Are you ready to roar with the pride? Then get ready for Disney’s The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, the latest in Disney’s Lion King’s saga! It has been 20 years since Disney shared with us the meaning of Hakuna Matata. Now it is time for us to learn all about Zuka Zama – Pop up and dive in in Swahili. Before anything else, mark your calendars for this Sunday November 22, 2015 for the 40 minute premiere of The Lion King: Return of the Roar on the Disney Junior channel.
The Lion King: Return of the Roar
The beloved story of “The Lion King” continues with the new “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar” which introduces Simba’s second born Kion, a fun-loving cub who’s more than happy that his sister Kiara is the one destined to rule the Pride Lands. Soon Kion discovers he has been given the powerful “Roar of the Elders” which makes him leader of The Lion Guard, charged to protect the Pride lands and defend the Circle of Life. Only the bravest, strongest, fastest, and keenest of sight can be part of the Lion Guard and Kion quickly assembles them: Bunga the honey badger, Beshte the hippo, Fuli the cheetah, and Ono the egret.
Education in The Lion King: Return of the Roar
The Lion Guard goes deep to offer us much more than the values and lessons we are used to having in the Disney productions. Leaving no stone untouched to bring us the most accurate information, the creative team of the Lion Guard includes a consultant on Swahili culture. The sounds of the music, the colors used and the character catch phrases all include a touch of Swahili. Here are some examples that you might want to learn because your kids will be saying them in no time 🙂 Kion says a lot: Hevi kabisa!-Totally intense! Beshte says: Twende Kiboko! – Let’s go hippo! and you will hear Ono say a lot of : Hapana! Oh, no!
In addition to another culture being integrated into the show, the animal experts from Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been on board consulting on everything about the animals. We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Jill Mellen,the Education and Science Director of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She ensures each animal’s behavior is reflected acurately so the character’s personality or needs go hand in had with real life of Africa’s animals.
My Mom Take on The Lion Guard
Personally I can’t wait for my kids to fall in love with the Lion King and its saga! I love how the Lion Guard is made up of different animals bringing forth their strengths. This speaks volumes to me in terms on diversity and tolerance. Respect and understanding each other will be an easy lesson with the new Lion Guard! In addition to that, the importance of conservancy via the protection of the circle of life will be key for me along with the chance to be curious of another culture. If anything learning a good amount of words or phrases in another language will be cool for my kids.
Let us hear you #ReturnoftheRoar
Talking about conservancy, let’s have some fun and help up! All we have to do is ROAR! Share your ROAR on social media with the hashtag #ReturnOfTheRoar. For every ROAR shared, Disney will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the Disney Conservation Fund during the week leading up to the premiere of The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar on November 22nd! Hurry and get roaring to protect African Wildlife!
Get the The Lion King: Return of the Roar fun started today!
Besides getting your ROAR on, Disney has some cool activites here for you!
Don’t forget to watch this Sunday November 22 The Lion Guard premiere, and stay tuned for new episodes starting January 2016.