The Proud Family (partially found unaired Nickelodeon pilot of Disney Channel animated sitcom; 1999)
The Proud Family was an American animated sitcom created by Bruce W. Smith that aired on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2005, spanning 3 seasons. It was the very first Disney Channel original animated series.
Before the Disney Channel picked it up as a series, it was pitched in 1998 as a pilot for Nickelodeon and was planned for a 1999 release. During production in 1999, Nickelodeon decided to pass on the series and didn't plan on releasing it as a TV series. After Nickelodeon passed on it, Disney Channel immediately greenlit the series which premiered in 2001.
The pilot featured many differences from the show itself. It is unknown if the Nickelodeon pilot for the show has ever been publicly released. As of 2016, the only footage of the pilot appears in early promos of the show from the early 2000s. It is claimed that the episode is an early version of the episode "Rumors".
Creator Bruce W. Smith confirmed in a tweet on April 24th, 2016, that the pilot is real, but was never aired.
Although the pilot in its entirety is lost, there are early promos of The Proud Family that are found online which happen to contain short clips from the unaired pilot.
Differences From the Show[edit | edit source]
- The animation was slightly different.
- Dijonay's name was originally named Delinquinetta, but was changed for the Disney series.
- Penny's hairstyle is different.
- Trudy's bangs are parted differently, which changes throughout the episode.
- The layout of the Proud's house is different
- Everyone's eyes are different.
- Penny wears earrings.
- Suga Mama's head is a different shape and her bangs are shorter so more of her forehead is exposed.
- Oscar's hair is more black and his head is bigger.
- Delinquinetta (Dijonay) has no bangs and her ponytail is longer.
Similarities to "Rumors"[edit | edit source]
- Bebe and Cece escape from the house like in the later episode.
- Oscar and Trudy make Penny babysit the kids.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This pilot was produced in 1999 initially for Nickelodeon.
- Suga Mama's voice actor Jo Marie Payton, Trudy's voice actor Paula Jai Parker, and Oscar's voice actor Tommy Davidson voice them in the pilot, but it is currently unknown about the others.
- In a screencap, Penny and Delinquinetta are in a car and Delinquinetta is driving it.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
Images[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
Nickelodeon[edit | edit source]
- Slime Survivor (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 2000)
- Tooned In! (partially found Nickelodeon game show pilot; 1998)
- Hey Arnold! (found unaired pilot of Nickelodeon animated series; 1994)
Disney Channel[edit | edit source]
- 101 Dalmatians: The Series (partially found unaired pilot episode of Disney animated TV series; 1996)
- Amazing Animals (found Disney Channel animated educational series; 1996-1999)
- Arwin! (partially found pilot of cancelled spin-off of "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" Disney Channel sitcom; 2007)
- Bonkers "Fall Apart Bomb Squad" (found episode of Disney Channel animated series; 1993)
- Country Club (partially found test pilot of "Big City Greens" Disney Channel adventure-comedy animated series; 2015)
- Disney Channel Interactive (lost Dish Network game channel; late 2000s)
- Disney Channel "Disney's One Too" (partially lost "Recess" gags of TV channel block; 1999-2003)
- Disney's Coyote Tales (found Disney Channel extended version of "The Coyote's Lament" animated short; 1991)
- Disney's Doug (found episodes of animated TV series; 1996-1999)
- Dreamfinders (unproduced Disney Channel series based on "Journey Into Imagination" Epcot ride; 1983)
- Dumbo's Circus (partially found Disney Channel live action puppet series; 1985-1986)
- Fish Hooks (partially found unreleased pilot of Disney Channel animated series; 2009)
- Going Wild with Jeff Corwin (partially found Disney Channel documentary series; 1997-1999)
- Gravity Falls (found Comic Con 2012 promo of Disney Channel animated mystery comedy series; 2012)
- Gravity Falls (found pitch pilot of Disney Channel animated mystery comedy series; 2010)
- Hannah Montana (lost production material of cancelled anime adaptation of Disney Channel teen sitcom; 2009-2010)
