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Wide Awake in Wonderland
Wide Awake in Wonderland
Attribution information

Tony Craig
Bobs Gannaway


Mirith J. Colao

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa





Air date

September 23, 1996

Episode guide

"Rumble in the Jungle"


"Zazu's Off-by-One Day"

And the moral of this story is...that it's much better to be a meerkat than a warthog, 'cause meerkats are smart, handsome, brave, usually some type of king or something, and get tons and tons of awards for wiping out the warthogs that nobody likes.

"Wide Awake in Wonderland" is the first segment of the sixth episode of Season 2 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It aired on September 23, 1996 on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block, alongside "Zazu's Off-by-One Day".

Official synopsis

"When Pumbaa can't get to sleep, Timon's bedtime stories transport them to a wonderland where the fairy tales take strange turns."[1]

Plot summary

An insomniac Pumbaa wakes Timon up to tell him a bedtime story. Timon makes up a quick story so that he can go back to sleep, but Pumbaa wants his friend to read him a real story. The warthog gives Timon a big book about meerkats and warthogs.

Timon starts reading a story about a hard-working warthog and a happy-go-lucky meerkat.

An insomniac Pumbaa makes Timon read him a bedtime story

In the story, Happy-go-Lucky Meerkat makes his day by dancing while Hard-working Warthog works. He asks Hard-working Warthog if he could join him, but the warthog says that he's too busy and that he has to work before the harsh, cold winter.

Then Happy-go-Lucky Meerkat lies down eating some bees, while Hard-working Warthog takes out some bugs on leaves and puts them in his basket. When the cold winter comes, Hard-working Warthog is in the cabin enjoying his meal while Happy-go-Lucky Meerkat is outside in the snow freezing and starving to death.

Hard-working Warthog enjoys his dinner while Happy-go-Lucky Meerkat is outside in the snow freezing and starving to death

Timon is disgusted by the story while Pumbaa enjoyed it. As Pumbaa is still not sleepy, he wants Timon to read him another story, showing him one about Goldi-Meerkat-locks and the three warthogs, which he finds to be even better than the last one.

Goldi-meerkat Locks gets arrested by the vulture police for breaking in the three warthogs' home

In the story, Goldi-Meerkat-locks peeks through the window of a house to see if there is anybody home. He sees that there's no one and breaks in. Goldi-Meerkat-locks eats all of the warthog's food and then takes a nap. Then, the three warthogs get in their house and see that there is a home invasion. The baby warthog sees Goldi-Meerkat-locks and then the meerkat gets arrested by the Vulture Police.

The ferocious fire-breathing wart-dragon

Timon dislikes this story as well, but Pumbaa, who is still not sleepy, wants him to read another story. Timon looks for a good story in the book, but it turns out that every story has warthogs in a good light and meerkats in a bad light. So Timon decides to make up a story about a meerkat named King Timin.

In the story, King Timin gets well-treated by a sun and a moon. Then, a ferocious fire-breathing wart-dragon appears and the king kills it with a toothpick. Then, King Timin defeats other kinds of warthogs, such as a grandma impersonating warthog, a mean old warthog "Rumpled-wart-skin", a warthog witch, a warthog genie, and a giant warthog from the beanstalk.

After Timon concludes his story, he sees that Pumbaa has been sleeping throughout his story, much to the meerkat's anger.

Voice cast


Guest Starring





Organizations and Titles

  • Policemen of the Jungle



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