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The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar is an animated television movie that premiered on November 22, 2015. It is the pilot for the animated series The Lion Guard.


At sunrise in Tanzania, Simba is teaching Kiara how to be Queen of the Pride Lands when her little brother Kion and his honey badger friend Bunga interrupt them. After apologizing, the boys take their game elsewhere: the Savannah. Suddenly, their ball is knocked into the Outlands. Kion doesn't want to go in because his father said not to, but Bunga goes in, anyway. Unfortunately, he bumps into the Hyena Clan led by Janja. Kion saves him with a very powerful roar. After making the roar, a mark shaped like a lion appears on his fur. 

Back at Pride Rock, it's revealed that Simba, Nala, and Rafiki heard the roar. Despite Simba's reservations, Rafiki declares Kion ready for his destiny. Rafiki tells Kion his roar is the Roar of the Elders and Simba tells him it means he's destined to be the leader of the new Lion Guard. He takes Kion to the cave and gives him the history of the Lion Guard: It's composed of the bravest, strongest, fastest, fiercest, and keenest of sight in the Pride Lands to protect the Pride Lands. He also tells his son that the old Lion Guard's end was not happy: When Mufasa was heir to the throne, Scar was head of the Lion Guard due to having the gift of the Roar. However, Scar let the power go to his head and lead to him to desire to become King. After he failed to convince the Lion Guard to help him take down Mufasa, he used the Roar to destroy the old Lion Guard. However, for using the Roar for evil, Scar lost the Roar forever. Rafiki tells Kion that the Roar can be used for great good but can lead to terrible evil. Kion vows that he will never be like Scar and begins devoting himself to the task of assembling a new Lion Guard. He picks Bunga as its first member since he's the bravest animal he knows. However, they are overheard by a vulture named Mzingo who flies off to tell Janja.

Meanwhile, Kion and Bunga help Kiara's friend Zuri get unstuck and meet up with Timon and Pumbaa. Kion tells them about the new Lion Guard. Bunga tells them it gonna live by the philosophy of Zuka Zama. He gives a musical explanation of what that is. Kion and Bunga then leave to assemble the rest of the Lion Guard. A jealous Kiara heads back to Pride Rock to inform Simba of this.

Meanwhile in the Outlands, Mzingo tells Janja what Kion is doing. Janja decides a new Lion Guard will be trouble for Outlanders and decides to launch a pre-empitive strike. Meanwhile, Kion recruits Ono, Beshte, and Fuli to be part of the Lion Guard. He then tries to show them the Roar of the Elders but all that comes out is a squeak. Immediately afterwards, Simba comes by and tells Kion that the Lion Guard has always been made up of lions and that it's not a game he plays with his friends and that he needs his son to take his new responsibilities seriously like Kiara does with hers.

Meanwhile, Kiara and her other friend Tiifu are tracking a gazelle herd. However, upon noticing, Janja and his clan going into the herd, Kiara sends Tiifu to fetch Simba. Soon enough, the hyenas cause a stampede among the herd, Kiara becomes trapped in it whilst Tiifu, Simba and Nala watch on in horror. Elsewhere, Kion is feeling discouraged because of what his father said. The spirit of Mufasa appears and encourages him to trust his instincts. Kion finds new inspiration in his grandfather's words. After learning about the Hyenas' attack, he comes up with an idea to stop them. Together, the new Lion Guard defeats the hyenas. Then, Bunga saves Kiara with a Pumbaa worthy fart. Kion then sends the hyenas packing with the Roar, with Janja vowing to Kion that he and his Lion Guard haven't seen the last of him. This makes Simba realize that Kion knew what he was doing when he chose his friends to be part of the new Lion Guard and that he is indeed ready.


