- “To think our eggs were personally saved by the King! What an honor!”
- ―Mbuni on Simba saving her eggs
Mbuni is a recurring character appearing in the Disney Junior television series, The Lion Guard. She is a female ostrich and a member of the Pride Animals under the reign of Simba, she is also shown to be leading her own flock, alongside being respectful with King Simba, bowing whenever he is in her presence.
She is shown as a kind and caring ostrich. She is shown to be empathetic, respectful (such as with King Simba, bowing whenever he is in her presence), and is shown to be a mostly calm ostrich. She is shown to be afraid of hyenas, and when frightened is shown to desperately run away. She is also shown to trust all advice, even if it is poor (such as Bunga's wile thinking he was an extremely wise animal).
Mbuni is a tall female ostrich. She is shown to have a long neck and orange beak, with blue eyes (though in the episode, Bunga the Wise her eyes are brown). She has black and white feathers, alongside having fringed feathers on top of her head.
Role in the series
Mbuni first appears, shown seeking the advice of "Bunga the Wise", listening to Bunga song while in the line to speak with the honey badger. Upon speaking with Bunga, so she can avoid hyenas she should stick her head into a hole, hiding her. Later on, she is rescued by the Lion Guard from a whole, when they ask her why she was in a hole, she mentions Bunga's advice.
Later on, while touring the Pride Lands, she is seen signing Make Way for Bunga the Wise. When Kion confronts Bunga and tells him to stop giving advice, the Lake Kaziwa dam breaks, causing a flood, she is seen running away desperately for her life.
Mbuni makes a brief, non-speaking- cameo in the episode Can't Wait to be Queen, alongside other Pridelanders (such as Pim and Twiga) where she is seen bowing to King Simba while Zazu reassures Simba by singing the Duties of the King.
- “Oh! Mbuni, it's ma-un-de-lay-e-oh, ya uhhi. Remember that for tonight!”
- ―Zazu to Mbuni on her singing
Mbuni is first seen alongside Twiga, Basi, Muhanga, rehearsing for the upcoming Kupatana Celebration, being conducted by Zazu. However, while singing Mbuni messes up, much to Zazu's disgust, he is then seen correcting her, with the continuing of rehearsing being heard at Pride Rock.
Later on, she is seen grazing as Beshte and Bunga are on patrol, she confirms her excitement for the upcoming Kupatana that evening. She is then seen at the Kupatana Celebration, singing though not in rehearsal, not making any mistakes. However, she is then seen in terror as the jackals come and invade the Celebration.
In the episode, Mbuni overhears Mtoto about hearing a hyena attack, with her rushing away desperately for her life. Her, alongside other chamber upon a nearby rock, waiting for the Lion Guard to save them. She is then later seen at the Watering Hole, before Beshte sings to Mtoto, Hero Inside.
Mbuni is first seen as Bunga rides on her back as he sings to Fuli, Ono, and Beshte, Running with the King. She is later seen alongside her flock on a cliff's edge, where Ono finds out that a mudslide is sliding down in the way of Mbuni's eggs, which would roll them off the cliff. Since Simba is in charge with the Lion Guard, he tried to move a log in the way of the eggs, though that fails, though he does save them, with Mbuni giving her dearest thanks.
Later on, Swala's herd is shown stampeding into Mbuni's flock's nests, after being startled by Simba's fast approach. Upon Ono finding out, he reports it to the Lion Guard, with arrangements being made. Fuli then confronts the ostriches trying to calm them down in her "soft voice" though it failed, though her shouting gains there attention, and after Fuli calms them down, Swala's herd is calmed and Mbuni's eggs are saved once again.
Mbuni makes a small non-speaking cameo in the episode. She, alongside her flock are seen briefly when Ono goes to check if Ma Tembo was on her way to Pride Rock as the young elephant Mtoto claimed she was.
Mbuni is first seen trapped in a dust devil, with the Lion Guard freeing her, with Kion declaring a break as Tamka and Nduli arrive. Afterwards, Goigoi with his "stripes" hoping and thinking that the Lion Guard won't notice him, however Beshte pushes him, leading to him running back to The Outlands.
Mbuni makes a brief appearance in the episode. When Shujaa finishes his lament about his accidental destruction, he is seen sitting down on Mbuni's nest. Mbuni then sees him, though she walks away with the large gorilla not noticing her.
- "Mbuni" means "ostrich" in Swahili, so she is named after her own species.
- Mbuni is voiced by Russi Taylor, who was the voice of Minnie Mouse.
- Taylor also voiced Mtoto's Mother and Muhanga.
- Mbuni returned for Season 2, though she didn't return for Season 3.
- Mbuni sings in three songs: Bunga the Wise, Make Way for Bunga the Wise, and Our Kupatana Community.