The Lion King 1½ (also titled as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata in some countries) is a 2004 American/Australian direct-to-video animated musical comedy adventure film released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on February 10, 2004. The DVD went to the Disney Vault in January 2005. The film is a prequel/parallel/midquel to 1994's The Lion King and focuses on the meerkat/warthog duo Timon and Pumbaa before, during and after the events of the original film. The film, setup as a frame story, starts out playing the very beginning of the original film. Timon and Pumbaa are shown in silhouette commenting on the movie being shown before them, in a style similar to that of Template:WikipediaLink.
While the original film, The Lion King, seemed to be based on Template:WikipediaLink, this film might have been inspired by the Tom Stoppard play Template:WikipediaLink, in which the titular characters are seen in every major event of Hamlet.
Reviews were generally positive from critics and audiences.