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Epilogue: An Important Coronation
Epilogue: An Important Coronation
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Information
Title
Epilogue: An Important Coronation
Director
Jon Favreau
Writer
   Jon Favreau (screenplay/story)
   Chris Terrio (screenplay/story)
   Jeff Nathanson (story)
   Barry Jenkins (story)
   Ford Riley (story treatment)
Series
The Lion King: Revisited
Season
3
Episode
14
Air Date
   2019 (original workprint)
   2020 (final cut)
Episode Guide
Previous
Prince Kopa
Next
End of series
"And we can all be reminded of his bravery. His strength. And his selflessness. The sacrifice a true hero always makes to help others. And there are few heroes as true as the one we have here. King Kion!"
Simba

"Epilogue: An Important Coronation" (also known as "The Lion King: Revisited - The Series Finale Part 2") is the fourteenth episode of the third season of The Lion King: Revisited. It is the series finale.

Synopsis

Kion and his friends return to the Tree of Life, where Kion marries Rani, and is crowned King of the Tree of Life with his family and friends attending and unionized. As Timon must face the past of his deepest fears, he and Pumbaa learn to repair the nature after Zira plots her revenge on Simba. Meanwhile, the Lion Guard, the Night Pride, the Pride Landers, and the Outlanders unite against Scar in one epic climactic battle to save their kingdoms that forces Timon to learn what it really means to be a true hero.

Plot

As Kion is no longer the protector of the Pride Lands, he returns to the Tree of Life and marries Rani with their family and close friends attending their marriage. Rani expresses that she is looking forward to ruling the Tree of Life with him, and Kion asserts that they will rule together. After Makini officially announces Kion as the king of the Tree of Life, Kion and Rani roar together, celebrating their union.

Ten days earlier, after winning the Battle of the Lion Guards,[1] Vitani and her Lion Guard continue to watch over the Pride Lands. Vitani develops her relationship with Imara, while Shabaha, Tazama, and Kasi renew a series of treaties with the Outlanders. Later that night, as the moon burns high in the nighttime sky, a fire ravages over the grasslands. Kopa and the three other male adolescent lions emerge from the fire. Vitani notices Kopa discovering a Mark of Evil moja kwa moja stone, and deduces that he means harm. As the fire rages on, an ancient acacia tree on the far side of the gorge topples over, crashing onto an arena-like plateau in the middle of the gorge. Imara grows concerned, worried that the sparks from the burning tree might leap from the plateau to the near side of the gorge. Soon, Vitani gives the signal to run, and the Lion Guard pursues Kopa.

As Rani and Kion's wedding happened concurrently, Kopa locates the vessel of Scar in an uninhabited chamber. Scar unveils the Final Army of Scar—a secret pride of lions—and reveals that he lured Kopa to the Evil Lions of the Past. Zira, who was swept away by floodwaters,[2] finds herself the chamber shore, planning with Kopa and Scar to decimate the Pride Lands and Simba. However, after Kopa leaves the chamber, the Lion Guard arrive and launches into battle against Kopa. Vitani condemns Kopa, who reveals himself as the forbidden prince of Pride Rock. Leaving Vitani surprised by his statement, Kopa devises a plan to defeat Zira. When Kopa and Vitani's Lion Guard return to the chamber, Zira manipulates Vitani into believing Kopa is against her, reminding the lost prince of there encounter, where Kopa let her win. After Vitani is mauled by Zira, leaving the Lion Guard to save her, Kopa sprints away in tears.

Two years later, the Tree of Life and the Pride Lands are decimated and unsuitable for their living beings. Jasiri and Simba learn about Kion's reputation and self-exile in the forest. When they are informed by Timon that Kiara has collaborated species for a group meeting, Jasiri catches a glimpse of Scar, realizing that he is the mastermind of the ambush, not Zira. Kiara sends Rani, Jasiri, Tiifu, and Ono to ensure no more destruction is caused. Meanwhile, as Thurston explores the Outlands, he flees from an avalanche. Following a brief argument, Thurston befriends Pinguino, who reveals that he resided in the Outlands after the Tree of Life's destruction.

