The Lion King 1 ½
is the second sequel to Disney's The Lion King
, released on February 12, 2004.
The film is a part-prequel, part-Perspective Flip
of the original Lion King
from Timon and Pumbaa's perspective. Both characters were already the first to get their own spinoff in Timon & Pumbaa
, but this film tells more of their backstories prior to the first film, and the hijinks they got up to offscreen during the rest of it.
Following the Shakesparean tradition of the movies, 1 ½
bears more than a few similarities to the extra-Shakespearean Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
This film provides examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: The hyenas are obviously a much larger threat to the meerkats and Pumbaa than they were to the lions in the original film, and while then they were Not-So-Harmless Villain's, here they qualify for the Big Bad position, posing a much graver threat to the protagonists of this film.
- Ambiguously Gay: Maybe even dropping the "ambiguous" part. A lot of the movie, especially regarding Timon's relationship with his family, seems to play this up as straight as possible, with little gems like this scene◊. Also, a mushy scene of Timon and Pumbaa staring into one another's eyes causes Timon, in the "audience", to start crying to the point where the movie has to be "paused" for him to recover. A later scene even has them accidentally sharing a Spaghetti Kiss while eating an earthworm.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Timon's mom calls him "a mashugina", meaning "crazy" or "troublemaker" in Yiddish.
- Animal Reaction Shot: After Pumbaa lets one, an elephant freaks out.
- Back Blocking: Timon is in the middle of one of his "look beyond what you see" moments when he suddenly recoils and exclaims, "Hey! How am I supposed to look beyond what I see, beyond that?" From his POV, we see a backside view of Pumbaa. Pumbaa apologies and moves aside, revealing the ravine where the wildebeest stampede from the original movie took place.
- Been There, Shaped History: Timon and Pumbaa run into several scenes from the first movie, and actually set a few minor events into motion. For example, at Simba's presentation by Rafiki, it's revealed that the reason the animals all bow is because Pumbaa breaks wind at the wrong time, causing a number of animals to faint, which everyone in front mistook for bowing. In "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," it's revealed that the reason the tower of animals collapsed is because Timon kicked the elephant at the base, causing him to lose his balance. Timon and Pumbaa also try to ruin Simba and Nala's reunion after years of separation but accidentally make it more romantic, and a bit more painful for Timon.
- Big Bads: The three hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, certainly qualify.
- Blah Blah Blah: Timon and Pumbaa thinks while listening to Nala tell Simba's story:
Pumbaa: Poor Simba. The treachery, the villainy, the sheer indescribable horror!
Timon: Blah blah blah! Why is she toying with us? Ahh! This crazy chick is gonna eat us!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: "It's hard to think with all this music!"
- Butt Monkey: Timon, big time!
- The Cameo: Various Disney Characters such as...
- Mickey Mouse
- Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs: Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, and Dopey.
- Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts and Chip
- The Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine riding on Carpet
- Hyancinth Hippo
- The Mad Hatter
- Rabbit (from the Winnie the Pooh cartoons)
- Donald Duck
- Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and The Lost Boys
- Quasimodo and the gargoyles
- Mowgli and Baloo
- Fauna, Flora and Merriweather
- Brer Bear
- The Chew Toy: Again, Timon.
- Comically Missing the Point: Timon takes Rafiki's advice to "look beyond what you see" a little too literally.
- Continuity Nod: Doubling as a Funny Moment and (as usual for him) a bit of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, this moment when Timon is talking to cub Simba after he keeps waking up in the middle of the night to go across the log from the first movie.
Timon: We're gonna get old walking across this thing.
- Counting to Three: When Simba is jumping around in a tree.
Timon: Young lion, get down from there!
Simba: Yahoo! All right! Hey, you guys look like ants down there!
Timon: I'm counting to three!
(Simba jumps onto a weak branch, it breaks)
Pumbaa: Uh oh!
(Simba continues to fall)
Timon: One! Two!
(Pumbaa jumps onto Timon, making a pillow for Simba to land on)
Timon: (Gasping for air) Threeeeee.
- Disney Acid Sequence: Timon's "That's All I Need". Granted, not nearly as bad as Dumbo, but it's still unusual for such a serious series. Though, see X Meets Y, and then you get the idea that maybe it isn't supposed to be serious at all.
- Disney Death: Uncle Max, who is revealed to have survived moments after the supposed death.
- Eating Contest: The bug-eating contest between Timon and Simba.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Uncle Max.
- Failed a Spot Check: Timon lets the hyenas sneak up on the meerkat colony and nearly kill Uncle Max. Not that he was checking anyway...
- Fear Is the Appropriate Response: One of the more notable examples of the screaming response is directly advised:
Uncle Max: (to Timon) What do you do if you see a hyena?
'Timon: Scream "Mommy!"
- Follow the Bouncing Ball: When "Hakuna Matata" is played in full for the first time. It takes the form of a grub.
- Fun Size: Timon's tiny stature makes for a few deliberately cute moments, such as him falling asleep under Simba's paw with his arms around one of the toes.
- Glad I Thought of It: The first time Timon does this, Pumbaa looks mildly confused. Then he just goes with it.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When Uncle Max is caught by the hyenas and they start mauling and eating him, the camera cuts away to the meerkat colony recoiling in horror, shielding their eyes. He turns out okay, just battered and bruised.
