The Lion King 1 1/2
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Ten years after The Lion King shot to the top at the box office and first introduced the characters of Simba (Matthew Broderick) and his pals Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), Disney presented this retelling of the Academy Award-winning animated musical. Switching the perspective to that of meerkat Timon and warthog Pumbaa, The Lion King 1 1/2 puts a new spin on the events of the original film. This time around, the comic duo are conveniently at the center of much of the story. Along with returning cast members Moira Kelly, Whoopi Goldberg, and Cheech Marin, The Simpsons'… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A clever retelling of a classic tale from skewed p.o.v. of supporting characters."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
""The Lion King 1 1/2" is a very clever "syncquel" that's entertaining in the beginning but weighed down by a premise and format that seem ill-suited for a full-length feature."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Quite inventive for a Disney straight-to-video release . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"Most Disney straight-to-video sequels are bunk, but here is an entertaining exception."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"This is quite possibly the studio's most banal direct-to-video sequel to date"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Whimsical and fun, The Lion King 1 1/2 is an enjoyable romp behind the fake scenes of a real movie."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Clever and mostly charming--most kids will enjoy."
‑ Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
"This is clearly the best video sequel that the mouse house has produced to date. Hakuna matata!"
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"The Lion King 1 1/2 is visually beautiful, musically delightful and slap-the-knee-till-it's-raw funny! There are oodles of fun filled hours and super-wide smiles awaiting you."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"If they must milk every franchise for all it's worth,at least they approached this one with a creative perspective.I'd still like to see them take more risks with the sequels."
‑ Fred Topel,
"It is creative, and that's alone enough to rocket it to the top of the Disney sequel heap."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"In no way does The Lion King 1 1/2 measure up to the standards set by the original movie, but it does add an enjoyable twist to the fable."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"This may become known as the gold standard for straight-to-video cartoon releases."
‑ Larry Carroll,
"While the young cubs will delight in The Lion King 1-1/2, there is also a treasure trove of pop culture references and dialogue-asides especially for adult film buffs."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Fantastica Daily
"pathetic... pointless"
‑ Christopher Null,
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