The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
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Attribution Information
Director

Bobs Gannaway
Tony Craig
Rob LaDuca
Jeff DeGrandis
Eddy Houchins
Mauro Casalese
Brad Neave

Composer

Stephen James Taylor

Starring

Nathan Lane
Quinton Flynn
Kevin Schon
Ernie Sabella

No. of seasons

3

No. of episodes

85 (169 segments + 2 half hour specials)

Production Information
Executive producer(s)

Bobs Gannaway (Seasons 1-2)
Tony Craig (Seasons 1-2)
Tedd Anasti (Season 3)
Patsy Cameron (Season 3)

Producer(s)

Chris Bartleman (Season 3)
Blair Peters (Season 3)

Company

Walt Disney Television Animation
Studio B. Productions (Season 3)

Channel

Syndication
CBS
Disney Channel
Toon Disney

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa (also known as simply Timon & Pumbaa) is an American animated spin-off television series inspired by The Lion King that aired from September 8, 1995 – September 24, 1999 and was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. It aired on Fridays and later Mondays on the syndicated block The Disney Afternoon, with new episodes airing on Saturday mornings on CBS.[1][2] The series later reran on Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and Disney Junior.

It features Timon and Pumbaa as the main characters, as they venture beyond Pride Rock spreading their problem-free philosophy, Hakuna Matata.[3] Rafiki, Zazu, and the hyena trio are also given their own segments occasionally.

Premise

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa follows Timon, a meerkat, and Pumbaa, a warthog, both characters from the Disney animated film The Lion King. Taking place after the events of the original film[4] (and the 2004 direct-to-video film The Lion King 1½), the characters live their Hakuna Matata lifestyle, as they are seen having (mis)adventures in the jungle as well as across the globe in various settings, such as Canada, the United States, France, and Spain.

Characters

The following are the characters from the original film that return for the series.

Character Information Voiced by

Supporting characters

The following are supporting characters in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series:

Character Information Voiced by

Villains

The following are villains in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series:

Character Information Voiced by

Episodes

The following is a list of episodes of the series.

In the Fall of 1995, 13 episodes aired on Friday afternoons on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block while 12 more episodes aired on Saturday mornings on CBS. In the Fall of 1996, 13 new episodes aired on The Disney Afternoon with 8 more airing on CBS. The syndicated and CBS episodes of both the first and second season are listed separately here and are therefore not listed according to their broadcast chronology.

Season 1

Syndicated episodes

Episode Image Title Original Air Date

CBS episodes

Episode Image Title Original Air Date

Season 2

Syndicated episodes

Episode Image Title Original Air Date

CBS episodes

Episode Image Title Original Air Date

Season 3

After Season 2, the show was originally cancelled due to Disney purchasing ABC. However, in 1998, Disney ordered a 39-episode third season due to overseas demand. For this season, the show had a new set of writers and directors and was produced by the Canadian animation studio Studio B Productions for Walt Disney Television Animation. The episodes now open with the same title card artwork that is used in "Catch Me if You Kenya" and the Timon & Pumbaa logo that usually appeared at the frame is gone. These episodes premiered in the United States on the now-defunct Toon Disney in 1999.

Episode Image Title Original Air Date

Production

On January 24, 1995, it was announced that a Lion King television series starring Timon and Pumbaa was set to premiere during the fall, as part of The Disney Afternoon.[5][6] Gary Krisel, who was then president of Walt Disney Television Animation, found Timon and Pumbaa to be the best new comedy team to come on the scene for a long time and that they had the potential to be just as classic as Abbott and Costello, Hope and Crosby, Martin and Lewis, and Nichols and May.[6]

For the first two seasons, Bobs Gannaway and Tony Craig served as the show's executive producers. As of Season 3, the series was produced by Chris Bartleman and Blair Peters, with Tedd Anasti and Patsy Cameron serving as the executive producers. Gannaway stated that he and Craig wanted to expand on Timon and Pumbaa's personalities as a comedy team to keep the series fresh and to keep the show interesting, they decided to not have Timon and Pumbaa be "locked into" the Serengeti, but allow them to explore the world and meet different kinds of animals.[7]

According to one of the show's writers Kevin Campbell, at the beginning of the series, he and Gannaway made a giant list of puns using country names to open the doors on how many places they could go. After figuring out which funny animal or obstacle situation Timon and Pumbaa would face, they used a "Which Animals Live Where" atlas reference book to find where in the world an episode could take place and check a list of country puns they could pick.[2]

As was common for Disney animated shows at the time, the animation production was done by a consortium of overseas animation studios, including Walt Disney Television Animation (Australia) Pty. Limited, Toon City, Wang Film Productions, Rough Draft Korea Co., Ltd., Sunmin Image Pictures Co., Sunwoo Animation, Koko Enterprises, Toonz Animation, Jaime Diaz Productions, Shanghai Morning Sun Animation and Studio B Productions.

