Thursday, September 10, 2015

Theory: Kopa in 'The Lion Guard'?

Being the huge The Lion King fan that I am, of course I took the "Which Character from The Lion King Said It?" quiz at Oh My Disney. And it was during the quiz that something caught my eye.

Screenshot by Molly the Disney Freak.

You probably don't see the importance of this image. So let me explain.

Of all the characters given as answer options, which one do you not recognize? You should be saying Kopa right now. Because Kopa is a very obscure Disney character, if we can even call him that.

Kopa is the son of Simba and Nala.

Say what?!

Yes, that's right: Kopa is Simba and Nala's son.

But not by an official canon. He's their unofficial son, a character never actually recognized by the Walt Disney Company.

He was created by Alex Simmons, who wrote a children's book with six short stories after The Lion King was released. The stories featured our favorite The Lion King characters, as well as introduced some new friends. One of these new characters was Kopa.
Kopa is sitting in front, next to Zazu.
Image via the Disney Wiki.

But here's the catch: while the books were permitted by the Walt Disney Company, they were never actually recognized as official canon.

That's right. The books exist...but also don't exist.

So, Disney has never made a mention of Kopa in any sense, because in a way, he doesn't exist to them.

Until this quiz.

Leading us to the final question: could Kopa be appearing in The Lion Guard, Disney Junior's upcoming TV movie and series based on The Lion King? Kiara has been announced to appear, along with our favorite characters from the franchise.

Only time will tell. But for now, watch this extended clip which shows the first few minutes of The Lion Guard.



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