‘The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar’ takes Viewers back to Pride Rock
The show focuses on a group of animals destined to protect the circle of life
Written By Jay Snook
The Lion King is one of the greatest animated movies of all time. Then there are the follow up films that were not as strong such as: The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride and The Lion King 1 1/2. There is also a Broadway musical and the spin-off TV show Timon and Pumbaa. Now, we are upon a new era of Lion tales with The Lion Guard, which focuses on Kion.
Kion (Max Charles) is the brother to Kiara (Eden Reigel) and the son of Simba (Rob Lowe) and Nala (Gabrielle Union). One day when one of his friends Bunga (Joshua Rush) is in trouble, he finds out he has an amazing gift. This trait shows everyone that he is ready to grab hold of his destiny which is to lead an ancient order known as the lion guard. It is up to him to find the bravest, keenest of sight, fastest and strongest animals to help him protect the circle of life, and stop those who want to create disorder in the pride lands.
Kion decides to ask the help of Fuli (Diamond White) a cheetah, Beshte (Dusan Brown) a hippopotamus and Ono (Atticus Shaffer). At first it may seem like he is too young to take on this serious task, but when the hyenas from the outlands have a devious plan to cause mayhem, the only people who may be able to stop them is this group of close friends.
The first episode was pretty good. It was silly at some parts and obviously has been dumbed down for kids, but it was nice to return to this universe again. Kion is the star of this show but he alone cannot make this a show that is worth watching, but the ensemble as a whole that really make this a special program. There are a few good songs here that kids will love and a really cool cameo from someone fans will be happy to see again.
The pilot gets 7/10. It was nice to see these beautiful lands again but there a few things missing here. The new voice of Simba is alright but he is lacking a few of the elements that make him a force to be reckoned with. But was really dragged this pilot down for me was the lack of a really strong villain. The hyena pack is okay but there was no real big time danger here. As the show develops I hope they will be able to find an enemy that will truly challenge this new group.
If you enjoy the Lion King movies then this is a show you will want to watch. The Lion Guard will air on Disney Junior and the Disney channel January 15, 2016.