The Lion Guard is an American animated television series that premiered with a one-hour movie, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, on November 22, 2015 which was followed by a television series on Disney Junior on January 15, 2016. It features Kion, the son of Simba and Nala.
On March 4, 2016, Season 2 was announced by Disney Junior. According to Kevin Schon, it was expected to premiere in Fall 2017 with an hour-long special. But then, it was announced as July 7th with 2 episodes, "Babysitter Bunga" and "The Savannah Summit".
In March 2017, a third season was commissioned.
"Set in the African Savanna, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar follows Kion as he assembles the members of the Lion Guard", a news release for the show reads. "Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape".
- Max Charles as Kion
- Joshua Rush as Bunga
- Diamond White as Fuli
- Atticus Shaffer as Ono
- Dusan Brown as Beshte
- Rob Lowe as Simba
- Gabrielle Union as Nala
- Eden Riegel as Kiara
- Khary Payton as Rafiki
- Jeff Bennett as Zazu
- Kevin Schon as Timon and Chungu
- Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa
- David Oyelowo as Scar
- Gary Anthony Williams as Mufasa
- Blair Underwood as Makuu
- Andrew Kishino as Janja
- Vargus Mason as Cheezi
- Ana Gasteyer as Reirei
- Johnny Rees as Mzingo
- Christian Slater as Ushari
- Maia Mitchell as Jasiri
- Landry Bender as Makini
- Nika Futterman as Zira
- Andy Dick as Nuka
- Lacey Chabert as Vitani
- Jason Marsden as Kovu
- Common as Kiburi
- Nolan North as Tamka
- Carla Hall as Mpishi
- Sinbad as Uroho
- Renée Elise Goldsberry as Dhahabu
- Justin Hires as Hodari
- Kristofer Hivju as Kenge
- Michael Dorn as Bupu
- Rico Rodriguez as Raha
- Raini Rodriguez as Starehe
The series' announcement came after a meeting between Disney Junior general manager Nancy Kanter and Disney chief executive Robert Iger. Iger suggested to Kanter that Disney Junior should consider producing content to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lion King in 2014. Disney has shown early footage to young test audiences, who were able to make suggestions, such as adjusting the look of the hyenas. Disney Consumer Products launched a line of toys to tie into the television series.
At least five book titles based on the series were released in January 2016: Kion, Pride of the Pridelands, Can't Wait To Be Queen, Bunga's Big Adventure, Meet the New Guard and Kion's Animal Alphabet.
In January 2016, a spin-off series called It's UnBungalievable! was released and features Bunga and Ono.
- This is the second The Lion King television incarnation, the first was Timon & Pumbaa.
- As revealed by Ford Riley in an interview for TV Daily, The Lion Guard takes place in between Kiara's first encounter with Kovu and her first hunt in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. This statement was confirmed in the episode "Lions of the Outlands".
- Unlike any of the previous productions in The Lion King franchise, this TV series usually does not include any cartoon sound effects entirely (due to having a more realistic theme), although "Rafiki's New Neighbors" did, however, include a head bonk sound effect (which temporarily counts as a cartoon sound effect).
- Official website
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Frtiz, Ben. "Disney Junior Plans Preschool Series Based on ‘The Lion King’ (Exclusive)".. The Wall Street Journal. Accessed 10 June 2014.
- ↑ Disney Junior Renews ‘Lion Guard,’ Orders ‘Vampirina,’ ‘Puppy Dog Tails’
- ↑ "Kevin Schon Post". Twitter (March 15, 2017).
- ↑ https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://deadline.com/2017/03/disney-junior-renews-mickey-and-the-roadster-racers-the-lion-guard-1202043582/&ved=0ahUKEwiK8cWq9NnSAhXLAcAKHeJ9ACgQqQIIGigBMAA&usg=AFQjCNFkK42_NKmHhGN5g6KO9keyUz6XeA&sig2=upf3_Wjtm4S23U1vechWVQ
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- ↑ http://tvdaily.com/exclusive-interview-disneys-the-lion-guard-creator-ford-riley-talks-new-lion-king-sequel/