Interesting question, DGFone. Even though the label of the CD says it is "music inspired by The Lion King
", I am inclined to believe Rhythm of the Pride Lands
is a spin-off soundtrack. A spin-off, according to Merriam-Webster
, is "something that is imitative or derivative of an earlier work, product, or establishment". Clearly, Rhythm of the Pride Lands
derives from The Lion King
movie and soundtrack so it can be considered a spin-off. But, one question is: Is TLK spin-off media considered canon? I would like to say no because The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
is also a spin-off, but its Ren and Stimpy
-inspired comedic tone separates itself from the movies, which are more serious in tone.
So, in terms of the CD being a spin-off, it would say no.
However, in terms of it being of it being a CD sequel, it can be considered canon. Wikipedia
(if you consider it reliable), The Lion King Wiki
(if you consider it reliable), and a bonus feature
from the 2003 DVD claim it is an "audio sequel". So, I am inclined to believe that is a sequel to TLK soundtrack, and it is followed by TLK on Broadway soundtrack and Return to Pride Rock
, which received its music and songs from it. Much like a movie sequel receives its inspiration by picking off where the first movie started. So, it can be considered canon in the CD universe of the franchise.