If you missed the 90’s, then you happened to miss one of Disney’s most glorious periods in animation. Their movies were repeatedly nominated for Academy Awards; again, they were that good. You also missed Disney’s wave of rushed sequels which never met fans expectations, milking their glory for all it was worth. No animated Disney film was exempt, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, even The Little Mermaid. Before I continue with the actual point of this article, just look at these shenanigans (for the sake of time, I omitted Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, and Fox and the Hound sequels. Ain’t nobody got time for that):
Isn’t that a little over the top? Well, with the release of 2009’s Princess and the Frog, Disney has entered again into an era where they can do no wrong. Which can only mean that they’re going to try sequels again. Cue The Lion Guard.
This animated series will follow Simba and Nala’s youngest child, Kion, and his band of friends who form the Lion Guard, a protection group for the Pridelands. Featuring both new and returning characters (Mufasa?!), the series will highlight the values of friendship and diversity. The series will introduce itself on November 22 with an hour-long special: The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar followed by the series on January 3, 2016 with standard half-hour episodes. There are five children’s books also planned for a 2016 release: Kion, Pride of the Pridelands, Can’t Wait to be Queen, Bunga’s Big Adventure, Meet the New Guard, and Kion’s Animal Alphabet. From the current information, The Lion Guard seems to takes place before The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.
What do you think? Will you be watching The Lion Guard?