After twenty years and several sequels and an impressive run on Broadway, Disney is bringing the Lion King franchise into a weekly television series on the popular preschooler cable network, Disney Junior. Will this Lion King spin-off suck? You decide. Here are the details from Disney:
The Lion Guard will premiere in Fall 2015 as a television movie, with a subsequent series to debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel. The story begins in the heart of the African savannah, as Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, assembles a team of his close friends to preserve the Pride Lands. The show will also include special appearances by Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion’s older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands. The show will focus on conservation education, the importance of family and community, while also highlighting creative problem-solving skills and diversity.
So does the new Lion King series sound interesting to you?
At a glance, the artwork looks great, but the heavy-handed lessons that Disney is known to include in their television programming might make family viewing a struggle. After all, we’ve already seen what happens when Simba’s progenie is left rehash the original film. With a younger audience in mind, “The Lion Guard,” is expected to be a much lighter journey through the savannah. Are you exited to see it?