2:32 pm - 06/10/2014

Disney Developing ‘Lion King’ Series “The Lion Guard” for 2015

Disney is developing of a new animated series for Disney Junior based on the 1994 theatrical hit The Lion King. The Lion Guard will be about the son of Lion King’s star Simba, named Kion, as he assembles a group of animals to protect the jungle called the Lion Guard.

The series is expected to premiere in November 2015 on both Disney Channel’s preschool block and the 24/7 Disney Junior network.

This is the latest in a line of Disney Junior series pulling from past Disney works, such as Peter Pan with Jake and the Never Land Pirates and the three fairies from Sleeping Beauty in Sofia the First. While premiering first on Disney XD, the soon-to-be-shown-on-Disney Junior seriesThe 7D also features the Seven Dwarfs from the classic Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The Lion Guard will start with a hour-long movie in November 2015 and follow up with the series in January 2016 – a course very similar to Sofia the First.

Full press release from Disney follows:



Disney Television Animation has begun production on “The Lion Guard,” an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film “The Lion King.” Geared towards kids age 2-7 and their families, “The Lion Guard” television movie will premiere in Fall 2015, and the subsequent series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.

The wildlife education experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park 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 (in animals). Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor.

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.

“The Lion Guard” movie and series were developed by Ford Riley (“Special Agent Oso”), who also serves as executive producer. Howy Parkins (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”) is director. Christopher Willis (“Mickey Mouse”) is the composer.

Originally released in June 1994, the Academy Award-winning animated film “The Lion King” is a Disney story with long-lasting appeal and creative interpretations across multiple Disney businesses.

The lifetime global box office total for “The Lion King” is $987.4 million; its 2011 3D re-release was #1 for its first two weeks; its Grammy Award-winning soundtrack sold over 14 million units; a Tony Award-winning musical, now in its 17th year on Broadway and with 10 productions in eight languages currently running worldwide, has been seen by over 70 million people around the globe and is the highest-grossing Broadway production in history. The North American tour and the Broadway show each surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales while global ticket sales surpassed $5 billion worldwide (from 22 productions). The Lion King is one of the biggest home entertainment titles of all time, and the direct-to-video release of “Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride” is one of the best-selling direct-to-video releases of all time. “The Lion King” franchise also includes 85 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated television series “The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa” andpopular attractions at Disney Parks and Resorts. Twenty years since the film’s release, “The Lion King” also continues to resonate with millions of fans who connect with the enduring story and timeless characters through a wide range of products, including nursery décor, bedding and junior fashion.

Marking the animated film’s 20th anniversary, a special edition of the soundtrack exploring the stories behind the songs will be released June 24 as part of Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection. An electronic dance music version of “Circle of Life,” by music producer/composer/DJ Mat Zo, is on the recently released DCONSTRUCTED, a collection of EDM remixes of classic Disney songs.


It is nice to know that someone at Disney is taking a break from recycling princess movies into live action, and is instead returning to an animated cash cow.

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atomicdogmeat 10th-Jun-2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
I though Simba had a daughter not a son. Who married Skars son?
sandstorm 10th-Jun-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
He does, this is his youngest child apparently.
vehiclesshockme 10th-Jun-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
He does. Although that wasn't Scar's son, just a randomly appointed heir.
atomicdogmeat 10th-Jun-2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
Opps sorry. I did watch the film only once when I was like 9 or something though.
jamesdean 10th-Jun-2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
lmao yeah it would've been incest if it was scar's son considering that would be her cousin lmao.
wetnasty 10th-Jun-2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Stories will include special appearances by Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion’s older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands.
zyuranger 10th-Jun-2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
mistress_f 10th-Jun-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
i was watching the lion king's honest trailer earlier and i teared up a little. wtf, pms?
onyxobsidian 10th-Jun-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
Circle of Life always makes me tear up.
xdecadentx 10th-Jun-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
I don't like people shitting on the Lion King tho! It's my fav.

But I loled at 'an African catchphrase' because I remember my Swahili speaking dad finding it funny they got that in there when the film came out.