(TBC)

Cast

Additional voices were provided by Jessica DiCicco, Marieve Herington, Grey DeLisle, Ford Riley, Ace Gibson, Corey Burton, Adam Wylie, Gary Anthony Williams, Eric Bauza, Nick Watt, Danny Jacobs, and Matthew Yang King.

Crew

Appearances

Characters

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Rani
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Kion
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Makini
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Bunga
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Fuli
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Ono
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Beshte
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Anga
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Simba
(death)
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Nala
 
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Kiara
 
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Kovu
 
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Azaad
 
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Binga
 
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Jasiri
 
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Janja
 
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Rafiki
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Zazu
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Timon
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Pumbaa
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Ma
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Sarabi
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Tiifu
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Zuri
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Mtoto
 
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Ma Tembo
 
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Zito
 
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Johari
(does not speak)
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Mtoto's Ma
(does not speak)
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Surak
 
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Baliyo
 
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Nirmala
 
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Sokwe
 
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Shujaa
 
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Majinuni
 
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Hafifu
 
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Fikiri
 
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Kitendo
 
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Twiga
 
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Shingo
(does not speak)
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Basi
 
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Cheezi
 
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Chungu
 
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Pinguino
 
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Thurston
 
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Cek
(silent cameo)
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Rama
(silent cameo)
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Tangaagim
(silent cameo)
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Mufasa
 
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Janna
 
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Askari
 
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Vitani
 
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Imara
 
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Shabaha
(does not speak)
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Tazama
(does not speak)
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Kasi
(does not speak)
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Scar
(death)
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Kopa
(death)
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Zira
(death)
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Nuka
(does not speak)
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Reirei
 
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Goigoi
 
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Kiburi
 
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Tamka
 
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Madoa
 
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Muhimu
 
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Pyaara
(silent cameo)
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Adah
(silent cameo)
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Horatio
(silent cameo)
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Kaliban
(silent cameo)
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Elijah
(silent cameo)
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Celia
(silent cameo)
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Cardi
(silent cameo)
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Zola
(silent cameo)
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Nne
(silent cameo)
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Tano
(silent cameo)
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Shenzi
(illusion)
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Ushari
(death)
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Chuluun
(does not speak)
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Varya
(does not speak)
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Pasha
(silent cameo)
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Polina
(silent cameo)
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Feliks
(silent cameo)
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Shupavu
 
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Vuruga Vuruga
 
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Makucha
 
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Hadithi
 
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Makuu
 
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Mbeya
(does not speak)
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Kifaru
 
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Bupu
 
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Laini
 
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Boboka
 
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Mzingo
 
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Chumvi
(silent cameo)
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Kula
(silent cameo)
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Malka
(silent cameo)
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Tojo
(silent cameo)
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Tama
(silent cameo)
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Belee
(silent cameo)
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Harak
(silent cameo)
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Tunu
(silent cameo)
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Wema
(silent cameo)
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Mwenzi
(silent cameo)
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Fred
(silent cameo)
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Haraka
(silent cameo)
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Karibu
(silent cameo)
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Kiril
(silent cameo)
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Ullu
(silent cameo)
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Astuto
(silent cameo)
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Heng-Heng
(silent cameo)
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Okala
 
