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 (also known as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata in some countries) is a 2004 American direct-to-video animated comedy movie. 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 movie was released on DVD and video on February 10, 2004.

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 & Canada)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States


Country Premiere
  United States February 10, 2004
  United Kingdom February 16, 2004
  Japan March 19, 2004
  Denmark March 29, 2004
  Poland April 17, 2004
  Australia May 12, 2004
  Chile June 17, 2004
  Turkey July 11, 2004
  Vietnam August 20, 2004
  Croatia September 11, 2004
  Mexico September 14, 2004
  Greece September 14, 2004
  Bhutan August 21, 2012


Country Premiere
  Canada January 2, 2015
  Turkey February 22, 2015
  United States March 27, 2015
  Japan April 11, 2015

Home MediaEdit

VHS/DVD on February 10, 2004 to releases. Blu-ray on March 6, 2012 and September 11, 2012.

The storyEdit

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 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.[1]

  1. "Grazing In The Grass" (Raven)
  2. "Digga Tunnah Dance" (Lebo M and Vinx)
  3. "That's All I Need" (Nathan Lane)
  4. "Hakuna Matata" (Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams )
  5. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (Lebo M)
  6. "Jungle Boogie" (French)
  7. "Timon's Traveling Theme"
  8. "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly"


  • 2005 Annie Award for
    • "Best Home Entertainment Production" (Won)
    • "Music in an Animated Feature Production" (Nominated)
  • 2005 DVD Exclusive Awards in the following categories:
    • Best Animated Character Performance (Nathan Lane - voice, Alexis Stadermann - animator) for "Timon" (Won)
    • Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie (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)
  • 2005 Saturn Award
    • "Best DVD Release" (Nominated)

Video gameEdit

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.[2]


  1. "Lion King 1 1/2 SOUNDTRACK". Retrieved September 25, 2008.
  2. "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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