The Lion Guard is an excellent show airing on Disney Junior and the second television series bases on The Lion King – which just so happens to be one of my favorite Disney animated movies (there are so many great ones, so I would really have a hard time saying any one of them is my absolute favorite). As far as the timeline of this animated adventure, it takes place after the original Lion King movie, but before The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride movie. The series is centered around Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, Kion, along with his Lion Guard team as they protect the Pride Lands. Like previous Disney Junior DVD’s that we’ve reviewed, Life in the Pride Lands includes several episodes from the series and a physical bonus.
Let’s look at the five episodes that are included on the DVD in some basic detail. One thing you will notice is that the episodes all give a great life lesson. It’s one of the reasons that I really like the series and highly recommend it. The first title that is on the DVD is “The Rise of Makku.” It’s an episode that shows the Lion Guard solving a bullying problem. They provide a peaceful solution to a big problem. The second episode called “The Kupatana Celebration” details a celebrated Pride Lands holiday. In it, Kion and his friends are fooled by jackals. “Bunga and the King” is the third episode. It’s an episode about how everyone is different and includes an old favorite song, “Hakuna Matata.” The fourth titles is called “Never Roar Again.” Kion uses a special ‘Roar of the Elders’ when is mother Nala is attacked, but in doing so, he accidentally injures his mom. The final episode is about a rare Okapi and is titled “The Imaginary Okapi.” It’s a great title as Okapi were only discovered by Western scientists about 30 years ago (Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom has few of them and they are really very interesting looking animals – kinda like a giraffe and zebra combination), so the title is very fitting.
Life in the Pridelands has over 2 hours of content and there are a few Bonus Features with it beginning with a music video “A Trail to Hope” that are clips from the show. Another music video, “Teke Ruku Teleza,” is also on the DVD along with “It’s Unbungalievable!” which is an educational short that is featured at the end of The Lion Guard episodes. They are all interesting, but there’s not a great deal here. Like other Disney Junior DVD’s, there is a physical bonus. For this DVD, it’s 5 wristbands: red for Kon, purple for Fuli, orange for Bunga, green for Beshte and blue for Ono.
The Rise of Makuu (featuring guest star Blair Underwood as the voice of Makuu)
The Kaputana Celebration
Bunga and the King
Never Roar Again
The Imaginary Okapi
A Trail to Hope
Teke Ruka Teleza
“It’s UnBungalievable!” Shorts
Who Has Better Hair?
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Packaging: DVD and Five Free Exclusive Magic Lion Guard Power Bracelets
Ratings: TV-Y (US); G (CE/CF)
Feature Run Time: Approx. 110 mins.
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions)
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages: English, French & Spanish Audio; English, French & Spanish Subtitle
Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.