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Uroho
 
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Pua
 
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Kulinda
 
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Muhangus
(silent cameo)
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Muhanga
(silent cameo)
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Zigo
(silent cameo)
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Juhudi
(silent cameo)
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Hamu
(silent cameo)
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Ona
(silent cameo)
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B. Leader
(silent cameo)
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B. Baboon
(silent cameo)
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B. B.'s Ma
(silent cameo)
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Gumba's Ma
(silent cameo)
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Mwevi
(silent cameo)
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Mwizi
(silent cameo)
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Dogo
(silent cameo)
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Kijana
(silent cameo)
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Dogo's Bros
(silent cameo)
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Hodari
(silent cameo)
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Nduli
(silent cameo)
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Mwoga
(silent cameo)
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Mohatu
(silent cameo)
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Quint
(silent cameo)
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Sarafina
(silent cameo)
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Strange Lion
(silent cameo)
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Sâhasí
(silent cameo)
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Ãnanda
(silent cameo)

Locations

Organizations and Titles

Species

Production

Development

As of April 2021, WindowsMyers2018 announced Epilogue: An Important Coronation to be the second segment for the series finale of The Lion King: Revisited.

The chapter was announced to celebrate the premiere of The Lion Guard finale, "Return to the Pride Lands." Following the episode's positive feedbacks from television critics and fans, production of Revisited stated that Epilogue: An Important Coronation would be more of an adventure story. Additionally, WindowsMyers2018 has stated that Epilogue was the most motivational project compared to the previous Revisited episodes.

The creative idea of Kion and Rani ruling the Tree of Life for a better future was one that was made out of a desire to surprise audiences with a new experience with the same characters, as well as attempt to outdo what was accomplished in The Lion Guard with an unprecedented level of creative freedom available. In late 2020, WindowsMyers2018 announced that Scar, Zira, Ushari, Makucha's army, and the Outlanders would return; he also expressed interest in having Adah, Horatio, Elijah, Celia, Kaliban, Cardi, and Zola - who will debut in the 2019 film's prequel - cameo in this special.

When deciding to choose Timon being the final cut's main protagonist, WindowsMyers2018 quoted, "[Even if Fearless Buzz was a minor character,] Timon's family is an important key for the meerkat we love to face his past." Barry Jenkins was expected to direct the episode during post-production, but was announced that Jon Favreau would return to direct the episode and co-write it with Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio; Jenkins and Jeff Nathanson ultimately retained story credit.

Animation

Mercury Filmworks, the lead vendor on The Lion Guard, provided the animation.

Casting

In March 2020, Landry Bender, Peyton Elizabeth Lee, and Max Charles signed on to return as the voices of Makini, Rani, and Kion for the episode. In June 2020, a majority of the original voice cast from The Lion King trilogy returned to reprise their roles: Nathan Lane as Timon, Ernie Sabella as Pumbaa, Matthew Broderick as Simba, Jason Marsden as Kovu, Julie Kavner as Ma, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Epilogue: An Important Coronation also sees Simba's pride unite with the Night Pride, including Diamond White as Fuli, Fiona Riley as Binga, Joshua Rush as Bunga, Bryana Salaz as Anga, Lou Diamond Phillips as Surak, Hudson Yang as Baliyo, Miki Yamashita as Nirmala, Dusan Brown as Beshte, and Atticus Shaffer as Ono. Alfre Woodard was also confirmed to voice Sarabi from the 2019 remake of The Lion King, and Whoopi Goldberg was revealed to voice Shenzi from the original 1994 animated film.

