The Lion King 1½

2004 animated comedy adventure film directed by Bradley Raymond, third and final installment in the Lion King trilogy

The Lion King 1½ (known as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata in some countries) is a 2004 American theatrically animated comedy film and direct-to-video animated comedy film. It is a third installment and prequel to The Lion King. It is a final installment in the trilogy and the sequel to The Lion King. All three movies were made by The Walt Disney Company. This movie is about the fictional characters Timon and Pumbaa before they met Simba.

The Lion King 1½
Directed byBradley Raymond
Screenplay byTom Rogers
Story by
Based onThe Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
by Walt Disney Television
Produced byGeorge A. Mendoza
Edited byJoyce Arrastia
Music byDon Harper
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 10, 2004 (2004-02-10) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States



The Lion King 1½ was released on February 10, 2004. Internationally, it was titled The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata.[1][2]

The story


Timon and Pumbaa start to watch the original Lion King movie, but Timon keeps insisting to fast forward to when they come in, because they were not seen in the beginning of the story or anywhere until halfway through. Pumbaa suggests telling the audience their story, which begins before Simba's journey begins. Through this, we meet Timon's mother and Uncle Max, discover why he left his meerkat colony, where he learned Hakuna Matata, how he met Pumbaa, and the perils they encountered while searching for their dream home.


The Lion King ​1 12: Songs From Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedFebruary 10, 2004
GenreR&B, Pop, world, soundtrack
LabelWalt Disney

The movie's soundtrack, The Lion King 1½: Songs From Timon and Pumbaa's Hilarious Adventure, was released on CD by Disney Records on February 10, 2004. It includes two songs from the original movie, "That's All I Need" and "Hakuna Matata", reperformed by Nathan Lane who took over the role of voicing the character Timon. The rest of the soundtrack includes various R&B tracks, including remakes of the Kool and the Gang classic "Jungle Boogie" by artist French, and two instrumental pieces from film composer Don Harper.[3]

Track listing
No. TitleArtist Length
1. "Grazing in the Grass"  Raven-Symoné 2:59
2. "Diggah Tunnah Dance"  Lebo M and Vinx 3:53
3. "That's All I Need"  Nathan Lane 2:29
4. "Hakuna Matata"  Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver and Joseph Williams 3:33
5. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"  Lebo M 3:35
6. "Jungle Boogie"  Drew K. and the French 3:20
7. "Timon's Traveling Theme"  Don L. Harper 1:20
8. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"  Ennio Morricone 1:43
Total length:


Year Award Category Nominees Result
2005 Annie Awards Best Home Entertainment Production The Lion King 1½ Won
Music in an Animated Feature Production The Lion King 1½ Nominated
DVD Exclusive Awards Best Animated Character Performance Nathan Lane (voice)
Alexis Stadermann (animator)
  • For Timon
Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie The Lion King 1½ Won
Best Director (of a DVD Premiere Movie) Bradley Raymond Won
Best Editing (of a DVD Premiere Movie) Joyce Arrastia Won
Best Screenplay (for a DVD Premiere Movie) Tom Rogers Won
Saturn Award Best DVD Release The Lion King 1½ Nominated

Video game


A video game version of the movie was published in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. It had Timon and Pumbaa as the playable characters.[4]


  1. "Disney DVD and Video Newsletter - The Lion King 1½" On DVD And Video February 10". Disney. February 2004. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  2. Ball, Ryan (February 10, 2004). "Lion King 1 1/2 Continues Circle of Life". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on March 4, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2017.
  3. "The Lion King 1½ SOUNDTRACK". Retrieved September 25, 2008.
  4. "The Lion King 1½ Game Boy Advance info/review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on August 8, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2008.

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