Try to remember your very first Disney film. It’s not a far reach to suppose that the 1994 classic Disney animated film,  “Lion King,” remains the first introduction into the animation world for countless young adults today. Taking all the right cues from ethically-infused “Hamlet,” Disney supplemented children’s traditional learning and values with a modern tale of morality set in the survival-of-the fittest African savanna. A mega-star was born when the “Lion King” ushered in a multidisciplinary franchise, including, but not limited to: a trilogy of films, a Broadway production, and an entirely retail-dominated milieu of children’s toys.


Disney cannot get enough of the success that encompasses the “Lion King;” the company just announced its plans to expand the franchise to include a new animated series and TV movie aimed at Disney Channel and Disney Junior cable networks.. They really were not kidding about the circle of life.


Disney Television Animation will release the “Lion Guard,” a series that continues the storyline of the hit feature. The “Lion Guard” will premiere next fall by means of a TV movie and then follow up with a regular television series in early 2016. Both the hit-makers and heavy-hitting executives are more than excited about the news. Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President of original programming and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide announced:


“We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes.”


Time will tell if the next generation will appreciate the upcoming series, but the feature will always maintain its classic identity for the generations it has already influenced. Audiences can expect the new “Lion Guard” to tackle such themes, such as environmental conservation and preservation. New characters will surface, notably the lion cub Kion, as well as  re-introductions to the original crew, including Simba, Nala, Timon, and Pumba.


What do you think about Disney releasing the “Lion Guard?” Will the new series be able to do the original justice? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro