The House of Mouse adds two new series to its portfolio of brands.
Disney is welcoming new characters and content to the family with the launch of two new preschool TV series–“Goldie & Bear” and “The Lion Guard.” Both will debut in the U.K. next year on the Disney Junior pay TV channel.
“Goldie & Bear” is the first of the series set to debut, which will launch in early 2016. Set in the world of Fairy Tale Forest, the animated series for children ages 2- to 7-years-old reunites the two characters from the Goldilocks and the Three Bears classic fairy tale, just after the infamous porridge incident.
Meanwhile, “The Lion Guard” will continue the classic animated feature The Lion King storyline. “The Lion Guard” will launch with an animated TV movie and companion series early next year and center on character Kion, the second born cub of Simba and Nala from the original film. Kion assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a group tasked with preserving Pride Lands.
According to Disney, both properties offer a wide variety of opportunity for licensees and retailers across multiple product categories.
“For generations, Disney has created magical and heartfelt stories and characters, our new Disney Junior programming will continue this legacy and also taps into the nostalgia parents have for traditional fairy tales and the iconic Lion King movie,” says Mike Stagg, general manager, integrated retail and licensing, The Walt Disney Company U.K. and Ireland. “With our preschool portfolio expanding, so too will the opportunities to create innovative products that will bring the characters to life.”