So, the characters themselves. Simba is boring, Nala has no personality. They both got butchered real bad. And once again, what happened to Kiara? She went from being this carefree, curious, adventurous and naive cub to a completely stickup and snobbish brat. And her attitude, my god, what the heck. She was never this, "I'm better and more mature than you", and she likes the idea of being a Queen now? In the movie, she loathed the idea as a cub, she wanted freedom. But in the end, she slowly accepted the role as she grew into a young adult. Also, she had been learning to hunt at her cub years? Then why did she suck so badly in the movie? She just... forgot her lessons or something? There's trying to improve a character, and then there's just destroying a character! Yes, I know Kiara isn't the most loved, but she was basically the example of a child who was sheltered beyond belief and had to learn things late once she began to grow up and such. THAT is a good character, even if most disagree. Its showing one's growth, even if late. Some people do mature later than others. The only thing about Kiara I did like was how she was shown to be brave and watch the hyenas while she waited for help to arrive. But that's about the only good trait I liked.
So, Kion himself. Again, I don't mind him. He's very childish, as most kids are. Yet he's shown to be slightly more obedient and cautious too. Not bad at all. Although I feel he embraced the Lion Guard bit a little too quickly. Kids usually hate the idea of bearing such a huge responsibility, such as defending your freaking home from ALL
threats. Which could get the said kid hurt or even killed! Simba did have a good reason to worry about appointing Kion to be the leader and yet... It took little to no work to let Kion be the leader anyways. So... Simba is gonna let a bunch of kids (And one of them being his own son!) defend his kingdom? Plus, Simba was too harsh when he saw Kion was making the new Lion Guard with his friends, and... he seemed kind of racist, I think? Just saying only
lions can be in the guard? Well, not all lions are the fastest, strongest, bravest and keenest of sight. I mean... Come on dude, that's like someone who is a total racist to someone of a different skin color or a different nationality. Just stating only a certain type can do this or that. Simba never seemed to be that type. But looks like Disney just had to prove me wrong!
So, now to Kion's friends. The badger. I hate him. I hate everything about him. He's annoying, obnoxious and god, why does he need a freaking catchphase? >.< I get maybe Timon and Pumba had some influence on him but come on! He shouldn't be uttering his catchphase every 5 seconds. It gets gritting after the first couple of times. I don't mind the bird and the hippo much, they seem decent enough. But omg, the cheetah. What is with her? She's even more of a brat than Kiara is! She's like Rainbow Dash from MLP: FiM done wrong! I get it, she's cocky and headstrong, but that doesn't mean she has to be a complete brat. She and the badger both need to be fed to the hyenas!
Speaking of the hyenas, they too got butchered! Not just in character, but their society is wrong. Hyenas are female dominated, with the males being low ranked and usually there just to breed and make babies. It also doesn't help they too look smaller than they should. Maybe they're a rogue group or something, or maybe their female leader died and her mate took over, I don't know. But its still wrong. There's nothing wrong with a female villain, Disney's made many in the past. Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Mother Gothel from Tangled, The Evil Queen from Snow White, Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Madam Medusa from The Rescuers, The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland and Lady Tremaine from Cinderella to name some of the greatest female villains Disney has created. They clearly know HOW to make a female villain, so why didn't they go with a female hyena as the main villain? I'm not trying to be sexist either, I'm just being realistic. And is it me, or have the hyenas also grown to be a more stupid, too?
So... the plot. I'm probably get some looks, but I don't think this wasn't a bad idea! Just it was executed was so poorly. The idea of a group who protects the kingdom is not a bad idea. Its realistic. A ruler has always had a group of selected people to serve as the protectors of the land. People who would die to ensure the kingdom would be safe. Seeing it in the Lion King had a lot of potential and promise. Yet... just like the hated Equestia Girls movie, that potential was thrown out of the window. Since first off, the leader is a kid, and so are his friends. Nothing against kids doing this, it just feels forced? I mean, sure, this Lion Guard thing could of instead been turned into a fun game for Kion and his friends to have made up adventures, like real children. But its not only real, they except you to take it seriously. Sorry, I can't if the Prideland's protectors are a bunch of kids. I think all they would do is make their enemies die of laughter. Plus, do the adults really feel its okay to let these kids handle all kinds of potential danger? The forces of nature, merciless killers and what not? Plus you normally take a kid to train them to be ready for this, not just force them into it and except them to know how to do it.
