Disney Starts Production on Animated TV Series and Movie Inspired by ‘The Lion King’
The Lion Guard continues the story that was introduced in The Lion King 20 years ago. The television movie will premiere in the fall of 2015 and the series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.
“The story of The Lion King has deeply touched families around the world since its original theatrical release 20 years ago,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. “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 story begins with Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, assuming the role of leader of the Lion Guard – a group of the bravest and brightest tasked with preserving the Pride Lands.
Kion challenges tradition when he calls upon his friends to help him, including Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a happy hippo; and Ono, an egret. Characters making special appearances include Mufasa, Timon, Pumba, Rafiki, Zazu, and Kiara.
The Lion King was originally released in 1996 and won an Academy Award. The film earned $987.4 million at the box office, and it inspired a Tony Award-winning Broadway play.
Wildlife experts from Disney’s Animal Kingdom will serve as consultants on The Lion Guard stories, incorporating themes of family, community, and conservation.