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Catch Me if You Kenya
Catch Me if You Kenya
Attribution information

Tony Craig
Bobs Gannaway


Bobs Gannaway

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa





Air date

October 7, 1996

Episode guide

"Library Brouhaha"


"Scent of the South"

At last, the final specimen needed to complete my lepidoptera collection! I'm very happy!
Butterfly collector[src]

"Catch Me if You Kenya" is the first segment of the tenth episode of Season 2 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It aired on October 7, 1996 on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block, alongside "Scent of the South".

Official synopsis

"Timon and Pumbaa are out to nab a butterfly collection kept in a collector's tree house."[1]

Plot summary

A butterfly flies around the jungle and lands on a rock. Pumbaa sees the butterfly and tries to scare it away. The butterfly, however, shows no fear in the warthog stalking it and instead gets on his snout. With Pumbaa realizing how cute the butterfly is, he decides not to eat it. Timon then shows up and tells Pumbaa that he saw the butterfly fly by, making Pumbaa quickly hide the insect inside a big black hat before the meerkat sees it. When Pumbaa lies to his friend by telling him that he hasn't seen any butterflies and that there isn't one hiding inside the hat, Timon becomes suspicious and takes the hat off of Pumbaa, revealing there to be other different types of hats under the black one until the original hat comes back.

Timon and Pumbaa arrive at the butterfly collector's treehouse

Timon finally finds the butterfly under the hat and tries to kill it with a fly swatter. The meerkat then catches the butterfly, but then a butterfly collecter, who is the Peter-Lorre husband, catches the insect as well and throws Timon into one of Pumbaa's nostrils. When the butterfly collector traps the butterfly in a jar and flees, Timon and Pumbaa follow the butterfly collector all the way to his treehouse in order to rescue the butterfly.

Pumbaa finds a bag of pixie dust to help him and Timon pass the tiger guard

When the duo gets to the butterfly collector's treehouse, they realize that the house is guarded by his pet tiger, who is shown to be extremely vicious and homicidal. This leads to Timon and Pumbaa trying to figure out a way to pass the tiger. The two friends try various attempts to pass the tiger guard in order to get inside the treehouse such as using a jack-in-the-box, giant rubber band, magic carpet, horse, jet plane, catapult, etc. All of these attempts, unfortunately, backfire.

The butterfly collector about to put the insect into his collection

After all the trouble Timon and Pumbaa went through, Timon tries to think of another plan to pass the tiger, then Pumbaa gets an idea to use a pixie dust to get rid of the tiger. The warthog gets a bag, but Timon doesn't think it will work because he doesn't believe in pixie dusts. The meerkat throws the bag behind the fence and he and Pumbaa see the tiger fly away.

For releasing the butterflies, the collector threatens to put the duo into a collection

Timon and Pumbaa finally get in the house and see the butterfly collector's butterfly collection and then they see the collector putting the butterfly in earlier into one of his collections. Pumbaa goes berserk and knocks the collector out of his house and towards China according to Timon. With the Peter-Lorre husband utterly defeated, Timon gets ready to eat the butterflies but Pumbaa stops him and tells his friend that they came in to free the butterflies. After doing so, the butterfly collector is back to his house in Chinese clothes.

The collector sees that Timon and Pumbaa let the butterflies go and threatens to put the two in a new collection he's starting. The butterflies get back in the house and, for their revenge, put the collector in a jar, rescuing Timon and Pumbaa. Pumbaa is happy for the butterflies' rescue and he sees that Timon has one butterfly in his mouth, which is the original one from earlier. Pumbaa makes Timon spit the butterfly out of his mouth and the insect flies away freely.

Voice cast


Guest starring





Organizations and titles

  • Butterfly Collector
  • Tiger Guard


  • The first few airings of this episode had the scene with the butterfly collector returning to his treehouse and threatens to put Timon and Pumbaa into a collection for releasing the butterflies. This scene was removed in future broadcasts, as well as those aired on Toon Disney, likely due to his clothing and appearance evoking Asian stereotypes. However, the scene was restored when the episode was released on Disney+.
  • The artwork for this episode's title card would later be reused as the title card artwork for all the episodes of the third season.
  • The episode's title is a play on the phrase, "catch me if you can."



  1. Watch Timon & Pumbaa Full Episodes. Disney+. Accessed 12 November 2019.