Fans of THE LION KING are going to love Disney Junior’s THE LION GUARD, an animated series which follows the adventures of Simba and Nala’s second-born cub Kion. Debuting on Wednesday 13th April 2016 on Disney Junior following on from the feature length special THE LION GUARD: Return of the Roar. Kion and his diverse group of friends unite to protect the Pride lands using their unique skills. Each episode contains original songs and includes Swahili words and phrases.
Cast includes Rob Lowe (Simba), Gabrielle Union (Nala) Max Charles (Kion), Blair Underwood (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Makuu, leader of the crocodiles and one of the Lion Guard’s main villains; Ana Gasteyer (ABC’s The Goldbergs) as Reirei, a clever and scheming jackal who wreaks havoc in the Pride Lands; and Maia Mitchell (ABC Family’s The Fosters) as Jasiri, a friendly hyena who rescues Kion and helps him face off against Janja and the rest of the hyenas. Jason Marsden, Andy Dick and Lacey Chabert reprise their roles as Kovu, Nuka and Vitani, respectively, from The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride in an upcoming episode.
The Lion Guard voice cast also includes: Joshua Rush as Bunga, Atticus Shaffer as Ono, Diamond White as Fuli, Dusan Brown as Beshte, Eden Riegel as Kiara, Sarah Hyland as Tiifu, Madison Pettis as Zuri, Jeff Bennett as Zazu, Andrew Kishino as Janja, Vargus Mason as Cheezi, Jonny Rees as Mzingo, Khary Payton as Rafiki, Kevin Schon as Chungu and Timon, Gary Anthony Williams as Mufasa, and Ernie Sabella reprising his role as Pumbaa.
Ford Riley (Special Agent Oso) is the executive producer. Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) is supervising director. Christopher Willis (Mickey Mouse) is the composer and Beau Black (Miles from Tomorrowland) is singer/songwriter. Author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza is the language and cultural advisor. The Lion Guard is a production of Disney Television Animation.
Watch The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on 8th February at 5.30pm on Disney Junior!