- Herbie the Lovebug (lost Disney Channel animated pilot; late 1990s-2000s)
- J.O.N.A.S. (lost unaired pilot of "Jonas" Disney Channel comedy series; 2007)
- Katbot (partially found unreleased Disney Channel animated series; 2005)
- Lizzie McGuire "Season 3" (lost production material of unfinished season of Disney Channel comedy series; 2020)
- Minnie Takes Care of Pluto (found original English audio of Mickey Mouse Works animated short; 2000)
- Mousercise (partially found Disney Channel exercise series; 1983-1996)
- Mouseterpiece Theater (partially found Disney Channel cartoon compilation series; 1983-1990)
- Pepper Ann (partially found unaired Nickelodeon pilot of Disney animated series; 1996)
- Phineas and Ferb (lost script of cancelled theatrical film based on animated series; 2010s)
- Phineas and Ferb: Shooting Star Milkshake Bar (partially found full version of song; late 2000s)
- Phineas and Ferb: Spot the Diff (found Disney Channel animated special; 2008)
- Recess "The Break In" (partially found pilot of Disney animated TV series; 1996)
- Star and the Forces of Evil (partially found unaired pitch pilot of Disney Channel animated series; 2011)
- Talespin (lost Phil Harris audio recordings from Disney Channel animated series; 1990)
- Teen Angel (partially found Disney Channel serial drama; 1989)
- The All-New Mickey Mouse Club (partially found revival of Disney variety TV series; 1989-1994)
- The Jersey (partially lost Disney Channel sports themed comedy series; 1999-2004)
- The Owl House (partially found unaired pilot of Disney Channel animated series; 2017)
- Welcome to Pooh Corner (partially found Disney Channel live-action puppet series; 1983-1986)
- What's Stevie Thinking? (lost unaired pilot of cancelled spin-off of "Lizzie McGuire" Disney Channel comedy series; 2003)
Playhouse Disney[edit | edit source]
- Adventures in Nutrition with Captain Carlos (partially found Playhouse Disney animated short series; 2004-2007)
- Bear in the Big Blue House "Water, Water Everywhere" (lost unaired pilot of Disney Channel puppet series; 1997)
- Bear in the Big Blue House (partially lost original English audio of Playhouse Disney puppet series; 1997-2006)
- Breakfast with Bear (partially found episodes of Playhouse Disney spin-off series; 2005-2006)
- Handy Manny (partially found unaired pilot of Playhouse Disney CGI animated series; 2005)
- Little Einsteins (lost second pitch pilot of Playhouse Disney animated series; existence unconfirmed; 2004)
- Out of the Box (partially lost Playhouse Disney children's series; 1998-2004)
- PB&J Otter (partially found original credits sequences of Playhouse Disney animated series; 1998-2000)
- Playhouse Disney UK (partially lost interstitial material of children's TV channel; 1999-2006)
- Stanley (found unaired pilot episode of Playhouse Disney animated series; 1999)
- The Book of Pooh (found Playhouse Disney puppet series; 2001-2004)
Disney Junior[edit | edit source]
- Beverly Hills Chihuahuas (found pilot of cancelled Disney Junior animated adaptation of film series; 2012)
- Jungle Junction (lost pilots of Disney Junior CGI animated series; 2003; 2005; 2008)
Toon Disney[edit | edit source]
- Teamo Supremo (partially lost Toon Disney animated series; 2002-2004)
- Toon News (partially found CGI Interstitial Toon Disney series; 2004/2005)
Disney XD[edit | edit source]
- Billion Dollar Freshmen (lost unaired pilot episode of "Lab Rats" Disney XD live-action comedy TV series; 2010)
- DXP (partially found Disney XD video game block; 2017)
- Power Rangers Animated Series (lost Disney XD pilot of animated adaptation of live-action superhero series; existence unconfirmed; 2007-2009)
Other[edit | edit source]
- Green Monkeys (lost Disney pilot; 1999)
- La Chambre Folle (lost French Disney children's TV block; 1998)
- Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers (found English dub of anime series; 2015)
- Robodz (lost Disney Toei animated TV series; 2008)
- The Mouse Factory (partially found Disney live-action/animated TV series; 1972-1973)
- The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (found episodes of Disney animated TV series; 1995)
- X-Heart (partially found unreleased English dub of "X-Coração" Brazilian animated TV series; 2014)
Reference[edit | edit source]
- Bruce W. Smith's tweet confirming the existence of the Nickelodeon pilot. Retrieved 27 Apr '16