Disney has been making a large number of television shows based on their properties, but they might be bringing their biggest property to television in 2015. Disney has announced that they will create a new show called “The Lion Guard,” which will follow the story of the children of “The Lion King’s” Simba and Nala. The show will be geared toward young kids and will feature second born Kion as he becomes the leader of the Lion Guard, the brightest young lions tasked with protecting the Pride Lands.
Here is a look at similar efforts where beloved animated movies find a future life in another format.
Straight to Video
Before the television shows started, the best way to see the future lives of some of your favorite Disney animated stars was through straight-to-video offerings. Peter Pan was continued in “Return to Never Land.” “The Little Mermaid” picked up with her daughter wanting to return to the water. “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” and more were continued on through the straight-to-video offerings. Maybe the biggest spin-off is the Tinker Bell movies that have lived on longer than even Peter Pan himself.
“Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and “Sophia the First”
Thanks to the Disney Channel, there are a couple of shows that spin-off of popular Disney efforts. The most popular is “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” which sees Jake and his pirate children friends always trying to stop the devious Captain Hook in the world of Never Land. Peter Pan has shown up on occasion and they also have Pixie Dust thanks to Tinker Bell.
A second TV show that pays homage is to the Disney Princess movies in “Sophia the First.” Sophia is a princess by marriage when her mother married a king. The common girl turned princess is what happened in many of the classic movies and this was a case where the show never turns away from that comparison. Sophia is taught by the three fairies and has met The Little Mermaid, Snow White and more in her adventures.
However, what the new “Lion Guard” television show seems more like are the DreamWorks TV shows. “Madagascar” spun off into “Penguins of Madagascar” and everything from “How to Train Your Dragon” to “Kung Fu Panda” has received ongoing shows that carry on the stories that started in those movies. DreamWorks has almost perfected the format of moving their movies to the small screen, and if “The Lion Guard” comes close, it should be a good one.