For those unfamiliar with Disney’s The Lion Guard, it’s a fun-filled kids show that’s based off the popular The Lion King film and follows the adventures of Simba’s son Kion and his friends who watch over the Pride Lands as the Lion Guard. This series has already proven to be a hit with both children and adults (it’s even a guilty pleasure my mom finds herself watching) and looks to continue the great tradition of The Lion King’s epicness. Now Disney has released the famed TV special along with a few other episodes on The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar DVD. Anyone who enjoys the movies and series, or is looking for some great entertainment for children will want to roar along with Kion and his friends.
Starting with The Rise of Scar special episode, after not being to help solve a problem in the Pride Lands like he wants, Kion ends up using the Roar of the Elders in anger instead of using it to help others like he normally does. This in turn summons one of the greatest Disney villains, Scar (voiced David Oyelowo this time around) who ends up becoming the main antagonist for season two of the series. Anyone familiar with him already knows he’s always planning something evil and quickly shows Kion and the Lion Guard why he’s one of the most feared and revered in the land. This special also introduces some new characters to the series such as an evil snake named Ushari (Christian Slater) and Makini (Landry Bender) who is a young apprentice of Rafiki that’s trying to learn from him as well as watch over Kion and comapny.
After this adventure, there’s four other episodes that show off some of the best things about the series, which is helping others. From helping a cowardly leopard stand up to a bully in “The Trouble With Galagos”, to deciding if they should help out some hyenas in “Lions of the Outlands” which also sees the return of Andy Dick, Lacey Chabert and Jason Marsden reprising their characters from The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, there’s always something fun and new going on with Kion and the gang. Being a DVD release, the visuals and audio are good but not as good as watching it on TV where it’s normally in high definition, or as it would be on Blu-ray. There’s also a lack of special features, but with the episodes running for over two hours, that should be enough Lion King action for any who watch.
Fans of The Lion King and cool shows for children are bound to roar with glee while watching The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar DVD. I personally would’ve loved to see this release on Blu-ray (here’s hoping they’ll one day release complete seasons on that format) as it’s clearly a show that benefits from HD visuals. But this makes for a perfect DVD to watch on a road trip or for those who just want something quick and easy for the kids to watch.