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Encyclopedia > Father of the Pride
Father of the Pride
Genre Animated sitcom
Created by Jeffrey Katzenberg
Starring John Goodman
Danielle Harris
Cheryl Hines
Carl Reiner
Orlando Jones
Julian Holloway
Opening theme Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas"
Ending theme U2's Beautiful Day
Country of origin USA
UK
No. of episodes 14
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeffrey Katzenberg
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Sky
Original run August 31, 2004December 2004
External links
Official website
IMDb profile

Father of the Pride was an American animated television series that began broadcasting on NBC on August 31, 2004 and was one of the first CGI series in prime-time network TV (after UPN's Game Over). The show, which was produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg and his company, DreamWorks Animation, revolves around a family of white lions, the patriarch of which stars in a Siegfried and Roy show in Las Vegas. The show was unsuccessful despite heavy promotion. Transmission and production were also delayed by the real-life on-stage mauling of Roy Horn. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x745, 303 KB)The official poster for Father of the Pride. ... An animated television series or cartoon television series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. 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Contents

Voice talent

The show featured the voice talent of John Goodman, Danielle Harris, Cheryl Hines, Carl Reiner, Orlando Jones, Julian Holloway and David Herman. The per-episode cost of the series was reportedly US$1.6 million and each episode took nine months to create. Due to costs, physical animation production was contracted to the Hong Kong-based Imagi Animation Studios. Not to be confused with Johnny Goodman (TV producer), Johnny Goodman, or John C. Goodman. ... Danielle Andrea Harris (born June 1, 1977) is an American television and film actress, perhaps best known for her roles in several of the Halloween films. ... Cheryl Hines Cheryl Hines (born September 21, 1965 in Miami Beach, Florida) is an American actress most famous for her role as Larry Davids wife on HBOs Curb Your Enthusiasm. ... Carl Reiner (born March 20, 1922) is an American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian. ... Orlando Jones (born April 10, 1968) is an American comedian and film and television actor. ... Julian Holloway (born 24 June 1944) is a British actor and part of a famous family. ... David Herman (born February 20, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and voice actor. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Imagi Animation Studios is a Hong Kong animation studio, specializing in computer animation, with affiliated offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. ...


Opening sequence

The opening sequence starts off with a red sports car, with the Nevada license plate "MAGIC1", being driven by Siegfried and Roy past many of the attractions in Las Vegas. Cast names are presented on billboards before the car swerves into the Mirage Hotel. The scene changes to the lions' house. Larry wakes up late for his performance on his favourite couch before dashing towards the stage (but not before having a pre-show beer). John Goodman voices a rousing rendition of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" as the background music throughout. Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Series run on NBC

The show was almost cancelled long before its broadcast following the near-death of Roy Horn in October 2003; but after his condition improved, both Siegfried and Roy urged NBC to continue production of the show. The show was promoted heavily during NBC's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and garnered above average ratings for the network, but the show received a negative response from TV critics who considered the show to be nothing more than a gimmick and a shill for other NBC and DreamWorks properties (two early episodes extensively featured The Today Show's Matt Lauer and another featured Donkey - voiced by Eddie Murphy - from the DreamWorks movie Shrek); some consider the show a mild version of the similar-styled show South Park. Siegfried & Roy are longtime Las Vegas headliners whose longrunning illusion and magic act closed October 3, 2003 after “Roy” was mauled by one of the acts performing white tigers during a performance. ... 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for October, 2003. ... The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... Athens is the largest and the capital city of Greece, located in the Attica periphery. ... “TV” redirects here. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Matt Lauer or Matthew Todd Lauer (December 30, 1957)[1] is an American television personality, best known as a co-host of NBCs The Today Show (since 1994)[1] after being a news anchor in New York [2] and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and... For the article on the baseball player Eddie Murphy, see Eddie Murphy (baseball player). ... This article contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... This article is about the TV series. ...


The show's ratings began to decline, and by November 2004 it was pulled from NBC's sweeps line-up. In early December 2004, the CEO of Dreamworks announced that that show was cancelled, a few months after it was initially aired. A DVD version of the show has been made available, containing the original pilot, an alternate pilot (which draws heavily on the original), an un-aired episode, and one episode that was voice-recorded, but was not animated, and therefore remains at the storyboard stage. The show however continues to air, but outside the USA. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... November 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: November 2004 in sports November 2004 in science Events Deaths in November • 30 Pierre Berton • 29 John Drew Barrymore • 26 Bill Alley • 24 Arthur Hailey • 23 Rafael Eitan • 18 Bobby Frank Cherry • 16 John... ← - 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in December • 30 Artie Shaw • 29 Julius Axelrod • 28 Jacques Dupuis • 28 Jerry Orbach • 28 Susan Sontag • 26 Reggie White • 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy • 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao • 23 Doug Ault • 19 Renata Tebaldi • 16... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...


International airings

It first broadcast on Sky One in United Kingdom on March 6, 2005. It is currently being repeated on Sky Three. The show is also shown on Teletoon in Canada, RTÉ One in Ireland,Subtv in Finland, NHK in Japan, Canal FOX in Latin America, VTM in Belgium, Channel 5 in Singapore, GMA Network in the Philippines and Telefé in Argentina. The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sky Three is a television station from BSkyB broadcasting to the the UK, designed to accompany their existing Sky One and Sky Two subscription channels. ... For the French-Canadian version of this television channel, see Télétoon (Canada). ... RTÉ One (Irish: RTÉ a hAon) is the Republic of Irelands oldest and most popular television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... Subtv is a popular Finnish TV channel. ... NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo NHK (, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japans public broadcaster. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... VTM or Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij is the main commercial television station in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking north of Belgium. ... Global Media Arts (GMA) Network, Incorporated, a Philippine multi-media conglomerate, is a television network in the Philippines. ... Televisión Federal S.A., better known as Telefé, is an Argentinan television network. ...


Cast

Major characters

Character Voice Actor Profile
Larry John Goodman The star of Father of the Pride, Larry is a middle-aged, overweight white lion who through a bizarre series of events becomes star of Siegfried and Roy's world famous magic show (replacing his less-than-delighted father-in-law). Larry tends to speak before he thinks.
Kate Cheryl Hines Kate is Sarmoti's daughter and Larry's wife. Primarily known for her relation to Sarmoti and Larry, Kate is constantly attempting to establish her own individuality.
Sarmoti Carl Reiner Sarmoti is Kate's Father. He has a dislike for Larry and is disappointed with her for marrying him, thinking she could have done better. He fancies himself the feline member of the Rat Pack.
Snack Orlando Jones Snack is a gopher and Larry's best friend. He is sneaky, manipulative and constantly getting into trouble with the other residents of the park.
Sierra Danielle Harris Sierra is Larry's rebellious teen-aged daughter. She is an activist with very left-winged views. She has been compared to an older, more popular version of Lisa Simpson on some occasions on Father of the Pride discussion forums.
Hunter Daryl Sabara Hunter is Larry's somewhat immature 9 year old son. He is always shown wearing a plastic Elizabethan collar to stop him from biting himself and is portrayed as slightly mentally-deficient. He is the most rarely-used main character, being entirely absent from a few episodes.
Roy David Herman Roy (brown hair) is the animal trainer of the Siegfried and Roy duo and frequently has to defend his animals from the criticisms of Siegfried.
Siegfried Julian Holloway Siegfried (blond hair) is the more magically-inclined of the duo and constantly argues with Roy.

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Supporting characters

Character Voice Actor Profile
Foo-Lin Lisa Kudrow A female giant panda who is very jealous of her younger, pregnant sister, she is very prone to becoming depressed because she has almost given up on finding a man. She constantly looks to Kate for comfort, and finds Sarmoti's cracks about her mental state funny instead of insulting as they're meant to be.
Donkey Eddie Murphy Donkey from Shrek visits the compound and he is known as a massive star by all of the animals. Larry tries to get him to go to Hunter's school.
Emerson Danny DeVito Emerson is an activist lobster who befriends Sierra, much to Larry's dismay. Emerson was later thrown into the sewers by Sierra after he insulted her father Larry, even though Larry saved him twice.
Blake John O'Hurley Blake is a white tiger and the main adversary of the white lions. The two groups constantly compete to be the stars of the show. Blake is a self-professed "whore for applause".
Victoria Wendie Malick Victoria is Blake's wife. She also competes with the lions to act with her husband in Sigfried and Roy's show. She has a drinking problem, and has already had 2 liver transplants from baboons.
Nelson Andy Richter Nelson, aka 'Bong Bong', is a giant panda whom Larry and Kate try and introduce to Foo-Lin. He is extremely nervous about meeting other women as he had never seen other women because he was isolated before brought into captivity by Siegfried and Roy
Bernie Garry Marshall Bernie is Sarmoti's poker buddy and friend. He is a bit of a suck up, he constantly calls him boss and agrees with every single thing he says.
Tommy David Spade Tommy is the wise-cracking 'guide' that Larry and Sarmoti meet in the Road Trip episode. Eventually Larry and Sarmoti realise Tommy manages to get them lost, and becomes a bit of an annoyance to them both.
Kelsey Grammer Kelsey Grammer Siegfried and Roy take Larry to see Kelsey Grammer in the revised pilot, as Siegried and Roy believe that he is a real psychologist
Roger Greg Cipes Roger the orangutan is a local at the 'Watering Hole' pub
Hi Larious . Hi Larious is a snail comedian who is not very funny. He features in a plot against the lions with the tigers.
Vincent . A flamingo with a sexual interest in sombreros and a New Yorker's accent.
The Snout Brothers John DiMaggio The Snout Brothers are a pair of steroid-abusing, exercise enthusiast warthogs who are old friends of Sarmoti. They are right winged characters who are homophobic.
Lily . Leader of a women's empowerment group, who encourages the compound's women to find the goddess within themselves...and advises that you don't need a man as long as you have your tail.
Tom the Antelope John DiMaggio Tom is an alcoholic, verbally abusive adulterer, who often tries to pick fights after he's had a few.
Duke . One of Sarmoti's poker buddy's
Chaz . One of Sarmoti's poker buddy's
Brittany . Brittany is a warthog sow whose name might be a play on Britney Spears.

