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Father of the Pride is an American adult animated television series that began broadcasting on NBC on August 31, 2004 and was part of a short-lived trend of CGI series in prime-time network television (after Game Over).

The series, which was produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation, revolves around a family of white lions, the patriarch of which stars in a Siegfried & Roy show in Los Vegas. Despite heavy promotion, the series was unsuccessful and was cancelled after one season. Transmission and production were also delayed by the real-life on-stage injury of Roy Horn in October 2003.

Since its cancellation in 2005, petitions have spread online demanding to bring the series back. It is unknown if these efforts will succeed. On July 15, 2020, the streaming service Peacock launched nationwide, including Father of the Pride as one of its re-aired shows.

Production[]

In 2002, Jeffrey Katzenberg came up with the idea for the series when he visited Siegfried & Roy's show in Las Vegas: "I thought, I wonder what it's like for those lions. What must life be like from their point of view? [They're] living in Las Vegas, trying to raise a family and earn a living. In animation, we look for those things - a way to look at our lives through a fantasy world. It allows us to take on subjects that are too difficult to do with real people. It allows us to be more controversial. Edgier. There can be parody and innuendo and satire. Things can be sophisticated in a way that even our feature films can't be."

According to Katzenberg, the series was created for "an 18-to 49-year-old. It's not checking to make sure you don't leave the 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds behind. This is purely an adult show."

East episode cost an estimated $2 million to $2.5 million to produce, making it at the time of its release one of the most expensive half-hour television comedies ever.

Episodes[]

The episodes are listed below in order as they were produced, with airdate given.

Episode Number Title Original Air Date
01 "Original Pilot" Unaired
02 "Sarmoti Moves In" December 28, 2004
03 "Catnip and Trust" September 14, 2004
04 "What's Black, White and Depressed All Over" August 31, 2004
05 "Larry's Debut and Sweet Darryl Hannah Too" September 7, 2004
06 "And the Revolution Continues" September 28, 2004
07 "The Thanksgiving Episode" December 28, 2004
08 "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend" October 26, 2004
09 "Donkey" September 21, 2004
10 "Possession" October 12, 2004
11 "Road Trip" December 28, 2004
12 "Rehabilitation" December 21, 2004
13 "Stage Fright" May 22, 2005 (UK)
May 27, 2005 (US)
14 "The Siegfried and Roy Movie Fantasy Experience Movie" May 29, 2005 (UK)
Unaired (US)
15 "The Lost Tale" Unaired

Voice cast[]

Release[]

Reception[]

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Home media[]

Father of the Pride was released in stores on DVD, with The Complete Set.[source?]

Trivia[]

  • Father of the Pride was marketed as "From the Creators of Shrek," even though the show was meant to aimed at adults. It seems like the marketing strategy for Father of the Pride created some confusion among viewers, especially parents who might have expected the show to be more family-friendly due to its association with DreamWorks. It's understandable that they would express their concerns about the adult jokes featured in the series and send in letters to NBC over them.

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