A couple of months back, I posted an article about a new and progressive cartoon about a little girl and her two dads called “The Bravest Knight”. It is now streaming on HULU.
I was eager to post it to my Nolapapa Facebook page because I found it very inspiring and I wanted to help spread the word about this groundbreaking program.
In a time where ‘two dad families’ are sometimes demeaned by closed minded opinions, it is nice to see a family like mine take front and center in a mainstream media children’s cartoon.
The show centers around Sir Cedric (T.R. Knight) as he shares the story of how he transformed from a pumpkin farmer into a full-fledged knight with his adopted 10-year-old daughter, Nia, (Storm Reid) who is training to become a brave knight herself.
Knight, Bobby Moynihan, Storm Reid, RuPaul, Christine Baranski and Wanda Sykes are among the stellar voice cast set for The Bravest Knight, Hulu's groundbreaking animated kids series based on Daniel Errico's popular children's book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived, from Big Bad Boo Studios.
Recently I was contacted to take part in a round table discussion that was to interview a couple of the stars. This is a revolutionary cartoon so I was honored to be included.
The stars that were to be interviewed were Nia (Storm Reid) and her ‘papa’, Sir Cedric (T.R. Knight). They are pictured above. (Beside the troll)
The interview was with 8 or 9 other bloggers from across the country. The round table discussion lasted about 30 minutes and each of us had our questions to ask when we were called on. Both Storm Reid and T.R. Knight took their time and answered everyone very thoroughly. I was quite impressed.
Nolapapa: Storm and T.R. Thank you both for taking the time to talk to us today. What you are apart of is amazing and I am incredibly grateful for the work you are doing.
This question is for both of you.
When you were approached with this project, what were your initial thoughts?
Storm Reid: I knew immediately I wanted to be on this project.
T.R. Knight: So did I. Being a gay man, this especially hit home with me. I knew I had to work on this, although I was a tiny bit apprehensive because it was a cartoon and I have never done that before.
Nolapapa: That’s great. I am so glad you chose to do it!
Did you have anything in your life that compelled you to work on this project?
Storm Reid: Personally, I did not have anything happen to me, but I had people close to me like friends and family that have been treated unfairly and that played a part in why I wanted to pursue this role.
T.R. Knight: Being a gay man that is significantly older than Storm, I have seen things in my life that is hurtful and wrong. Many years ago and still some today, gay people were treated terribly. I am so glad I have lived long enough to see progress like what this cartoon stands for.
Nolapapa: I completely agree with you, T.R. The mindset about being gay in America has changed but there is still
work to do.
What do you hope to accomplish with the success of this children’s program?
Storm Reid: I hope that it gives little girls... and little boys the courage and bravery to stand up and take risks- but also speak their mind.
T. R. Knight: So do I Storm, but I also hope that it helps enlighten and normalize what it is like to have two dads. I want people to take away from this program that the love this family has is no different than any other straight family. The only difference is that Nia just has two dads.
Before I am put into the ground I hope I am able to look back and feel like I helped make it a little better.
Nolapapa: Very well said y’all. Again, thank you so much for the work you are doing. It’s incredibly important and my hat is off to you. My family and I send NOLA love your way!
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