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The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)

The Lion King 1½ (original title)
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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Trivia

Timon's story of leaving the meerkat colony is based on a short scene deleted from "Hakuna Matata" in The Lion King (1994). See more »

Goofs

Though Timon and Pumbaa left the Jungle to go back to the Pride Lands separately, they somehow arrive at the same time. A Similar Goof as to what happened with that in the first film (see The Lion King Goofs). See more »

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Timon: And so with my spirits high I boldy ventured off where no meerkat had dared to go before. I put my past behind me Ha! and never looked back.
[sobs hysterically]
Timon: Mommy, Mommy! What am I doing? Which way should I go?
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The first few credits "fall apart." See more »

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Spoofs Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Digga Tunnah Dance
Music and Lyrics by Martin Erskine, Seth J. Friedman, Tony Phillips, Lebo M., and Johnny Clegg
Performed by Lebo M. and Vinx
Produced and Arranged by Tony Phillips
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Downright not awful!
8 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a straight-to-video movie, so it should go without saying that it's not going to rival the first Lion King, but that said, this was downright good.

My kids loved this, but that's a given, they love anything that's a cartoon. The big shock was that *I* liked it too, it was laugh out loud funny at some parts (even the fart jokes*), had lots of rather creative tie-ins with the first movie, and even some jokes that you had to be older to understand (but without being risqué like in Shrek ["do you think he's compensating for something?"]).

A special note on the fart jokes, I was surprised to find that none of the jokes were just toilet noises (in fact there were almost no noises/imagery at all, the references were actually rather subtle), they actually had a setup/punchline/etc, and were almost in good taste. I'd like my kids to think that there's more to humor than going to the bathroom, and this movie is fine in those regards.

Hmm what else? The music was so-so, not nearly as creative as in the first or second movie, but plenty of fun for the kids. No painfully corny moments, which was a blessing for me. A little action but nothing too scary (the Secret of NIMH gave my kids nightmares, not sure a G rating was appropriate for that one...)

All in all I'd say this is a great movie for kids of any age, one that's 100% safe to let them watch (I try not to be overly sensitive but I've had to jump up and turn off the TV during a few movies that were less kid-appropriate than expected) - but you're safe to leave the room during this one. I'd say stick around anyway though, you might find that you enjoy it too :)


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