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The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
Pumbaa is the secondary tritagonist of The Lion King, a supporting character in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and the deuteragonist of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa and The Lion King 1½. He is a warthog who is the best friend of Timon.
- Pumbaa: "You really think I look fat?"
Timon: "Uh, Pumbaa, Pumbaa, Pumbaa. You're a pig. It's a compliment!"
- —Timon about Pumbaa's appearance
Like most warthogs, Pumbaa is broad and portly with a large head, a round middle, and skinny legs. His tusks are white, and his hooves are black, with his nose colored a pale pink. His main shade is red, though his stomach is darker, colored a deep brown. His mane and tail tip are both black in color, while his eyes are small and dark.
- "Hey, Timon, it's just a little lion. Look at him. He's so cute and all alone. Can we keep him?"
- —Pumbaa about Simba
Due to his friendly, loyal, and protective personality, Pumbaa is generally regarded as a very likable character. However, he displays childlike naivety, which is sometimes confused for stupidity. He does, in fact, come up with some intelligent plans and insightful ideas, which Timon rapidly claims as his own.
Pumbaa is also kind and caring, as shown when he, unlike Timon, takes pity on Simba and is quick to offer his assistance to the young cub. In the sequel, he jumps into a rather shallow body of water to save a supposedly drowning Kiara and offers assistance to a badly injured Simba, carrying him all the way back to Pride Rock after an unexpected ambush by the Outsiders. In addition, Pumbaa generally appears to be polite. Notwithstanding, he expects respect from his enemies, which is indicated when he attacks Banzai after he is addressed as a "pig."
There is little known about Pumbaa's life before the events that are shown in the film. However, before Timon and Pumbaa find the jungle, Pumbaa says that he is alone in the world. It is possible that he inadvertently lost contact with his family. Also, during the flashback during the song "Hakuna Matata," Timon and Pumbaa sing that Pumbaa had problems with gas when he was younger. They mention that Pumbaa once went to a water hole in the savanna but let out very smelly gas, causing monkeys to fall from the trees to the ground because of the stink. When Pumbaa came to drink the water, his gas caused all the nearby animals to flee. For Pumbaa, it was very embarrassing, but he got over the incident later.
The Lion King
- "At your service, my liege."
- —Pumbaa offers his help to Simba
Pumbaa makes his first appearance after Mufasa's death when young Simba makes his way into the searing desert. After scaring off some buzzards, Pumbaa leaves Timon to brush himself off and examines the "corpse" of the lion cub, finding out he is in fact still alive. Timon investigates and flies into a fit of fear when he realizes that it's a lion, but Pumbaa insists that even though he is a potential predator, they should keep the cub and raise him on their side. Timon scoffs at this idea, but in the end, Pumbaa gets his way, and he gathers Simba from the sands via his tusks, and the duo make their way back to the jungle.
When Simba awakens and explains his predicament, Pumbaa is sympathetic and suggest the cub sweep his problems under the rug, or Hakuna Matata, and take one day at a time. Timon and Pumbaa lead Simba into their home, get him used to a diet of insects, and proceed to raise the lion to adulthood according to their philosophy. One night the trio lays out in a clearing and gazes up at the stars, giving their own views of their origin when Pumbaa asks what they are. They coax one out of Simba, but laugh at him, something that drives him away.
A Time later, Timon and Pumbaa stroll through the jungle sing The Lion Sleeps Tonight, the warthog slipping away as a bright blue bug—a dung beetle—catches his eye.
He stalks it in preparation to eat it, but ends up getting chased himself by a lioness hiding in the grasses. Pumbaa's rather speedy escape is halted when he gets stuck under the roots of a tree, but Simba leaps to his rescue. He loses the fight, but reveals the lioness as Nala, his childhood friend and introduces her to his two new friends.
Pumbaa, seeming to forget she was trying to eat him, is pleased to make her acquaintance, but Timon is not so forgiving. Simba tells him to relax, but Nala interjects before it can go any further.
The two talk about Kings and successions, and in this conversation, Pumbaa learns Simba is the Pride Land King. He grovels at Simba paws, but Timon laughingly tells him to stop, remarking Simba is not the king, then asking Simba if he really is.
