The Lion Guard is an American animated television series based on Disney's The Lion King. The show features five main heroes who protect the Pride Lands: Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte and Ono. The first season was originally going to consist of 24 episodes, though more wound up being used. Each will feature a song that 'balances authentic African sound with kid-friendly pop'. Season 2 is scheduled to air on July 7th, 2017.
Disney have recently commissioned a third season.
The series centers around Kion, the son of Simba and Nala who is tasked with the daunting duty of leading the Lion Guard, a group tasked with the perseverance of the Pride Lands. In doing so, he defies tradition by assembling a group of various animals, as opposed to a group of lions. These animals are Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippopotamus, Ono the egret and Bunga the honey badger.
During his adventures, Kion will also be receiving advice from the spirit of his grandfather, Mufasa.
The Lion Guard
- Kion, voiced by Max Charles: Simba and Nala's son, Kiara's younger brother, leader of the Lion Guard, and the main protagonist.
- Fuli, voiced by Diamond White: Kion's king cheetah friend and a member of the Lion Guard.
- Beshte, voiced by Dusan Brown: Kion's hippopotamus friend and a member of the Lion Guard.
- Ono, voiced by Atticus Shaffer: Kion's cattle egret friend and a member of the Lion Guard.
- Bunga, voiced by Joshua Rush: Kion's honey badger friend and a member of the Lion Guard.
The Lion King alumni
- Simba, voiced by Rob Lowe: Nala's mate, Kion and Kiara's father and king of the Pride Lands.
- Mufasa, voiced by Gary Anthony Williams: Simba's father, the older brother of Scar, and Kion and Kiara's grandfather, who lives on in spirit.
- Kiara, voiced by Eden Riegel: Simba and Nala's daughter, Kion's older sister and princess of the Pride Lands.
- Kovu, voiced by Jason Marsden: An Outsider lion cub.
- Nala, voiced by Gabrielle Union: Simba's mate, Kion and Kiara's mother and queen of the Pride Lands.
- Nuka, voiced by Andy Dick: An older outsiders lion.
- Timon, voiced by Kevin Schon: Simba's wisecracking and kindhearted meerkat friend.
- Pumbaa, voiced by Ernie Sabella: Simba's and Timon's warmhearted warthog friend.
- Rafiki, voiced by Khary Payton: A wise old mandrill who serves as a shaman of the lions of Pride Rock.
- Scar, voiced by David Oyelowo: The brother of Mufasa, the uncle of Simba, a great-uncle of Kion and Kiara, and a former Lion Guard leader.
- Vitani, voiced by Lacey Chabert: An outsider lioness cub.
- Zazu, voiced by Jeff Bennett: A red-billed hornbill who serves as Simba's majordomo.
- Zira, voiced by Nika Futterman: The Leader of the Outsiders.
- Ajabu, voiced by Ron Funches: A shy okapi.
- Aminifu: A deceased wise African bush elephant.
- Baby Baboon, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker: A mischievous chacma baboon.
- Badili, voiced by Jack McBrayer: A friendly African leopard.
- Basi, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson: A wise hippo and the father of Beshte.
- Big Baboon, voiced by Ford Riley: A confident olive baboon.
- Bupu, voiced by Michael Dorn: A stubborn sable antelope.
- Boboka, voiced by Erica Luttrell: A honestly female sable antelope.
- Chura, voiced by Kari Wahlgren: A free spirited African toad.
- Dhahabu, voiced by Renee Elise Goldsberry: A Golden striped plains zebra.
- Genet, voiced by Jessica DiCicco: A worried common genet.
- Gumba, voiced by Jacquez Swanigan: A spirited olive baboon infant.
- Hadithi, voiced by John O'Hurley: A legendary African-hawk eagle.
- Hafifu, voiced by Phil Lester: A mountain gorilla prince.
- Hamu, A playfully friendly plains zebra foal.
- Haya, voiced by Ogie Banks: A nervous aardwolf.
- Hodari, voiced by Justin Hires: A handsome Gecko.
- Jasiri, voiced by Maia Mitchell: A friendly hyena.
- Kenge, voiced by Kristofer Hivju: A grouchy Nile monitor lizard.
- Kuchimba, voiced by AJ McLean: A blind golden mole.
- Kwato, voiced by Lyons Luke Mathias: A playful plains zebra foal.
- Kambuni, voiced by Mckenna Grace: An innocent ostrich chick.
- Kifaru, voiced by Maurice LaMarche: An elderly white rhinoceros.
