Uncle Max
Biographical Information



The Greatest[1]






Timon's Colony

Familial Information

Timon (nephew)
Ma (sister or sister-in-law)
Simba (adoptive great-nephew)
Bunga (adoptive great-nephew)
Nala (adoptive great-niece-in-law)
Kiara (adoptive great-great-niece)
Kion (adoptive great-great-nephew)
Kovu (adoptive great-great-nephew-in-law)

Media Information
Voiced by

Jerry Stiller

Animated by

Lianne Hughes


The Lion King 1½

Applaud now, sonny boy! But try clapping when you don't have any hands.
—Max to Timon

Uncle Max is the secondary tritagonist of The Lion King 1½. He is the uncle of Timon.


The Lion King 1½

Max: She's right! We're food for other animals! Feared by no one and eaten by all!
Timon: But when they die, they become the grass and we eat the grass...right?
Max: Not exactly, we can't eat grass. We're grass intolerant...
—Max and Timon


Uncle Max annoyed by Timon's clumsiness

Uncle Max is the uncle of Timon, and it is assumed that he is either the brother of Timon's Father or Ma. He lives in a colony of meerkats, far from the Pride Lands. In the film, Ma asks him where Timon is until the tunnel is collapsed by Timon's "handy work". Because Ma wants Timon to fit in with the meerkat colony, she requests of Uncle Max to assign Timon to lead the sentry duty. At first, he is very reluctant, but he ends up mentoring him. When Timon is caught off-guard singing "That's All I Need" while on sentry duty, he was nearly eaten by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed who infiltrated the colony, but he recovers.


Uncle Max in the battle of Pride Rock

Later on in the film, Rafiki tells Ma that Timon is "looking beyond what he sees" and he follows Ma as they go look for Timon. Near the climax, he is reunited with his nephew Timon and meets Pumbaa. Timon and Pumbaa make a plan with him and Ma to build a trap to keep the hyenas away from Simba.

Along with Ma, he builds a tunnel while Timon and Pumbaa stall the hyenas. The tunnel he builds with Ma initially fails leading to Timon to finish the tunnel which leads to the downfall of Scar and the hyenas. When Timon finishes the tunnel, he hugs Timon so hard that he feels nearly choked. Finally, he is present with Timon, Pumbaa, and Ma as they see Simba take back his throne.

Peaceful Uncle Max

Uncle Max lounging in his new home

Finally, he is seen demonstrating a pose in a session of tai-chi with other meerkats in the oasis, and when Pumbaa states he wants to watch the movie again, Max comments he has brought extra butter to go with his grubs.

Physical appearance

An old codger of a meerkat, Uncle Max is tall and slightly overweight with an anvil-shaped head and a thick middle. Despite this, he carries himself well, being fit and strong, able to outrun a hyena and build long, sloping tunnels.

As far as coloration goes, Max is pale gray in color with darker stripes along his back. His chest and the bottom of his muzzle are whitish-gray, while his ears, hands, feet, and tail tip are dark brown, almost black. Like his nephew, Max sports dark eye rims and thick eyebrows, framing a pair of beady, black eyes. Perhaps due to his old age, Max has short-cropped, gray hair.

Personality and traits

Are you nuts?!
—Max to Ma

Max is flinchy, irritable, easy to disappoint, a stickler for the rules, and very pessimistic about life in general. He is especially against the concept of being eaten.

Voice actors


  • Originally, Uncle Max was not a character. He ended up replacing Timon's Father as a character in the film.
  • Max bears an uncanny resemblance to Iron Joe, even getting part of his tail fur bitten off early in the film.
  • Ma refers to Max as "Uncle," implying that he may be her uncle, but he is in fact Timon's uncle.[2]


Scurry, sniff, flinch!
—Max teaches Timon about standing guard

Hyenas in the hole!
—Max's words as he kicks down one of the tunnel supports

Crane...spreads its wings. Turns, with dainty hands...
—Max teaches tai-chi to a small group of meerkats



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