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The Lion Guard is an American animated series based on Disney's The Lion King. The show features five main heroes who protect the Pride Lands: Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte and Ono. The first season was originally going to consist of 24 episodes, which was later extended to 26. Each episode features a song that 'balances authentic African sound with kid-friendly pop'.[1]

Season 2 began airing on July 7th, 2017. It consists of one special (Rise of Scar) and 29 episodes.

Disney have recently commissioned a third season.

Plot

The series centers around Kion, the son of Simba and Nala who is tasked with the daunting duty of leading the Lion Guard, a group tasked with the perseverance of the Pride Lands. In doing so, he defies tradition by assembling a group of various animals, as opposed to a group of lions. These animals are Fuli the cheetah, Beshte, the hippopotamus, Ono, the egret and Bunga, the honey badger[2].

During his adventures, Kion also receives advice from the spirit of his grandfather, Mufasa.

As of Season 2, Kion's evil great-uncle Scar has returned, offering advice to enemies of the Lion Guard. He is assembling and uniting every animal in the Outlands with the sole intention of reclaiming the Pride Lands. As of Divide and Conquer, Kion has seen Scar yet is unaware that it is his infamous uncle that he saw through the blaze.

In The Fall of Mizimu Grove, Scar reveals himself to all Pridelanders after his army has succesfully destroyed the whole place Mzimu Grove. He threathens Simba that it's only a matter of time before all of the Pridelands belong to him once again. Luckily the Lion Guard can drive Scar's minions back to the Outlands with the help of King Simba and all animals that Kion brought together in Pride Landers Unite! to fight united against Scar.

After everyone is shocked that Scar is back King Simba admits that Kion kept secret about this fact because he ordered him to do so. The greatest fear of the King was that some animals would start to worry and wouldn't any longer feel safe in the Pridelands. But after his son Kion shows everyone that Makini's planted little baobab sapling survived the attack of Scar all regain hope, that they as well are able to survive as well somehow. Kion assures them that they can do it as long as they stand united and emphasizes that last time there wasn't a Lion Guard around, but now there is.

To celebrate that hope everyone gathers in Mzimu Grove, now destroyed, to plant Makini's sapling into the earth as part of her Mpando Mpaya.

In the season 2 finale The Lion Guard manages to claim a victory against Scar's army by driving out his vultures with the help of a Martial Eagle named Anga, Ono and Hadithi. Together they avoid firesticks thrown from the vultures to catch fire and wreak more havok in the Pride Lands. A new ally is won because Anga states "I could get used to it" after Ono asks her about working together with him and the Lion Guard in the future.


Characters

The Lion Guard

The Lion King alumni

Other Characters

Other Animals

Antagonists

Seasons

Specials

Episodes

(see also: Episode List for more information)

Production

The series was announced by Disney on June 9, 2014 on the run up to the first film's 20th anniversary that month and has been described as "The Lion King meets The Avengers"[3].

Attention to detail and care to the storytelling is a key component to the series, as wildlife education experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park will serve as consultants on stories for the show, and author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor[4]. Led by Jill Mellen, education and science director, Disney's Animal Kingdom reads the scripts and makes suggestions for the show. For example, the script of one episode called for a cobra to menace songbirds. The Animal Kingdom folks thought that was more like a boomslang or vine snake than a cobra, resulting in the detail being changed.[5]

Ford Riley and Howy Parkins decided to retain the visual qualities of the original Lion King film. Riley received permission to use 2D animation for the show. Parkins and Riley also discussed the colors in the series. Throughout the first season, the backgrounds will be colored with a variety of green hues, reflecting the rainy season of the African savanna. As the series progresses, the color scheme will shift to reflect the dry season.[6]

The Lion Guard has been able to take facts about animals that live in the Serengeti and incorporate them into the plots of the episodes.[7]

Development

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 will be 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.

Reception

The Lion Guard has received mostly positive reviews from critics, though some older fans have criticized the show for being too child friendly in comparison to its predecessor, The Lion King. In 2016, it was the #1 series across preschooler networks both in viewers and kids aged 2-5.[8]

International releases

For information about international dubs and releases, click here.

Videos

The Lion King Family Tree

The Lion King Family Tree

A video showing the events leading up to the series.

References

  1. http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2015/11/18/TV-preview-Disney-debuts-next-generation-Lion-King-TV-series/stories/201511180003
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  4. http://blog.disneystore.com/blog/2014/06/disney-junior-is-bringing-the-lion-king-to-television.html
  5. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-disney-lion-guard-mellen-20160114-story.html
  6. http://variety411.com/article/the-lion-guard-returning-to-the-lion-king-pride-lands-with-showrunner-ford-riley-4145750/
  7. http://kidscreen.com/2015/11/12/qa-the-lion-guard-director-dishes-on-how-disney-re-animated-a-classic/
  8. http://www.disneyabcpress.com/disneychannel/