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The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa

This article is about the television series. For the characters, see Timon and Pumbaa.
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
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Genre Comedy
Format Animated series
Created by Toon City
Walt Disney Television
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 Schoen
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 (168 segment episodes) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Peter Montgomery
Becca Montgomery
Bobs Gannaway
Producer(s) Robert Taylor
Running time 22 minutes
Production companies Walt Disney Television
Original channel Syndication
Audio format Stereo (Early Season 1)
Dolby Surround (Mid-Late Season 1-3)
First shown in September 8, 1995 - September 24, 1999
Preceded by The Lion King

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


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 original film, the characters are normally seen having misadventures in the jungle, but sometimes find themselves across the globe in various settings.


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.

This 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.[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 on March 23, 2012, when Disney Junior went on the air as a channel replacing SOAPnet, but on September 3, 2013, it was removed.[2]


  • Timon (voiced in early episodes by Nathan Lane, then by Kevin Schon and/or 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 of Timon and Pumbaa and king of the Pride Lands.
  • Zazu (voiced by Edward Hibbert) – 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) – The frequent antagonist of Timon and Pumbaa. 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!"


Home Video Releases

Australian/European releases

Timon & Pumbaa (Volume 01)
Around the World with Timon and Pumbaa (September 12, 1996)

Plot: Pumbaa gets amnesia after getting struck by lightning. Timon tries to get Pumbaa's memory back by refraining every moment they spent. After Pumbaa gets his memory back, Timon gets struck by lightning and loses his memory this time, making Pumbaa break the fourth wall by telling the audience to rewind the tape all the way back to the beginning to help Timon remember.

Included six episodes:

  • Boara Boara
  • Yukon Con
  • Saskatchewan Catch
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Truth or Zaire
  • Never Everglades

Included music video:

  • Song: Stand by Me
Timon & Pumbaa (Volume 02)
Dining Out with Timon and Pumbaa (August 15, 1997)

Included six episodes:

  • French Fried
  • Russia Hour
  • Swiss Missed
  • To Kilimanjaro Bird
  • Don't Break the China
  • Rocky Mountain Lie

Included music video:

  • Song: Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
Timon & Pumbaa (Volume 03)
On Holiday with Timon and Pumbaa (August 15, 1997)

Included six episodes:

  • 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

Included music video:

  • Song: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

US releases

Timon & Pumbaa's Wild Adventures

Hangin' with Baby (January 30, 1996)

Included three episodes:

  • Never Everglades
  • To Kilimanjaro Bird
  • Rafiki Fables: Good Mousekeeping
Grub's on (January 30, 1996)

Included three episodes:

  • Saskatchewan Catch
  • French Fried
  • The Laughing Hyenas: Big Top Breakfast
True Guts (January 30, 1996)

Included three episodes:

  • The Pain in Spain
  • How to Beat the High Costa Rica
  • The Laughing Hyenas: Cooked Goose
Don't Get Mad, Get Happy (May 8, 1996)

Included three episodes:

  • Yosemite Remedy
  • Kenya Be My Friend
  • Rafiki Fables: The Sky is Calling
Live & Learn! (May 8, 1996)

Included three episodes:

  • The Law of the Jungle
  • Uganda Be an Elephant
  • Be More Pacific
Quit Buggin' Me (May 8, 1996)

Included three episodes:

  • Frantic Atlantic
  • Swiss Missed
  • Going Uruguay


  • 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

Video Games

  • Timon & Pumbaa's Jungle Games


  • You're All Wet
  • Don't Break the China

Awards and nominations

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 1996Outstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramNathan Lane For playing "Timon". (Won)
  • 1997Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special ClassDeb Adair, Jim Hodson, Melissa Ellis, Michael Beiriger, Dan Hiland, Joseph D. Citarella, Allen L. Stone, and Michael Jiron (Won)
  • 1997Outstanding Individual in Animation – Kexx Singleton for ("Beethoven's Whiff") (Won)

External links

Disney portal
Animation portal
Television portal
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Big Cartoon DataBase


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