The recent trailer for Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series has fans rightly excited. Disney XD is also working on Big Hero 6: The Series for some time in 2017. Recently, we decided to take a look back at all the previous TV shows based on Disney animated films.
There were far too many to fit in one article, so we’ve had to split it into multiple articles. In Part One, we looked at Hercules: The Animated Series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Aladdin, and The Legend of Tarzan.
Now let’s take a look at more TV shows based on Disney animated movies:
Timon & Pumbaa
One year after The Lion King hit theaters in 1994, Disney launched a television spin-off called Timon & Pumbaa. The show took place after the events of The Lion King. It features Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog having adventures across the globe. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella originally returned to voice the two characters. Eventually, they were replaced by other voice actors. None of the other cast members returned. The show ran for three seasons and a whopping 85 episodes.
Lilo & Stitch: The Series
Following the direct-to-video sequel, Stitch! The Movie, Disney released Lilo & Stitch: The Series. The show followed Lilo and Stitch as they attempt to round up the rest of Jumba’s experiments. Captain Gantu and Experiment 625 are also on the hunt for the experiments, though. Daveigh Chase and Chris Sanders returned to voice Lilo and Stitch. The show ran for two seasons and 65 episodes. Lilo & Stitch: The Series was followed by one final direct-to-video movie, Leroy & Stitch, which tied up the storyline.
The Little Mermaid
The 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid was a new beginning for Disney. It started the so-called Disney Renaissance which lasted for more than a decade. It was also the very first Disney animated film to spawn a TV series. The Little Mermaid premiered in 1992 with Jodi Benson returning as Ariel. The show is actually a prequel to the original movie. It follows the adventures of Ariel in her underwater home before discovering Prince Eric. The Little Mermaid ran for three seasons, but only produced 31 episodes.
In 1996, Disney produced this short-lived animated show for ABC. It was based on 1967’s The Jungle Book but was actually a prequel. The show featured all the animals characters from the original, aged down to youngsters. None of the original voice actors returned. That’s not surprising, of course, considering the 30-year difference in time, plus the fact that the characters are all younger.
The Emperor’s New School
The 2000 film The Emperor’s New Groove is frequently cited as one of the least successful Disney films. Nonetheless, it did spawn an animated TV show that ran for two seasons and 52 episodes. The series was set after the movie but before the direct-to-video sequel, Kronk’s New Groove. J.P. Manoux took over the role of Kuzco from David Spade. Patrick Warburton returned as Kronk, though, along with Eartha Kitt as Yzma. John Goodman returned as Pacha for the show’s second season.