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Uncle Max
Uncle Max
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Physical Attributes
Gender

Male

Species

Meerkat

Fur color

Tan, cream, brown, gray

Eye color

Black

Distinguishing features

Anvil-shaped head

Biographical Information
Name meaning

The Greatest[1]

Status

Living

Residence

Hakuna Matata

Affiliations

Timon's colony

Familial Information
Family

Timon (nephew)
Ma (sister or sister-in-law)
Simba (adoptive great-nephew)
Bunga (adoptive great-nephew)
Nala (adoptive great-niece-in-law)
Kiara (adoptive great-great-niece)
Kion (adoptive great-great-nephew)
Kovu (adoptive great-great-nephew-in-law)

Applaud now, sonny boy! But try clapping when you don't have any hands.
―Max to Timon[src]

Uncle Max is an adult male meerkat. He is the uncle of Timon.

Biography

The Lion King 1½

Max: She's right! We're food for other animals! Feared by no one and eaten by all!
Timon: But when they die, they become the grass and we eat the grass...right?
Max: Not exactly, we can't eat grass. We're grass intolerant...
—Max and Timon[src]
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Uncle Max annoyed by Timon's clumsiness

Uncle Max is the uncle of Timon, and it is assumed that he is either the brother of Timon's Father or Ma. He lives in a colony of meerkats, far from the Pride Lands. In the film, Ma asks him where Timon is until the tunnel is collapsed by Timon's "handy work". Because Ma wants Timon to fit in with the meerkat colony, she requests of Uncle Max to assign Timon to lead the sentry duty. At first, he is very reluctant, but he ends up mentoring him. When Timon is caught off-guard singing "That's All I Need" while on sentry duty, he was nearly eaten by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed who infiltrated the colony, but he recovers.

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Uncle Max in the battle of Pride Rock

Later on in the film, Rafiki tells Ma that Timon is "looking beyond what he sees" and he follows Ma as they go look for Timon. Near the climax, he is reunited with his nephew Timon and meets Pumbaa. Timon and Pumbaa make a plan with him and Ma to build a trap to keep the hyenas away from Simba.

Along with Ma, he builds a tunnel while Timon and Pumbaa stall the hyenas. The tunnel he builds with Ma initially fails leading to Timon to finish the tunnel which leads to the downfall of Scar and the hyenas. When Timon finishes the tunnel, he hugs Timon so hard that he feels nearly choked. Finally, he is present with Timon, Pumbaa, and Ma as they see Simba take back his throne.

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Uncle Max lounging in his new home

Finally, he is seen demonstrating a pose in a session of tai-chi with other meerkats in the oasis, and when Pumbaa states he wants to watch the movie again, Max comments he has brought extra butter to go with his grubs.

Personality and traits

Are you nuts?!
―Max to Ma[src]
Max is flinchy, irritable, easy to disappoint, a stickler for the rules, and very pessimistic about life in general. He is especially against the concept of being eaten.

Voice actors

Trivia

  • Originally, Uncle Max was not a character. He ended up replacing Timon's Father as a character in the film.
  • Max bears an uncanny resemblance to Iron Joe, even getting part of his tail fur bitten off early in the film.
  • Ma refers to Max as "Uncle," implying that he may be her uncle, but he is in fact Timon's uncle.[2]

Quotes

Scurry, sniff, flinch!
―Max teaches Timon about standing guard[src]
Hyenas in the hole!
―Max's words as he kicks down one of the tunnel supports[src]
Crane...spreads its wings. Turns, with dainty hands...
―Max teaches tai-chi to a small group of meerkats[src]

Gallery

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References

  1. [1]
  2. Max-27