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The Mbali Fields Migration
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Information
Episode
12
Season
1
Air Date
22nd April 2016
Song
Trail to Hope
Director
Howy Parkins
Writer
Elise Allen, John Loy, and Ford Riley
Production Code
114
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The Mbali Fields Migration is the twelfth episode of The Lion Guard.

Synopsis

Kion and the Guard must lead a large herd through the Outlands to find a less crowded grazing ground.[1]

Plot

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Kion steps in

The Lion Guard rush to halt a fight that Ono alerts them to, which has broken out between a herd of gazelles and a herd of zebras. Beshte recognises both herds, with the leader of the gazelles being Swala and the leader of the zebras being Muhimu. They slide down a slope as they attempt to stop the fight. Unfortunately, Bunga gets sat on by Muhimu as she fights, much to his annoyance. Nobody notices this though, as both herds continue to quarrel until Kion unleashes a roar, which grabs their attention. Both he and Beshte try to explain that the Pride Lands are for everyone, but Swala and Muhimu explain that the reason they're fighting is because there is only one patch of grass left for them to share between their herds.
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Kion discusses the migration with Simba

Not knowing what to do, Kion approaches his father, Simba, and asks for his advice on how to progress. Simba suggests that Kion take both herds down to the Mbali Fields on the edge of the Pride Lands, where they can graze together. Kion isn't so sure that he is up to the task, but Simba has faith in his son, believing that he can handle the migration just fine.

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Muhimu and Bunga off to a rocky start

Bunga races back to the small patch of grass, announcing to the herds that the Lion Guard will be taking them across the Pride Lands to a new grazing ground, Mbali Fields. As he's racing around, he bumps into Muhimu who denies ever sitting on him during the fight, calling him a mongoose instead of a honey badger. She explains that she needs to reach the new grazing grounds as soon as possible,

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Trail to Hope

Meanwhile, Ono has found a route to Mbali Fields, and reports to Kion accordingly. After Ono has explained his news, Kion announces to the two herds that he and the Guard will be leading them to Mbali Fields. Both herds are satisfied, and cheer for Kion. Kion, now feeling much better about the migration, takes the lead. As he and the Guard keep everyone in check, the Trail to Hope begins, with everyone looking out for each other as they move across the Pride Lands.

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Stampede!

Eventually, they wind up in a canyon. By this time, both of the herds are hungry and show signs of fatigue. Kion encourages them to continue, as Ono promises them that they're close to their new grazing grounds. He also expresses his concern over an impending storm. The herds soon see Mbali Fields, and Muhimu cannot wait any longer. She and her herd rushes ahead down the canyon, which causes Swala and her herd to react competitively as they charge after them.

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Blocked

The Lion Guard attempt to stop them, but a large pile of rocks plummets into the canyon, blocking the path to Mbali Fields. The rocks keep falling though, and almost hit Muhimu. Bunga leaps onto her just in time to rescue her from being hit by more rocks, and she is surprised that Bunga managed to rescue her, though still refers to him as the wrong species (a hedgehog). In the meantime, Kion realizes that their path is no longer going to work, and thus asks Ono to scout out a new pathway for them to continue their journey with. Ono returns with some disappointing news - that the only way to Mbali Fields is now going to involve a trip through the Outlands. Kion is upset, though acknowledges the new path.

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The storm begins

As they make their way across, the storm erupts. The herds start to lose faith in Kion's leadership, believing that Simba would have been a much better choice for leader, lessening Kion's faith. Fuli notices that the water is getting deeper. Suddenly, a huge gush of water comes flooding through. Kion realises that it's a flash flood, and orders everyone to reach higher ground. Ono is tasked with leading them higher, as the herds make a dash for a nearby slope rising upwards.

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Bunga rescues Muhimu

With two zebras failing to reach the safe spot in time, Beshte leaps into the rising water to stop them from drowning, pushing against the current and dragging them to safety. Fuli rushes to save a gazelle, pushing him up away from the water, to which he expresses his thanks. Meanwhile, Kion notices Swala in danger and rushes in, grabbing her by the horns with his teeth. He drags her to a safe spot. Meanwhile, Bunga has saved a gazelle, but notices that Muhimu is floating away with the current. He leaps in and grabs her, though Muhimu has her doubts that he can save her, becoming a little aggressive as Bunga asks her to help him save her. Eventually, she starts paddling with Bunga, and he is able to help her reach safe grounds. She is grateful for his help, and notes that it's the second time he has saved her during the same day. She thanks him for his help, and finally admits that she did, in fact sit on him (to which Bunga replies that he knew that already).

