The primetime television movie event will premier in November on Disney Channel, with a TV show following. The movie follows Kion, 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, 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.
Disney’s “THE LION GUARD: RETURN OF THE ROAR” Clip #1