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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Pumbaa from the 2019 movie. The mainstream version can be found here: Pumbaa (Disney).

Pumbaa is a warthog and a major character of the 2019 film The Lion King, a remake of the 1994 animated classic film. He is based off his original incarnation with the same name.

He is voiced by Seth Rogen, who also played B.O.B. in Monsters vs. AliensMorton the Mouse in Horton Hears a Who!, Hogsqueal in The Spiderwick Chronicles, Mantis in Kung Fu Panda, Frank in Sausage Party, himself in This Is the End, Dale Denton in Pineapple Express and Paul in the 2011 film of the same name.

History

Pumbaa and his friend Timon are chasing off vultures when they stumble upon a lion cub named Simba, who is lying unconscious. Timon implores Pumbaa to run for his life, but Pumbaa expresses interest in adopting Simba as a pet. He begs Timon for permission, and the meerkat eventually relents. 

The two of them bring Simba to their jungle home, where they teach him to embrace a “Hakuna Matata” lifestyle. They introduce him to their animal friends and tell him that he should eat grubs in order to live with them. Simba agrees, and the two of them accept him as their friend. 

Over the years, Simba grows up with Timon and Pumbaa. One day, he asks his friends about the Circle of Life, and they explain that life is more like a line in which everyone is out for themselves. Pumbaa insists that his actions do not affect everyone but himself.

That evening, Pumbaa stargazes with his friends. He wonders if the stars are balls of boiling gas, but Timon merely pokes fun at him for obsessing over gas. Simba offers his father’s explanation of the Great Kings of the Past, only for Timon and Pumbaa to laugh at him. When he wanders off sorrowfully, Timon accuses Pumbaa, who feels ashamed.

The next day, Pumbaa and his friends are wandering through the jungle when they are attacked by a lioness. The lioness targets Pumbaa and chases him through the jungle. Just before she can catch him, Simba jumps to his aid and fends her off. As they fight, Simba realises that the lioness is his childhood friend Nala and the pair have a joyous reunion.

Simba introduces Timon and Pumbaa to Nala. Then, all of a sudden, he leaves with her to explore the jungle, much to Timon’s dissatisfaction. Pumbaa is clueless as to why Timon is upset, but understands once Timon explains that Simba will fall in love and leave their trio.

The next day, Timon and Pumbaa journey across the desert to catch up with Simba, who has left to reclaim the Pride Lands from his evil uncle Scar. They divert Scar's hyenas in order to let Simba and Nala sneak into the kingdom and join in the battle that follows. When Kamari impolitely calls him plump and chubby, Pumbaa attacks and declares that he dislikes bullies.

After the fight, Pumbaa watches Simba ascend Pride Rock and take his rightful place as King.

Months later, Pumbaa and Timon witness the presentation of Simba and Nala’s cub.

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  • The piglet version of Pumbaa is erroneously depicted as a red river hog.

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Movies
The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Timon | Pumbaa | Rafiki | Zazu | Mufasa | Sarabi | Sarafina | Pridelanders
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Vitani
The Lion King ½: Ma | Uncle Max
The Lion King (2019): Simba | Nala | Timon | Pumbaa | Rafiki | Zazu | Mufasa | Sarabi

Television
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Ono | Beshte | Jasiri | Makini | Anga | Tiifu | Zuri | Janja | Rani | Baliyo | Surak | Nirmala | Askari

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Kopa | Ahadi | Mohatu

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