Animated film lovers are all a-buzz with the announcement that Disney is making a new Lion King movie. The new movie will feature Simba and Nala’s son, Kion. The new movie is titled, “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar”. But surprisingly, the star of the film is Simba and Nala’s second-born son, not the first. Kion leads the pride’s Lion Guard which is responsible for protecting the pride and their lands.
Replacing the lovable Timon and Pumba as movie sidekicks are a honey badger, an egret, a cheetah, and a hippo (notice them in the clouds above Kion?).
Another surprise, is Disney’s choice to air the new film on Disney Jr. Could that mean it’s (gulp) and educational film for kids?
After it’s original airing, it will be turned into a TV series early in 2016.
While you wait, check out these Lion King movies on OVGuide.
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|1. THE LION KING|
|The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The story takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa, and was influenced by the biblical tales of Joseph and Moses and the Shakespearean play Hamlet. The film was produced during a period known as the Disney Renaissance. The Lion King was directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, produced by Don Hahn, and has a screenplay credited to Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts and Linda Woolverton. Its songs were written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, with an original score by Hans Zimmer. The film features a large ensemble voice cast led by Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Moira Kelly. The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion who is to succeed his father, Mufasa, as king; however, after Simba’s uncle Scar murders Mufasa, Simba is manipulated into thinking he was responsible and flees into exile in shame and despair.|
|2. LION KING 1 1/2|
|The Lion King 1½ is a 2004 direct-to-video animated buddy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on February 10, 2004. The film was also theatrically released internationally and in selected cities in the United States. It is the third and final installment in the Lion King trilogy. The DVD went to the Disney Vault in January 2005. The film is a prequel/parallel to the 1994’s The Lion King, and focuses on the meerkat/warthog duo Timon and Pumbaa before, during and after the events of the original film. It’s followed by a Disney upcoming television film, The Lion Guard, It is advertised as the fourth feature-length animated made-for-TV film, November 2015. The original cast returns to re-voice their parts, save for a few exceptions: Rowan Atkinson was again replaced by Edward Hibbert; Jonathan Taylor Thomas is replaced by Matt Weinberg; and James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons did not reprise their roles. The Lion King 1½ was released on Blu-ray in The Lion King trilogy box set on October 4, 2011, and was released for individual sale on March 6, 2012 alongside The Lion King II: Simba‘s Pride.|
|3. LION KING II: SIMBA’S PRIDE|
|The Lion King II: Simba‘s Pride is a 1998 American animated direct-to-video sequel to the 1994 animated feature film The Lion King. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Australia and released on October 27, 1998, the film centers around Simba and Nala‘s daughter Kiara, who falls in love with Kovu, a male rogue lion from a banished pride that was once loyal to Simba’s evil uncle, Scar. Separated by Simba’s prejudice against the banished pride and a vindictive plot planned by Kovu’s resentful mother, Kiara and Kovu struggle to unite their estranged prides and be together. Most of the original cast returned to their roles from the first film, apart from Rowan Atkinson, who was replaced by Edward Hibbert as the voice of Zazu for this film and its prequel, The Lion King 1½. Madge Sinclair, the voice of Simba’s mother Sarabi, died after the first film’s release, and her character is consequently written out of this sequel.|
|4. TIMON & PUMBA|
|The Lion King‘s Timon & Pumbaa, often simply referred to as Timon & Pumbaa, is an American animated television series made by The Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from the 1994 Disney film The Lion King, without most of the other characters in the franchise. The show ran for three seasons from September 8, 1995 to September 24, 1999. It is also the first Lion King related media to show humans, as humans were not present in the movie. It is one of two television series to be based on the film, the second being The Lion Guard.|