Simba denies this, much to Nala's disappointment, and the two lions request Timon and Pumbaa excuse them for a moment. They do but reluctantly, and presumably at Timon's suggestion, they continue to spy on the two lions from inside the Oasis' dense vegetation. Pumbaa and Timon mourn the loss of their friend to this lioness and after watching the two fight when their attempts to break the couple up are failed (as revealed in 1 1/2) Timon and Pumbaa settle down for a nap. Nala disturbs their slumber looking for Simba, Rafiki appearing and telling the three "The King has returned."
Pumbaa's last appearances are just before, during, and after the battle at pride rock. Pumbaa and Timon vow to fight with Simba till the end, efficiently distracting and mowing down hyenas as Simba battles Scar. During the battle, Pumbaa rescues Timon and Zazu from Shenzi and Banzai, charging into the hyenas after Banzai calls Pumbaa a pig. When Scar is defeated and Mufasa is avenged, Pumbaa, Timon, and the rest of the pride look on as Simba takes his rightful place as king. Pumbaa's very last appearance is on the peak of Pride Rock alongside Simba and Nala, during the presentation of their newborn cub.
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
- "Don't worry, Kiara! Uncle Pumbaa's comin'!"
- —Pumbaa to Kiara
After Kiara is presented to the animals at Pride Rock, Pumbaa faints along Timon when Rafiki corrects them by telling them that Kiara is a girl, not a boy. Months pass and Kiara becomes a young, adventurous cub like her father. When Kiara runs off to play, Simba instructs him and Timon to look after her so she doesn't run off to the Outlands. They sneak up from behind Kiara while on a rock, and she and Pumbaa with Timon scream in panic until Kiara falls into a pond. Pumbaa dives in after her and Timon tells him that he is "babysitting" on her. Eventually, she runs off when he and Timon debate over the type of bugs they like. Pumbaa is seen again when Zira encounters Simba and they leave after the confrontation.
When Kiara matures into a young adult, Simba again instructs him and Timon to make sure she doesn't get hurt. They stalk Kiara in a James Bond-esque style until she notices when antelopes run over them. She questions their presence, and Timon responds by telling her that he is shopping for various items for the den. Kiara realizes he's lying, and runs away again. The two go after her again, but they lose her.
The next morning, when Kovu is teaching Kiara how to hunt, Kovu accidentally runs into Timon. Timon, frightened, thinks he is going to eat him. But when Kiara appears, Pumbaa asks Timon about getting Kovu to scare off the birds from their feeding grounds, but Timon comes up with the same idea moments later, enlisting the lions for their help. It soon turns into a chase until they run into a herd of rhinoceroses.
When Simba is injured from the ambush by Zira and the Outsiders, Pumbaa along with Timon, Kiara, and Zazu find and assist him back to Pride Rock. Soon after that, Pumbaa and Timon engage in another argument when they lost Kiara again until Simba finds them. They tell a story to tell Simba that Kiara ran away again. Quickly, Zazu warns Simba that Zira and the Outsiders are approaching the Pride Lands to fight. Immediately, Pumbaa stands alongside Simba and the Pridelanders and mock Zira. During the battle, some Outsider lionesses surround Timon and Pumbaa, which causes Timon to comically use Pumbaa's tail as a shotgun that results in scaring them off. Finally, after the battle is over, he looks alongside Timon and Zazu at Kovu and Kiara's wedding on top of Pride Rock.
- Timon: "Forget it, Pumbaa. I've been dragging you down long enough. I'm goin' home...and I suggest you do the same."
Pumbaa: "Oh, I—I would if I could, but I can't."
Timon: "Oh, sure you can, buddy. I won't stop you."
Pumbaa: "No, I mean...I don't have a home."
Timon: "What's the matter? Are you lost? No place good enough for ya? What, you're all alone in this big empty world? Oh...truth is...I'm all alone, too. Pumbaa, you're the only friend I've ever had."
