Review: “The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar” DVD



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.

With the previously mentioned numbers in mind, I’m sure you’ve probably seen “The Lion King” in one way or another. The story of the young lion Simba who is heir to his father, Mufasa. Scar, Simba’s evil uncle, plots to take the throne for himself. Simba escapes while Mufasa loses his life. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa. The Lion Guard continues the story a few years later and we are introduced to Kion. He’s the second-born cub of Simba and Nala and because he has the “Roar of the Elders,” he has been given a very important role: he’s in charge of “The Lion Guard.”


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 lives up to the original and introduces some of the same topics, such as ecology, to your little ones in a way they can understand. The DVD includes a Bonus Feature video of the show’s theme song “Here Comes the Lion Guard” performed by Beau Black. Outside of that bonus on the DVD, there is a Kion keychain that comes inside the DVD packaging. Overall, it’s a great watch and is nice to see the story remain true to the original in so many ways. We’re looking forward to watching this show grow and future DVD releases.

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.

Amy Crooks

Hi!! I'm Amy, and I am the owner and writer of this site. I'm a stay-at-home mom that enjoys cooking, crafting and cheering on my favorite hockey, football, baseball and basketball teams! I have an amazing husband and son (Clayton III does a little writing for the site too)!! :)

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