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Prince Kopa
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Information
Title
Prince Kopa
Director
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Writer
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Series
The Lion King: Revisited
Season
3
Episode
13
Air Date
2021
Episode Guide
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The Battle of the Lion Guards
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Epilogue: An Important Coronation
Prince Kopa

"Prince Kopa" (also known as "The Lion King: Revisited - The Series Finale Part 1") is the thirteenth episode of the third season of The Lion King: Revisited.

Plot

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Kopa famously befriends Rani, the leader of the Night Pride, which emboldens the lions of the Tree of Life to stray into the Pride Lands. One such lion named Quint devises a plot into a dangerous organization after Kopa faces serious repercussions.

Cast

Starring

  • Nolan North as Kopa
  • Peyton Elizabeth Lee as Rani
  • Marsai Martin as Kula
  • Landry Bender as Belee
  • Behzad Dabu as Azaad
  • Eric Bauza as Fred
  • Kelly Rowland as Bahati
  • Tina Knowles-Lawson as Karibu
  • Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Zola
  • Corey Burton as Quint

Guest Starring

Additionally, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomi Campbell, Aaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Grey DeLisle are featured in undisclosed voice roles.

Crew

Appearances

Characters

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Yuki
(flashback)
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Adah
(debut)
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Horatio
(debut)
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Kaliban
(debut)
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Elijah
(debut)
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Celia
(debut)
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Cardi
(debut)
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Zola
(debut)
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Kopa
 
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Rani
 
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Surak
(does not speak)
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Baliyo
(does not speak)
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Nirmala
(does not speak)
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Janna
(does not speak)
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Ãnanda
(does not speak)
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Sâhasí
(does not speak)
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Belee
(debut)
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Kula
(debut)
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Pyaara
 
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Fred
 
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Azaad
 
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Janja
 
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Kenge
(does not speak)
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Varya
(does not speak)
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Quint
(debut)
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Harak
(debut)
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Karibu
(debut)
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Bahati
(debut)

Species

Organizations and Titles

Locations

Production

Development

As of April 2021, Myers announced Prince Kopa as the first segment for the series finale of The Lion King: Revisited.

The episode was announced to celebrate the premiere of The Lion Guard series finale, "Return to the Pride Lands." Following the episode's positive reviews from television critics and fans, production of Revisited stated that Prince Kopa would be more of an adventure story that introduces new characters and locations into the Lion King universe.

It was originally announced that Msia was likely the only character from The Night Pride Series to be featured due to its toxicity and cancellation. He further on hinted that the Night Pride would have more members. Due to plagiarism, 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 that were to debut were removed. On the other hand, Mestrey Pictures, the distributor of the Drama King series, was credited as one of the episode's "special thanks".

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was announced to direct the episode, using cultural themes from her musical and visual album film, Black is King.

Animation

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

Casting

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. In April 2021, Peyton Elizabeth Lee signed on to reprise her voice role of Rani from The Lion Guard, respectively. In May 2021, J. Elaine Marcos was confirmed to return as Yuki from The Lion Guard episode, "The Accidental Avalanche"; unlike that appearance, Yuki was not depicted as a snow monkey, but as a mandrill and Janna's Royal Mjuzi.

In August 2021, the episode confirmed involvements of the Timon & Pumbaa character Quint, who was redesigned as a lion, though Corey Burton would reprise the role from the television series, alongside Eric Bauza as Fred, who replaced S. Scott Bullock from Timon & Pumbaa. WindowsMyers2018 described Fred in Prince Kopa as the "the next Timon-inspired comic relief". In September 2021, it was announced that Janja and Azaad would appear with Andrew Kishino and Behzad Dabu reprising their roles.

Reception

Prince Kopa was well-received by fanfic critics for Beyoncé's direction, writing, and visual style. Conversely, the episode garnered a panned reception from fans.

Trivia

  • Elements of The Lion King: Six New Adventures are used and referenced.
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