There’s a new Lion King movie out on DVD. It’s called The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. In the latest installment of the Lion King series, there’s a new main character. His name is Kion. He’s the son of Simba and the younger sibling of Kiara. The animated film has the same feel as the previous Lion King movies. It’s funny and adventurous. If your children love the other Lion King stories, they’ll like this new animated film too. I know my kids did. The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (Walt Disney Studios) is available now on DVD, which includes a talking backpack clip. BTW, I received a DVD for review on my dad blog.
The Lion Guard takes place around the start of the second Lion King movie. Both Kion and Kiara are very young lion cubs. While Kiara is preparing to lead the pack some day, Kion is forming a team of Lion Guards to protect the pack. But much to the disappointment of Simba, Kion recruits his non-lion friends for the Lion Guards: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret.
While Kion is forming the new Lion Guards, a pack of hyenas are up to no good. The hyenas attack and cause panic in the prideland. But Kion and his Lion Guards come to the rescue and save the prideland. By the end of the story, Simba realizes his son made the right choices for the Lion Guards.
BTW, also included in the DVD is a music video. It’s called Here Comes the Lion Guard and was performed by Beau Black and his band. The song is lively and was featured in the movie.
Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Voice Cast
James Earl Jones and Ernie Sabella reprise their roles from The Lion King as Mufasa and Pumbaa, respectively. Rob Lowe is Simba, Gabrielle Union is Nala, Max Charles stars as Kion, Joshua Rush is Bunga, Atticus Shaffer is Ono, Diamond White is Fuli, and Dusan Brown is Beshte. Other cast members include Eden Riegel as Kiara, Sarah Hyland as Tiifu, Madison Pettis as Zuri, Khary Payton as Rafiki, Jeff Bennett as Zazu, Jonny Rees as Mzingo, Andrew Kishino as Janja, Vargus Mason as Cheezi, and Kevin Schon as Chungu and Timon. The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar was directed by Howy Parkins (Jake and the Never Land Pirates).
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Synopsis
Meet Kion, second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of The Lion Guard, an elite team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. Follow him as he assembles a group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret. Join them on a thrilling adventure as they use their unique abilities to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life. Bursting with humor, music, beloved characters and heart, The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar is a must-own for the entire family!
More info: The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar DVD