Upon its premiere, Timon & Pumbaa was accompanied with a marketing campaign, which included tie-ins with Burger King, KFC, and SpaghettiOs.[8][9][10]

Broadcast

The first two seasons of the show aired simultaneously on The Disney Afternoon and CBS, whereas the third and final season aired on Toon Disney. Reruns of the series aired on Disney Channel from 1997 to 2000 and later from 2006 to 2008. Reruns were shown on Toon Disney up until the channel's demise on February 8, 2009. As a result, the show went off the air for three years.

On March 23, 2012, the show returned to television when Disney Junior was launched as its own channel. However, only selected episodes were shown and some episodes were abruptly edited (presumably due to scenes being deemed inappropriate for preschoolers). As of 2014, the show was removed from the channel.

On January 21, 2017, Timon & Pumbaa was one of the shows presented to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney Channel France.[11]

International broadcasts

  • Middle East - Jeem TV and Ajyal TV
  • Japan - Cartoon Network Japan and Disney Channel
  • Australia and New Zealand - Boomerang and Disney XD
  • Korea - Disney Channel Korea and KBS1
  • India - Disney Channel 
  • Indonesia - MNCTV and SpaceToon
  • Finland - MTV3, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network
  • United Kingdom & Ireland - Disney XD, Disney Junior, CITV and Disney Channel
  • Italy - Toon Disney and Disney Junior
  • Germany - Disney Channel and Kabel eins
  • France - Toon Disney and Disney XD

Home media

VHS releases

US releases

Six VHS cassettes containing 18 episodes of the series were released in the United States under the name Timon & Pumbaa's Wild Adventures.

European and Australian releases

Three VHS cassettes containing 21 episodes of the series were released in Europe and Australia.

DVD releases

The Timon & Pumbaa triple pack DVD, which was released in Australia on June 6, 2012

Three DVDs containing 21 episodes of the series were released in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Additionally, a triple set containing episodes from said DVDs was released in Australia.

  • Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa - June 7, 2004
  • Dining Out with Timon & Pumbaa - March 14, 2005
  • On Holiday with Timon & Pumbaa - March 14, 2005
  • Triple Pack - June 6, 2012

Video on demand

United States

As of November 12, 2019, the series has been made available in its entirety on Disney+, in remastered HD format.[12]

In 2015, the episode "Don't Be Elfish/Lights, Camera, Traction" was presented on Disney Channel on Demand and WatchDisneyChannel.com, as part of Disney Channel Fa-la-la-lidays.

International

The first two seasons of the show was made available on the DisneyLife streaming service in the United Kingdom.[13]

The entire series is currently available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video in Germany.[14]

Awards and nominations

  • Daytime Emmy Awards
    • 1996 – Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – Nathan Lane (for playing "Timon"). (Won)
    • 1996 - Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Ernie Sabella (for playing "Pumbaa"). (Nominated)
    • 1996 - Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special Class - Michael Jiron, Dan Hiland, Melissa Ellis, Jim Hodson, Allen L. Stone, Bill Koepnick, Joseph D. Citarella, and Deb Adair (Nominated)
    • 1997 – Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special Class – Deb Adair, Jim Hodson, Melissa Ellis, Michael Beiriger, Dan Hiland, Joseph D. Citarella, Allen L. Stone, and Michael Jiron. (Won)
    • 1997 – Outstanding Individual in Animation – Kexx Singleton (for "Beethoven's Whiff"). (Won)
    • 1997 - Outstanding Music Direction and Composition - Stephen James Taylor. (Nominated)
  • Annie Awards
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a TV Production - Roberts Gannaway and Tony Craig (for "Beethoven's Whiff / Bumble in the Jungle / Mind Over Matterhorn"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Storyboarding in a TV Production - Bob Logan (for "Bumble in the Jungle"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Production Design in a TV Production - Mike Moon (for "Bumble in the Jungle"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Production Design in a TV Production - Kexx Singleton (for "Beethoven's Whiff"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Production Design in a TV Production - Sy Thomas (for "Bumble in the Jungle"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Character Animation - Bob Baxter (for "Beethoven's Whiff"). (Nominated)
  • Humanitas Prize
    • 1997 - Children's Animation Category - Roberts Gannaway (for "Once Upon a Timon"). (Nominated)
  • Golden Reel Awards
    • 2000 - Best Sound Editing - Television Animated Series - Sound - Jennifer Martens, Charles Rychwalski, Eric Hertsguaard, Rick Hammel, Kenneth Young, and David Lynch (for "War Hogs / The Big No Sleep"). (Nominated)
    • 2000 - Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music - Fil Brown and Liz Lachman (for "Hot Air Buffoons"). (Nominated)
    • 2000 - Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music - Brian F. Mars and Liz Lachman (for "Steel Hog / Dealer's Choice Cut"). (Nominated)

