The Lion King 1½

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The Lion King 1½
Directed by Bradley Raymond
Produced by George A. Mendoza
Screenplay by Tom Rogers
Story by Roger Allers
Irene Mecchi
Bill Steinkiller
Raymond Singer
Evan Spiliotopoulos
Starring Nathan Lane
Ernie Sabella
Matthew Broderick
Julie Kavner
Jerry Stiller
Robert Guillaume
Moira Kelly
Whoopi Goldberg
Cheech Marin
Jim Cummings
Edward Hibbert
Jason Rudofsky
Music by Score: Don Harper
Lebo M
Ennio Morricone
Songs:
Tim Rice
Elton John
Seth Friedman
Martin Erskine
Editing by Joyce Arrastia
Studio DisneyToon Studios
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release date(s) February 10, 2004 (2004-02-10)
Running time 77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)

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 prequel to The Lion King. Both 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 story[change | edit source]

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.

Cast[change | edit source]

Soundtrack[change | edit source]

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"

Awards[change | edit source]

  • 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 game[change | edit source]

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]

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