Uganda Be an Elephant
Uganda Be an Elephant
Attribution information

Tony Craig
Bobs Gannaway


Kevin Campbell

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa


1 (syndicated)



Air date

October 6, 1995

Episode guide

"Swiss Missed"


"To Kilimanjaro Bird"

I'm perfectly happy being a warthog and would never ever wanna be anything else.

"Uganda Be an Elephant" is the first segment of the eighth episode of Season 1 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It is the fifth episode of Season 1 to air on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block. It aired on October 6, 1995, along with "To Kilimanjaro Bird".

Official synopsis

"Pumbaa gets it into his head to reinvent himself as a pachyderm."[1]

Plot summary

Timon draws Pumbaa's attention to Ned the Elephant, a prideful pachyderm, and points out all the benefits an elephant enjoys over every other animal, including a trunk for showers, birds that ride on his back, and the utility of long tusks. Pumbaa begins contemplating becoming an elephant and the next morning, he excitedly asks Timon for help in transforming himself into an elephant. Because Pumbaa's reason to change is to be more popular, Timon jumps on the opportunity.

Pumbaa tells Timon that he doesn't want to be an elephant and that he's happy being a warthog

The first step is for Pumbaa to become bigger and fatter. Timon soon begins shoveling worms into Pumbaa's mouth. The warthog is happy at first, but as he becomes full, he becomes miserable and thinks perhaps he should be himself.

The next step, Timon says, is to condition his pal's mind, since elephants never forget. Soon, Timon becomes frustrated by Pumbaa's slow wit and poor memory. Pumbaa points out that the reason Timon is not popular, is because he is grumpy.

Timon shows Ned Pumbaa as an elephant

The final enhancement Timon attempts to make is to stretch Pumbaa's snout out to be an elephant trunk. He wedges Pumbaa's head between two palm trees and hooks a rope to his nose. He rolls a boulder over the edge which pulls the rope on Pumbaa's nose and stretches it to a disproportionate length. Timon congratulates his pal on his successful transformation into an elephant and convinces him to gloat in Ned's face. Pumbaa, however, does not want to show his elephant form to the pachyderm as he has a feeling that he will get laughed at and made fun of. Timon tells his pal that he will be right there with him and that he'll help him.

For saving his life and proving himself worthy, Ned offers Pumbaa an honorary spot

When they arrive, Ned and his two hippo friends point and laugh at the "Pumbaaphant." They laugh so hard that, as they're walking away, they plummet over a cliff, making it up to Pumbaa to rescue them. Barely hanging on, Ned still tries to make fun of Pumbaa. Eventually he grabs onto Pumbaa's nose and is towed up. Ned gets a change of heart and offers Pumbaa an honorary spot in his clique. However, Pumbaa refuses, saying that he is proud to be exactly who he is: a warthog.

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  1. Watch Timon & Pumbaa Full Episodes. Disney+. Accessed 12 November 2019.
  2. Watch Stepsister from Planet Weird. Disney+. Accessed 12 November 2019.

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