There’s no doubt that The Lion King is one of Disney’s most popular animated titles, and you could even make the case that it’s actually its most successful. I’m sure many would be shocked to hear that it sold nearly twice as many tickets as the mega Disney hit Frozen. That number is astonishing, and although movies in the mid 1990’s were at theaters for far longer runs that they are today, it just shows you how popular The Lion King has been. It’s just as popular today thanks to DVD versions that have sold millions of copies alongside an overwhelming 30 million VHS copies. Want further proof? The stage musical is the highest grossing in history. With such a large fan base, it’s no surprise that Disney has a hit on its hand with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.
In this debut episode, Kion makes an interesting decision. Rather than have a team of only lions, he assembles a formidable group of his friends to make up the new guard: Bunga the Honey Badger, Fuli the Cheetah, Beshte the Hippo, and Ono the Egret. Although Simba doesn’t necessarily agree with the makeup of the team, it actually works out well and they work together well to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life. One of the things we really liked is the inclusion of many of the original Lion King cast including Timon, Pumbaa, Rafiki, Zazu, and Kiara.
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar DVD is available to purchase today (February 23, 2016)!
Disclosure: We received a copy of this movie for review purposes. All opinions are our own.