The new Disney Junior animated series The Lion Guard is set to premiere on January 15.
The Lion Guard follows the adventures of Kion – Simba and Nala’s second-born cub – as he and his friends work to protect the pride lands.
In November a movie based on the show debuted on Disney Channel.
Each episode of The Lion Guard will incorporate Swahili words and phrases and will include original songs. The Educational and Science experts from Disney’s Animal Kingdom are working as consultants on the show, advising the show’s creators about the characteristics and behaviors of the animal species depicted on the series.
The Lion Guard stars the voice talents of Rob Lowe (Simba) and Gabrielle Union (Nala) in addition to Max Charles as Kion, Blair Underwood as Makuu leader of the crocodile, Ana Gasteyer as Reirei, and Maia Mitchell as Jasiri a friendly hyena.
Other voice actors include: Joshua Rush as Bunga, Atticus Shaffer as Ono, Diamond White as Fuli, Dusan Brown as Beshte, Eden Riegel as Kiara, Sarah Hyland as Tiifu, Madison Pettis as Zuri, Jeff Bennett as Zazu, Khary Payton as Rafiki, Kevin Schon as Chungu and Timon, Gary Anthony Williams as Mufasa, and Ernie Sabella reprising his role as Pumbaa.
The show premieres January 15 on Disney Junior.