Watch a sneak peek of the animated series, The Lion Guard, here.
(Toronto, ON) Corus Entertainment’s Disney Junior will premiere the brand new animated series The Lion Guard on Sunday, January 17 at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT. Its story — introduced last month in a Disney Channel movie follows the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse group of friends, each with a unique skill, as they unite to protect the Pride Lands. This holiday season, Disney Junior will air encore presentations of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar on December 19, 24 and 25. Then on Sunday, January 17, celebrations for the premiere will kick off with The Lion Guard: Return to the Roar movie at 10:40 a.m. ET/PT, followed by the debut of The Lion Guard at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Each episode of The Lion Guard incorporates Swahili words and phrases and includes original songs. The Education and Science experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants, inspiring original stories based on their first-hand experiences, and advising on the characteristics, behaviours and habitats of various African animal species.
Joining the cast, which includes Rob Lowe and Gabrielle Union as Simba and Nala, and Max Charles as Kion, are recurring guest stars Blair Underwood (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 (The Goldbergs) as Reirei, a clever and scheming jackal who wreaks havoc in the Pride Lands; and Maia Mitchell (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.
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Disney Junior (Canada) is available in English to subscribers across Canada. Disney Junior brings the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both
classic and contemporary, to life on the screen and offers audiences magical, musical and heartfelt stories that incorporate learning and development themes designed for kids aged 2-7. The channel is available in Canada through a license agreement between Canadian-based integrated media and content company Corus Entertainment Inc. and Disney/ABC Television Group. For more information, please visit www.disneyjunior.ca and corusent.com.
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