Father of the Pride
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The series deals with the mostly off-stage antics of a family of white lions who are performers at Siegfried & Roy's magic show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It premiered on August 31, 2004 on NBC and was part of a short-lived trend of CGI series in prime-time network television (after Game Over). It was cancelled after its first season. As of 2011, Father of the Pride was never syndicated.
On June 7, 2005, DreamWorks released the DVD box set of the entire series. The box set contains all 14 episodes, including 3 episodes that have not been aired before the DVD release, including the pilot (original and revised version), as well as commentaries and "The Lost Tale," an un-animated episode, presented with voice acting, sound, and storyboards. Out of the 3 unaired episodes (the Original Pilot, "Stage Fright," and "The Siegfried & Roy Movie Fantasy Experience Movie"), all but the pilot aired after the DVD release.
The series won the 2004 Ursa Major Award for Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Series.
|Larry||John Goodman||The main protagonist, Larry is a middle-aged, hard-working, fat white lion who, through a bizarre series of events, replaces his less-than-delighted father-in-law Sarmoti as the star attraction of Siegfried and Roy's world famous magic show. He is Kate's husband, Sierra and Hunter's father, and Snack's best friend. Larry has a tendency to speak before thinking.|
|Kate||Cheryl Hines||The deuteragonist, Kate is Larry's wife, Sierra and Hunter's mother, and Sarmoti's daughter. She is usually having a hard time keeping up with Larry's antics, as well as trying to keep up their relationship with the neighborhood.|
|Sierra||Danielle Harris||The tritagonist, Sierra is Larry and Kate's rebellious 16-year-old daughter, Hunter's sister, and Sarmoti's granddaughter. She is an activist with very left-wing views. Sierra has a boyfriend named Justin. She wears a black collar and sometimes argues with her parents. Sierra also enjoys reading magazines. 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||The secondary tritagonist, Hunter is Larry and Kate's somewhat immature 9-year-old son, Sierra's brother, and Sarmoti's grandson. He is always shown wearing a plastic Elizabethan collar because of his rash (as mentioned in the original pilot) and he's portrayed as slightly mentally-deficient and geeky. He is the most rarely-used main character, being entirely absent from a few episodes. Hunter is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings as he plays with action figures from the movies and recites some quotes from it as well. Sarmoti suspects that Hunter might be gay.|
|Sarmoti||Carl Reiner||The main antagonist, Sarmoti is Larry's father-in-law, Kate's father, Sierra and Hunter's grandfather, and the former star of Siegfried and Roy's show. He hates Larry for not being born in Africa and he never fails to spot an opportunity to remind him about it. He loves objectifying women, drinking, and playing poker with his friends. The name Sarmoti is an acronym of Siegfried And Roy, Masters Of The Impossible.|
|Snack||Orlando Jones||Snack is a gopher and Larry's best friend. He and Larry go way back. Snack has a girlfriend who broke up with him in one episode, which prompted Larry to lie to Snack by telling him he ate her, thus making him feel betrayed and hold a funeral for her; in the end, Snack found out the truth and forgave Larry, becoming his friend again.|
|Siegfried and Roy||Julian Holloway and David Herman||Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn are usually presented somewhat disconnected from reality. They appear in a humorous side-story in almost every episode, trying to live their everyday life.|
In the order presented in the DVD box set:
- "Original Pilot"
- "Sarmoti Moves In"
- "Catnip and Trust"
- "One Man's Meat is Another Man's Girlfriend"
- "What's Black and White and Depressed All Over?"
- "Larry's Debut and Sweet Darryl Hannah, Too"
- "And the Revolution Continues"
- "The Thanksgiving Episode"
- "Road Trip"
- "The Siegfried & Roy Fantasy Experience Movie"
- "Stage Fright" (Revised Pilot)
|Ursa Major Awards winners|
2000 (Confurence 12) · 2001 (ConFurence 2002) · 2002 (ConFurence 2003) · 2003 (C-ACE 2004) · 2004 (Anthrocon 2005) · 2005 (Rocket City Fur Meet 2006) · 2006 (Califur 3) · 2007 (Morphicon 2008) · 2008 (All Fur Fun 2009) · 2009 (FA: United 3) · 2010 (Morphicon 2011) · 2011 (Califur 8) · 2012 (Anthrocon 2013) · 2013 (Califur X) · 2014 (Morphicon 2015) · 2015 (What The Fur 2016)