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


Timon is a meerkat and a supporting 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 Billy Eichner.

History

Timon and Pumbaa are chasing off vultures when they stumble on an unconscious Simba. Timon implores Pumbaa to run for his life, but Pumbaa expresses interest in adopting the cub. Timon only agrees because he thinks Simba can protect him once he is older.

The two revive Simba and lead him to the jungle, where they teach him to embrace an “Hakuna Matata” lifestyle. Timon introduces Simba to their other animal friends and tells him that he must eat grubs only.

Simba embraces Timon and Pumbaa’s lifestyle and grows up with them in the jungle.

One day, Simba tries to play with an animal friend of his, but the animal avoids him. Timon gently explains that most prey animals will not want to play with a predator. Simba questions Timon and Pumbaa about the Circle of Life, but they insist that life is a line in which everyone only looks out for themselves.

That night, Timon stargazes with his friends. He surmises that stars are simply fireflies that got stuck on the sky. Simba offers his father’s explanation about the Great Kings of the Past, only for Timon and Pumbaa to laugh at him. When Simba walks off, hurt, Timon blames Pumbaa.

The next day, a lioness attacks Pumbaa, and Timon tries desperately to save him. Simba intervenes, only to realize that the lioness is his childhood friend, Nala. The two have a joyous reunion, and Simba introduces her to Timon and Pumbaa. The two then spend a romantic evening in the jungle together, which disappoints Timon and Pumbaa.

Later, after Simba leaves to claim his kingship of the Pride Lands, Timon and Pumbaa journey to the kingdom themselves. They distract the hyenas to give Simba and Nala the opportunity to reach Scar and do battle against the hyenas.

After the battle, Timon watches Simba ascend Pride Rock. He later witnesses the presentation of Simba’s cub.

Trivia

  • Timon is shown to have a penchant for eggs in the novelization and supplementary materials.

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