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.
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 Bad's: The three hyenas, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, certainly qualify.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.