Timon and Pumbaa

Timon and Pumbaa

name = Timon and Pumbaa

caption =
first appearance ="The Lion King"
created by = Jonathan Roberts
voiced by = Timon:
Nathan Lane (films, early episodes of "the show")
Quinton Flynn, Kevin Schon ("Timon & Pumbaa")
James Arnold Taylor ("Kingdom Hearts II")
Ernie Sabella
aliases = Mr. Pig (Pumbaa)
relatives = Ma (Timon's mother)
Uncle Max (Timon's uncle)
friends = Simba, Nala, Kiara, Kovu, Zazu, Rafiki, and each other
rivals = Scar, Zira, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, Nuka

Timon and Pumbaa are a fictional meerkat and warthog duo first introduced in Disney's popular 1994 animated film "The Lion King". Timon was portrayed through his many appearances by Nathan Lane (in all three films and early episodes of the show), Max Casella (the original actor of the Broadway Musical), Quinton Flynn (in certain episodes of the show), Kevin Schon (in certain episodes of the show), James Arnold Taylor (in "Kingdom Hearts II") while Pumbaa is voiced by Ernie Sabella (in all of his animated speaking appearances) and was portrayed by Tom Alan Robbins in the original production of "The Lion King" Broadway musical (who still plays that same role to this day). Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella first came to audition for the roles of the hyenas, but when the producers saw how well they worked together they decided to cast them as Timon and Pumbaa.

As with many characters in Lion King, Pumbaa derives his name from Swahili. His name means "simpleton". Timon's name is one of the few characters that has no meaning in Swahili, although it means "he who respects" in Greek. His name may also derive from Shakespeare's tragedy Timon of Athens, a reference to the Shakespearean origin of the film's plot. His last name, Berkowitz, was revealed in the TV series. This is contrary to the demeanors of both characters, as Pumbaa has always been depicted as a caring friend and Timon as self-centered. Unlike real meerkats, Timon can walk on his hind legs, while in real life meerkats walk on all fours and can only "stand" on their hind legs.

They are among Disney's most beloved characters for their comical antics and musical skills. Timon is a wise-cracking and self absorbed meerkat who is known for claiming Pumbaa's ideas as his own, while Pumbaa has an unpleasant farting problem, letting out large amounts of very smelly gas. However, Pumbaa is also a fierce warrior, charging into battle like a battering ram, and taking great offense if anyone who's not his friend calls him a pig (at which point he says, "THEY CALL ME MISTER PIG!" - a reference to the line "They call me Mister Tibbs!" from the movie "In the Heat of the Night"). Pumbaa's last name, Smith, was "also" revealed in the TV series.

"The Lion King"

Timon and Pumbaa are played by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, respectively, in the 1994 film. They are the best friends and protectors of Simba, the Lion King of the Pride Lands. They found Simba as a young cub in the desert, and saved him from dying of thirst. They then raised Simba with their philosophy of "Hakuna Matata", meaning "no worries". They lived with Simba in their oasis home until Nala, Simba's childhood friend, came and found him. After learning Simba's true identity as king, the two accompanied him to Pride Rock to help him fight Scar and the hyenas. At the end, the two were seen standing beside Simba and Nala as Rafiki holds up Simba and Nala's newborn cub.

"The Lion King II: Simba's Pride"

Timon and Pumbaa have taken up residence at Pride Rock. They serve as aides to Simba, and are often called upon to keep an eye on his adventurous daughter Kiara. Timon and Pumbaa also teach Kovu, Kiara's new boyfriend, how to have fun after he forgets due to years of indoctrination in hatred. They later assist in the battle against Kovu's vengeful mother, Zira, and her pride of exiled lions, although Timon attempts to sneak away.

"The Lion King 1½

In this prequel/midquel, Timon and Pumbaa are revealed to have passed by and caused some key events in the first film before their first appearance. In this film, they are meant to be known as the main characters. Timon and his mother and Uncle Max were part of a group of meerkats who lived on the savannah, but he was unable to do any job properly, and almost led to the meerkats being eaten by the hyenas Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (Pumbaa was revealed to have blocked out part of the scene by sitting on the remote). Feeling depressed, he received counsel from Rafiki, who taught him the "Hakuna Matata" philosophy and told him to "look beyond what you see". Timon took this literally, and set off to find the ultimate paradise. Along the way, he first encountered Pumbaa, and the two became friends. On the way to find paradise, they passed by the presentation of Simba (it turns out that Pumbaa accidentally passed some gas and the smell made a few animals collapse, causing the other animals to think they were bowing and later they all bowed); Simba, Nala, and animals singing "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" (it was Timon who hit an elephant's leg with a stick, causing the tower of animals to collapse); the elephant graveyard by running from Mufasa who was on the way to save Simba and Nala from the hyenas ("I see "carnivores"); the hyenas marching to "Be Prepared" ("something tells me this isn't the traveling company of Riverdance"); and the wildebeest stampede ("Shall we run for our lives?" "Oh yes, let's"). Finally, they reach a beautiful oasis and are enjoying life when they find a collapsed Simba. In a series of humorous vignettes, Timon and Pumbaa take on almost parental roles in caring for the young Simba, with Pumbaa generally filling in as the fatherly figure as Timon subsequently acts in the role of the mother - no less, derived from his experiences with his own.

