The circle of life continues.
"The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar," a TV movie following Kion, the second-born cub of "The Lion King's" Simba and Nala, will air on
In addition to original "Lion King" cast members
Rather than calling upon the fastest and the fiercest animals, Kion bucks convention and invites his friends to join the guard. The series will follow the team of animals — which includes a "confident cheetah," an "intellectual egret" and a "fearless honey badger," as if there's any other kind — as they "learn how to utilize each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to maintain balance within the Circle of Life," according to Disney Channel.
In a nice bit of corporate synergy, experts from Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park served as consultants on the series and movie, which aim to educate young viewers about African wildlife.
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