- Laini, voiced by Meghan Strange: A skittish galago.
- Ma Tembo, voiced by Lynette DuPree: A kindhearted and peaceful African bush elephant.
- Madoa, voiced by Maisie Klompus: Jasiri's sister.
- Mbeya, voiced by Howy Parkins: A wise old black rhinoceros.
- Majinuni, voiced by Dan Howell: A mountain gorilla prince.
- Mekundu Bats, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker A panicked Straw-coloured fruit bats.
- Mbuni, voiced by Russi Taylor: An easily-startled ostrich.
- Mtoto, voiced by Justin Felbinger: An admiring African bush elephant.
- Mjomba, voiced by Charlie Adler: A grumby aardwolf.
- Muhanga, voiced by Russi Taylor: A territorial aardvark.
- Muhangus, voiced by Khary Payton: A fierce aardvark.
- Muhimu, voiced by Kari Wahlgren: A trusting zebra mare.
- Mwenzi, voiced by Rhys Darby: A snappy red-billed tickbird.
- Ogopa, voiced by Marieve Herington: A bubbly aardwolf.
- Porcupine Brothers, voiced by Phil LaMarr and Cam Clarke: Two African crested porcupines.
- Pua, voiced by Gerald Rivers: A former Nile crocodile leader
- Shauku, voiced by Jacob Guenther: A quiet banded mongoose pup.
- Sable Antelope # 1, voicedd by Ace Gibson: A stubborn sable antelope as Bupu.
- Swala, voiced by Tunisia Hardison: A short-tempered Thomson's gazelle.
- Sokwe, voiced by John Rhys-Davies: An king of mountain gorillas.
- Shingo, voiced by Phil LaMarr: A kind full Masai giraffe
- Thurston, voiced by Kevin Schon: A foolish plains zebra stallion.
- Tamaa, voiced by C.J. Byrnes: A deceptive drongo.
- The Bellow Fellows, voiced by Khary Payton, Ace Gibson and Kevin Schon: A group of chorus hippos.
- Tiifu, voiced by Sarah Hyland: A young lioness cub.
- Tunu, voiced by Crimson Hart: A hyena pup.
- Twiga, voiced by Alex Cartañá: A friendly giraffe.
- Kwato, voiced by Lyons Luke Mathias: A playful plains zebra calf.
- Ushari, voiced by Christian Slater: A Egyptian cobra.
- Wema, voiced by Fiona Hart: A hyena pup.
- Vuruga Vuruga, voiced by Virginia Watson: A warmhearted and trustful cape buffalo.
- Young Rhino, voiced by Kari Wahlgren: A anxious black rhinoceros calf.
- Zuri, voiced by Madison Pettis: A fashionista lioness cub.
- Zito, voiced by Nick Watt: A sturdy African bush elephant.
- Baby Baboon's Mother, voiced by Virginia Watson: A motherhood baboon.
- Boboka's Son, voced by Kari Wahlgren: A worried sable antelope calf.
- Female Duck, voiced by Kari Wahlgren: A panicked African black duck.
- Female Hare, voiced by Kari Wahlgren: A helpful African bush hare
- Female Mouse, voiced by Jessica DiCicco: A rudely four striped grass mouse
- Female Monkey, A peaceful vervet monkey.
- Female Serval, A motherhood serval.
- Female Weaver, voiced by Erica Luttrell: Fast talking Southern masked weaver bird
- Gumba's Mother, voiced by Kari Wahlgren, a female olive baboon.
- Hyrax, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, a rock hyrax.
- Jerboa, voiced by Jessica DiCicco, an anxious Lesser Egyptian jerboa.
- Klipspringer, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, a scared klipspringer.
- Male Bushbuck, voiced by Nick Watt, a charming bushbuck.
- Male Mongoose, voiced by Phil LaMarr, a peaceful banded mongoose.
- Male Oryx, voiced by Phil LaMarr, a panicked East African oryx.
- Male Porcupine, voiced by Khary Payton, a grumpy African crested porcupine.
- Male Serval, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, a scared serval.
- Male Turtle, voiced by Cam Clarke, a helpful turtle.
- Twiga's Daughter, a baby Masai giraffe calf.
- Young Rhino's Mother, a motherhood black rhinoceros.
- Young Aardvark, voiced by Kari Wahlgren, a small aardvark.
- Young Hare, voiced by Dana Davis, an excited African bush hare.
