Parents' Guide to

The Lion King 1 1/2

By Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Clever and mostly charming--most kids will enjoy.

Movie G 2004 77 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 8+

'Lion King' Spinoff Sequel is OK...But Nothing More

Okay, so I like The Lion King, but this is possibly the worst sequel I’ve seen to any movie EVER. Basically, it is the story of how Timon runs away from his colony of meerkats, meets the lone warthog Pumbaa, and they “just so happen to be there” to relive certain events from the first movie such as the wildebeest stampede, and Scar’s musical number. The movie also takes you through a behind-the-scenes look at how they raised cub Simba. There are some funny moments, but I think that sometimes it gets a little over-the-top. Content-wise, there’s a very obvious euphism in this movie: “let’s whip some grass”. There’s some mild scariness, I suppose but nothing like the first film, so if your kid wants to watch it at a young age, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. There is quite a bit of gas humor, which gets super annoying. I’m just going to say that unless you are in love with Timon and Pumbaa or just a diehard Lion King fan who will watch it for the sake of watching it, skip out on this one. It’s kind of a slap in the face to the first film.
age 5+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (23 ):

For a direct-to-video feature, the animation is impressive, although the new songs are forgettable (mostly we hear snippets of songs from the original movie). The idea of seeing events from another perspective is an entertaining one for kids old enough to understand the concept--young grade schoolers are sure to get a kick out of the scene where King Mufasa presents his young son Simba to the animal kingdom (in the original movie this is a moving scene in which the animals bow down in reverence; here we learn they are really bowing down because the stench of Pumbaa's gas is so pungent). However, Timon and Pumbaa watch the events from a movie theater. The flow of the story is interrupted so they can make snarky comments or jokes, which is disruptive and likely to annoy adults. Even kids are likely to get frustrated when the action is literally stopped for a minute so that Pumbaa can take a bathroom break and the audience is left to look at Timon staring at a blank screen.

Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella and the original voice cast are all back, and they manage to make their characters interesting. But parents may be disappointed by the surprising amount of potty humor here--it's too bad that the writers thought lowbrow humor was the only way to engage kids.

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