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The Lion Guard
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General Information
Title

The Lion Guard

Composer

Christopher Willis
Beau Black

Starring

Max Charles
Joshua Rush
Dusan Brown
Diamond White
Atticus Shaffer

Company

Disney Television Animation
Mercury Filmworks[1]

Channel

Disney Junior

Airdate

January 15, 2016 (USA)
April 26, 2016 (Europe)

The Lion Guard is an American animated spin-off television series inspired by The Lion King that premiered with a one-hour television film on November 22, 2015. The film was followed by a television series on Disney Junior, which released a preview episode on December 14, 2015. The first official episode aired January 15, 2016.[2] It features Kion, the son of Simba and Nala.[3]

In March 2016, the show was renewed for a second season.[4] In March 2017, it was renewed for a third season.[5]

Premise

The Lion Guard follows Simba's son, Kion, as he assembles a group of animals to protect the Pride Lands known as the Lion Guard. Disney Junior general manager Nancy Kanter has described the series as being "kind of like The Lion King meets The Avengers."[6][7]

Characters

Main Characters

Character Information Voiced by

Supporting Characters

Character Information Voiced by

Minor Characters

Character Information Voiced by

Villains

Character Information Voiced by

Episodes

Season 1

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate

Season 2

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate

Development

Following the successful theatrical re-release of The Lion King and its subsequent Blu-Ray release in 2011, Ford Riley was asked by Disney executives to expand the world of the franchise.[8] 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 twentieth 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 is to launch a line of toys to tie into the television series.[3] Many new books inspired by the series were released in late 2015 and early 2016. A full list can be accessed here.

A sneak peek of the show was given at Disney's D23 Expo from August 14–16, 2015.[9]

DVD releases

So far, two DVDs containing 11 episodes of the series were released in the United States.

Trivia

  • The first season was originally to consist of 24 episodes, but was extended to 26 episodes instead.[8]
  • Unlike any of the previous productions in The Lion King franchise, this TV series does not include any cartoon sound effects.

Media

References

  1. 2D Digital Animators (The Lion Guard). Mercury Filmworks. Accessed 18 June 2015.
  2. Disney’s ‘Lion King’ Revival Series ‘The Lion Guard’ to Premiere in January. Variety. Accessed 9 December 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Frtiz, Ben. Disney Junior Plans Preschool Series Based on ‘The Lion King’ (Exclusive). The Wall Street Journal. Accessed 10 June 2014.
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  6. Mitovich, Matt Webb. Disney Junior to Unleash Lion King Sequel Series. TV Line. Accessed 11 June 2014.
  7. Hatwich, Chris. The Lion King Getting Sequel TV Series, The Lion Guard, On Disney Junior. E! Online. Accessed 11 June 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Owen, Rob. Next generation 'Lion King'. Republican-American. Accessed 9 December 2015.
  9. Disney Channel, Disney XD & Disney Junior Stars Set for 2015 D23 EXPO. Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. Accessed on 11 June 2015.
  10. http://tvdaily.com/exclusive-interview-disneys-the-lion-guard-creator-ford-riley-talks-new-lion-king-sequel/

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