The Lion King 1 1/2
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This film is much of an improvement on the first "sequel". Simba's Pride just didn't hold any of the magic of the original story - and barely held my attention for one showing before being put onto the shelf to get dusty. I was immediately more interested in this film as I thought it's premise held much more entertainment quality. "Yeah, I'd like to see how everything was through Timon and Pumbaa's eyes" I thought, and I wasn't to be disappointed.
We're originally transported back to Timon's younger days to see why he came to team up with Pumbaa. It's dealt with very wittily, yet with enough warmth that you actually do care what happens to all involved. We're shown how Timon and Pumbaa meet, and how they embark on their quest for "Hakuna Matata". Much comedy ensues, with a revealing insight into the original film's events. Why do the animals bow at Simba's presentation at Pride Rock? Why does everyone fall over at the end of "I Just Can't Wait To Be King?" Watch to find out. Having eventually found their perfect home, their meeting with Simba is retold and we get to see some of Simba's teenage years - missed out in the original film. (Timon has a wonderful line during a particularly restless night looking after a young Simba - "we're gonna get old walking across this thing". As soon as you hear it you'll know exactly what it's getting at). Next to be dealt with is Simba's reunion with Nala and his trip home to Pride Rock to avenge his father's death.Read more ›
If you were one who felt that the subject matter or drama of the original Lion King (or it's sequel) were a bit too intense for your young child, you'll be pleasantly surprised at this light-hearted fare featuring the Lion King ensemble. It's a great way to introduce children to the cast of characters they've become familiar with through theme parks, Disney marketing and television, in a harmless way.
If you're a big fan of the Lion King, you'll likely also enjoy this energetic and cheeky romp, with characters you've grown to love, containing references and in-jokes from the original film.
My wife and I experienced many laugh-out-loud moments through our viewing. And, our kids 6 and 8 were hysterical over it. It was great family entertainment, and great fun. Very much recommended. Enjoy!
This film takes you back before the beginning of The Lion King, and neatly fills in all the gaps that you never realised existed.
Timon is the "Flik" (A Bug's Life) of his community, clumsy and discontent with his lot in life, and sets off to find his dream home, where he can fit in. He meets up with Pumba, and the friendship begins.
The animation is great, the original cast give an excellent performance, the jokes and puns are non-stop, and there are new songs that are very catchy.
There's a funny karaoke sing a-long where you need to keep an eye on the insect that's setting the timing, and somehow excerpts from "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Good The Bad and the Ugly" and other themes fit right in.
Brace yourself for the finale, that involves synchronised swimming, para gliding, and a huge cast of characters.
The only black mark on this movie is it's length, at only 77 minutes, but on the bright side, it's only 77 minutes to watch over and over with your kids.
This is one of Disney's better sequels. It isn't a "Toy Story 2", but a far better movie than many other direct-to-video disasters we've seen. It's laugh out loud funny, but children may not get all the jokes.
Worth at least 4.5 stars.
Amanda Richards, September 8, 2004
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Great movie but I already had Lion King 1 1/2 which is this same movie! In other words, don't order this if you have Lion King 1 1/2 because it's this same movie they just changed... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not as entertaining as I thought and didn't keep the kids attention very longPublished 16 days ago by Lolita
Great price, good quality product and speedy shipping! It came way faster then expected!Published 1 month ago by Heather Robinson
The movie is great, but this disk is scratched and skips pretty bad.Published 1 month ago by Melanie Russcher
This is not The Lion King 1/12 (not the actually disney made movie) its actually copyright infringement if you're lucky and you still have a vhs copy of a disney movie then its... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashton Henderson