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The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
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Title
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa
Director
Roberts Gannaway
Tony Craig
Rob LaDuca
Jeff DeGrandis
Eddy Houchins
Mauro Casalese
Brad Neave
Composer
Stephen James Taylor
Starring
Nathan Lane
Quinton Flynn
Kevin Schon
Ernie Sabella
Company
Walt Disney Television Animation
Studio B. Productions (Season 3)
Channel
Syndication
CBS
Disney Channel
Toon Disney
Airdate
September 8, 1995 - September 24, 1999

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, often referred to as simply Timon & Pumbaa, is an American animated spin-off television series inspired by The Lion King that aired from September 8, 1995 – September 24, 1999 and was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. It aired on Fridays and later Mondays on the syndicated block The Disney Afternoon, with new episodes airing on Saturday mornings on CBS. The series later reran on Disney Channel, Toon Disney, and Disney Junior. It features Timon and Pumbaa as the main characters and has appearances of other characters from the film, such as cameos of Simba, Scar, and Rafiki in the special episode, Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa. It is also the first series in the Lion King universe to show humans, as humans were not present in any of the three films.

Premise

The show stars Timon, a meerkat, and Pumbaa, a warthog, both characters from the Disney animated film The Lion King and its sequels. Taking place after the events of the original film, it focuses on the lives of the characters, showing them having misadventures in the jungle and sometimes finding themselves across the globe in various settings, such as Canada, the United States, France, and Spain.

Characters

The following are original characters returning in the series:

Character Information Voiced by

Supporting Characters

The following are supporting characters in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series:

Character Information Voiced by

Villains

The following are villains in the Timon & Pumbaa TV series:

Character Information Voiced by

Episodes

The following is a list of episodes of the series.

In the Fall of 1995, 13 episodes aired on Friday afternoons on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block while 12 more episodes aired on Saturday mornings on CBS. In the Fall of 1996, 13 new episodes aired on The Disney Afternoon with 8 more airing on CBS. The syndicated and CBS episodes of both the first and second season are listed separately here and are therefore not listed according to their broadcast chronology.

In 1998, 39 new episodes were produced due to overseas demand. These episodes began airing on Toon Disney in 1999.

Season 1 (Syndicated)

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate

Season 1 (CBS)

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate

Season 2 (Syndicated)

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate

Season 2 (CBS)

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate

Season 3 (Toon Disney)

After Season 2, the show had a change in writers and new directors and was produced by the Canadian animation studio Studio B Productions for Walt Disney Television Animation. The episodes now open with the same title card artwork that is used in "Catch Me if You Kenya" and the Timon & Pumbaa logo that usually appeared at the frame is gone. These episodes premiered on the now-defunct Toon Disney.

Episode Number Episode Title Original Airdate

Development

In 1995, Roberts Gannaway and Tony Craig had joined Disney to produce the series. Gannaway stated that he and Craig wanted to expand on Timon and Pumbaa's personalities as a comedy team to keep the series fresh and to make it more interesting, they decided to not have Timon and Pumbaa remain in the Serengeti throughout the entire show, but allowing them to explore the world and meet different kinds of animals.[1]

According to one of the show's writers Kevin Campbell, at the beginning of the series, he and Gannaway made a giant list of puns using country names to open the doors on how many places they could go. After figuring out which funny animal or obstacle situation Timon and Pumbaa would face, they used a "Which Animals Live Where" atlas reference book to find where in the world an episode could take place and check a list of country puns they could pick.[2]

VHS releases

US releases

Six VHS cassettes containing 18 episodes of the series were released in the United States under the name Timon & Pumbaa's Wild Adventures.

European and Australian releases

Three VHS cassettes containing 21 episodes of the series were released in Europe and Australia.

DVD releases

Three DVDs containing 21 episodes of the series were released in Europe and Japan.

  • Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa - June 7, 2004
  • Dining Out with Timon & Pumbaa - March 14, 2005
  • On Holiday with Timon & Pumbaa - March 14, 2005

Awards and nominations

  • Daytime Emmy Awards
    • 1996 – Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – Nathan Lane (for playing "Timon"). (Won)
    • 1996 - Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Ernie Sabella (for playing "Pumbaa"). (Nominated)
    • 1996 - Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special Class - Michael Jiron, Dan Hiland, Melissa Ellis, Jim Hodson, Allen L. Stone, Bill Koepnick, Joseph D. Citarella, and Deb Adair (Nominated)
    • 1997 – Outstanding Sound Mixing – Special Class – Deb Adair, Jim Hodson, Melissa Ellis, Michael Beiriger, Dan Hiland, Joseph D. Citarella, Allen L. Stone, and Michael Jiron. (Won)
    • 1997 – Outstanding Individual in Animation – Kexx Singleton (for "Beethoven's Whiff"). (Won)
    • 1997 - Outstanding Music Direction and Composition - Stephen James Taylor. (Nominated)
  • Annie Awards
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a TV Production - Roberts Gannaway and Tony Craig (for "Beethoven's Whiff / Bumble in the Jungle / Mind Over Matterhorn"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Storyboarding in a TV Production - Bob Logan (for "Bumble in the Jungle"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Production Design in a TV Production - Mike Moon (for "Bumble in the Jungle"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Production Design in a TV Production - Kexx Singleton (for "Beethoven's Whiff"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Production Design in a TV Production - Sy Thomas (for "Bumble in the Jungle"). (Nominated)
    • 1997 - Best Individual Achievement: Character Animation - Bob Baxter (for "Beethoven's Whiff"). (Nominated)
  • Humanitas Prize
    • 1997 - Children's Animation Category - Roberts Gannaway (for "Once Upon a Timon"). (Nominated)
  • Golden Reel Awards
    • 2000 - Best Sound Editing - Television Animated Series - Sound - Jennifer Martens, Charles Rychwalski, Eric Hertsguaard, Rick Hammel, Kenneth Young, and David Lynch (for "War Hogs / The Big No Sleep"). (Nominated)
    • 2000 - Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music - Fil Brown and Liz Lachman (for "Hot Air Buffoons"). (Nominated)
    • 2000 - Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music - Brian F. Mars and Liz Lachman (for "Steel Hog / Dealer's Choice Cut"). (Nominated)

Videos

International broadcasts

  • USA - Syndication, CBS, Disney Channel, Toon Disney and Disney Junior
  • Middle East - Jeem TV and Ajyal TV
  • Japan - Cartoon Network Japan and Disney Channel
  • Australia and New Zealand - Boomerang and Disney XD
  • Korea - Disney Channel Korea and KBS1
  • India - Disney Channel 
  • Indonesia - MNCTV and SpaceToon
  • Finland - MTV3, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network
  • United Kingdom & Ireland - Disney XD, Disney Junior, CITV and Disney Channel
  • Italy - Toon Disney and Disney Junior
  • Germany - Disney Channel and Kabel eins
  • France - Toon Disney and Disney XD

References

  1. http://www.awn.com/mag/issue3.6/3.6pages/3.6lyonsdisney.html
  2. https://d23.com/this-day/the-lion-kings-timon-and-pumbaa-debuts-in-syndication/

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