The film also shows more of Simba's life with Timon and Pumbaa before Nala came along. Timon and Pumbaa, afraid that Nala would take away their friend, attempted to spoil Simba and Nala's date by letting out bees, a spider, and tripping the two (explaining why they fell down the hill in the first film), but all failed. Later on, they see Simba and Nala quarrelling. They also mistake the appearance of Mufasa's ghost as bad weather("I think the storm is coming to a head"). After they realize Simba has gone back to take his rightful place as king, it is revealed that Pumbaa had set off to help Simba before Timon, who was indifferent and reluctant. Timon eventually came to his senses thanks to Rafiki's continued advice, and quickly followed, after which Rafiki says, "My work here is done." After providing their hula distraction (shown in the first film. This apparently was Timon's fault because before he did the dance, he asked Simba what his (Simba) plan was to get past the hyenas, Simba replying "a distraction" When Timone relizes he and Pumbaa is the distraction, he told Simba angrily "What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?" [Timon: What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula? cite video| people = Nathan Lane| title = [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110357/ The Lion King] | medium = Animated film| publisher = Walt Disney Pictures| year2 = 1994 ] . A few seconds later, the hyenas wake up and see Timon in a hula skirt, a flower, and a flower necklace and Pumbaa like a cooked pig), the two run into Timon's mother and Uncle Max, who had been searching for Timon ever since he left the meerkat colony. Later on during the fight, they defeated the hyenas by digging a massive tunnel network, sending the hyenas down Pride Rock where they get to take revenge on Scar who had betrayed them. This scene explains what happened to Timone and Pumbaa while Simba is fighting Scar. After Scar is killed in the first film and this film, Timon and Pumbaa show up alive and unharmed against the hyenas that chased them, suggesting to audiences that they have either outsmarted or beat up the hyenas in the first film. At the end, Timon takes his entire meerkat colony to live in the oasis, free from threats.

Despite the appearance of Timon's mother, Ma (who was also given reference in at least one episode of "Timon and Pumbaa") and his Uncle Max (believed to be his great uncle due to his age-which may be premature-and the fact that Ma also calls him 'Uncle' Max), Timon's father is never mentioned. However, in deleted scenes, Timon's father is an active character, though he was apparently replaced by Uncle Max.

It is notable that a prexisting storyline of how Timon met Pumbaa appeared in the cartoon series. This episode's relation to the Lion King canon is questionable with the introduction of this movie. Also it should be noted that the stories for the 'cartoony' series differed greatly from the more serious plots of the three films.

Other appearances

* In the book series ', Timon and Pumbaa appear in one of the books titled ' and for some short moments in other book of the series titled ".

*The two appear on the packaging of the Kellogg's cereal "Chocolate Mud & Bugs".

*The two made regular appearances in the animated television series "Disney's House of Mouse" (2001–2003) as guests and also appeared in "".

*In the 2005, direct-to-video movie, "Tarzan II", during the song "Who Am I?" sung by Phil Collins, there is a warthog that looks very identical to Pumbaa in a "young" version, the other warthogs go after Tarzan once he makes a squealing sound.

*Timon appeared briefly in the Virtual Magic Carpet Ride game included on disc 2 of the 2004 "Aladdin" Platinum Edition DVD.

*They reprise their roles from "The Lion King" in the 2006 video game "Kingdom Hearts II". They charge in to battle the hyenas, and are saved by the game's main protagonists Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Pumbaa later shows his bravery by standing between a pregnant Nala and Scar's "ghost".

*Timon and Pumbaa are also the mascots used at Disney World to help kids and parents understand safety issues in the Disney parks and resorts. They are also featured on the [http://www.disney.com/safety Disney Safety website] which was created in conjunction with Animax Entertainment.

*They have also appeared in their own TV program "Timon & Pumbaa (TV series)".

*In "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", two men carry a dead warthog that resembles Pumbaa.

*In "Aladdin and the King of Thieves", the Genie turns into Pumbaa in a scene saying, "Hakuna Matata" [http://disney.wretch.cc/Joke/aatkot.htm] .

* In "Enchanted", Pip accidentally transforms himself momentarily into Pumbaa in the DVD extra "Pip's Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure".

* Timon also appears at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as a meetable character. Pumbaa also appears on certain floats in certain parades or shows.

* Timon and Pumbaa were also main characters in Legend of the Lion King, a former Fantasyland attraction in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, which retold the story of the film using fully-articulated puppets. The two also make cameo appearances in the Hong Kong Disneyland version of It's a Small World.

* In Toy Story, when Woody is hanging on to Slinky's hand to get himself, Buzz and the RC car in the truck, it switches to Molly seeing them. Meanwhile, the song "Hakuna Matata", being sung by Timon and Pumbaa, is being played on the radio.


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