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Mufasa shares wisdom with Kion

Once everyone is safe, the herds express their annoyance at Kion, believing him not to be a worthy leader. Depressed, Kion leaves everyone to seek counsel from his grandfather. Mufasa soon appears, advising Kion that sometimes it is better not to depend on the opinions of others, and to always have confidence in himself. After his words, Kion returns with newfound confidence. Despite the herds still trying to tear him apart with their words, Kion remains confident. His confidence is booster even further when Muhimu speaks up, telling everyone that it was her fault for starting the stampede, that it she had not, they would not have had to change course. She promises to make things easier from then on, which Kion is appreciative of. He once again promises that he'll get everyone there safe and sound, and the herds show their support. Meanwhile, Muhimu asks Bunga if he'll keep her safe, to which he agrees.

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Spotting the herd

The herds enter the Outlands, but soon after, Muhimu enters labor. Kion sends Beshte, Fuli and Ono ahead and tells them to keep leading the herds whilst he and Bunga stay behind to help her give birth. Some of the zebras stay behind, as does Swala, to help them. Soon Muhimu gives birth to a son. However, he lets loose a loud bray, which draws Janja, Cheezi,Chungu, Nne, Tano and Mzingo's attention. Bunga tries to tell the newborn to be quiet, even though he understands that he probably won't be able to understand him. However, the three hyenas and one Vultures soon arrive and slide down the ridge, causing most of the zebras to scatter. Kion pleads with everyone to protect Muhimu and her newborn, knowing that mayhem is exactly what the hyenas want from them.

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Safe at last

After Muhimu orders them to, the zebras compose themselves, rushing back to Muhimu and her foal, defending them along with Kion, Bunga and Swala. At first Janja, Cheezi and Chungu taunt them, though they soon launch an attack. Janja is caught by Kion, and Bunga catches Cheezi. Chungu aims for the zebras, but is kicked back by a zebra. Chungu in turn pushes Kion off Janja as he is thrust away. Janja, Nne, Tano and Mzingo approaches the zebras, who pull back a little, though Muhimu's son kicks Janja, Nne and Tano in the face, throwing him away at the same time Bunga and Kion finish with Cheezi,Chungu, Nne and Tano and Mzingo Fly Away. After Kion warns them away, the five hyenas retreat, commenting that they did not like zebras anyway, which manages to offend one of the zebras in the herd. Mzingo comments that Fly away. and Nne and Tano runs after his clan, calling for his boss to wait for they. Muhimu is amazed that her son saved her life, and Bunga compliments him.

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Bunga's new friend

The remaining animals finally make it to Mbali Fields, with everyone happy at last as Ono reports that the migration was a success. Muhimu's son, Hamu, is especially happy, frolicking around. Noticing his incredible joy, Bunga agrees with his neighing statements and runs off to play with him as the Guard laugh in joy.


Appearances

Characters (in order of appearance)

Kion-profileKion
 
Bunga-profileBunga
 
Fuli-profileFuli
 
Beshte-profileBeshte
 
Ono-profileOno
 
Muhimu-profileMuhimu
(debut)
Swala-profileSwala
(debut)
Simba-profileSimba
 
Rafiki-profileRafiki
(mention)
Mufasa-profileMufasa
 
Hamu-profileHamu
(debut)
Janja-profileJanja
 
Cheezi-profileCheezi
 
Chungu-profileChungu
 

Locations

Pridelands-profilePride Lands
Priderock-profilePride Rock
 
Mbalifields-profileMbali Fields

Rockyridge-profileRocky Ridge
 
Majibaridi-profileMaji Baridi Falls
(mention)
Outlands-profileOutlands

Groups

Lionguard-profileThe Lion Guard Janjasclan-profileJanja's Clan Simbaspride-profileSimba's Pride Muhimusherd-profileMuhimu's Herd
Swalasherd-profileSwala's Herd

Animals

References

The Lion Guard Episodes
Special Episodes
Return of the RoarThe Rise of Scar
Season One
Never Judge a Hyena by Its SpotsThe Rise of MakuuBunga the WiseCan't Wait to be QueenEye of the BeholderThe Kupatana CelebrationFuli's New FamilyThe Search for UtamuFollow That Hippo!The Call of the DrongoPaintings and PredictionsThe Mbali Fields MigrationBunga and the KingThe Imaginary OkapiToo Many TermitesThe Trouble With GalagosJanja's New CrewBaboons!Beware the ZimwiLions of the OutlandsNever Roar AgainThe Lost GorillasThe Trail to UduguOno's IdolBeshte and the Hippo LanesOno the Tickbird
Season Two
Babysitter BungaThe Savannah SummitThe Traveling Baboon ShowOno and the EggLet Sleeping Crocs LieSwept AwayRafiki's New NeighborsRescue in the OutlandsThe Ukumbusho Tradition

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