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Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Julie Kavner, Jerry Stiller, Matthew Broderick ... see more see more... , Robert Guillaume , Moira Kelly , Whoopi Goldberg , Cheech Marin , Jim Cummings , Edward Hibbert , Jason Rudofsky , Matt Weinberg , Shaun Flemming

Ten years after The Lion King shot to the top at the box office and first introduced the characters of Simba (Matthew Broderick) and his pals Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), Disney pre... read more read more...sented this retelling of the Academy Award-winning animated musical. Switching the perspective to that of meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa, The Lion King 1 1/2 puts a new spin on the events of the original film. This time around, the comic duo are conveniently at the center of much of the story. Along with returning cast members Moira Kelly, Whoopi Goldberg, and Cheech Marin, The Simpsons' Julie Kavner and Seinfeld's Jerry Stiller lend their voices to newcomer characters Timon's Mom and Timon's Uncle Max, respectively. The straight-to-video film also features the never-before-heard song "That's All I Need." ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004

Stats: 8,387 reviews

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  • July 4, 2012
    I think this is what one would call a total clusterf-ck.
  • September 30, 2011
    The Lion King 1.5 is hilarious, has a nice story that connects with the first, and is just a much better sequel than The Lion king 2.
  • August 15, 2011
    It stands ut from theatrical disney productions because of its inventive way of retelling the original story from diffeent characters prespective.
  • July 26, 2011
    Think the original version of THE LION KING...then add another five-minute opening sequence plus a really boring explanation of what it's going to be like. A waste of time; just a way to make easy money.
  • June 24, 2011
    A childhood favourite and a classic! A must see!
  • June 19, 2011
    a great side story to the first film by my two favorite characters
  • July 27, 2010
    Well they tried something different, but it will probably fail to impress fans of The Lion King. Placing Timon and Pumbaa into earlier events and adding plot points later, just tarnishes the original and even contradicts it. It just seemed like a lot of, sometimes inventive, excu... read moreses to make a few cheap jokes. At least they managed to get back the majority of the original voice cast, but to imagine Pumbaa's fart caused the bowing at the beginning of the original is actually kind of annoying. By the end it is obvious that the makers were favoring parody, but these two work best as co-stars, and comic relief, rather than the heroes of the movie.
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    January 19, 2010
    I have no idea why, but this is the only lion king movie that I've seen. I don't know wether the others are better or not, but I actually really enjoyed this one!
  • December 1, 2009
    Hakuna Matata
  • February 19, 2008

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Joe Leydon
February 12, 2004
Joe Leydon, Variety

A clever retelling of a classic tale from skewed p.o.v. of supporting characters. Full Review

Kevin Carr
August 3, 2013
Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures

Whimsical and fun, The Lion King 1 1/2 is an enjoyable romp behind the fake scenes of a real movie. Full Review

Tim Brayton
March 19, 2013
Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

It is creative, and that's alone enough to rocket it to the top of the Disney sequel heap. Full Review

James Plath
March 4, 2012
James Plath, Movie Metropolis

"The Lion King 1 1/2" is a very clever "syncquel" that's entertaining in the beginning but weighed down by a premise and format that seem ill-suited for a full-length feature. Full Review

Beth Pratt
January 1, 2011
Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media

Clever and mostly charming--most kids will enjoy. Full Review

Forrest Hartman
June 4, 2004
Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal

In no way does The Lion King 1 1/2 measure up to the standards set by the original movie, but it does add an enjoyable twist to the fable.

James O'Ehley
March 29, 2004
James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus

Quite inventive for a Disney straight-to-video release . . . Full Review

Gerry Shamray
March 11, 2004
Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (

This is clearly the best video sequel that the mouse house has produced to date. Hakuna matata!

Larry Carroll
March 7, 2004
Larry Carroll,

This may become known as the gold standard for straight-to-video cartoon releases. Full Review

Rob Blackwelder
February 17, 2004
Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire

Most Disney straight-to-video sequels are bunk, but here is an entertaining exception. Full Review

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    • Rafiki: Hakuna Matata.
    • Timon's Mom: Ha-who-na ma-what-a?
    • Pumbaa: Maybe you should look beyond the big pointy rock.
    • Timon: Hey, I know: maybe I should look BEYOND the big pointy rock!

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  • Which movie has this tagline : " Think you know the story? You don't know the 1/2 of it! " ?  Answer »
  • What movie is the song "Dig" from? (hint: it's not Holes)  Answer »
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