The Lion King 1 1/2

Movie review by
Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Clever and mostly charming--most kids will enjoy.
  • G
  • 2004
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 25 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The other meerkats make fun of Timon. Some potty humor--jokes about passing gas, burping, nose-picking.

Violence & Scariness

The hyenas attack the meerkats. Some comic violence (the friends fall over a waterfall, almost fall off cliffs, etc.) The hyenas may frighten some children. The meerkats are constantly in danger from predators.

Sexy Stuff

The naughtiest comment is "'s whip some grass!"


Inside the DVD are ads/coupons for Disney products as well as a brochure for the Disney Visa credit card.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a surprising amount of potty humor--everything from Pumbaa's gas problem to jokes about belching, nose-picking and toilet-training. Some kids may get upset that Timon leaves his family and heads off alone in search of happiness and that Pumbaa does not have any family at all. The hyenas may frighten some children--they are constantly trying to kill the meerkats. Also, at one point Timon's mom says of the hyenas "When they die, they become the grass." This comment may need to be explained.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThe Lion Guard 88 June 30, 2019

Ages 0+ just like The Lion Guard

This movie isn’t scary at all, it’s just a good movie for kids
Adult Written byThe Lion Guard 88 June 30, 2019

Ages 0+ just like The Lion Guard

This movie isn’t scary at all, it’s just a good movie for kids
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat May 12, 2020

i wanted to watch this but...

After checking common sense media and reading reviews i decided to stick with only TLK 1&2.
Kid, 12 years old July 22, 2019


I love the first one but it's not the same and it's not very memorable.

What's the story?

THE LION KING 1 1/2 shows the events that occurred during The Lion King through the eyes of Timon the meerkat (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa the warthog (Ernie Sabella). While these two were pretty much relegated to minor comic sidekick roles in the original movie, here they're the stars of the show.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Timon and Pumbaa's version of events is different from the ones presented in the original movie. Is one version the "right" one? For kids who have not seen the original, you might ask them what Timon eventually learns about friendship.

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