Timon & Pumbaa

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
The Lion King does Looney Tunes.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Characters frequently hit one another in anger. It's cartoon violence, but nothing you'd want a child imitating.

Violence & Scariness

Classic cartoon violence -- if a character is hit with a frying pan, his head emerges in the shape of a pan, etc.

Sexy Stuff

No on-screen product placement (though there is an ad break), but this is Disney, so products are a given. Lion King merchandise is still out there everywhere, and these characters are included.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the characters in this cartoon series are pretty scary, particularly the three always-starving, stooge-like hyenas, who never catch their prey. Disney's excellent animation can make them look quite horrifying, and they frequently hit each other, as well as attack their prey. The violence is of a cartoon nature -- abundant and free of consequence. There's a commercial break between segments, and Toon Disney's commercials tend to be of the most insidious kind.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRarityfan October 4, 2018

Stand by me

After the epic Lion King, Timon & Pumbaa got their own show. A shame to see this stand in the shadows of these days shows that became cult like Rescue R... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byBonkersfan1995 March 19, 2013

Hakuna Matata- What a Wonderful Show!

Oh, man! I used to watch this as a kid because it's my favorite cartoon of the 90s.
Kid, 12 years old April 5, 2013

A spin-off of my favorite movie of all time? YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

An absolutely HILARIOUS cartoon show starring my two favorite Disney characters. When I was really little, I didn't like the show, because the characters o... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySandra Snowleopard March 30, 2012

Timon & Pumbaa will ROCK YOU!

Wonderful. You're looking at primary humor and characters. And you gotta love those cheetah twins I wish they were in more episodes!

What's the story?

Lion King spin-off series TIMON & PUMBAA has its roots in classic American humor. With its wacky cartoon violence, similarity to the original Looney Tunes is unmistakable, and the three hyena characters are clearly an homage to the Three Stooges. Like the Stooges, these characters sometimes hit one another, usually in response to some perceived stupidity.

Is it any good?

Parents and older kids will find plenty of slapstick and pun-like humor, most of which is worked in well enough that a younger viewer won't require an explanation. There's plenty of wacky cartoon violence, but only the very youngest viewers might be bothered by it -- and then only until they get the way these cartoons work and accept a world where you can fall out of an airplane and emerge unharmed. Timon & Pumbaa is pure brain candy, with no lessons and no morals. It's Bugs and Daffy for the Lion King fan.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how TV Timon and Pumbaa are different from the characters in the movie. Parents might also bring up the series' joyfully ludicrous violence, as opposed to the apparently serious violence found in anime and action cartoons. Which do you like better, and why? Parents might also want to discuss the characters' tendency to hit one another when they're angry. Why is that funny on screen but not off?

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