The last two episodes of 'Father of the Pride' ('Stage Fright' and 'The Siegfried and Roy Fantasy Experience Movie') may not have been shown on TV in the United States, but where aired on the British network Sky One, in May 2005. The two episodes can also be seen on the DVD. See more »
The real white lion Sarmoti is a female. See more »
[after watching an assembly for a "gifted and talented" program]
Thank you Mrs. Falvi for a delightful evening of discussion and song. My husband and I had a great time. Didn't we Larry?
Oh yeah. You guys sure beat the hell out of Dumb Kids Choir.
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Father of the Pride was the best new show to hit television since Family Guy. It was yet another masterpiece from the talented people at Dreamworks Animation. Like The Simpsons, the show centers around a nuclear family (of white lions, in this case). It also contains many memorable supporting characters including Roger the surly orangutan, Vincent the Italian-American flamingo, the eccentric white tigers Blake and Victoria, the faux patriotic Snout Brothers and Chutney the elephant. The other stars of the show are the Sigfreid and Roy. They are incredibly eccentric and do everything in a grandiose manner, making the most mundane activities entertaining. The combination of cute animal characters with very adult dialog and controversial issues (drugs, prejudice, etc) is the source of the program's brilliance.
The blame for this show's failure lies with NBC. They opted to broadcast the episodes in no particular order (perhaps being influenced by which guest stars they could promote) rather than the more logical production order. Several times, the show was preempted for an extra half-hour of such dreck as The Biggest Loser (as if 60 minutes of that was not enough)! It is indeed an ill omen for the future of television as art if an original and daring show like this fails while Fear Factor and American Idol dominate.
Luckily, the complete series was released on DVD and the show now has an opportunity to gain a larger following. 10/10
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