Timon & Pumbaa

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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The Lion King does Looney Tunes.
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Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

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
Language
Consumerism

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 byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

Timon and Pumbaa

Sexual Content (Not an Issue): None. Violence (Pause): Lots of cartoony slapstick, comic peril. Language (Not an Issue): Pumbaa is repeatedly referred to as a... 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.
Teen, 14 years old Written byttfan147 April 9, 2008

great

this is what tv should be. light classical humor. it is still on disney and toon disney. a must see for whomever like the lion king.
Teen, 13 years old Written byNoseStuckInABook April 16, 2010

I used to love this show!

I used to be a huge TLK fan when I was really young. I couldn't get enough of this show. Nothing but a little cartoon violence to worry about. Not that you... Continue reading

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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