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. It features Kion, the son of Simba and Nala.
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."
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. 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. 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.
So far, three DVDs containing episodes of the series have been released in the United States.
Unlike any of the previous productions in The Lion King franchise, this TV series does not include any cartoon sound effects entirely, although "Rafiki's New Neighbors" did include a head bonk sound effect (which temporarily counts as a cartoon sound effect).
New Series! The Lion Guard Disney Junior
A trailer for The Lion Guard
Call of the Guard (Theme Song) The Lion Guard Disney Junior
The opening sequence for The Lion Guard up to "The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar"
Lion Guard Call of the Guard Season 2 Opening
The opening sequence of The Lion Guard for the majority of Season 2
The Lion Guard TV Spot - Meet Kion the Fiercest
A feature about Kion from The Lion Guard
Maia Mitchell Is a Friendly Hyena in New 'Lion Guard' Clip
A feature about "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots"
'The Lion Guard' Behind the Scenes of Simba's Next Saga