Lion King 1 1/2, The (film) Direct-to-video sequel released on February 10, 2004. The story running parallel to The Lion King, yet completely original, depicts the history of Timon and Pumbaa—how they met and became friends, and their behind-the-scenes influence on Simba’s rise to the throne. The duo discovers their perfect oasis, but after becoming friends with Simba, they learn the limits of the easy life, and they finally find that the real “hakuna matata” happens only when they leave the oasis and reunite with the ones they love. Directed by Brad Raymond. The voice cast from the original film returns, supplemented by Julie Kavner (Timon’s mom), Jerry Stiller (Timon’s Uncle Max), and Matt Weinberg (Young Simba).