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The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
Title card of the series
Format Animated series
Starring Quinton Flynn
Ernie Sabella
Corey Burton
Nancy Cartwright
Cam Clarke
Townsend Coleman
Brian Cummings
Jim Cummings
Michael Gough
Robert Guillaume
Jess Harnell
Tress MacNeille
Richard Naran
Rob Paulsen
Kevin Schon
April Winchell
Nathan Lane
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 85 (List of episodes)
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel CBS
Original run September 1, 1995 – November 1, 1998

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa is an American animated television series made by the Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from the Disney film franchise The Lion King, without most of the other characters in the franchise. The show ran for three seasons on CBS in the United States, and BBS in Canada from September 1, 1995 to November 1, 1998.



The show stars Timon, a meerkat, and Pumbaa, a warthog, both characters from the Disney animated film The Lion King and its sequels. The characters are normally seen having misadventures in the jungle, but sometimes find themselves across the globe in various settings.


Ernie Sabella and Nathan Lane reprised their roles as Pumbaa and Timon, respectively, in The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and The Lion King 1½. Both actors were featured early in the television show; however, Lane is not the only voice actor who played his respective role. The role was also played by Quinton Flynn, in some episodes, and Kevin Schon, in most episodes.

During the final season (1998), there was also a change in writers, and a new director meant the show became aimed more towards children than the whole family. As a result of this, ratings declined and the show was cancelled by Disney in 1998 (Disney's purchase of ABC in 1996 may have also been a factor in the cancellation).

As of February 8, 2009 (after its final airing on the now-defunct Toon Disney), this show is no longer on the air.



  • Simba - Friend of Timon and Pumbaa and King of the Pride Lands.
  • Zazu - An arrogant hornbill who works for Simba.
  • Rafiki - A wise baboon who gives good advice and is occasionally the butt of jokes.

Other guest characters:

  • The Three Natives: Three natives who are really college kids looking for a job.
  • Quint: Timon and Pumbaa's recurring nemesis. In different episodes that he appears in his name often includes what his job is.
  • Fred: Timon's joking meerkat friend.
  • El Toro: The greatest bull in all of Spain.
  • Speedy the Snail: A singing snail Timon and Pumbaa become friends with.
  • Cheetah Bros.: Two sophisticated cheetahs who are always looking for their next meaty meal.
  • The Vulture Police: They are the policemen of the jungle who speak in the style of Joe Friday.
  • Uncle Boaris: Pumbaa's uncle who lives in Russia.
  • Dr. Happy: A kid-genius who always wants to help poor unfortunate animals.
  • Pumbaa Jr.: A baby alligator who hatches from an egg Pumbaa thinks he laid and which Timon believes to be an ugly chicken.
  • Ned the Elephant: A high and mighty elephant who thinks he's wonderful at everything.
  • Erwin: A clumsy penguin who wants to be Timon and Pumbaa's friend.
  • The Bear: Not exactly one of Timon and Pumbaa's nemeses, but he does get grumpy very easily, especially when Timon dupes him.
  • Boss Beaver: A cranky, loudmouth beaver who believes work is more important than Hakuna Matata.
  • Small Jimmy: A little bird and one of Timon and Pumbaa's nemesis that is the crime.
  • Baby Earl: A baby eagle who Timon and Pumbaa wind up babysitting after being caught eating his breakfast
  • Oprean: A young prince is a lion cub is from the Pride Rock.
  • Rinda: A young lonely queen is a lion and her parents died.
  • Lying, no-good Toucan Dan: A toucan who lies all the time and often puts Timon and Pumbaa in trouble.
  • The Wolverine: A wolverine that put Timon and Pumbaa into his "Surival of the Fittest" fitness program. He is dubbed as "Cecil the Wolverine". He was voiced by Maurice LaMarche.


DVD releases

There are three DVDs currently available in the UK (previously on VHS):

"Around the World with Timon and Pumbaa" is a straight-to-video film, similar to the VHS/DVD release for Jungle Cubs. The story tells of Pumbaa getting stuck by lightning, losing his memory, and Timon helps refrain every moment they spent. After Pumbaa get his memory back, lightning strikes Timon losing HIS memory this time, making Pumbaa break the fourth wall by telling the viewers to rewind the tape to start at the beginning, being it was the only way to help Timon remember. The Episodes featured in this film, most of them where Nathan voices Timon are in the following order:

  • Boara Boara
  • Yukon Con
  • Saskatchewan Catch
  • Song: Stand by Me
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Truth or Zaire
  • Never Everglades

Two other DVDs, "Dining Out With..." and "On Holiday With..." are an hour compilation of other episodes.

No DVDs have been released in the US, but were released on VHS.

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