more geared toward tweens or teens.  The series is lively, spirited, and laugh out loud funny while delivering positive messages.

In addition to Smith and Farquhar, Calvin Brown, Jr. (“Moesha”) is co-executive producer and story editor, Jan Hirota (“Big Hero 6 The Series”) is producer, Eastwood Wong (“Carmen Sandiego”) is art director, and directors are Latoya Raveneau (“Rise 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.

You can watch a trailer for Season 2 below:

All 10 episodes from Season 2 begin streaming on Disney+ on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.  Season one of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” is available to stream now on Disney+.

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