This series takes place during the same timeline as The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998).
The Lion King (1994) is the third Disney animated film to have more than one television spin-off (the other being Timon & Pumbaa (1995)). The others being The Jungle Book (1967) (TaleSpin (1990) and Jungle Cubs (1996)), and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)/Winnie the Pooh (2011) (Welcome to Pooh Corner (1983), The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988), The Book of Pooh (2001), and My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007)).
Character catchphrases: Kion - Hevi kabisa! ("Totally intense!") Bunga - Zuka zama! ("Pop up and dive in!") Fuli - Huwezi! ("You can't catch me!") Beshte - Twende kiboko! ("Let's go, hippo!") Ono - Hapana! ("Oh, no!")
This is the first animated Lion King-related project in which someone other than Matthew Broderick (who did Simba's speaking voice in the original film, as well as it's Sequel and Midquel), Joseph Williams (who did Simba's singing voice in the original film) or Cam Clarke (who voiced Simba in his television and video game appearances, as well as his singing voice in The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998)) voices Simba as a full grown lion.
Originally, the mark of the guard was to be a lion's paw, as seen in a promotional image of Kion (who had white eyes at the time). It was later changed to the lion's head.
This show is the first series based on Disney's The Lion King (1994). Since Timon & Pumbaa (1995).
In season one, episode twenty, "Lions of the Outlands", Nuka, Vitani, and Kovu reprise their voices as they were in The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998), Nuka being Andy Dick, Vitani being Lacey Chabert, and Kovu being Jason Marsden, however, Zira was voiced by Nika Flutterman. Simba and Nala have also changed voices, with Rob Lowe (Simba) and Gabrielle Union (Nala).
Many conceptions for this animated series as well as all three of its films derived from Osamu Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion (1965).
Max Charles (Kion) had voiced Sherman in Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), released in The Lion King's 20th Anniversary year, and directed by original film Director Rob Minkoff. Also, Ariel Winter (voice of Penny Peterson in Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)) also voices the title character of Disney Junior's Sofia the First (2013). Max Charles also appeared on Disney Channel's Jessie (2011), Disney XD's Lab Rats (2012), as well in the film Spooky Buddies (2011).
In the German dub, Ilja Richter (Timon) and Alexandra Wilcke (Nala) are the only cast members to reprise their original roles. Rainer Basedow retired as Pumbaa and relinquished the role to Jürgen Kluckert.
Renee Elise Goldsberry, who voiced Dhahabu, once played Nala on Disney's the Lion King on Broadway.