Was that really 20 years ago? The Lion King became the biggest animated film of its time exactly 20 summers ago this year, and although Disney’s already franchised it with two direct-to-video sequels, a TV series spin-off and a Broadway show, the House of Mouse is once again getting goofy for the lion, and has announced that a new sequel series is in the works for the Disney Junior channel. With the full understanding of how you just can’t wait for more information about this show, let’s look at what Disney has in store.
According to Wall Street Journal, the show is called The Lion Guard. Described by Disney Junior general manager Nancy Kanter as “The Lion King meets The Avengers,” the series will follow the adventures of young Kion, the son of Simba and Nala, who protects the Pride Lands with an eclectic group of friends including his older sister Kiara, as well as “a fearless honey badger, a confident cheetah, a happy-go-lucky hippo and an intellectual egret.” Characters from the original Lion King film like Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, and Mufasa will also make appearances.
The Lion Guard will be aimed at kids between the ages of 2 and 7, and will have an additional “One to Grow On” moment with every episode, lessons on conservation from wildlife experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
The show will kick-off with an hour long episode November 2015, and will then begin in earnest in January 2016. Presumably, Disney needs the lead time to come up with all sorts of toys and plush lions with red faux-hawks.
What do you Bastards say? Bet you can’t just wait for more King! (Sorry, I used that joke twice….)