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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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Timon (voice)
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Pumbaa (voice)
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Mom (voice)
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Uncle Max (voice)
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Simba (voice)
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Rafiki (voice)
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Nala (voice)
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Shenzi (voice)
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Banzai (voice)
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Ed (voice)
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Zazu (voice)
Jason Rudofsky ...
Flinchy (voice)
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Young Simba (voice)
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Grumpy (voice)
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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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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 »

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When Timon is rewinding the movie at the end, the Disney logo at the beginning plays like it's in fast-foward, instead of rewind. See more »

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Shenzi: [Timon is singing] Oh, look, it's dinner and a show!
Banzai: And I thought beans were the only musical food!
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Circle of Life
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Though it does ruin some of the best moments of the first film, it is a very fun comedy movie.
3 October 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

"The Lion King 1½" is basically Timon and Pumbaa showing us what they were doing when the parts of "The Lion King" that they weren't in were going on. It tells us a lot of Timon's back-story, and we even get to see his family.

Unlike it's predecessors which contained a lot of dramatic scenes, this movie is a 100% comedy film. And it does a good job, this movie has a good sense of humor, and Timon and Pumbaa are back to their old funny selves (they weren't all that funny in the 2nd film). The animation is nicely done too. Also we have Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson) voicing Timon's mom, which is really cool.

But there are some things that I have to criticize. And the main thing is that this movie ruins some of the best moments of the first film. For example "The Circle of Life" scene. Having it where Pumbaa farts and that's why all the animals kneel down, while it is funny, it completely kills one of the best scenes in the "The Lion King". And there are much more of those scenes than the one I just mentioned.

"The Lion King 1½" is a fun comedy film, and it's certainly one of the better direct-to-video sequels. But it does ruin some of the classic moments, and it's really not a masterpiece. Overall, I recommend it, but it does have flaws.

Rating: 6/10 "Decent"


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