The Lion King 1 1/2 If your kids beg for ritual "Lion King" viewings but you've got hang-ups about a movie with a couple gnarly death scenes, Disney's got your… The Lion King 1 1/2 If your kids beg for ritual "Lion King" viewings but you've got hang-ups about a movie with a couple gnarly death scenes, Disney's got your…
Movie on DVD Review

The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004)

The Lion King | ANIMAL ATTRACTION Meerkat Timon (voiced by Lane) and warthog Pumbaa (voiced by Ernie Sabella)
ANIMAL ATTRACTION Meerkat Timon (voiced by Lane) and warthog Pumbaa (voiced by Ernie Sabella)
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 10, 2004; DVD Release Date: Feb 10, 2004; Movie Rated: G; Genres: Animation, Kids and Family; With: Matthew Broderick, Ernie Sabella and Nathan Lane

If your kids beg for ritual ''Lion King'' viewings but you've got hang-ups about a movie with a couple gnarly death scenes, Disney's got your number: The Lion King 1 1/2. This chronologically concurrent quasi-sequel is sort of the Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead to the original's ''Hamlet,'' viewing the same narrative via meerkat Timon (Nathan Lane) and warthog Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella), taking the piss out of -- or putting more farts into -- ''LK'''s mortal pretensions. A little borscht-belt humor goes a long way, but it's hard not to warm up to a Disney movie whose ''meshuggener''-spouting characters make ''The Prince of Egypt'' look gentile, and in which an ironic burst of ''Sunrise, Sunset'' gets equal time with ''Circle of Life.'' EXTRAS Peter Graves parodies Biography and Meredith Vieira hosts a trivia game on a second disc where too much ado is made about a direct-to-video flick.

Originally posted Feb 20, 2004 Published in issue #752 Feb 20, 2004 Order article reprints
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