The film begins with Timon and Pumbaa in a movie theater, watching the original film. Both of them appreciate the majesty that is "Circle of Life," but Timon isn't willing to let the movie run its course. He fast-forwards the movie to when they first appear. Timon and Pumbaa argue for a moment, Pumbaa not wanting the audience to become confused and Timon complaining that they aren't in the first half. Finally, they agree to show the viewers about their backstories.
Pumbaa makes his first appearance a few days after Timon sets out to go to the big pointy rock at the indirect suggestion of Rafiki. While the meerkat walks through some high grass, he hears something groaning and stalking him. Thinking it's a predator, he flees, but it is merely Pumbaa, who seeks companionship. Timon is briefly against taking another animal with him, but he gives Pumbaa a once-over, taking in his sharp hooves and curved tusks, pleased by the fact that most animals will give him a pretty wide berth.
Pumbaa isn't talking about these "weapons" but his flatulence problem. Despite this, Timon "hires" Pumbaa to take him to the big pointy rock. The warthog suggest they are friends, but Timon clarifies that they are only acquaintances for now.
They head toward Pride Rock with high hopes, hopes that are squashed when they see a crowd gathered around it. Timon opts to "look beyond what he sees" (advice that Rafiki gave him before), thinking that his dream home will be in Pride Rock, but he is disappointed when he sees how many animals are there. Pumbaa offers to look behind the Pride Rock, and Timon accepts this idea as his, much to Pumbaa's shock.
As the two try to cross through the crowd, Pumbaa, nervous from the various looks of the crowd, tries to get out of the crowd but accidentally farts when Timon pulls his tail, causing the animals around him to pass out from the smell. The other animals ahead believe that they are bowing, leading everyone to bow before Simba. Pumbaa thinks that his gas will be a problem to Timon, but the meerkat is very happy to have someone with powerful gas as a weapon.Timon calls Pumbaa to live with him near a small water spring and cave. There, Pumbaa makes a large nest for himself and a little nest for Timon. Timon casually takes Pumbaa's bed. However, the tolerant warthog peacefully goes to sleep in a small bed. He wishes Timon a good night, and the two fall asleep. The duo live there from the time Simba is an infant until the time he is a mischievous and boisterous cub. It's Simba's antics that drive them away. The stack of animals organized during "I Just Can't Wait to be King" is aggravated and unbalanced by Timon. The animals fall over, Pumbaa pulling Timon out of harms way as the tower falls. The two continue to search for their dream home. Along the way, Pumbaa tells Timon a story about a beautiful jungle that he once saw which could be exactly what Timon is looking for, but Timon says that such a place is just a fantasy and that he would continue to look for "beyond what he sees." Pumbaa reminds him that he will never know when he finds what he's looking for, but Timon still does not listen.
The Elephant Graveyard is one of their choices for a home. Timon remarks that it has "good bones," but Pumbaa is apprehensive about its atmosphere. Eventually, the sight of various predators (Mufasa rushing to save the cubs and Scar singing "Be Prepared") drives the two to press on.
The last place they look is the gorge, where Pumbaa again is not thinking that it makes an appropriate home. Timon persists, saying that what it lacks in water and shade, it makes up for in searing heat and blinding sunshine. Mid-conversation, the ground begins to rumble, and a herd of stampeding wildebeests appear from around the corner. The two animals watch the oncoming herd before Pumbaa asks, "Shall we run for are lives?" The two then try to outrun the stampede, only to get caught up in it and vaulted into a stream leading to a gigantic waterfall. Timon inquires Pumbaa if it's possible to fall of the edge of the earth, and the warthog answers no. It is at this moment that the current carries them over the edge, and they plummet toward the bottom. Suddenly, in the theater, Pumbaa stops the movie and brings in big bags of bugs, like popcorn, but he sees that Timon is picking his nose and has left saliva on the chair. They continue watching the film as Timon and Pumbaa in the film fall into the river.Come nightfall, the river brings them to a beach. Pumbaa helps Timon out of the river, but then sees that Timon is holding a flower on his stomach, like he is dying. Timon is finally broken and gives up his quest, but Pumbaa says that he cannot give up until they find their dream home. Timon decides to return home and suggests Pumbaa do the same, but the warthog sadly says that he can't because he has not home. Timon asks, "What's the matter? Are you lost? No place good enough for ya?" Pumbaa shakes his head. Timon asks if he is "alone in this big empty world," to which Pumbaa just positively turns to face Timon with huge dewy eyes. Timon then says that he is all alone, too and that they two are friends now, much to Pumbaa's joy. The two gaze at each other, sniffling. Timon's reflection appears in Pumbaa's eyes as the music swells. Suddenly, the movie pauses and switches back to the theater seats, where Timon is hunched over and sobbing. Pumbaa asks Timon if he is crying and gives him a hanky, in which Timon blows his nose. He tries to hand the hanky back, but Pumbaa is disgusted sarcastically says thanks. The movie continues, and Timon and Pumbaa from the film fall asleep.
