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'Lion King' spinoff series in the works at Disney Junior

"It's kind of like 'The Lion King' meets 'The Avengers,'" Disney Junior GM Nancy Kanter says of the series.
By Annie Martin   |   June 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) -- Disney Junior channel has a Lion King spinoff in the works.

The series is called The Lion Guard, and will air on both Disney Junior and the Disney Channel. The program will kick off with an hour-long movie in November 2015, with episodes to follow in January 2016.

The Lion Guard follows Kion, the son of The Lion King's Simba and Nala. Kion and other animals team up to form the Lion Guard in order to protect the kingdom from threats like hyenas.

"It's kind of like The Lion King meets The Avengers," Disney Junior general manager Nancy Kanter tells the Wall Street Journal.

The Lion King was released in 1994, and is the highest-grossing hand-drawn animated feature of all time. The movie earned over $987 million at the box office, and inspired a Broadway production that has earned over $1 billion. Disney CEO Robert Iger formed the idea for the spinoff as a way to mark the movie's 20th anniversary.

Topics: Robert Iger
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