The Lion King 1 1/2 Movie Poster Image

The Lion King 1 1/2



Clever and mostly charming--most kids will enjoy.
Parents recommendPopular with kids
  • Review Date: August 1, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable

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
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 10, 2004
DVD release date:February 10, 2004
Cast:Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg
Director:Bradley Raymond
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Music and sing-along, Wild animals
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

This review of The Lion King 1 1/2 was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Sweet father-son tale has some very scary moments.
  • Cute rat tale has some peril and potentially scary moments.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Adult Written byJimHawkinsfan October 19, 2014

Mostly Adorable

This movie is very cute minus two short scenes. This movie is a real treat for Timon fans like me. The scenes with Timon and his adorable mom are the best, so cute. And the scene where Simba wakes Timon to take him to the bathroom in the middle of the night is a classic. Except for two "gas" scenes and on use of "tush" this is a great movie you don't want to miss
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byRooster57 April 9, 2008

Too Funny for Words!

Good clean humor for the entire family. The use of "potty" words only adds to the enjoyment.
Kid, 11 years old June 4, 2014

Although this is the worst Lion King movie out of the three...

It is not bad. All of them are good. Anyways, sensitive children will be upset when Timon leaves his family and Pumbaa has no family. But Timon leaving his family will seem funny to tweens. (GOODBYE MOM!!!!!!!) And hours later, (BOO HOO!!!!!! I WANT MOMMY!!!!!) Also, it is best for kids whose favorite characters being Timon and Pumbaa to watch this. It is also the funniest out of the three. (More potty talk)


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?