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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Matt Weinberg replaces the Now Grown up Jonathan Taylor Thomas from The Lion King (1994) as the voice of Simba as a Cub. See more »


When Timon and Pumbaa first meet up with each other and continue to scream it is daylight outside. But the previous shot was night time. See more »


Rafiki: You seek Hakuna Matata.
Timon: Harpoon a tomato?
Rafiki: Hakuna Matata. It means "no worries".
Timon: Perfect! Mind taking that stick of yours and drawing me a map, bub?
[Rafiki smacks him over the head with his stick]
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Fun, cute and entertaining, not perfect, but not absolutely awful either
5 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am 18, and I absolutely adore the first Lion King film. It is gorgeously animated, has terrific music, likable characters and makes me laugh and cry, in short, like Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Lion King is an animated masterpiece. Judging by the fact that I liked Simbas's Pride, not loved, just liked, I watched The Lion King 1.5. It is not a bad sequel at all, like Simbas's Pride it is not as good as the original, but I think like the second it is one of the better sequels. It does have its problems, it is too short(then again this is a problem most of the sequels have), some of the story, the Lion King but in Timon and Pumbaa's perspective is predictable but it is a great concept and there are a few parts such as the ending that felt a tad rushed. However, it is vibrantly animated, the music is very good, there are some surprisingly funny jokes(like Timon and Pumbaa's stalling during the climax), the dialogue is well written and hilarious and the voice acting is very well done. Overall, a fun, cute and entertaining, if inferior, sequel. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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