It is at this moment that Pumbaa notices the jungle. The two friends indulge in their new home, enjoying the fun and the food until they stumble across Simba's body whilst playing "bowling for buzzards."
Both friends become adopted parents to Simba, Pumbaa doing a much more effective job at raising the exiled prince. They teach and raise him with the philosophy of "Hakuna Matata" until Nala arrives and wins Simba's heart despite Timon and Pumbaa's efforts to stop her. After all their plans end in pain, they give up. Simba and Nala soon argue and break up, however, and Timon is elated by this, though Pumbaa doesn't see them separating as a good thing.When awakened by Nala the next morning, Timon and Pumbaa are told that Simba needs their help in order to defeat Scar. Thinking that Simba has run out on him, Timon decides to stay behind, which causes him to break his friendship with Pumbaa, who wants to help. Pumbaa goes alone, leaving Timon behind until Timon finds him in a desert, and he restores his friendship with Pumbaa. After the two beat off the hungry hyenas at Pride Rock, Pumbaa meets Ma and Uncle Max and devises a plan to keep the hyenas away from Simba. After mocking the hyenas, Timon and Pumbaa try several tactics to keep the hyenas busy so Ma and Uncle Max can finish their tunnel.
Eventually, they defeat the hyenas, thus helping Simba to reclaim his rightful place as king. After the movie ends, Pumbaa wants to see the movie again, but Timon refuses until several Disney characters come along to see the movie. Timon then surrenders, but Pumbaa warns Timon that he still doesn't do so well in crowds.
Pumbaa retains his role in the film, though he does appear in an extra scene in which Simba saves Timon from a river of crocodiles.
Pumbaa is mentioned when Rafiki tells a story about Mufasa and Scar. It is recounted that he and Timon had rescued Simba and taken him in to live with them in a faraway jungle.
At the start of the book, Kopa is upset with his friend, Afua, who has found a new playmate in a cheetah cub named Beba. Timon and Pumbaa decide to teach the cub a lesson about friendship by telling him their own story. When Simba was still living with them in the jungle, a giant python named Joka tried to split the friends apart through lies and deceit in order to get Timon alone. His idea worked, and the three friends split up. Simba, however, soon figured out that it was a trap, and when Joka attacked Timon, his friends came to the rescue. After winning the fight, Simba threw Joka down a ravine, and the python was never seen or heard from again. After hearing the story, Kopa admits that maybe he was wrong about Afua and decides to forgive his friend.
Timon and Pumbaa appear briefly, bothering an exhausted Simba.
Before leaving his daughter Kiara, Simba instructs Kiara to stay near Pride Rock with Timon and Pumbaa beside her at all times. Disappointed, Kiara begins to plot a way to get away from her babysitters so she can go to the western canyon herself. With a devious plot forming in her head, the young cub leads Timon and Pumbaa away from the shelter of Pride Rock.
As the trio make their way through the forest, Timon and Pumbaa begin to search the foliage for grubs, completely forgetting about their duty to oversee Kiara. Taking advantage of the situation, the small cub sneaks away and runs into her childhood friend, Kovu. As the cubs are playing, Kiara hears Pumbaa cry out for help. The two friends immediately race to the source of the voice and find that Timon is hanging unconscious from a vine in a tree. Quickly, the two formulate a plan. While Kovu climbs up the tree and frees Timon, Kiara clambers onto Pumbaa's back and catches the meerkat as he falls. After laying Timon gently in Pumbaa's tusks, Kiara bids her friend farewell, as they both agree that he would not be welcome in the Pride Lands.
