is an American animated spin-off television series inspired by The Lion Guard that premiered with a one-hour The Lion King 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.
In March 2016, the show was renewed for a second season.
In March 2017, it was renewed for a third season. 
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." 
Kion Kion is the main protagonist. He is the son of Simba and Nala, and the younger brother of Kiara. He serves as the leader and fiercest member of the Lion Guard.
Bunga Bunga is a honey badger. He is the adopted son of Timon and Pumbaa, and the best friend of Kion. He serves as the bravest on the Lion Guard.
Beshte Beshte is a hippopotamus. He serves as the strongest on the Lion Guard.
Simba Simba is the king of the Pride Lands. He is the mate of Nala, and the father of Kion and Kiara.
Kiara Kiara is the future queen of the Pride Lands. She is the daughter of Simba and Nala, and the older sister of Kion.
Timon Timon is a childhood friend of Simba's. He is the adopted uncle of Bunga and Simba.
Pumbaa Pumbaa is a childhood friend of Simba's. He is the adopted uncle of Bunga and Simba.
Nala Nala is the queen of the Pride Lands. She is the mate of Simba, and the mother of Kion and Kiara.
Mufasa Mufasa is the deceased king of the Pride Lands. He is the father of Simba, and the grandfather of Kion and Kiara.
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Badili Badili is a leopard whom the Lion Guard teaches to be brave, strong, and fast.
Hafifu Hafifu is a gorilla prince whom the Lion Guard helps to return home.
Majinuni Majinuni is a gorilla prince whom the Lion Guard helps to return home.
Makini Makini is a mandrill. She is Rafiki's young apprentice, and is currently training to be a Royal Mjuzi.
Makuu Makuu is a crocodile that lives in the Pride Lands. He is the current leader of the crocodiles.
Uroho Uroho is a baboon. He is the leader of The Traveling Baboon Show.
Ona Ona is a female hamerkop. She is Kulinda's daughter.
Aminifu Aminifu is a deceased elephant.
Kovu Kovu is a lion cub. He is the younger brother of Nuka and Vitani, and the son of Zira. He is also Scar's chosen heir.
Sokwe Sokwe is the king of the Thejuli Mountains. He is the father of Hafifu and Majinuni.
Johari Johari is an elephant.
Mzingo Mzingo is a vulture. He serves as Janja's ally and is the leader of his own flock.
Cheezi Cheezi is a hyena that lives in the Outlands. He is a member of Janja's clan.
Chungu Chungu is a hyena that lives in the Outlands. He is a member of Janja's clan.
Nne Nne is a hyena that lives in the Outlands. He is a member of Janja's clan.
Reirei Reirei is a jackal, who is the leader of her jackal family. She is the mate of Goigoi, and the mother of Dogo and his brothers.
Goigoi Goigoi is a jackal. He is the mate of Reirei and the father of Dogo and his brothers.
Zira Zira is a lioness. She is the mother of Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu, and the leader of the Outsiders.
Nuka Nuka is an adolescent lion. He is the older brother of Kovu and Vitani, and the son of Zira.
Vitani Vitani is a lion cub. She is the sister of Kovu and Nuka, and the daughter of Zira.
Kijana Kijana is a jackal pup. She is the daughter of Goigoi and Reirei.
Scar Scar is a lion. He is the uncle of Simba, the brother of Mufasa and the great uncle of Kion and Kiara.
Kiburi Kiburi is a crocodile. He is the leader of his float.
Nduli Nduli is a male crocodile. He is a member of Kiburi's float.
Sumu Sumu is a male scorpion. He is a member of the Army of Scar.
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.
The first season was originally to consist of 24 episodes, but was extended to 26 episodes instead.
Unlike any of the previous productions in The Lion King franchise, this TV series does not include any cartoon sound effects.
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
A feature about
The Lion Guard
The Lion Guard Ono's Top 5 Pride Lands Facts
Ono's Top 5 Pride Lands Facts
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