Timon & Pumbaa (TV series)

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The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
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Genre Comedy
Adventure
Created by Walt Disney Television Animation
Voices of Quinton Flynn
Ernie Sabella
Charlie Adler
Corey Burton
Nancy Cartwright
Cam Clarke
Townsend Coleman
Brian Cummings
Jim Cummings
Michael Gough
Robert Guillaume
Jess Harnell
Jeff Bennett
Tress MacNeille
Brad Garrett
Rob Paulsen
Kevin Schon
April Winchell
Nathan Lane
Theme music composer Elton John (music)
Tim Rice (lyrics)
Opening theme "Hakuna Matata"
Composer(s) Stephen James Taylor
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 85 (171 segment episodes) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Peter Montgomery[disambiguation needed]
Becca Montgomery
Bobs Gannaway
Producer(s) Robert Taylor
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Walt Disney Television Animation
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
CBS
Picture format Color
Audio format Stereo (Early Season 1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (Mid-Late Season 1-3)
First shown in September 8, 1995 - September 24, 1999
Chronology
Preceded by The Lion King
Followed by The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, often simply referred to as Timon & Pumbaa, is an American animated television series made by The Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from the 1994 Disney film The Lion King, without most of the other characters in the franchise. The show ran for three seasons from September 8, 1995 to September 24, 1999. It is also the first Lion King related media to show humans, as humans were not present in the movie.

Premise[edit]

The show stars Timon, a meerkat, and Pumbaa, a warthog, both characters from the Disney animated film The Lion King and its sequels. Set after the events of the original film, the series involves the characters having misadventures in the jungle, as well as across the globe in various settings.

Production[edit]

Ernie Sabella and Nathan Lane reprised their roles as Pumbaa and Timon, respectively, in The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and The Lion King 1½. Both actors were featured early in the television show; however, Lane is not the only voice actor who played his respective role. The role was also played by Quinton Flynn, in some episodes, and Kevin Schon, in most episodes. Music underscore by Stephen James Taylor featuring frequent use of a microtonal xylophone and pan pipes based on an African tribal tuning.

The series premiered on September 8, 1995, airing on Fridays on the syndicated block The Disney Afternoon. Eight days later, on September 16, the series also began airing on Saturday mornings on CBS. The show was one of the last Disney productions to air on CBS, which had a cross-promotion agreement with Disney. Disney would buy ABC in 1996, the same year that this show (and all other Disney properties still airing on CBS at the time) left the network. Also, in 1995, Westinghouse acquired CBS outright for $5.4 billion. As one of the major broadcasting group owners of commercial radio and television stations (as Group W) since 1920, Westinghouse sought to transition from a station operator into a major media company with its purchase of CBS. [1] In 1998, there was a change in writers and a new director, which meant the show became aimed more towards children than the whole family. As a result of this, ratings declined and the show was canceled.

Since February 8, 2009 (after its final airing on the now-defunct Toon Disney), this show went off the air for three years. However, it returned to broadcast reruns on March 23, 2012 on Disney Junior.

Characters[edit]

  • Timon (voiced in early episodes[clarification needed] by Nathan Lane, then[clarification needed] by Kevin Schon or[clarification needed] Quinton Flynn) – One of the show's two main protagonists.
  • Pumbaa (voiced by Ernie Sabella) – One of the show's two main protagonists.
  • Simba (voiced by Cam Clarke) – Friend and adopted son of Timon and Pumbaa and king of the Pride Lands.
  • Zazu (voiced by Michael Gough) – A pompous hornbill who works for Simba.
  • Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (voiced by Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen and Jim Cummings) – Three hyenas who are usually spending their time looking for food, though their attempts to get it tend to backfire in their faces.
  • Rafiki (voiced by Robert Guillaume) – A wise baboon who gives good advice and is occasionally the butt of jokes.
  • Quint (voiced by Corey Burton) – Timon and Pumbaa's archenemy and the main antagonist of the series. He is a man of many disguises, and his role varies from episode to episode, from mildly bothersome antagonist to full villain.
  • Speedy the Snail (voiced by Corey Burton, in a manner similar to Bing Crosby) – An easygoing blue snail who can talk and sing. Timon and Pumbaa originally planned to eat him, but ended up becoming friends with him instead. They often find themselves rushing to have to save Speedy from dangerous situations.
  • Boss Beaver (voiced by Brad Garrett) – A stereotypical beaver whose life philosophy is the exact opposite of Hakuna Matata. He values hard work and is sometimes too harsh on his employees. He also emphasizes the importance of safe work conditions.
  • Irwin (voiced by Charlie Adler) – A dimwitted, accident-prone penguin whose bad luck seems to be terribly contagious. Timon and Pumbaa became his friends after they were stranded in Antarctica and Irwin had two extra tickets to a cruise ship. They will try to avoid him at all costs.
  • Toucan Dan (voiced by Jeff Bennett) – A criminal toucan, wanted by the police. He is known for being a convincing liar and impersonator and always manages to trick Timon and Pumbaa (or just Timon) into helping him
  • Smolder the Bear (voiced by Jim Cummings) – A large bear with a very short temperament who Timon and Pumbaa often run into. He can be quite menacing, but at least one episode shows that deep inside he is a nice guy.
  • The Three Natives (voiced by Jeff Bennett) – Three natives who are really university students. Their "chief" is also a university student, and usually precedes what he says with "Bungala bungala!"

Episodes[edit]

Home video releases[edit]

VHS releases[edit]

US releases[edit]

Six VHS cassettes containing 18 episodes of the series were released in the United States under the name Timon & Pumbaa's Wild Adventures.

