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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There is a part in which Pumbaa and Timon argue about whether to help Simba or not, and Timon refuses to go with Pumbaa but eventually changes his mind. This part is loosely based in the added part of "Disney's The Lion King" children's novel, written by Gina Ingoglia. See more »


In the first Lion King movie, near the end, Scar blames everything on the hyenas and that is why they turn on him (at the end, after Simba throws him off the ledge). In this movie, it shows the hyenas being lured away from the final conflict between Scar and Simba, therefore they would not have heard Scar, and thus contradicts the first movie. See more »


Timon: It was a wonderful phrase. It has some rhythm. Laduda Ladada. No, that wasn't it.
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Lyrics & Music by Martin Erskine and Seth Friedman
Including "Simon Pute"
Performed by Susan Boyd, Debra Bird, Carmen Carter, Randy Crenshaw, Kevin Dorsey, Rick Logan, Bobbi Page, Gina Taylor-Pickens, Fred White and Tony Wilkins
with the Voice Talent of Nathan Lane
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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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