The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa
The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa is a spin-off show based on Disney’s popular 1994 film; The Lion King, created for the Disney Afternoon in 1995. The show mainly focuses on the comedic duo; Timon and Pumbaa, as they travel around the world and meet some new characters on the way.
Why It Rocks
- The show manages to make Timon and Pumbaa much more funnier than they were in the original movie.
- Both Timon and Pumbaa are very likable and enjoyable characters.
- Very clever use of slapstick and comedy.
- The concept with Timon and Pumbaa traveling around the world and making new friends and enemies along the way is very creative and unique.
- The title cards for the first two seasons are creative.
- Excellent animation for the mid-to-late-90s standards
- The theme song is a very jazzy and updated version of Hakuna Matata.
- Superb soundtrack.
- Most of the new songs are very good and fun to listen to such as “Stand By Me” and “Alone Together” from Once Upon a Timon.
- A lot of the new memorable characters that debuted on this show are very funny and likable such as Quint, Speedy the Snail, Timon’s cousin Fred, Boss Beaver, Irwin the Penguin, Cheetata and Cheetato, Smolder the Bear, Little Jimmy, The Villagers and The Vulter Police.
- Decent voice acting.
- Not only do Timon and Pumbaa appear on this show, but many other characters from the movie appear here as well such as Zazu, Rafiki, the Hyenas, and even Simba.
- The show is a great throwback to cartoons of the 1940's and 50's such as Chuck Jones.
- This is one of the first instances where there are humans in the Lion King franchise.
- Made the major step-up improvement from the Shnookums & Meat's titular character's personalities with creating more interest & complex structure to their character development by a similar format, especially in a serviceable tradition from the same year after their decline.
- Funny gags, slapstick comedies and memorable episodes, and also educational misdaventures mainly in the season 3.
- For fans, this show is better than the Lion King film saga, despite in the 2004 was produced a movie always dedicated to Timon and Pumbaa intitled The Lion King 1 1/2.
- Doesn’t hold up so well when compared to other Disney Afternoon shows or more specifically; the Lion King.
- A few bad episodes every now and then.
- The series finale was actually a clip show.
- A couple of unnecessary uncanny and gross-out moments, especially from Pumbaa.
- Timon can be very unlikable at times, but he at least gets his comeuppance or realizes when he's wrong.
- It ended up being aired on Disney Junior, from 2012 to 2013. The slapstick violence can be too intense for preschoolers.
- The title cards are dropped for the third season.
- The animal characters using technology and human appliances can seem a little weird at times, though this is understandable since it’s supposed to be more of a comedic spinoff to the Lion King rather than a Lion King canon show.
- The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa was not only popular in the United States of America, it was also popular in Asia and in Europe (especially in Italy and in France), too.