- Young Hedgehog, voiced by Cam Clarke a baby four-toed hedgehog.
- Young Monkey, a playful vervet monkey.
- Young Serval, a cubby serval kitten.
- Cheezi, voiced by Vargus Mason: A crazy spotted hyena.
- Chungu, voiced by Kevin Schon: A tough hyena.
- Dogo, voiced by Jacob Guenther: A little black-backed jackal pup and the son of Reirei and Goigoi.
- Dogo's Brothers: the numerous jackal pups of Reirei and Goigoi.
- Goigoi, voiced by Phil LaMarr: A foolish black-backed jackal and the mate of Reirei.
- Janja, voiced by Andrew Kishino: A cunning hyena.
- Janja's Clan: A cackle of spotted hyenas that live in the Outlands and disrespect the Circle of Life.
- Reirei, voiced by Ana Gasteyer: A scheming jackal and the mate of Goigoi.
- Lioness, voiced by Erica Luttrell: A dangerous lioness of the Outsiders.
- Makuu, voiced by Blair Underwood: A Nile crocodile leader.
- Male Crocodile, voiced by Gerald Rivers: A nile crocodile member.
- Mwoga, voiced by Cam Clarke: A sneaky old white-backed vulture and a member of Mzingo's Parliament
- Male Vulture, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker: A doofus white-backed vulture and a member of Mzingo's Parliament
- Mzingo, voiced by Greg Ellis: A majordomo white-backed vulture.
- Makucha, voiced by Steve Blum: A fierce African leopard.
- Mapigano, voiced by Jorge Diaz: A fierce African leopard who bullied Badili.
- Nne, voiced by Beau Black: A cunning and stout spotted hyena.
- Reirei, voiced by Ana Gasteyer: A scheming black-backed jackal and the mate of Goigoi.
- Tano, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker: A devious and sloping spotted hyena.
(see also: Episode List for more information)
- Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots
- The Rise of Makuu
- Bunga the Wise
- Can't Wait to be Queen
- Eye of the Beholder
- The Kupatana Celebration
- Fuli's New Family
- The Search for Utamu
- Follow That Hippo!
- The Call of the Drongo
- Paintings and Predictions
- The Mbali Fields Migration
- Bunga and the King
- The Imaginary Okapi
- Too Many Termites
- The Trouble With Galagos
- Janja's New Crew
- Beware the Zimwi
- Lions of the Outlands
- Never Roar Again
- The Lost Gorillas
- The Trail to Udugu
- Ono's Idol
- Beshte and the Hippo Lanes
- Ono the Tickbird
- Babysitter Bunga
- The Savannah Summit
- The Traveling Baboon Show
- Ono and the Egg
The series was announced by Disney on June 9, 2014 on the run up to the first film's 20th anniversary that month and has been described as "The Lion King meets The Avengers".
Attention to detail and care to the storytelling is a key component to the series, as wildlife education experts at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park will serve as consultants on stories for the show, and author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor. Led by Jill Mellen, education and science director, Disney's Animal Kingdom reads the scripts and makes suggestions for the show. For example, the script of one episode called for a cobra to menace songbirds. The Animal Kingdom folks thought that was more like a boomslang or vine snake than a cobra, resulting in the detail being changed.
Ford Riley and Howy Parkins decided to retain the visual qualities of the original Lion King film. Riley received permission to use 2D animation for the show. Parkins and Riley also discussed the colors in the series. Throughout the first season, the backgrounds will be colored with a variety of green hues, reflecting the rainy season of the African savanna. As the series progresses, the color scheme will shift to reflect the dry season.
The Lion Guard has been able to take facts about animals that live in the Serengeti and incorporate them into the plots of the episodes.
The series' announcement came after a meeting between Disney Junior general manager Nancy Kanter and Disney chief executive Robert Iger. Iger suggested to Kanter that Disney Junior should consider producing content to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of The Lion King in 2014. Disney has shown early footage to young test audiences, who were able to make suggestions, such as adjusting the look of the hyenas. Disney Consumer Products is to launch a line of toys to tie into the television series. Many new books inspired by the series will be released in late 2015 and early 2016. A full list can be accessed here.
A sneak peek of the show was given at Disney's D23 Expo from August 14–16, 2015.
The Lion Guard has received mostly positive reviews from critics, though some fans have criticized the show for being too child friendly in comparison to its predecessor, The Lion King. In 2016, it was the #1 series across preschooler networks both in viewers and kids aged 2-5.
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