Pumbaa (2019 film)
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Pumbaa (2019 film)

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   Pride Lands
   Hakuna Matata (formerly)

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Shenzi's clan

I may run from hyenas, but I will always fight a bully!

Pumbaa is a male warthog.

When a young Simba flees his home, Pumbaa and Timon take him in and teach him about their worry-free lifestyle. Years pass, and Simba grows up with his friends.

One day, a strange lioness is hunting Pumbaa. Luckily, Simba intercepts the lioness just in time. Moments later, he recognizes her as his childhood friend, Nala, and the two lions head off together, much to the chagrin of Pumbaa and Timon.

The next morning, Pumbaa and Timon watch as Simba takes off to return to his home, and they decide to follow him. In the Pride Lands, they provide a distraction for the hyenas so Simba and Nala can sneak in unnoticed. Pumbaa and Timon take part in the Battle of Pride Rock, fighting against Scar and his hyena army. Afterwards, Pumbaa and Timon look on as Simba takes his place as the rightful king.

Months later, Pumbaa and Timon watch as Simba's cub is presented to the animals of the Pride Lands.


Finding Simba

Can we keep him? Can we please keep him?
―Pumbaa on Simba[src]

Pumbaa pleads with Timon to let them keep Simba

Pumbaa and his friend, Timon, are chasing off vultures when they stumble upon Simba’s unconscious body. Timon implores Pumbaa to run for his life, but Pumbaa expresses interest in adopting Simba as a pet. He begs Timon for permission, and the meerkat eventually relents.

The two bring Simba to their jungle home, where they teach him to embrace an “Hakuna Matata” lifestyle. They introduce him to their animal friends and tell him that he must eat grubs in order to live with them. Simba agrees, and the two accept him as their friend.

Over the years, Simba grows up with Timon and Pumbaa. One day, he asks his friends about the Circle of Life, and they explain that life is more like a line in which everyone is out for themselves. Pumbaa insists that his actions do not affect anyone but himself.

Being chased by Nala, Pumbaa runs for his life

That night, Pumbaa stargazes with his friends. He wonders if the stars are balls of boiling gas, but Timon merely pokes fun at him for obsessing over gas. Simba offers his father’s explanation of the Great Kings of the Past, only for Timon and Pumbaa to laugh at him. When he wanders off sorrowfully, Timon blames Pumbaa, who feels guilty.[1]

Meeting Nala

The next day, Pumbaa and his friends are wandering through the jungle when they are attacked by a lioness. The lioness targets Pumbaa and chases him through the jungle. Just before she can catch him, Simba jumps to his aid and fends her off. As they fight, the two recognize each other as childhood friends and have a joyous reunion.

Pumbaa attacks a group of hyenas after they refer to him as chubby

Simba introduces Timon and Pumbaa to Nala. He then leaves with her to explore the jungle, much to Timon’s disapproval. Pumbaa is clueless as to why Timon is upset, but understands once Timon explains that Simba will fall in love and leave their trio.[1]

Battle for Pride Rock

The next day, Timon and Pumbaa journey across the desert to catch up with Simba, who has left to reclaim the Pride Lands. They distract the hyenas in order to let Simba and Nala sneak into the kingdom and join in the battle that follows. When the hyenas call him chubby, Pumbaa attacks and declares that he may run from hyenas, but will always fight bullies.

After the fight, Pumbaa watches Simba ascend Pride Rock. Months later, he and Timon witness the presentation of Simba’s cub.[1]


  • Pumbaa is voiced by Seth Rogen.[2]
  • Pumbaa's name means "be foolish" or "be dumbfounded, be astonished" or "be weak-minded" or "be negligent, be careless, be thoughtless" or "be ignorant" in Swahili.[3]
  • The piglet version of Pumbaa is erroneously depicted as a red river hog.[4][5][6]
  • In the novelization of the film, Pumbaa teaches Simba to hunt by chasing off vultures to get their eggs. Simba comments that Pumbaa is a stealthy hunter.[7]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  2. Seth Rogen. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  3. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  4. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (2019). Written by Jeff Nathanson, and directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  5. Baby Warthog newborn. Leopard Walk Lodge. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  6. Red River hog. Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  7. Rudnick, Elizabeth. The Lion King: The Novelization (June 4, 2019). ISBN: 136803926X.
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