On the way back to Pride Rock, Timon revives and thanks Kiara for saving his life. The three friends then agree not to tell anyone about their encounter with Kovu but to merely mention him as a friend.
This story depicts how Timon and Pumbaa first came to meet.
He was nearly eaten by Nala like in the film and was captured by Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed, though Sora saved him. He and Timon taught Sora, Donald and Goofy about "Hakuna Matata", which means "no worries". He was nervous at the climatic battle against Scar since he was afraid of being eaten by hyenas and the like. Later after Simba reclaimed his kingship, Pumbaa advised Simba to forget his past and showed courage when he protected Nala from Scar's ghost, despite his fear.
In the game, Pumbaa is one of the many iconic Disney characters kidnapped by the evil witch Mizrabel in a plot to dominate the Cartoon World. He's imprisoned in Mizrabel' Castle of Illusion and separated from Timon during this time. Mickey Mouse seeks out Pumbaa after rescuing Simba, who requests the safe return of his friends.
In the television series, he and Timon serve as the main protagonists and are shown to travel a lot and have many adventures. These adventures are usually due to the fact that Pumbaa always wants to do the right thing all the time. In the series, Pumbaa seems to truly be the brains of the duo while Timon thinks that he is. In the show, it's also shown that Pumbaa is very popular among the jungle and usually gains the chance to live the glamorous life but gives it up for his best friend Timon.
One episode reveals that Pumbaa's last name is "Smith." This was likely meant as a joke due to how incredibly common Smith is as a surname. Pumbaa was also a member of a group of warthogs, but by the time he was fully grown, he was banished because of his smell, which was apparently appalling even by warthog standards.
In the television series, Pumbaa has an uncle whose name is Boaris. Apparently, Boaris is really good at ballet, but then, because of Timon, he falls on fish eggs and goes to the hospital with Pumbaa dancing the ballet. Pumbaa, however, breaks his leg, and Uncle Boaris comes to dance.
House of Mouse
In House of Mouse, Pumbaa makes numerous appearances as one of the recurring guests. A running gag in the show is when Timon attempts to eat Jiminy Cricket but is stopped by Pumbaa. In "Timon and Pumbaa" (a House of Mouse episode), Pumbaa becomes best friends with Donald Duck after an argument with Timon. Pumbaa wants to do comedy for their performance onstage, but Timon wants to do magic. In the end, they are reunited after Timon takes up for him after it is proven that he isn't a very good comedian.
Pumbaa is also kidnapped by Pete in a plan to stink up the House of Mouse with his fart-gas, but he is rescued by Donald in the end. In "The Three Caballeros," Pumbaa is the only guest to know the third member of the Caballeros as Donald Duck. In "House of Scrooge," Timon grows tired of Scrooge McDuck's cheap entertainment (His Number One Dime) but Pumbaa wants to stay because it is shiny.
In one episode, Pumbaa and Timon audition for the part of the Genie from Aladdin. In "Not So Goofy," Pumbaa wants to hear Goofy do his signature holler. Unfortunately for Pumbaa, Goofy is acting sophisticated for the night and doffs the mantle.
In the film Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Pumbaa informs Timon what a "humbug" is after hearing Donald being called such. Timon believed it was a meal.
Pumbaa, along with Timon, make a brief, non-speaking cameo in the animated mini-series, It's a Small World: The Animated Series, in the episode One Golden Sun.
Disney ParksPumbaa is a semi-common character in the Disney parks. He is usually seen only in parades and some shows, but almost never appears as a walk-around character, with the exception of Disney On Ice and the Disney Cruise Line show Disney Dreams!. Pumbaa was also one of the characters that had a lot named for him at the Disneyland parking lot until the remains of the Lion King section of the lot were closed for Disney California Adventure expansion space. Both Pumbaa and Timon are mascots for the Animal Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World. They are also characters for Park Safety. Pumbaa has his own spell card in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom known as "Pumbaa's Ordures Gas".
