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

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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Storyline

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

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Timon: This is the start of a beautiful acquaintanceship.
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The first few credits "fall apart." See more »

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Simba and Nala Move In / End
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Music by Hans Zimmer
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Cute, Harmless Fun
21 February 2004 | by (Pocatello, Idaho, USA) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of the first Lion King, I was definitely looking forward to this movie, but I knew there was really no way it could be as good as the original. I know that many Disney fans are wary of the direct-to-video movies, as I have mixed feelings of them as well.

While watching The Lion King 1½, I tried to figure out what my own viewpoint was regarding this movie. Am I going to be so devout about The Lion King that I will nitpick at certain scenes, or am I just going to accept this movie as just another look at The Lion King story? Most of the time, I found myself embracing the latter.

The Lion King 1½ definitely has its cute and funny moments. Timon and Pumbaa stole the show in the first movie and definitely deserved a movie that centered around them. People just love these characters! My favorite parts of the movie include the montage of Timon & Pumbaa taking care of young Simba and the surprise ending featuring some great cameos.

I could have done without many of the bathroom jokes though, like the real reason everyone bowed to baby Simba at the beginning of Lion King 1. I guess those types of jokes are for the younger set (which after all is the target audience. I don't think many kids are really concerned about Disney's profit margin on direct-to-video movies.)

However, I will say that I was somewhat annoyed when they directly tied in scenes from the original movie to this movie. I'm just too familiar with the original that those scenes just stuck out like sore thumbs to me. Something would be different with the music or the voices that it would just distract me.

As for the music, it wasn't too bad, but don't expect any classics to come from this movie. At least LK2 had the nice ballad, "Love Will Find a Way." As for the voicework, it was well done in this movie. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella did a great job as always, and even new cast members, the classic comedic actor Jerry Stiller and Julie Kavner (best known as Marge Simpson), did a great job also. You can even enjoy these great voice talents even more by checking out the Virtual Safari on Disc 2 of the DVD. That feature is definitely a lot of fun!!

So all in all, The Lion King 1½ isn't a perfect movie, but it's cute and entertaining. I think many Lion King fans will enjoy it and appreciate it for what it is - a fun, lighthearted look at the Lion King masterpiece from our funny friends' perspectives.

My IMDb Rating: 7/10. My Yahoo! Grade: B (Good)


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