Thursday, January 17, 2013

Saturtainment: The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa (1995)

Spinning off from the smash hit movie, "The Lion King", which came out a year earlier, two supporting characters from the film were given their own Saturday morning series in 1995.

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa lasted just one season on CBS, as it was the last series Disney sold to the network before it began programming ABC's Saturday lineup after purchasing said network. Ernie Sabella (ex-Perfect Strangers) & Nathan Lane reprised their roles from the movie, especially to perform "Hakuna Matata", which became the show's theme song. However, Lane bowed out shortly thereafter due to, presumably other commitments, and was replaced by other actors as Timon. In fact, that left Sabella as the only cast member from the movie still working on the show, as all the other characters that carried over were recast.

Timon & Pumbaa had the dubious task of leading off CBS' lineup. Not a very good option, considering how many series have died in the 8:00 (ET) berth over the years. Only one season's worth of episodes were made, and the series moved to Disney Channel after leaving CBS. The series resurfaced on Disney Junior last year after a lengthy absence.

Now, here's "Hakuna Matata", the television version:

Rating: None. Didn't watch the show.

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