Additional actors reprising their voice roles from The Lion Guard include Gabrielle Union as Nala, Eden Riegel as Kiara, Jaime Camil as Pinguino, Kevin Schon as Thurston and Chungu, Behzad Dabu as Azaad, Khary Payton as Rafiki, Sarah Hyland as Tiifu, Maia Mitchell as Jasiri, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Janna, Andrew Kishino as Janja, Madison Pettis as Zuri, Lynette DuPree as Ma Tembo, Blair Underwood as Makuu, Michael Dorn as Bupu, Kevin Michael Richardson as Basi, John O'Hurley as Hadithi, Vargus Mason as Cheezi, Jeff Bennett as Zazu, Johnny Rees as Mzingo, Alex Cartañá as Twiga, Justin Felbinger as Mtoto, Maurice LaMarche as Kifaru, Christopher Jackson as Shujaa and Fikiri, Steve Blum as Makucha, Meghan Strange as Laini and Shupavu, and Maisie Klompus as Madoa. Rachel Crow was also featured as Imara from Return to the Pride Lands, along with Lacey Chabert reprising the role of Vitani from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride; Sinbad as Uroho from The Traveling Baboon Show; Virginia Watson as Vuruga Vuruga from Baboons!; Erica Luttrell as Boboka from Beshte and the Hippo Lanes; John Rhys-Davies as Sokwe from The Lost Gorillas, with Dan Howell as Majinuni, and Phil Lester as Hafifu; Michael Luwoye as Askari from Triumph of the Roar; Gerald C. Rivers as Pua, who first appeared in The Rise of Makuu; Kari Wahlgren as Muhimu from The Mbali Fields Migration; Elise Allen as Kulinda from Ono and the Egg; and Heather Headley as Kitendo from Journey of Memories. Dee Bradley Baker replaced Nick Watt in the role of Zito, who he previously portrayed in several episodes of The Lion Guard. Jon Favreau has a minor role as the voice of Okala, who was introduced in Wild Schemes and Catastrophes, a book inspired by The Lion King.

In late December 2020, the following Outlanders and their voice actors were confirmed to appear: Ana Gasteyer as Reirei, Common as Kiburi, Phil LaMarr as Goigoi, Christian Slater as Ushari, Nika Futterman as Zira, and Jeremy Irons as Scar. In early January 2021, Nolan North was respectively cast as Kopa, Simba and Nala's son in the book series, The Lion King: Six New Adventures, and was confirmed to reprise the role of Tamka. By then, it was reported that Kimiko Glenn would return to voice Chuluun, along with Andrew Kishino as Ora, Rachel House as Mama Binturong, Ace Gibson as Jiona, Nolan North as Fahari, and James Sie as Smun from the third season of The Lion Guard, and that Riley, Savannah Smith, and Sophie Reynolds were reportedly announced to reprise their roles as Shabaha, Kasi, and Tazama from Return to the Pride Lands. WindowsMyers2018 denied Mama Binturong's army's involvement in Epilogue, due to the creative differences between him, Ginnyharry4ever, and PresidentDVD. Dee Bradley Baker, Virginia Watson, Jacob Bertrand, Cade Sutton, Mekai Curtis, Tunisia Hardison, Ron Funches, Beau Black, C.J. Byrnes, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Iris Bahr, and Danny Jacobs were to reprise their voice roles as Tano, Mbuni, Chama, Mzaha, Furaha, Swala, Ajabu, Nne, Tamaa, Dhahabu, Varya, and Kiril from the series, but this scene did not make the final cut of the episode.

Music

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As like the previous episodes for Revisited, Hans Zimmer composed the score for Epilogue: An Important Coronation. Elton John also returned to compose the special's songs, along with Lebo M and Tim Rice; due to his retirement from tours, Epilogue was confirmed as John's final involvement in The Lion King media. The score incorporated all of the major themes of the Lion King and Lion Guard sagas.

WindowsMyers2018 and Kelsey Pilger wrote a new song, titled "Break Free," and performed by Pilger.

