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  • Author's Saving Throw: This could be the case with Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, considering the controversy of how the film portrays hyenas. While they still have their carnivorous natures, they do not appear to be as threatening as they are in the movie and they even get a good ending in "TV Dinner". Other hyenas in the series, like the one in "Guru-Some", are also portrayed as good guys instead of threats.
  • Awesome Art: While any episode sent to Walt Disney Animation Australia is sure to be visually stellar, "Stand By Me" (which was actually colored digitally and released in theaters), "Forbidden Pumbaa", "Beethoven's Whiff/Bumble in the Jungle" and "Jamaica Mistake" are nearly film quality.
    • The title cards for the show are also beautiful, with "To Kilamanjaro Bird" being the best example.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In "Guatemala Malarkey", Timon wonders if they put any traps in the temple if people steal a treasure chest containing the "golden fruitfly". The ground starts to shake, and then some pretty random things happen, including knifes and axes being thrown at Timon and Pumbaa, ghosts, a dragon surrounded by fire, a clown throwing confetti, a girl water skiing on the water surrounding Timon and Pumbaa, and fireworks. Then, an announcer says "We hope you've enjoyed tonight's performance of 'The Destruction of the Lost, Forgotten, Abandoned Temple Shrine of the Sacred, Glorious Fruit Fly!' Please, exit through the doors to your left. Thank you!" After this, Timon and Pumbaa talk about the value of what's in the treasure chest.
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  • Broken Base: Fans of the original movie are divided when it comes to this series. There are some who consider it to be a good and worthy Spin-Off of the film, some who think it's a good show but prefer to think of it as its own canon, and then there are some who ignore it entirely. One of the reasons is for it being mainly just about Timon and Pumbaa.
  • Cult Classic: To some who grew up with it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Any time a character from the films shows up, expect them to steal the show.
    • Some of its Canon Foreigner characters, such as Cheetata and Cheetato and Smolder the Bear, also seem to be gaining a fanbase.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Cheetata and Cheetato.
    • The jeweler's wife in "Ocean Commotion".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One episode has a talking statue order Timon to bring him the airplane warning light from the Empire State Building, which he does. This is followed by a shot of the Empire State Building with several planes crashed into it.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Timon and Pumbaa is so popular in Arab World, and even more known than the original movie. It definitely helps that Mohamed Henedy, a popular Egyptian actor, voices Timon in the franchise (except The Lion Guard, due to stop using the Egyptian accent in Disney's new Arabic dubs).
    • Defied and lampshaded by Culinary Quint, a Frenchman who doesn't love Jerry Lewis.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One episode ("Werehogs of London") featured Pumbaa apparently succumbing to "the curse of the Werehog."
    • There is such a moment connected with a Woolseyism in a foreign dub. The joke about Frenchmen loving Jerry Lewis (mentioned in Germans Love David Hasselhoff plus National Stereotypes tab below) would probably fly over Russian audience's heads, so Russian dub mentions Gérard Depardieu instead. Cut to 2013, when Depardieu moves to Russia to escape from taxes...
    • Episodes like ("Congo On Like This") and ("Shake Your Djibouti") have Timon & Pumbaa being afraid of Simba for the possibility of him eating them or questioning how good of a lion he is because he isn't as violent as a "lion should be". In The Lion King (2019), Timon and Pumbaa have friends who imply he's not a "real lion" for having a laidback personality and are also afraid of him eating them because of his species.
  • Ho Yay: The "Stand by Me" parody music video sung by Timon about how he needs Pumbaa is a romantic song which replaces "darling" with "Pumbaa" in the lyrics. You won't see it the same way again.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Timon has this going for him. Sure, he's manipulative, greedy and short-tempered but he has his fair share of sympathetic moments and generally gets tortured worse than Pumbaa. Just look at his tearful reaction to being banished in "Once Upon A Timon".
    • Zazu is much less nice than he is in the cartoon (although still has a heart), but it's because he's under constant pressure to work and due to a mix-up he doesn't get a proper day off. Then again, Eberhard Prüter's performance in the German version did shape future roles.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Boy Beaver crossed it in Amusement Bark, by having the Log Flume operator Bound and Gagged, then messing with the controls to endanger Timon and Pumbaa while they were on the ride. His father was greatly appalled at this.
  • Periphery Demographic: As it features an all-adult cast it has this to some degree.
  • Seasonal Rot: Fans of the show hate the final season due to numerous changes being made. These involve very different animation, the constant appearance of humans, the other characters of the movie rarely (if ever) appearing, and some downright bad writing. There is a strong rumor that the series, likely as a result of Executive Meddling, gained a different production team that gave it a more child-friendly tone, killing the show's ratings. This has never been confirmed, however, as the series never had any behind-the-scenes information released.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The other characters from the film only appear sparsely, despite getting a few enjoyable Days In The Limelight in the starting points of the series. Then there are the original characters of the series, who typically disapear after about one or two episodes.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "Beetle Romania", judging from its title card, could have mined endless humor from the idea of Timon and Pumbaa being fortune tellers, but instead it's just another "Fantastic Voyage" Plot.

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