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TV Shows - Timon & Pumbaa

Timon & Pumbaa was an animated series based on the movie The Lion King. It focused on the adventures of Timon the meerkat (voiced by Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa the warthog (voiced by Ernie Sabella). The episodes sometimes had cameos of other characters from The Lion King, such as adult Simba (who was voiced by Cam Clarke instead of Matthew Broderick) and Rafiki the baboon, but mostly starred new characters not seen in the movie, such as their human nemesis, Quint. This cartoon series ran on CBS from 1995-1998.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timon_%26_Pumbaa_(TV_series)
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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 No Simba? Movie's hero becomes a recurring guest. Ugh.
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4 Change of Writers & Director Narrowing audience to kids only killed the show.
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1 People have mentioned the change in tone. Part of this stems from the aforementioned change of writers and directors, but also from the fact that despite Nathan Lane's prominent mention in press materials at the time - I was writing for an animation trade mag, so I actually saw them - two other actors, Quinton Flynn and Kevin Schlon, shared the role of Timon with him, each interpreting the role a little bit differently. I do agree with the criticism that this was a blatant attempt to cash in on a hit, while "playing it safe" by keeping Simba off to the side. Apparently, Disney had wanted to try something like this since unsuccessfully trying to launch a series for Tito of Oliver & Company. And once they did this and got away with it...Well, do I have to go any further? -- Submitted By: (Hateaol) on May 10, 2014, 8:24 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Timon and Pumbaa were great as secondary characters in the Lion King. Then when the sequels came out they had to put them front and center. Then they had to give them a TV show. All of this actually comes close to taking away from their appeal in the movie. That's why you have to watch the Lion King, like every Disney movie but The Rescuers, and treat it as if it were a standalone film. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on January 9, 2010, 1:22 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Possibly the worst movie-based cartoon series I have ever seen in my life. It had so many problems, and it seemed like they were put there on purpose. You hardly ever saw Simba, whom the movie was named after. They introduced human characters, when humans had no place in the world of the Lion King. While nearly all cartoons based on movies recycled the jokes from their respective movies, this one took it to a whole new level. Let me tell you the story of how Timon and Pumbaa came to be: Once upon a time, a group of writers sat together in a room planning the cartoon series which would later be known as Timon and Pumbaa, because their boss, having seen the success of the movie, ordered a cartoon series to be made. The head writer cleared his throat and said, "OK, let's take a scene or quote from the movie and use that in each episode, then just throw something together to make a basic plot!" Another writer exclaimed, "Ooh! Ohh! I got one! Remember when Simba looks at his reflection? Let's put that in the cartoon!" Another writer leapt from his chair and said, "Remember when Simba told Timon and Pumbaa that the stars are the great kings of the past? They laughed at him and Timon asks, 'What MOOK made that up?' Let's have him call everyone a mook in every episode!" The other writers applauded the ideas, then added their own, which were also applauded. And no matter how awful the ideas got, they still used them in a Timon and Pumbaa episode. The End! ...And don't get me started on Pumbaa and his gas problem. They milked that joke for all it's worth, and then some. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on August 1, 2009, 11:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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