'The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar'
(Max Charles, Rob Lowe, Dusan Brown, Sarah Hyland, Khary Payton, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / Walt Disney)
Overview: Meet Kion, second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of "The Lion Guard," an elite team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. Follow him as he assembles a group of unlikely heroes: Bunga the honey badger, Fuli the cheetah, Beshte the hippo and Ono the egret. Join them on a thrilling adventure as they use their unique abilities to defend the Pride Lands from predators and maintain balance within the Circle of Life. Bursting with humor, music, beloved characters and heart, 'THE LION GUARD: RETURN OF THE ROAR' is a must-own for the entire family!
DVD Verdict: Disney does it again!! Personally, I regard 'The Lion King' as not only my favorite Disney movie, but one of my favorite movies of all time. When I first heard about this show, I was skeptical about the idea of centering on Simba's son Kion. I've seen the first batch of episodes so far and you know what? I love it! It contains all the things that made the movie so successful: memorable characters, zippy music, and a well written story that has some deep themes as well.
This one is no exception. It may be a kids show, but there's plenty for adults to enjoy here as well as it contains themes of environmental conservation and racial tolerance (more metaphorical as it was shown in Don Bluth's Land Before Time). The characters are well drawn both in appearance and personality wise as each has his/her own strengths and weaknesses whether in defense or story-wise.
I even love the epic intro with a great African Choir singing, plus the way that characters say some Swahili words make this equivalent to what Roger Ebert said about the first movie that it becomes "a learning experience as well as entertainment". Two thumbs (and paws) way up for 'The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar'! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Music Video - Watch Beau Black As He Performs The Single, "Here Comes The Lion Guard"
Own 'The Lion Guard: Return Of The Roar' on DVD on February 23rd!