Toon Court Case 090616
The viewing audience vs The Lion Guard
Toon Court is now in session. And your attention is mandatory. The Lion King. We love it. We sang it. We probably thought it was safe to hug a lion because of it. No one can argue it's done a lot and enchanted more than a fair share of kids. But now they have a new creation and it's time to give it the once over: The Lion Guard.
So what's the story this time? Well it focuses on Lion, Simba’s second cub and the rediscovery of two things focusing on this series: The Lion Guard,and The Roar. There was a lion guard in the past and it was run by Scar. Originally whoever was leading the Lion Guard had the roar and was to keep the pride lands safe.But Scar was not running the pride lands, Mufasa was. And when Scar misused his gift, well you saw what he looked like. And that is the backstory. Now, Kion is the new leader of the Lion Guard and this time, unlike in the past, they're not all lions.
So this sounds like a good idea for a series doesn't it? Well as the saying goes, it sounds good on paper. First off, there's Bunga. Oh good lord. Bunga. While I do like there being a honey badger with a rule that's more fun than ferocious, he just comes off more annoying. Next we have that thing everyone just loves, the big lipped alligator moment. Thankfully it only happens once per episode, but it always feels unnecessary. But that seems to be the Disney formula.
But now to the two big issues. First, we have Simba. Originally I thought my gripe with him was just from the trailer movie, or the different voice. But after hearing his words, I know it's not his voice. He doesn't sound like the competent leader that I've seen him be in the movies or other media. Can't be him being new at this because he has Kiara with him. Which leads to the other issue: A story-line paradox. Admittedly I never watched the second movie but I know there was no mention of a Kion. Which means this whole series doesn't have any continuity for the time line. This kind of paradox is fine IF the series happens to be between two movies and then is either considered canon or just a “what if” story. Having an established story and then adding extra like this is not an easy task and just raises too many questions if handled poorly.
Well it's time to render a verdict. And I find The Lion Guard of improper tampering with the timeline, blatant misuse of the native language, big lipped alligator moments, and honey badger abuse. And I sentence you to….
The Fail Furnace. I have to give this series the slow clap. All this time. All these licensed series,movies, and works. And only until now do we have something bad from them. I've actually been waiting for a blemish because no franchise gets it right 100% of the time. So do not feel bad loyal viewers. Praise them for finally coming up with a stinker. Next Court Case will be something that will be better. Hopefully. Case Dismissed!