Impact and legacy

Some of the show's crew returned for The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 1½, and The Lion Guard. Show writer, Ford Riley, not only went on to develop the latter, but has since been a series creator, writer and lyricist on many Disney properties.[15] Kevin Schon, who voiced Timon in the series as of its second season, reprised his role as the character in The Lion Guard (as well as its pilot film), along with some other related media, such as House of Mouse. Edward Hibbert continued to voice Zazu in the two direct-to-video follow-ups to The Lion King.

Much of the show's crew (including executive producers Tony Craig and Bobs Gannaway) went on to work on House of Mouse and Leroy & Stitch. The Timon and Pumbaa-centric episodes of the former and the duo's cameo in the latter most likely served as tributes to the show.

Trivia

"Uganda Be an Elephant" as shown in Stepsister From Planet Weird

  • The show consists of 85 episodes. This makes Timon & Pumbaa one of the few Disney animated series at the time to last for more than 65 episodes.
  • The two half-hour episodes, "Once Upon a Timon" and "Home is Where the Hog Is", explain Timon and Pumbaa's origins and how they came to be wandering loners. The former, however, was contradicted by The Lion King 1½, which may indicate that said episode and exist in two separate timelines.
  • The series is the first (and so far only) Lion King-related media where humans make physical appearances.
    • It is also the first Lion King-related media to feature locations outside of the Serengeti, the second being The Lion Guard.
  • Not counting Mufasa and Scar, Nala is the only major character from the original film to not return in the series.
  • Timon & Pumbaa gets referenced in some other media. A scene from the episode "Uganda Be an Elephant" is shown in the 2000 Disney Channel Original Movie Stepsister From Planet Weird. The title card artwork for the two Zazu-centered episodes is also referenced in the House of Mouse episode "King Larry Swings in".[16]
  • Despite the fact that the series takes place after the first film, it does contain a few inconsistencies with said film, though many of them may have explanations:
    • Timon and Pumbaa are shown to live in the jungle, despite the original film (taking place before the series) showing them in the Pride Lands after Scar's death. However, it's possible that they just make frequent visits in the Pride Lands (at least until Kiara's presentation), which is showcased in the series.
    • The episodes "Congo on Like This" and "Shake Your Djibouti" show Simba residing in the jungle with the duo as well, even though in the first film, he is now the king of Pride Rock living in the Pride Lands. However, it is likely that either these two episodes take place during Simba's exile in the jungle, (thus making them whole episode flashbacks as well as midquels to the original film) or Simba merely visits the duo from time to time, which is also implied at the end of the subsequent third film.
    • In "Never Everglades", Timon argues that they should not raise a kid of a different species, yet they have already raised a child outside of their own kind. Although, this may be because Timon and Pumbaa took Simba in as a new friend and additional member of their Hakuna Matata lifestyle as they believed he was an outcast just like them, whereas Pumbaa Jr. was hatched in an egg Pumbaa believes he laid, thus making them believe they are "mother" and son.
    • In "Zazu's Off-by-One Day" and Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa, Scar makes small, non-speaking cameos despite being killed in the original film. While the latter was likely intentional due to Timon trying to restore Pumbaa's memories, the former remains a mystery (although it is possible that it's his dead body but unlikely considering the hyenas ripped him apart).
    • The rest of Shenzi's clan are absent in the series. It's quite possible the clan disbanded after Scar died in the film, leaving only the trio.

Media

References

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  7. Disney's Little Big Screen: Turning Animated Features Into TV Series. Animation World Magazine. Accessed September 1998.
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  9. KFC Ad - Timon & Pumbaa. YouTube. Accessed 6 July 2019.
  10. SpaghettiOs Ad - Timon & Pumbaa. YouTube. Accessed 17 January 2020.
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