While in LA this week for the #GoodDinoEvent, we stopped by Disney Channel to learn about an upcoming series that will be joining Disney Junior in January of 2016; The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar!
I remember going to see The Lion King in theaters, my parents bought the film for us when it came to VHS, and now that I am a mommy; we own a copy of the Blu-ray/DVD combo. This is a staple in our home and I am thrilled that I will get to watch my daughter befriend the new lovable characters that have joined the Pride Lands.
To introduce The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, the Disney Channel will be airing a special premiere on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7pm/6c. This is a great way to kick off the holiday season with you family and we encourage you to watch with us!
ABOUT THE LION GUARD: RETURN OF THE ROAR
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!”
After previewing The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, we had the opportunity to sit down with Executive Producer Ford Riley, Composer Christopher Willis, Singer/Songwriter Beau Black, Swahili Consultant Sarah Mirza, and Dr. Jill Mellen from Animal Kingdom to learn more about the series. Here are a few fun facts that I took away from our talks!
1) The Lion Guard is set in the middle of the sequel before Kiara takes over as queen.
2) The Lion Guard is entertaining and educational. The writers are working to share basic messages that are important to parents around the world. You will easily pick up on the themes that share the importance of being friends with different types of people and looking for a person’s best qualities and conservation and only taking what we need to help maintain a balanced planet. Each episode will share a new message that encourages maintaining the circle of life.
3) This series will allow children to pick up new words and phrases without even knowing they are being taught a new language, Swahili. My favorite phrase from the first episode is Zuka Zama (Pop up, dive in!). Keep an eye ear out for these catchy phrases that your little ones will be sure to take away from the episode and use in their everyday conversations.
4) Show creators work closely and regularly with the Animal Kingdom’s specialists to ensure that the scrips are on point and the animals stay true, as possible, to life and nature. Dr. Mellen shares stories with the creators about things taking place in Animal Kingdom and from time to time we will see these fun stories come to life in an episode.
We challenge you to watch the premiere of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7pm/6c to learn more about the lion guard, how each member is selected, and the strengths that they bring with them. Watch this one episode and you are sure to fall in love with the characters and storyline just like I did. I am thrilled we will get to explore the Pride Lands with a new generation and know my little one and yours will be too.
ROAR IT OUT! Get your little one(s) excited for the premiere of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar by having them share their best “ROAR!” Be able to share their ROAR on social media with hashtag #ReturnOfTheRoar to help protect African Wildlife. Last year, The Wald 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. Now, they need our help! 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.
Get your little one(s) excited by the premiere with some fun printable activities from The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. Simply click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to find a Kion Mask, Fuli Mask, and other activities!
So what are you waiting for? Be sure to share your best “ROAR!” and then join our family for the premiere of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7pm/6c on the Disney Channel.
I was sent on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, California courtesy of Disney to experience The Good Dinosaur, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, and a series of other adventures surrounding the movie. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. Please note that some images are courtesy of Disney.