The movie follows Kion (voiced by Max Charles), the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands.
In the television series, coming in 2016, while traditionally the Lion Guard has been comprised of lions known to be the fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight in the Pride Lands, Kion breaks tradition by instead calling upon some of his friends — Bunga, a fearless honey badger (Joshua Rush); Fuli, a confident cheetah (Diamond White); Beshte, a happy-go-lucky hippo (Dusan Brown); and Ono, an intellectual egret (Atticus Shaffer) — who he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities.
Throughout the movie and the series, the diverse team of young animals will learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life, while also introducing young viewers to the vast array of animals that populate the prodigious African landscape.
Th stories will also include special appearances by Kion’s deceased grandfather Mufasa, Timon the meerkat, Pumbaa the warthog, Rafiki the mandrill, Zazu the hornbill, and Kion’s older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands.
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will premiere Sunday, November 22nd on Disney Channel and Disney Channel Canada and will also be available on the WATCH Disney Channel app, WATCH Disney Junior app, Disney Channel On Demand and Disney Junior on Demand the following day, Monday, November 23rd.
The 31-year-old entertainer and his temporary partner received a grand total of 36 points from the judges! Andy is normally paired up with Allison Holker, but this week is switch-up week on the show. They’ll be back next week for more!
They danced to “Can’t Feel My Face” from The Weeknd.
The temporarily-paired duo did the Tango for Switch-Up Week, set to “Pompeii” by Bastille, which earned them a total of 40 points! Judge Carrie Ann Inaba even gave them a standing ovation before their perfect score was announced.
“This week, I’m paired with Derek instead of Mark [Ballas]. Their styles are very different as to how they teach. But I feel like we could not have asked for a better switch up. It has been such an easy transition,” Alexa wrote in her People blog.
She added, “Derek is very, very sweet. He was just telling me, ‘I’m normally way more fun but I’m just drilling this stuff into you and I only have one week so I’m just trying to teach you as fast as I can.’ I was like, ‘I’m having a great time!’”
The pair brought out their best Quickstep for Switch-Up Week, set to “Bossa Nova Baby” by Elvis Presley, which earned them a total of 39 points!
“It’s a refreshing week where you get to try something new. At first, because my partner [Witney Carson] and my Switch-Up partner are best friends, I thought they’d be really similar, but they are extremely different and it’s been awesome,” Carlos wrote in his People blog.
He added, “Lindsay is great. She’s so motivating and positive all the time. But we are doing the quickstep, which is the hardest dance I’ve done yet.”