  • Kion (Max Charles) - The protagonist, Simba and Nala's son, Kiara's younger brother and Prince of the Pride Lands. He is the leader and fiercest member of The Lion Guard.
  • Simba (Rob Lowe) - Nala's mate, Kion and Kiara's father and King of the Pride Lands.
  • Nala (Gabrielle Union) - Simba's mate, Kion and Kiara's mother and Queen of the Pride Lands.
  • Kiara (Eden Riegel) - Simba and Nala's daughter, Kion's older sister and Princess of the Pride Lands.
  • Rafiki (Khary Payton) - a mandrill who serves as shaman to the Pride Lands.
  • Timon (Kevin Schon) - Simba's meerkat friend and Bunga's adoptive uncle.
  • Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) - Simba's warthog friend and Bunga's adoptive uncle.
  • Mufasa (James Earl Jones) - Simba's father and Kion and Kiara's paternal grandfather who died in the first film.
  • Bunga (Joshua Rush) - Kion's honey badger friend and Timon and Pumbaa's adoptive nephew.[1] He is the bravest member of The Lion Guard.
  • Fuli (Diamond White) - Kion's cheetah friend. She is the fastest and only female member of The Lion Guard.
  • Beshte (Dusan Brown) - Kion's hippo friend. He is the strongest member of The Lion Guard.
  • Ono (Atticus Shaffer) - Kion's egret friend. He is the keenest of sight in The Lion Guard.
  • Tiifu (Sarah Hyland) - A Pridelander cub and a friend of Kiara's.
  • Zuri (Madison Pettis) - A Pridelander cub and a friend of Kiara's.
  • Janja (Andrew Kishino) - The teenage leader of the hyenas who live in the Outlands.
  • Mzingo (Greg Ellis) - A hungry Rüppell's griffon vulture and Janja's majordomo
  • Cheezi (Vargus Mason) - A crazy hyena and a member of Janja's clan.
  • Chungu (Kevin Schon) - A touchy hyena and a member of Janja's clan.


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  • Right after Kion sings the line "...the lion I was born to be" in his song, he leaps and you can see his soon-to-appear Lion Guard mark on his inner right thigh.
  • While Kion is inducting Fuli, he says, "You are the fastest," but watch his lips - they don't match up to what he's saying.


v - e - d

Films: The Lion King | The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | The Lion King 1½ | The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar | Video | The Lion King (live action film)
Television: Timon and Pumbaa | Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety | The Lion Guard
Soundtracks: Soundtrack | Rhythm of the Pride Lands | The Legacy Collection | The Lion King Collection | Return to Pride Rock: Songs Inspired by Disney's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride | Best of the Lion King | The Lion King 1½: Songs from Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure | Original Broadway Cast Recording | The Lion Guard
Video Games: The Lion King | Timon and Pumbaa's Jungle Games | The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure | Kingdom Hearts II | Animated Storybook: The Lion King | Disney Universe | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition | Adventures in Typing with Timon and Pumbaa | Activity Center | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride: Active Play | The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride GameBrack | The Lion King 1½ | Disney Crossy Road
Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Marvel Comics | The Art of the Lion King | Simba and the Lost Waterfall | Morning at Pride Rock | Simba and Nala Help Bomo | The Bright Star | Simba and the Big Flood | Simba the Fortune Teller | The Pal Patrol | Simba's Hide and Seek | Far from the Pride Lands | Simba's Daring Rescue | Pumbaa Runs Away from Home | No Worries: A New Story About Simba | How Simba Met Timon and Pumbaa | Way to Go, Simba! | The Lion King 1½

Disney Parks

Rafiki's Planet Watch | Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Disney's Explorers Lodge | Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable | Disney Animation Building | It's a Small World | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Rhythm of the Jungle | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | The Lion Guard Adventure
Entertainment: Animagique | Animazment - The Musical | Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney's Wishes | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disneyland Forever | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Festival of Family & Friends | Festival of the Lion King | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | It's Party Time... with Mickey and Friends | Mickey and the Magician | The Golden Mickeys | The Legend of the Lion King | Tree of Life Awakens | Villains Tonight! | World of Color
Restaurants: Restaurant Hakuna Matata
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Disney Cinema Parade | Disney Magic on Parade | The Lion King Celebration | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Happy Hallowishes


