|From DreamWorks Animation, producer of the smash hits, "Shrek" and "Shrek 2" comes a new CGI-animated comedy series that goes beyond the bright lights and glitz of the iconic "Siegfried & Roy" show to provide a glimpse of the off-stage antics and the suburban life of the performing white lions.
John Goodman ("Roseanne"), Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Emmy winner Carl Reiner ("The Dick Van Dyke Show") and Orlando Jones ("Magnolia") lend their talents to the half-hour series that incorporates much of the cheeky, edgy and ironic humor that proved so popular in the DreamWorks hits, "Shrek" and "Shrek 2."
Set in Las Vegas, "Father of the Pride" centers around the family life of Larry, (voiced by Goodman), a down-to-earth, hard-working lion who somehow fell into show business. After falling in love and marrying the beautiful lioness, Kate (voiced by Hines), Larry must endure daily taunting from his father-in-law, the legendary headliner Sarmoti (voiced by Reiner), who was first discovered in Africa by Siegfried & Roy. The now aging star, Sarmoti, is constantly at odds with his son-in-law over such issues as Larry's disregard for the old Rat Pack-era values or how he parents his two cubs; rebellious 15-year-old daughter Sierra (voiced by Danielle Andrea Harris, "Rugrats Go Wild") and awkward 9-year-old son Hunter (voiced by Daryl Sabara, "Spy Kids").
Joining Larry and his family in this "man-made" jungle of lions, tigers and showbiz is his scheming best friend, Snack the gopher (voiced by Jones), as well as the snooty white tigers Blake and Victoria (voiced by John O'Hurley, "Seinfeld" and Wendie Malick, "Just Shoot Me"). CGI versions of Siegfried & Roy (voiced by Julian Holloway, "Michael Uncle Silas" and Dave Herman, "Office Space") will also be featured in the series.
"Father of the Pride" will be the first prime-time television show with feature film-quality CGI animation. Created by Jeffrey Katzenberg ("Shrek") and Jonathan Groff ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien"), the series is executive-produced by Groff, Jon Pollack ("Spin City," "Just Shoot Me") and Katzenberg. The series is produced by DreamWorks Animation.