What is The Lion Guard?It’s a pact of friends who protect the Circle of Life. Think superheros meets the pride land. The team is headed up by Kion, Simba and Nala’s son, and his friends. Each member of The Lion Guard has a strength like Fuli the cheetah, who is fast and Beshte the hippo who is strong. As the 26 show series unfolds on Disney Jr fans will follow along on The Lion Guard’s adventures. Sarah, the Swahili Consultant shares that she helped incorporate many of the terms and phrases to keep the storyline authentic. She’s excited for the newer generation of children to learn about other languages and cultures while watching the show. Here’s a few phrases you’ll hear throughout the series: Hevi Kabisa in Swahili means Totally Intense! Zuka Zama in Swahili means Pop up, Dive In! Hapana in Swahili means Oh, no! While the team did not visit Africa, they did draw inspiration from working closely with Sarah and Animal Kingdom’s Dr. Jill Mellen. Ford also mentioned that he visited a San Diego safari park and Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom park. Songwriter Beau shared that creating the music for the tv series was pretty easy. He mentioned that if a song was catchy, he knew it was a good sign. Expect at least one song in every episode! Composer Chris Willis adds that a mixture of choirs were formed that sing in Swahili and when they got the right pronunciation and instruments right, “you can feel like you’re in Africa.” Which character is the team’s favorite? Beau likes Bunga the badger, Chris likes Beshte the hippo, Sarah likes Fuli and Ford likes the dynamic between Kion and Bunga. I’m really excited about the new tv series and know it will be something our whole family will enjoy watching. The circle of life lives on with Kion and friends in The Lion Guard! Roar it Out! Share you or your childs best “roar” on social media with the hashtag #ReturnoftheRoar to help protect African Wildlife. For each share Disney will donate $1 up to $25,000 through the Disney Conservation Fund leading up to the premiere on Nov 22. Check out my roar below with fellow bloggers Olivia and Dina.
Catch the trailer for The Lion Guard below. Then watch the premiere on Disney Channel 11/22 at 7pm ET.