It's Simba's Anniversary!
Publication Information

Hakuna Matata


1995 – 1997



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It's Simba's Anniversary! is a magazine story inspired by The Lion King. It was published in two issues of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series as part of the Hakuna Matata magazine series.


Timon and Pumbaa try to find the perfect present for Simba on the one-year anniversary of their friendship.


Part 1

It's Simba's Anniversary! begins by introducing Simba, the self-exiled prince of the Pride Lands, and his two friends, Timon and Pumbaa. At the start of the story, the three friends are recounting the day they'd first met, and Timon proclaims that today is Simba's one-year anniversary since joining them in the jungle.

After finishing his conversation, Simba wanders off to practice his growl, and Timon and Pumbaa decide to give him a present in honor of his anniversary. However, the two bicker over whether they should give him a kite or a mud-cake, and the argument grows so heated that the two storm off in opposite directions. Pumbaa walks to the edge of a water hole and constructs a mud-cake for Simba, but as he takes a dip in the mud, he is chased off by an enormous hippopotamus, who knocks him straight into his mud-cake, ruining it.

Meanwhile, Simba wanders back to find that his two friends are missing. Wounded by their absence, Simba comes to the conclusion that Timon and Pumbaa don't think of him as their special friend after all.

Part 2

Having had a falling out with Pumbaa, Timon constructs his own present for Simba, a kite made out of flamingo feathers, a leaf, and twigs. He takes the kite for a test flight, and although it works well at first, a giant gust of wind picks Timon right off the ground and carries him, shouting, across the jungle.

Luckily, Simba happens to be playing by himself and overhears Timon's frantic cries for help. With the cub watching in shock, Timon crashes straight into a tree and lands in a heap on the ground. At that moment, Pumbaa runs up, covered in mud, and the friends begin to squabble over the silliness of the other's present. Overhearing the conversation, Simba realizes that he'd simply misunderstood them, and he tells his friends that he has the best present of all: two truly wonderful friends.