The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)
"The Lion King 1½" (original title)

G  |  Video  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  10 February 2004 (USA)
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Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog retell the story of The Lion King, from their own unique perspective.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timon (voice)
Pumbaa (voice)
Mom (voice)
Uncle Max (voice)
Simba (voice)
Rafiki (voice)
Nala (voice)
Shenzi (voice)
Banzai (voice)
Ed (voice)
Zazu (voice)
Jason Rudofsky ...
Flinchy (voice)
Young Simba (voice)
Grumpy (voice)


Timon and Pumbaa start to watch the original Lion King movie, but Timon keeps insisting to fast forward to when they come in, because they weren't seen in the beginning of the story or anywhere until halfway through. Pumbaa suggests telling the audience their story, which begins before Simba's journey begins. Through this, we meet Timon's mother and Uncle Max, discover why he left his meerkat colony, where he learned Hakuna Matata, how he meets Pumbaa, and the perils they encountered while searching for their dream home. Written by Kari Gilmore

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10 February 2004 (USA)  »

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1.66 : 1
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This film features veteran Simba voices Matthew Broderick and Cam Clarke. Broderick voiced adult Simba in all three of the Lion King films. Cam Clarke provided Simba's singing voice in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and in all of Disney's television spin-offs which featured Simba. See more »


The hyenas' paws constantly go from three toes to four off and on throughout the entire film. See more »


Uncle Max: Now what do we do if we see a hyena?
Timon: Scream, "MOMMY!"
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Crazy Credits

The first few credits "fall apart." See more »


Sunrise, Sunset
Written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick
Performed by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
Arranged by Don Harper
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A very good movie; better than expected.
12 February 2004 | by (michigan) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure when I heard about this coming out. I was thinking how dumb is Disney getting. I was wrong. I found it to be very good. I mean it's not The Lion King but it's cool to see another side from a certain point. It was very funny. Also it wasn't one of those corny disney sequels were the animation sucks, it was just like The Lion King animation. The only thing that eritated me was the whole movie theater thing through out the movie. Not to give anything way but you'll know what I am talking about. I also fun that it was cool to have most of the cast from the original to return. It was a very good movie over all.

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