Track Listing

# Title Performer(s)
1 Long Live the King Beau Black
2 Opening Prologue (includes elements of Don Harper's "It's a Rock") Hans Zimmer
3 Lion Guard Defends (includes elements of "Life's Not Fair" and Nick-Glennie Smith's "The Outlands") Hans Zimmer
4 Zira's Ambush (includes elements of Nick-Glennie Smith's "Crocodile Attack") Hans Zimmer
5 Wasteland (includes elements of "Rafiki's Fireflies") Hans Zimmer
6 Ma Has a Word with Simba (includes elements of "This Land" and Don Harper's "Heart to Heart with Mom") Hans Zimmer
7 Timon and Ono Recruit Kiara (includes elements of Don Harper's "Timon's Traveling Theme") Hans Zimmer
8 Tiger Attack (includes elements of Don Harper's "Running From Pumbaa") Hans Zimmer
10 Second Battle for Pride Rock (includes elements of "We Are All Connected") Hans Zimmer
11 Break Free Kelsey Pilger
12 With Strength and Respect, Night Pride Protect! (includes elements of Don Harper's "Bedtime For Two" and Christopher Willis' "Call of the Guard") Hans Zimmer
13 Hakuna Matata Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
14 Kopa's Redemption (includes elements of "Remember Who You Are") Hans Zimmer
15 Scar and Zira's Big Plan (includes elements of "Scar Takes the Throne" and Don Harper's "Timon and Pumbaa Split") Hans Zimmer
16 They Want to Protect Us (includes elements of Don Harper's "Alone in the World" and "Beyond What You See") Hans Zimmer
17 Battle for the Tree of Life (includes elements of "Battle for Pride Rock" and Don Harper's "Let Us Entertain You") Hans Zimmer
18 A Prince's Sacrifice (includes elements of Nick-Glennie Smith's "Kiara's First Hunt") Hans Zimmer
19 The Rightful Queen (includes elements of "The Rightful King" and Don Harper's "Our New Home") Hans Zimmer
20 He Lives in You Rolán Ramos
21 Circle of Life / Nants' Ingonyama Brown Lindiwe Mkhize
22 Never Too Late Elton John

Reception

The vocal performances of Kevin Schon and Jaime Camil were praised.

Epilogue: An Important Coronation received mixed reviews. Fanfic critics praised the vocal performances, Hans Zimmer's musical score, animation, and messages, but criticized its retconned story elements from the themes of The Lion Guard; many considered it to be an inferior conclusion to the film.

WindowsMyers2018 had a polarized response towards Epilogue, reporting how he wanted certain things to occur differently, before praising Return of the King being an improved conclusion of a fanfiction.

Trivia

  • According to WindowsMyers2018, characters in The Night Pride Series, The Lion Guard: Drama King, The Lion Guard: Return Home, The Lion Tree: Our Pride, The Lion Guard: Two Kingdoms and My Pride were to cameo during the final battle, but were removed. Conversely, Mestrey Pictures, the former distributor of Drama King, was credited as one of the episode's "special thanks".
  • Although it was debated on whether Scar, Zira and Ushari have returned after their deaths, it was revealed that Scar's spirit possessed a Pride Lander's body, proclaiming it as his vessel until he got back his original body. This idea was inspired by the Warriors series.
  • Elements of King of the Beasts and King of the Jungle, early treatments for what would become The Lion King, are used and referenced.
    • A fire ravaged over the grasslands. Vitani's Lion Guard portrayed the originated roles of Simba, Sarabi and Mufasa fearfully observing the fire in King of the Jungle.
    • The Pride Landers were banished by Zira. Zira portrayed the originated role of Scar ordering the hyenas to banish Rafiki and Simba in King of the Beasts.
    • Thurston briefly broke his friendship with Pinguino. They both portrayed the originated draft of Simba's friendship with Lemuta in King of the Jungle.
    • Timon refused to travel with Simba and Pumbaa to the Tree of Life due to his fear of losing his family. In King of the Beasts, Simba refused to go on patrol with Mufasa, which led to his death by Scar.
    • Janja was the second-in-command of Azaad's Unity of the Tree of Life. In King of the Beasts, Baasho was the second-in-command of Bangai's clan, making Janja somewhat Baasho's indirect successor.
    • Pumbaa's snout was stretched out to be an elephant's trunk. In King of the Beasts, Pumbaa was an elephant before being a warthog.

References

  1. As depicted in "The Battle of the Lion Guards."
  2. As depicted in "Unified Prides."
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