The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | The Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles
The Lion King 1½: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony
Timon and Pumbaa: The Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monty | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | The Woodpecker | Bruce | Stinky | Ralph and Eddie | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | The Tarsier | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | The Tigress | Jackal | The Cobra | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo the Elephant | Cheetato and Cheetata | Martin Pardon | Rita Book | Chef Claude | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | The Meerkat Angel | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Mr. Buttons | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Tutan Pharaoh | Genie | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Sigmund and Lloyd | Heinrich and Schnitzel | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope | Dr. Exceter | Sal Manders | Jungle Inspector | Pimon and Tumbaa
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono | Tiifu | Zuri | Janja | Mzingo | Cheezi | Chungu | Janja's Clan | Makuu | Pua | Basi | Ushari | Jasiri | Ma Tembo | Reirei | Goigoi | Dogo | Dogo's Brothers | Twiga | Tamaa | Swala | Muhimu | Ajabu | Makucha | Mjomba | Ogpoa | Haya | Badili | Mapigano | Gumba | Nne | Tano | Aminifu | Vuruga Vuruga
Printed Media: Uru | Ahadi | Kopa | Pimbi | Boma | Kula | Zuzu | Joka | Lulu
Deleted: Diku | Baasho | Iggy | Herr Rhino | Kwashi | Bhati | Mheetu | Banagi | Daabi | Dwala | Naanda | Binti | Lemuta | Timon's Father | Buzz | Tesma | Nala's Father


Timon & Pumbaa
Season One: "Boara Boara" | "Saskatchewan Catch" | "Kenya Be My Friend?" | "Good Mousekeeping" | "Brazil Nuts" | "South Sea Sick/The Lion Sleeps Tonight" | "Never Everglades" | "Cooked Goose" | "Yukon Con" | "Doubt of Africa" | "How to Beat the High Costa Rica" | "Swiss Missed" | "Russia Hour" | "You Ghana Join the Club" | "Uganda Be an Elephant" | "To Kilimanjaro Bird" | "Rocky Mountain Lie" | "Amazon Quiver" | "French Fried" | "Big Top Breakfast" | "Madagascar About You" | "Truth or Zaire/Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" | "Mojave Desserted" | "Beauty and the Wildebeest" | "Don't Break the China" | "Can't Take a Yolk" | "Stand by Me" | "The Pain in Spain" | "Frantic Atlantic" | "Unlucky in Lesotho" | "Rafiki's Apprentice" | "Tanzania Zany" | "Guatemala Malarkey" | "Mombasa-In-Law" | "TV Dinner" | "Back Out in the Outback" | "Gabon with the Wind" | "Timon's Time Togo" | "The Law of the Jungle" | "Manhattan Mishap" | "Paraguay Parable" | "Be More Pacific" | "Going Uruguay" | "Let's Serengeti Out of Here" | "Congo on Like This" | "Okay Bayou?" | "Shake Your Djibouti" | "Yosemite Remedy" | "The Sky is Calling" | "Mozam-Beaked" | "Ocean Commotion"
Season Two: "Palm Beached" | "Oregon Astray" | "New Guinea Pig" | "Isle of Manhood" | "Puttin' on the Brits" | "Klondike Con" | "Isle Find Out" | "Beetle Romania" | "Rumble in the Jungle" | "Wide Awake in Wonderland" | "Zazu's Off-by-One Day" | "Animal Barn" | "Roach Hotel" | "Africa-Dabra!" | "Shopping Mauled" | "Library Brouhaha" | "Catch Me if You Kenya" | "Scent of the South" | "Monster Massachusetts" | "Handle with Caribbean" | "Forbidden Pumbaa" | "Washington Applesauce" | "Alcatraz Mataz" | "Oahu Wahoo" | "I Think I Canada" | "Zazu's Off Day Off" | "Beast of Eden" | "Sense & Senegambia" | "Timon on the Range" | "The Man from J.U.N.G.L.E." | "Maine-Iacs" | "Fiji-Fi-Fo-Fum" | "Rome Alone" | "Amusement Bark" | "Once Upon a Timon" | "Home is Where the Hog Is" | "Beethoven's Whiff" | "Bumble in the Jungle" | "Mind Over Matterhorn"
Season Three: "Whiff" | "To Be Bee or Not to Be Bee" | "Luck Be a Meerkat" | "Just When You Thought You'd Cuisine it All" | "Lemonade Stand Off" | "Big Jungle Game" | "Boo Hoo Bouquet" | "So Sumo Me" | "Now Museum, Now You Don't" | "Visiting Pig-nitaries" | "The Truth About Kats and Hogs" | "Escape from Newark" | "Truth Be Told" | "Circus Jerks" | "Nest Best Thing" | "Super Hog-O" | "Don't Have the Vegas Idea" | "Hot Enough for Ya?" | "Werehog of London" | "Bigfoot, Littlebrain" | "Astro-Nots" | "Robin Hoodwinked" | "Seregenti Western" | "All Pets are Off" | "Two for the Zoo" | "The Swine in the Stone" | "You May Have Already Won Six Million Bakra" | "My Meteor, My Friend" | "Jungle Slickers" | "Don't Wake the Neighbear" | "Recipe for Disaster" | "Going Over-Boar'd" | "Ivy Beleaguered" | "Broadway Bound & Gagged" | "Steel Hog" | "Dealer's Choice Cut" | "Space Ham" | "You Bet Your Tukhus" | "No-Good Samaritan" | "Living in De Nile" | "One Tough Bug" | "Pirates of Pumbzance" | "Miss Perfect" | "Hakuna Matata U." | "Pig-Malion" | "Why No Rhino" | "War Hogs" | "The Big No Sleep" | "Common Scents" | "Mister Twister" | "Don't Be Elfish" | "Lights, Camera, Traction" | "The Running of the Bullies" | "Special Defects" | "Wishy Washy" | "Ice Escapades" | "Guru-Some" | "Jailhouse Shock" | "Nearly Departed" | "Early Bird Watchers" | "The Spy's the Limit" | "Ready, Aim, Fire" | "Timoncchio" | "Ghost Boosters" | "Stay Away from my Honey!" | "Sitting Pretty Awful" | "He's a Bad, Bad, Bad Sport" | "Dapper Duck Burgers" | "It Runs Good" | "Hot Air Buffoons" | "Timon in Love" | "Kahuna Potato" | "Mook Island" | "Cliphangers"

