Teddy Out-Ready: The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Debut & Disney Junior Canada Launch on December 1st

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Debut & Disney Junior Canada Launch on December 1st

Long-time favorite Disney's The Lion King is back with new movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. It is exciting new journey of beloved characters. The film premiered last week on Disney Channel and subsequent "The Lion Guard" television series will premiere in early 2016. We had a chance to join the screening of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar at TIFF and meet the director Howy Parkins.

The Lion Guard

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar folds out in the African savanna and introduces Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, who is destined to become leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals comprised of the Pride Lands' fiercest, bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight. As Kion looks to assemble the members of the new Lion Guard, he does not call upon a group of lions to serve with him as tradition dictates, but instead chooses some of his friends whom he believes best exemplify these heroic qualities – Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, a confident cheetah; Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo; and Ono, an intellectual egret. The diverse team of young animals will learn how to use each of their unique abilities to solve problems and accomplish tasks to protect the Pride Lands and maintain balance within the Circle of Life.

Howy Parkins

The movie is kind and heart-warming, it shows children how to face challenges and make the right choices. There are also good points about the importance of family and friends. The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar is filled with amazing music and songs performed by lovely voices thanks to the composer Christopher Willis and singer/songwriter Beau Black. It was great to learn more about the upcoming new series from the director Howy Parkins. He is a Canadian animator who participated in popular projects including Simpsons and Care Bare. Howy Parkins has been working with Disney for around 15 years. He was a director of preschool series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Recess, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, The Emperor's New School and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

Teddy liked The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar and now looking forward to upcoming television series The Lion Guard.


This holiday season Disney Junior will be available across (English) Canada beginning Tuesday, December 1. Disney Junior, designed for kids ages 2 to 7, offers audiences Disney's heartfelt storytelling with contemporary and classic characters beloved by generations. Family favourite series including Doc McStuffins, Jake and The Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Miles from Tomorrowland and Sofia the First will be exclusively available on the specialty kids network.

Disney JR The Lion Guard Teddy

Along with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar another animated series will debut on Disney Junior. The fairytale-inspired Goldie & Bear centres on the adventures of newfound friends Goldie and Bear, following the renowned porridge incident of "Goldilocks and The Three Bears."

For more information, please visit www.disneyjunior.ca and corusent.com.

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