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date
Grub's On "Saskatchewan Catch"
"French Fried"
"The Laughing Hyenas: Big Top Breakfast"
January 30, 1996[2]
Hangin' With Baby "Never Everglades"
"To Kilimanjaro Bird"
"Rafiki Fables: Good Mousekeeping"
January 30, 1996[3]
True Guts "The Pain in Spain"
"How to Beat the High Costa Rica"
"The Laughing Hyenas: Cooked Goose"
January 30, 1996[4]
Don't Get Mad, Get Happy "Yosemite Remedy"
"Kenya Be My Friend"
"Rafiki Fables: The Sky is Calling"
May 8, 1996[5]
Live & Learn! "The Law of the Jungle"
"Uganda Be an Elephant"
"Be More Pacific"
May 8, 1996[6]
Quit Buggin' Me "Frantic Atlantic"
"Swiss Missed"
"Going Uruguay"
May 8, 1996[7]

European & Australian releases[edit]

Three VHS cassettes containing 21 episodes of the series were released in Europe and Australia.

VHS Name Episode Titles Release Date
Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa "Boara Boara"
"Yukon Con"
"Saskatchewan Catch"
"Brazil Nuts"
"Truth or Zaire"
"Never Everglades"
"Stand by Me" (music video episode)
September 12, 1996
Dining Out with Timon & Pumbaa "French Fried"
"Russia Hour"
"Swiss Missed"
"To Kilimanjaro Bird"
"Don't Break the China"
"Rocky Mountain Lie"
"Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" (music video episode)
August 15, 1997
Rereleased: March 14, 2005
On Holiday with Timon & Pumbaa "Kenya Be My Friend"
"South Sea Sick"
"Uganda Be an Elephant"
"The Pain in Spain"
"How to Beat the High Costa Rica"
"You Ghana Join the Club"
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (music video episode)
August 15, 1997
Rereleased: March 14, 2005

DVD releases[edit]

Three DVDs containing 21 episodes of the series were released in Europe and Japan.

DVD Name Episode Titles Release Date
Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa "Boara Boara"
"Yukon Con"
"Saskatchewan Catch"
"Brazil Nuts"
"Truth or Zaire"
"Never Everglades"
"Stand by Me" (music video episode)
June 7, 2004[8]
Dining Out with Timon & Pumbaa "French Fried"
"Russia Hour"
"Swiss Missed"
"To Kilimanjaro Bird"
"Don't Break the China"
"Rocky Mountain Lie"
"Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" (music video episode)
March 14, 2005[9]
On Holiday with Timon & Pumbaa "Kenya Be My Friend"
"South Sea Sick"
"Uganda Be an Elephant"
"The Pain in Spain"
"How to Beat the High Costa Rica"
"You Ghana Join the Club"
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (music video episode)
March 14, 2005[10]

To date, none of the series has yet been released on DVD in the United States.

Music[edit]

Name Notes
Stand By Me Music video
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy Music video
The Lion Sleeps Tonight Music video
Alone Together From the episode "Once Upon a Timon".
Beethoven's Whiff Musical episode
Bumble in the Jungle Musical episode

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Game Publisher Platform Release date
Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games THQ (SNES)
Disney Interactive (PC)
Super NES
Microsoft Windows
1995 (Windows)
March 26, 1998 (SNES)

Books[edit]

Book Author
"You're All Wet" Barbara Bazaldua
"Don't Break the China" Karen Kreider

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa". www.bcdb.com, accessdate=May 13, 2012
  2. ^ "Timon & Pumbaa: Grub's on [VHS]: Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Robert Guillaume, Nathan Lane, Charles Adler, Chris Henderson, Daryl G. Nickens, James W. Bates, Joan Considine Johnson, Kati Rocky, Sib Ventress: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Timon & Pumbaa: Hangin With Baby [VHS]: Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Robert Guillaume, Nathan Lane, Charles Adler, Chris Henderson, Daryl G. Nickens, James W. Bates, Joan Considine Johnson, Kati Rocky, Sib Ventress: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Timon & Pumbaa: True Guts [VHS]: Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Robert Guillaume, Nathan Lane, Charles Adler, Chris Henderson, Daryl G. Nickens, James W. Bates, Joan Considine Johnson, Kati Rocky, Sib Ventress: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Timon & Pumbaa: Don't Get Mad [VHS]: Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Robert Guillaume, Nathan Lane, Charles Adler, Chris Henderson, Daryl G. Nickens, James W. Bates, Joan Considine Johnson, Kati Rocky, Sib Ventress: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Timon & Pumbaa: Live & Learn [VHS]: Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Robert Guillaume, Nathan Lane, Charles Adler, Chris Henderson, Daryl G. Nickens, James W. Bates, Joan Considine Johnson, Kati Rocky, Sib Ventress: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Timon & Pumbaa: Quit Buggin Me [VHS]: Ernie Sabella, Kevin Schon, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Rob Paulsen, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Robert Guillaume, Nathan Lane, Charles Adler, Chris Henderson, Daryl G. Nickens, James W. Bates, Joan Considine Johnson, Kati Rocky, Sib Ventress: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  8. ^ "Timon And Pumbaa: Around The World With Timon And Pumbaa DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Timon & Pumba: DVD & Blu-ray". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  9. ^ "Timon And Pumbaa: Dining Out With Timon And Pumbaa - Volume 2 DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Timon and Pumbaa: DVD & Blu-ray". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  10. ^ "Timon And Pumbaa: On Holiday With Timon And Pumbaa - Volume 3 DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Timon and Pumbaa: DVD & Blu-ray". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 

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