June 15, 1994. That was a special day. It’s the day Lion King was released. I was 12 years old and saw i in the theatre. I owned the VHS tape and now own the Blu-Ray/DVD combo. It was one of my favorite films growing up and I’ve shared that love for the film with my family. We even watched the sequel AND the Timon and Pumba show as well, so when I had heard rumblings of a new film or series I was ecstatic.
What is it about?
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar brings viewers back to the rich world of one of Disney’s most beloved films, The Lion King. It introduces Simba’s son Kion, a fun-loving lion who’s more than happy that his sister Kiara is the one destined to rule the Pride Lands. Yet Kion soon learns he has a destiny of his own. As the Lion King’s second-born, it’s his duty to lead The Lion Guard, the team that protects the Pride Lands and defends the Circle of Life. As the leader, Kion has been given the Roar of the Elders, an amazing power that makes him the fiercest in all the Pride Lands. To complete the Guard, Kion assembles a team of the bravest, strongest, fastest, and keenest of sight in the Pride Lands: Bunga the honey badger, Beshte the hippo, Fuli the cheetah, and Ono the egret. “’Til the Pride Lands’ end, Lion Guard defend!”
We met with:
Ford Riley (Executive Producer), Christopher Willis (Composer), Swahili expert Sarah Mirza, singer/songwriter Beau Black and Dr. Jill Mellen after watching an advanced screening. Here is 4 fun facts I learned from that.
- For those wondering about timeline: The Lion Guard is set in the middle of the sequel before Kiara takes over as queen.
There will be lots of fun Swahili Words and catch phrases used in the show. My favorite so far: Zuka Zama (Pop up, dive in!)
- Dr. Jill Mellen share stories about what’s going on in Animal Kingdom and sometimes those fun stories end up in episodes. For example: Elephants are scared of bees.
- Diversity is important in even The Lion Guard. We will be seeing animals from the Savannas of Africa we haven’t seen before AND maybe even a “good” hyena.
ROAR IT OUT! Share your best “ROAR!” With #ReturnoftheRoar to help protect African Wildlife. Last year, The Walt Disney Company directed nearly one million dollars through the Disney Conservation Fund to help protect more than 25 species of African wildlife in 16 countries. With #ReturnoftheRoar, Disney will donate one dollar up to $25,000 through the Disney Conservation Fund for every “ROAR!” posted during the week leading up to the premiere of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on November 22.
SO Don’t forget! The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar premiere Sunday, November 22 at 7pm/6c on the Disney Channel.
***Disclosure: I attended the #LionGuardEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***