|The Lion King: Timon and Pumbaa|
Title Card for the show.
|Opening theme:||Hakuna Matata|
|No. of seasons:||5|
|No. of episodes:||85|
|Original channel:|| Disney Channel|
|First aired:||September 8, 1995|
|Last aired:||September 24, 1999 (US Finale)|
Timon & Pumbaa, also known as The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, is an American animated television series made by the Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from the Disney film franchise The Lion King, without most of the other characters in the franchise. The show ran for three seasons on CBS in the United States, and BBS in Canada from September 1, 1995 to November 1, 1998.
The show stars Timon, a meerkat, and Pumbaa, a warthog, both characters from the Disney animated film The Lion King and its sequels. The characters are normally seen having misadventures in the jungle, but sometimes find themselves across the globe in various settings.
Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella reprised their roles as Pumbaa and Timon, respectively, in The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and The Lion King 1½. Both actors were featured early in the television show; however, Lane is not the only voice actor who played his respective role. The role was also played by Quinton Flynn, in some episodes, and Kevin Schon, in most episodes. However, Matthew Broderick, Rowan Atkinson, and Whoopi Goldberg and Cheech Marin did not return for the show, and were all replaced by Cam Clarke, Michael Gough, and Tress MacNeille and Rob Paulsen. Jim Cummings also reprised his role as Ed.
Music underscore by Stephen James Taylor featuring frequent use of a microtonal xylophone and pan pipes based on an African tribal tuning.
During the final season (1998), there was also a change in writers, and a new director meant the show became aimed more towards children than the whole family. As a result of this, ratings declined and the show was cancelled by Disney in 1998 (Disney's purchase of ABC in 1996 may have also been a factor in the cancellation).
- Main article: List of Timon & Pumbaa characters
- Timon (voiced in early episodes by Nathan Lane, then by Kevin Schon and Quinton Flynn) - The show's main protagonist.
- Pumbaa (voiced by Ernie Sabella) - The show's deuteragonist.
- Simba (voiced by Cam Clarke) - Friend of Timon and Pumbaa, King of the Pride Lands, and the tritagonist of the show.
- Zazu (voiced by Michael Gough) - An arrogant hornbill who works for Simba.
- Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (voiced by Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen, and Jim Cummings) - Three clumsy hyenas who pick on Timon and Pumbaa. They used to work for Scar and serve as the show's antagonists. In their own episodes, they are known as "The Laughing Hyenas".
- Rafiki (voiced by Robert Guillaume) - A wise baboon who gives good advice and is occasionally the butt of jokes.
Main article: List of Timon & Pumbaa episodes
There are three DVDs currently available in the UK (previously on VHS):
"Around the World with Timon and Pumbaa" is a straight-to-video film, similar to the VHS/DVD release for Jungle Cubs. The story tells of Pumbaa getting struck by lightning and losing his memory, and Timon helps refrain every moment they spent. After Pumbaa get his memory back, lightning strikes Timon losing his memory this time, making Pumbaa break the fourth wall by telling the viewers to rewind the tape to start at the beginning, being it was the only way to help Timon remember. The episodes featured in this film, most of them where Nathan voices Timon are in the following order:
- Boara Boara
- Yukon Con
- Saskatchewan Catch
- Song: Stand by Me
- Brazil Nuts
- Truth or Zaire
- Never Everglades
Two other DVDs, "Dining Out With..." and "On Holiday With..." are an hour compilation of other episodes.
No DVDs have been released in the US, but were released on VHS.
|The Lion King|
Characters: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Zazu | Sarabi | Sarafina | Timon | Pumbaa | Rafiki | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Hyena Clan | Wildebeest Stampede | Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles | Ma | Uncle Max | Gopher | Fred | Quint | Uncle Boaris | Toucan Dan | Boss Beaver | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Erwin | Ned the Elephant | Cheetato and Cheetata | Rabbit | Dr. Happy | Happy Dog | Herman | Jackal
Songs: Circle of Life | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight? | He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | Not One of Us | Love Will Find A Way | That's All I Need | Digga Tunnah Dance | One by One | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | The Morning Report | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
See also: The Disney Afternoon
|The Disney Afternoon|