The Lion Guard
Season One: "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots" | "The Rise of Makuu" | "Bunga the Wise" | "Can't Wait to be Queen" | "Eye of the Beholder" | "The Kupatana Celebration" | "Fuli's New Family" | "The Search for Utamu" | "Follow That Hippo!" | "Call of the Drongo" | "Paintings and Predictions" | "The Mbali Fields Migration" | "Bunga and the King" | "The Imaginary Okapi" | "Too Many Termites" | "The Trouble With Galagos" | "Janja's New Crew" | "Baboons!" | "Beware the Zimwi" | "Lions of the Outlands" | "Never Roar Again"


The Lion King Trilogy: Africa | The Zuberi River | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | The Pride Lands | The Desert | The Water Hole | The Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Jungle | The Great River | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands
Timon and Pumbaa: Zazu's Tree | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land


The Lion King: Circle of Life | The Morning Report | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hawaiian War Chant
Instrumental Scores: This Land | Hyenas | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock | Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play with Your Food | We are All Connected | Hyenas in the Pride Lands | Elephant Graveyard | I Was Just Trying to Be Brave | Stampede | Mufasa Dies | If You Ever Come Back We'll Kill You | Bowling for Buzzards | We Gotta Bone to Pick With You | Kings of the Past | Nala, is It Really You? | Remember Who You Are | This is My Home | The Rightful King
Rhthym of the Pride Lands: Kube | Lea Halalela | It's Time | Lala | Busa | Noyana
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | One of Us | Love Will Find a Way
The Lion King 1½: Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | Sunrise, Sunset | Grazing in the Grass
Musical: Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | Endless Night
The Lion Guard: Call of the Guard | A Beautiful Day (Ni Siku Nzuri) | Zuka Zama | Tonight We Strike | Kion's Lament | Here Comes the Lion Guard | We're the Same (Sisi Ni Sawa) | Don't Make a Stink | Bunga the Wise | Duties of the King | Outta the Way | Jackal Style | My Own Way | Utamu | All Hail The Vultures | Your Hero Inside | Bird of a Thousand Voices | Panic and Run | Trail to Hope | Life in the Pride Lands | We'll Make You a Meal | Find Your Roar | Chungu's Lament | Baboons | Beware of the Zimwi | It is Time
Other: Alone Together | Stand by Me | Yummy, Yummy, Yummy | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Deleted: To Be King | Warthog Rhapsody | The Lion of the Moon | Old Fearless Buzz | The Madness of King Scar | Be Prepared (reprise)


King of the Jungle | Musical | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise | Roar of the Elders

See Also

The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why | House of Mouse | One by One

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