It's a Small World
Pumbaa makes a cameo appearance in the attraction It's a Small World along with Simba and Timon.
He's also appeared in Fantasmic! at Tokyo Disney Sea in the jungle scene with Simba, Baloo, and King Louie.
Environmental FableAt Epcot, Pumbaa and Timon are planning to build a resort that will involve the destruction of the jungle in which they inhabitant. Luckily, Simba enlightens Pumbaa and Timon on how dangerous it is to destroy the environment and how important it is to take care of it.
On the Disney Fantasy cruise ship, Pumbaa and Timon appear as the first Disney characters the three high school graduates; Brandon and Nicole and their best bud, Kayla, meet whilst on their journey. The duo also perform "Hakuna Matata".
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- In the Timon & Pumbaa episode "Home is Where the Hog Is," it is revealed that Pumbaa's last name is Smith.
- During the song "Out There," in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, two men are seen carrying a dead warthog that resembles Pumbaa.
- Pumbaa is the first Disney character to experience flatulence.
- According to the story All Mud and Motor Mouth, Pumbaa once lived with his parents, brother, and sister.
- Timon and Pumbaa make a brief cameo in the film Leroy and Stitch.
- In the Aladdin and the King of Thieves, during Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding ceremony, the Genie briefly morphed into Pumbaa, quoting the famous "Hakuna Matata!" line to ease Aladdin's nerves.
- Pumbaa's dialogue with Banzai ("Are you talkig to me?!) is reference to popular scene from the film Taxi driver. Too, his next line, "They call me Mister. Pig", is a refrence to Virgil Tibbs line "They call me Mister Tibbs".
- Pumbaa has been known to dislike being in big crowds, possibly suggesting claustrophobia.
- In one of the Disney parody trailers promoting Lilo & Stitch and spoofing The Lion King, during the iconic "Circle of Life" scene, Rafiki holds up what's meant to be baby Simba, but it's instead Stitch, which Timon announces in confusion whilst sitting atop Pumbaa.
- Pumbaa makes a brief cameo in an episode of 101 Dalmatians: The Series, being seen amongst the other farm animals.
- In Enchanted, Pip accidentally transforms himself momentarily into Pumbaa in the DVD extra "Pip's Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure". In addition, a warthog resembling Pumbaa can be seen at the end of the film with a bunch of animals who are in line to have their books signed by Pip.
- Pumbaa's original name was Harold.
- In the earlier versions of The Lion King, Pumbaa/Harold and Timon grew up with Simba, Nala, Bhati, Tesma, and Iggy instead of rescuing the cub.
- There was an idea for Pumbaa and Timon to sing the complete "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," but it was too grotesque.
- One of Pumbaa’s defining characteristics was the way he rubbed his belly. The inspiration for the tick: animator Tony Bancroft’s then-pregnant wife, who would often rub her own protruding belly. Bancroft thought that the action would make Pumbaa more “human and relatable.”
- Timon: "(Watches Simba walk past) He looks blue."
Pumbaa: "I'd say brownish gold."
Timon: "No no, I mean he's depressed."
- —Timon and Pumbaa on Simba
- Pumbaa: "Oooh, don't worry, Kiara-- Uncle Pumbaa's comin'!"
Timon: "Oh, no... ohh... uh... uh... let's see, uh... (he goes in-character as though talking to Simba) Gee, Simba. The good news is, we found your daughter. The bad news is, we dropped a warthog on her. Is there a problem with that?"
Pumbaa: "Kiara? Kiara?"
Timon: "Pumbaa! Let me define "babysitting!" (Gets up and finds Kiara beneath) "Sorry."
- —Pumbaa "babysitting" Kiara
- Timon: " When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That's our motto!"
Pumbaa: "I thought our motto was Hakuna Matata!"
Timon: "Oh Pumbaa, stop living in the past!"
- —Timon and Pumbaa during the battle with Outsiders