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Episode list and airdates

The episodes are shown in order shown on the DVD, the order in which each episode was shown on TV is shown in brackets along with the airdate

  • Original Pilot (unaired)
  • Sarmoti Moves In (10, 12/28/2004)
  • Catnip and Trust (3, 09/14/2004)
  • One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend (7, 10/16/2004)
  • What's Black, White and Depressed All Over? (1, 08/31/2004)
  • Larry's Debut and Sweet Daryll Hannah Too (2, 9/7/2004)
  • And the Revolution Continues (5, 9/28/2004)
  • The Thanksgiving Episode (9, 12/28/2004)
  • Possession (6, 10/12/2004)
  • Donkey (4, 9/21/2004)
  • Road Trip (11, 12/28/2004)
  • Rehabilitation (8, 12/21/2004)
  • Stage Fright (Revised Pilot, 12, 5/27/2005)
  • The Siegfried and Roy Movie Fantasy Experience Movie (13, 5/29/2005) (Sky One only)


See also List of Father of the Pride episodes The following is a list of episodes of the animated TV series Father of the Pride which was aired on the NBC network between 31st August 2004 and 28 December 2004. ...


Scenes that were cut from TV

  • In Sarmoti Moves In, Sarmoti says 'You Fabulous Striped Bastard' after explaining how he made his first kill in Africa was cut from TV airings but was included on the DVD.
  • In Rehabilitation, a line at the rehab center where Alan the Duck asks Larry 'When did he force himself on you?' was cut. At the end of the same episode, he asks Snack the same question. He has a doll, and Snack starts crying, on TV this part is cut to the end titles.
  • In Donkey, the scene with all the clothing of Grandma Wilson on the floor was cut from future airings on TV but was included on the DVD.
  • In The Siegfried and Roy Movie Experience Movie, Lily says "Because we allow men to define our sense of self-worth." Lily's continued statement of "We have to take responsibility for our lives, as well as our orgasms. As long as I have THIS, *holds up about 9 inches of her tail as if it were a dildo* I don't need a man." This episode then shows Foo Lin, who points over her shoulder at her stubby tail and says "Story of my life." This scene was cut from TV but was included on the DVD.
  • In the original premiere airing of What's Black, White and Depressed All Over?, just after Larry and Sarmoti trade horrified looks when Foo Lin cries out in despair "I'm going to be sleeping on your couch the rest of my life!", the viewer hears a decidedly suggestive licking sound and the camera quickly pans down to show Foo Lin's cat ("Mister Right") sitting on Larry's lap. The cat looks up and says to Larry, "What? Your wife ain't doing it for you. I'm all you've got, sunshine." This scene was quickly cut from the re-broadcast of the episode a couple of days later, and is not included on the DVD. (The scene now freeze-frames and fades to black when Larry and Sarmoti trade glances.)

Comic devices used

The show employs satire, black comedy, crude adult comedy, and wit. The series has been criticized because it features anthropomorphic animals, giving it the appearance of a children's show, while including adult jokes. Satirical elements feature very strongly, with topics such as racism and drugs being covered. 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled Black comedy and List of black comedies, accessible from a disambiguation page. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Racism is a belief or concept that inherent differences between people, in particular those upon which the concept of race is based, determine cultural or individual achievement, and may involve the idea that ones self-identified race or ethnic group or others race or ethnic group is superior. ... Many drugs are provided in tablet form. ...


The comic style of the characters Siegfried and Roy furnishes another comic device. Their eccentric lifestyles and personalities allow them to make jokes that other characters wouldn't be able to deliver effectively. Their behavior is often ludicrous and vulgar. Siegfried & Roy are longtime Las Vegas headliners whose longrunning illusion and magic act closed October 3, 2003 after “Roy” was mauled by one of the acts performing white tigers during a performance. ... A comedic device is used in comedy to write humor in a common structure. ...


External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Father of the Pride - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (563 words)
Father of the Pride was an NBC animated series that began broadcasting on August 31, 2004 and was only the second CGI series in prime-time network TV (after UPN's Game Over).
The show, which was produced by Jeffrey Katzenberg and his company, DreamWorks Animation revolves around a family of white lions, the patriarch of which stars in a Siegfried and Roy show in Las Vegas.
Father of the Pride uses many different styles of comedy, and so it's hard to place it into one sub-genre of comedy.
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