- Holding the Floor: Timon has to distract the hyenas for long enough to allow his mom and uncle to create a tunnel underneath the hyenas to collapse (long story!) which leads to this unforgettable exchange:
- Inevitable Waterfall
- "I Want" Song: Timon's "That's All I Need". Ironically, this is played a lot more straight than in the original movie.
- Lonely Together: Timon and Pumbaa...and later Simba
- Market-Based Title: It was released as The Lion King 3 in Asia and most of Europe.
- Momma's Boy: Timon, in spades.
- Moment Killer: Timon and Pumbaa try their best to ruin the moments between Nala and Simba. Subverted, it only brings them closer together and injures Timon horrifically.
- Mondegreen: Timon deliberately shouts "What's on the menu?!" in response to the original 'Circle of Life' singer singing "Nants ingonyama bagithi baba" (English: "Here comes a lion").
- MST: It starts with Timon and Pumbaa in silhouette at a theater watching the original film. Throughout the movie, they are at times seen commenting over the events in their own film. At least a few times they even pause the movie.
- Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: Timon's mom is in hysterics when he is missing. Then he climbs out of the pit he made and says "Mom, it's OK." She grabs him and shakes him and says a few things about it not being OK before she realizes that it's Timon.
- Odd Name Out: Uncle Max? Yeah, that fits right in.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Ed is completely dumbfounded when Timon proposes to Shenzi, despite it being a very, very Funny Moment.
- Out-of-Character Moment: The usually Jerk with a Heart of Gold Timon initially decides NOT to help his friends. Pumbaa gives him a fitting What the Hell, Hero?
- Overly Long Name: Shenzi Marie Predatora Veldetta Jacquelina Hyena.
- Painting the Medium: Happens to the "bouncing ball" grub that appears during the first full playthrough of "Hakuna Matata". Halfway through the song it disappears, but Timon notices and forces Pumbaa to stop eating it.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Timon's mom is a peach-y tan color compared to the male meerkat shades of tawny and flat brown.
- Parental Bonus: Far more than the average Disney Shout Outs of the first and second film, this one references everything from the works of Shakespeare (a given) and Fiddler on the Roof to Abbott and Costello to Pulp Fiction and The Godfather, as well as the music that came from Peter Gunn, which was played during the attempted sabotage of Simba and Nala's time together, as well as the shootout scene from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly being parodied in the snail-slurping contest. They also reference Apocalypse Now, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Sixth Sense, Casablanca and Bowling for Columbine.
- P.O.V. Sequel: The Lion King, re-told mainly from the point of view of Timon and Pumbaa.
- Prequel: It actually starts off before the events of the movie even begin, but later turns into a P.O.V. Sequel.
- Record Needle Scratch: Timon's mom shows Timon the savanna at sunset, explaining how "everything the light touches" (hinting at the "... is our kingdom" line from the original), cue needle scratch and Timon's mother ending with: "... belongs to someone else!".
Timon: Funny, I thought you were going in a whole different direction.
- Recycled In Space: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Were Eaten by a Lion.
- Series Continuity Error: Any attempt to fit this story into the canon of the first film will swiftly run into trouble. For example, when Timon and Pumbaa distract the hyenas from following Simba, the hyenas weren't there to hear Scar say they were the villians. It also turns Scar's fall into a true Disney Villain Death.
- Timon had also met Rafiki before going to Pride Rock in this movie, when he asked Nala "Who's the monkey?" just moments after his Stealth Hi/Bye.
- Shamed by a Mob: Timon gets a Death Glare from almost every meerkat in the colony for goofing off during sentry duty.
- Sit On The Camera:
Timon: "How am I supposed to look beyond what I see beyond that?"
Pumbaa: "Huh? Oh, sorry.
- Space Jews: The meerkats are a group of Animal Jews in both personal relationships and in that they employ gratuitous Yiddish.
- Spaghetti Kiss: Between Timon and Pumbaa, using a worm. They were not amused.
- Spiders Are Scary: Timon tries dropping a spider down onto Simba and Nala...only for the spider to get distracted by a female spider.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Lion King 1 1/2 is noticeably told more from Timon's perspective than Pumbaa's.
- Tempting Fate: "Aw, why not? One more run won't change our lives!" It's this specific "bowling for buzzards" event that leads them to meeting Simba.
- This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: Shenzi, when Timon proposes to her as a distraction.
Shenzi: Ooh, that breaks so many laws of nature!
- Tummy Cushion: Timon has been sleeping on Pumbaa's stomach for about 5 nights after they saved Simba. Then Simba, along with Timon both slept on him when Simba had a bad dream.
- Tunnel King: All the Meerkats except Timon.
- The Voiceless: Mufasa and Scar are silent during their brief, fleeting appearances.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Pumbaa gives Timon this towards the end for not wanting to help Simba.
- Uncle Max and the colony shun Timon for not alerting them to the approaching hyenas, Max in particular for barely surviving the attack.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: The only way this movie could be accepted as canon. That and Broad Strokes.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Banzai, to Timon and Pumbaa's stalling tactics.
- "You!" Squared: A variation occurs when Nala tries to hunt down Pumbaa, but Simba comes to rescue. They fight for a few seconds, then Simba loses he exclaims, "Nala!?".