Oswald Reviews Disney Spin-offs and Sequels (The Lion King 1 1/2)

This is the 3rd sequel to The Lion King…

…there is no lion king in it. Sure Simba’s in it for the 3rd act, but we all know this folm should have been Timon and Pumbaa the movie.

Anyway, is this film good or bad?  Let’s see.

Story: This is the origin of Timon and Pumbaa…well, mostly Timon. This is them trying to find a home while the events from the first film are going on meanwhile. And all sorts of continuity is screwed up.

Seriously, so much of this film contradicts the first one. Time spans are thrown off, a lot of questions are formed, it’s a big mess.

Other than that, it’s way too predictable. There is cliche after cliche being thrown out at you. But the jokes are kinda funny…they did get a chuckle out of me.

Animation: It’s decent. What else can I say? They just repurposed the old backgrounds from the first, and just overlayed the new stuff.

Character: You know for an origin story, they don’t add to what we already know to the characters. They added a small little backstory to Timon, but there’s no change to him. They didn’t add anything to Pumbaa. They just rehashed what was explained in Hakuna Matata.

The new characters are generic. Timon’s mom is generic and Timon’s Uncle is just annoying.

In conclusion, The Lion King 1 1/2 could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse.  This film really hasn’t aged well, but it is still worth a look. See you later, Animators!

Story: 3
Animation: 7
Characters: 2
Total: 4


10 thoughts on “Oswald Reviews Disney Spin-offs and Sequels (The Lion King 1 1/2)

  1. When I was smaller, I would watch this movie over and over again. Then I would play the little games in bonus features. “Who Wants to be King of the Jungle” and this other little roller coaster game. I would keep playing the trivia game multiple time in a row so I could be “King of the Jungle” at least once in my life. This movie was always one of my favorite movies as a child. And still is – ish. Along with Monsters Inc. and Spirit.

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