Edited at 2014-06-10 08:53 pm (UTC)
radiosity_blaze 11th-Jun-2014 07:43 am (UTC)
Haha me too sis
missjersey 10th-Jun-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
Idc what anyone says, The Lion King 2 was one of the best sequels of all time.
sandstorm 10th-Jun-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
It's better than the original tbh.
goldengal1193 10th-Jun-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Don't say that on ONTD. I said that a few years ago and got attacked by everyone and their dog lmao.
neverhft 10th-Jun-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
I loved it, and the music was incredible!
semirose 10th-Jun-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Deceeeeeeption. Disgraaaaaaaace.
zyuranger 10th-Jun-2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I've ever seen the 2nd one. I should change that.
chuckisfuckis 10th-Jun-2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
This is very true.
cecilylee 10th-Jun-2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
when i was like 8 i got in an argument with my father who was insisting that godfather 2 was the only good sequel ever created and i was like UHHHH LION KING 2 ???
wetnasty 10th-Jun-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't even remember it... rather I remember it but I have child memories of it where everything was great and life was sparkles. The parts I remember were honestly pretty good soo...
addictedgal 10th-Jun-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yaaaas, I don't get the hate for it.
devourlove 10th-Jun-2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
it really was. it fit just fine in the series and had a solid, individual story
thespockingdead 10th-Jun-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
IA, it's the only Disney sequel I can think of that was worthy of the original.
jediknightmuse 10th-Jun-2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
I've only seen it once a long time ago but I agree. I remember really liking it. I need to get it on DVD.
runandtelldat 10th-Jun-2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
You are correct.
jamesdean 10th-Jun-2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
yeah, i liked it more than i was expecting to
xdecadentx 10th-Jun-2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
I hated it.

I prefer the Peter Pan one.
oldusername 10th-Jun-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
But it didn't make sense. Why would any Lioness follow Scar when he was universally hated in the first film, let the pridelands fall apart, and let the hyenas take over and abuse everyone. The actual story (which was Romeo and Juliet) was fine, but the set up really didn't.
somnus_angel 10th-Jun-2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
But what about Kiara though? unless your telling me that she had an imaginary brother that we never knew about until now.
sandstorm 10th-Jun-2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
"Stories will include special appearances by Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion’s older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands."

I'm glad they didn't write her out.
neverhft 10th-Jun-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that she is the future Queen! What kind of progressive goodness <3
yurasama_love 10th-Jun-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I was scared for a second.
devourlove 10th-Jun-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
mte. at first i thought this was going to be about the male lion that was made before disney made the sequel movie, and then she couldn't have been in it because she wouldn't be next-in-line

or they'd have to imply that he died
steph313 10th-Jun-2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
Simba keeps spreading his seed.

rhapsodeeinblue 10th-Jun-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
No ty. Although I did have a crush on Kovu in the sequel ngl. That bad boy appeal~

Edited at 2014-06-10 07:52 pm (UTC)
sbenner 10th-Jun-2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
his voice was hot, too bad jason marsden isn't. i guess there is a reason why most VA's aren't physically attractive
rhapsodeeinblue 10th-Jun-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
I kind of love how Jason Marsden was in EVERYTHING in the 90s.
addictedgal 10th-Jun-2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
This is sarcasm, right? I'm too dumb for ONTD.
manubibi 10th-Jun-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
please let this movie rest. It's my favorite please don't ruin it :(
neverhft 10th-Jun-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
whats with that douchey ass hair Kion has going on
goldengal1193 10th-Jun-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
karinette001 10th-Jun-2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
lmao for real
tinkerbell1700 11th-Jun-2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
i'm more concerned about the paw print on his shoulder. Is it a tattoo, to go along with his Badd Boi hair? Is it a birthmark? Is it... a ~*SCAR*~??
reasontorhyme 10th-Jun-2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
"Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands"


Disney, don't fuck this up.
vehiclesshockme 10th-Jun-2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I know that they didn't have the same amount of budget or time to pump them out but it always bothered me when I was little how the animation in the direct to video sequels and spin-off TV series were so shitty compared to the actual movies.
goldengal1193 10th-Jun-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
loooool ikr?
zombieroadtrip 10th-Jun-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
it's not even done by the same arm of the company
missjersey 10th-Jun-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Same. Sequels are usually done by the same animation studio that do the tv shows and they have a much smaller budget.
goldengal1193 10th-Jun-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Disney, what the fuck yo?

What kind of straight to DVD 'Cinderella II: Dreams Come True' bullshit is this?

STOP TRYING to take advantage of my generation by bringing back old shit thinking we're going to make it rain at your studios(lbr, we will).
semirose 10th-Jun-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Lol especially since a lot of those who saw Lion King in theaters now have young kids.
sandstorm 10th-Jun-2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
Is this the one where he jumps out the window or is that A Stitch in Time.
goldengal1193 10th-Jun-2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Lmfaooooo that was a 'A Twist in Time'.
dropthecrates 11th-Jun-2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
gabrieldreams 10th-Jun-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
At least there'll be a honey badger.
violue 10th-Jun-2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
nalaa1906 10th-Jun-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
lol nice hair.
And umm not sure about this.
blood_opal 10th-Jun-2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
Well, this both sounds and looks horrible already.
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