Also, the magic aspect. What the heck? The original series never once showed any type of magic. Starting now, many years later, just feels forced and a very sloppy move on Disney's part. Its fine if they wanted to try new ideas but it helps to slowly show this idea instead of forcing it in and expecting die hard fans to just embrace it. Plus it just feels so out of place, it'd be like adding magic to Star Wars out of no where. Or to Avatar: The Last Airbender. None of them had magic, just their own forces to use at their disposal. Here, we got magical lions. What. The. Heck. And Kion can give his members a mark on them just by touching them? What? Just so much wrong with this it just gives me a headache.
The roar itself. Again, I did not think it was a bad idea. But again, just executed so poorly. If it didn't make the clouds to roar with the user, then that would of been fine by itself. The name wasn't bad either, I've heard of worst ideas. And I did like the idea it would be there when its needed instead of when the user could do it anytime they wanted, thus showing the power is in them but they had to use it only if needed. Again, not a bad concept, just done poorly. Plus, Scar having this roar too? Why would he want to be King if he would be going out and being a piece of the action? He would be defending the land while his brother would handle the boring stuff? Plus, how the heck did he use this so-called magic roar to kill four lions? Did he briefly become the Dragonborn from Skyrim and Shout the lions into oblivion? Leaving it like that was just stupid and only confused those who wanted to know more. Why didn't he use the roar to kill Mufasa? Oh right, the idea is 21 years late. And thus just makes it even worst.
Mufasa being able to appear and talk to Kion. While the nostalgic part was happy to see that again, the other half was enraged. So, if he can do it all willingly with his grandson, why did he never once do it with his own son? Ya know, the one who watched him get killed, lived nearly his young life plagued with guilt and having it hammered into his head by his evil uncle that it was all his fault that his own father died, let his lands go into despair and letting his subjects, including his own MATE, suffer so horribly? Again, this idea was 21 years late. In the original, he appeared to Simba to encourage him to embrace his destiny. Fine. But he didn't bother to tell his son Scar was the one who murdered him? Nope, Scar himself let that out to taunt his nephew. Mufasa could of ended this so much sooner, but nope, he waited too damn long. Now, again, the idea of having a deceased loved one showing up to help is not a bad idea, but can be tricky to pull off. And this series showed it in the bad way. Just having Mufasa pop in to give encouragement and nothing more? Geez. Does he just not care or something?
How it could of been better (In my opinion)
Get rid of every magic aspect. The Lion King was fine without magic. The roar itself isn't all bad, just don't make it summon roaring lion clouds. Now, this series could be all about Kion and his friends grasping the idea and slowly but surely, revive the Lion Guard. Anyways, here's how I see the story going (Again, in my opinion):
The Lion Guard had fallen in disrepair since Scar destroyed the previous group. Kion learns about the group probably from unintentional discovery (Like finding the original cave where the Lion Guard held meetings and finds the old pictures) or maybe Rafiki could tell him as a fun story, but Kion starts to slowly learn and grasp the concept, finding it rather interesting. His friends tag along for the ride and they PRETEND to have adventures, having fun and turning it into a game at first. Also the marks could of been added on with mud or paint from Rafiki, again just harmless fun. However, they learn they work especially well as a team and managed to stop the hyenas, but are still a little inexperienced and only luck allowed them victory (Since hyenas are morons anyways). Simba and Nala decide to let the group be official so they could help protect the land once Kiara becomes Queen, but they need to train. So perhaps Rafiki could be their mentor or heck, a nice twist could be an old member of the original Lion Guard from when Scar was in charge is revealed to be alive but probably horribly scarred or something from when Scar wiped out the guard and he takes over being their mentor. As they continue, they start doing real adventures and learn from personal experience. Maybe they could of failed some times, but its how they learn to be better and improve themselves. And as they become adults, they turn into the finest Lion Guard since forever, despite being only a single lion in there. But everyone learns that even non lion animals can be the bravest, fastest, strongest and keenest of sight, thus improving the guard and giving other animals a chance to be something great besides just lions.
And there you have it. And if anyone is gonna say, "This was aimed for kids", don't bother. Just because it was intended for kids, it does not mean it gets the said treatment. Kids may be easy to distract, but they are not stupid! Showing them this feels like a slap in the face without the actual slap. Using magic and what not is a poor excuse too. Look at Spongebob Squarepants, look at freaking Dora the Explorer, Barney and Friends, Author and other kids shows still airing today. None of them have resorted to using magic, they used good story telling and good characters. Disney KNOWS how to make such amazing ideas, yet they took this one and just destroyed it. No wonder Pixar is slowly taking over as the next Disney, they're making amazing movies! Disney... You made Gravity Falls, yet... You couldn't even make a decent The Lion King series? I am very disappointed... I hope in time, you make this series better, but from how the first special was done? I'm not keeping my hopes up.