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The Lion King 1½ Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Clever and mostly charming--most kids will enjoy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a surprising amount of potty humor--everything from Pumbaa's gas problem to jokes about belching, nose-picking and toilet-training. Some kids may get upset that Timon leaves his family and heads off alone in search of happiness and that Pumbaa does not have any family at all. The hyenas may frighten some children--they are constantly trying to kill the meerkats. Also, at one point Timon's mom says of the hyenas "When they die, they become the grass." This comment may need to be explained.

  • Families can talk about how Timon and Pumbaa's version of events is different from the ones presented in the original movie. Is one version the "right" one? For kids who have not seen the original, you might ask them what Timon eventually learns about friendship.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The other meerkats make fun of Timon. Some potty humor--jokes about passing gas, burping, nose-picking.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: The hyenas attack the meerkats. Some comic violence (the friends fall over a waterfall, almost fall off cliffs, etc.) The hyenas may frighten some children. The meerkats are constantly in danger from predators.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: The naughtiest comment is "'s whip some grass!"

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    Consumerism: Inside the DVD are ads/coupons for Disney products as well as a brochure for the Disney Visa credit card.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue