Disney has begun production on an animated television movie and series of a spin off from The Lion King called “The Lion Guard.”
“The Lion Guard” is scheduled to debut in November of 2015 with a launch of an hourlong movie on the Disney Junior programming block of the Disney Channel. It will then be followed by regular episodes the following January.
Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, “The story of ‘The Lion King’ has deeply touched families around the world since its original theatrical release 20 years ago. We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes.”
“The Lion Guard” begins as Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a group of the bravest and brightest tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. Instead of assembling a team of young lions to serve with him, Kion challenges tradition by calling upon friends he believes are the best choices – Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a happy-go-lucky hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret.
Stories will include special appearances by Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion’s older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands.
Wildlife education experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida will serve as consultants on “The Lion Guard” stories, which will incorporate themes of conservation, family and community while also highlighting problem-solving, creative thinking and diversity. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.
Developed by Disney Television Animation for Disney Junior, “The Lion Guard” is targeted for kids aged 2-7 and their families.
The voice cast has not yet been announced.
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