The circle of life is continuing: "The Lion King" is getting a spinoff TV movie and series.
Disney Television Animation announced this week that "The Lion Guard," an animated movie follow-up to the hit '90s flick, will debut on Disney Junior and the Disney Channel in the fall of 2015. An animated series of the same name will then follow sometime in 2016.
"Guard" follows the children of Simba and Nala, and is aimed at kids ages 2-7 and their families. Its synopsis, per Coming Soon:
"The Lion Guard" begins as Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a group of the bravest and brightest tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. Instead of assembling a team of young lions to serve with him, Kion challenges tradition by calling upon friends he believes are the best choices - Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a happy-go-lucky hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret. Stories will include special appearances by Mufasa, Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu and Kion's older sister, Kiara, the future Queen of the Pride Lands.
A composer has also been hired, though it's unclear if songs will be featured in just the "Guard" movie, or the series as well. Wildlife experts from Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park will serve as consultants, as will author and Swahili expert Sarah Mirza.
"The story of 'The Lion King' has deeply touched families around the world since its original theatrical release 20 years ago," said Disney Junior exec Nancy Kanter. "We look forward to introducing a whole new generation of kids to both the Disney legacy characters and to new friends and heroes."
[via: Coming Soon]
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