Will the “The Lion King” TV show spin-off suck?

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The Lion King spin off series, the Lion Guard
Photo courtesy: Disney Junior

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?

1 COMMENT

  1. To start off, I’m pleased to hear that a new Lion King animated television series called The Lion Guard will premiere with a one-hour movie in November 2015, followed by a television series on Disney Junior in January 2016 because I’m sort of a huge Lion King fan myself and I’ve always loved and enjoyed The Lion King franchise since I was a young child. I wish I could still be excited, but to be completely honest I no longer am after I first found out that these new series will be aired on Disney Junior, which is a babyish and educational channel for young children, I expect this show to be kind of babyish, childish, corny, lame, etc. which many of us Lion King fans do NOT like and do NOT want. A lot of people liked the Lion King franchise and the best part about was that it wasn’t babyish, childish, corny, lame, etc. It was for all ages. So on behalf of all Lion King fans, I kindly request the makers and developers of these new series to make them more interesting and exciting by including some action, comedy, sarcasm, and urban language. If this show is going to be made educational, fine I don’t have a problem with that, just don’t make it or the characters sound babyish, childish, corny, lame, retarded, dorky, or boring or else I won’t love the Lion King anymore, and so will many other fans. You don’t want that to happen do you?! So please just don’t ruin our childhood and love for the Lion King.

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