To Be Bee or Not To Be Bee
To Be Bee or Not To Be Bee
Attribution Information

Mauro Casalese


Don Gillies

Production Information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa





Air date

January 1, 1999

Episode Guide



"Luck Be a Meerkat"

"To Be Bee or Not To Be Bee" is the second segment of the first episode of Season 3 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It aired on January 1, 1999, along with "Whiff".


Timon and Pumbaa get caught by bees. When Timon and Pumbaa take over the bee colony with their Hakuna Matata, only one of the bees can get the Queen Bee to come back.


"To Be Bee or Not To Be Bee" begins by introducing Timon, a meerkat, and his warthog friend, Pumbaa.

At the start of the episode, Timon and Pumbaa are exploring the darkest and deepest part of the jungle, searching for the Valley of Big Bugs. The two friends then see two giant bugs running towards them. They then get captured by a giant praying mantis, who is about to devour them until they get rescued by a horde of large bees.

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Buzz shows the pals to Queen Bee

The bees take Timon and Pumbaa to their colony and one of the bees, whose name is Buzz, takes the two friends to the Queen. Queen Bee demands to have Timon and Pumbaa fed to the larvae, but Buzz suggests that they should be put to work instead, with the assistants agreeing, knowing that it would increase the percentage of the working activities. Queen Bee reluctantly agrees and demands Buzz to train Timon and Pumbaa. While Timon and Pumbaa thank Buzz for saving their lives twice, the bee suggests that they could repay him by being model workers in order to impress Queen Bee.

Buzz makes Timon and Pumbaa carry buckets of honey to the bee hive. The bee then finds the pals relaxing in their buckets. This makes the buckets too heavy for Buzz to carry and he accidentally knocks another bee, causing all the other bees to be knocked as well. The bees accidentally make a mess at the bee colony, making Queen Bee report Buzz to her office.

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Timon, Pumbaa, and Buzz sing "Hakuna Matata"

Buzz just got fired as being the first class worker of the colony. Timon and Pumbaa suggest that he, as well as the other bees, should relax and they teach him about Hakuna Matata. At first, Buzz doesn't find this to be a good idea since he spent his whole life working for Queen Bee, but then he and all the other bees start to go along with living a Hakuna Matata life. Queen Bee sees what's going on and forces the bees to get back to work, but Buzz fights back, stating that there is more to life than work and Queen Bee gets kicked out of the colony.

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Buzz about to banish Timon and Pumbaa

Timon and Pumbaa become the kings of the colony and they let the bees enjoy their new Hakuna Matata life. However, things go wrong at the bee hive and Timon, Pumbaa, and Buzz realize that Hakuna Matata doesn't work for bees. Therefore, Buzz begs Queen Bee to return to the hive. Queen Bee forgives him and tells him that she will return only if the bees are loyal to her, take cost of their health benefits, and have Timon and Pumbaa banished from their colony.

Timon and Pumbaa are put in a net so that they could fly far away from their territory after Buzz cuts the rope with an axe. When this plan succeeds, the bees get back to work. Meanwhile, Timon and Pumbaa are flying in the air until they land in another part of their jungle.



Guest Starring





Organizations and Titles

  • Buzz's colony
  • First Class Worker
  • Queen of the Bees


  • The episode's title is a play on the well-known phrase, "To be, or not to be?" from Hamlet, a Shakespearean play.