Welcome to Day 8 of the 30 Day Disney Blogging Challenge!
Today we are looking at Disney Friendships. We are talking about two people or animals that have an unmistakable bond, complement one another and will always be there no matter what. Their friendships are full of loyalty, humour and acceptance. There are plenty of pals in the Disney World but whenever I thought about this question, these unique individuals always sprang to mind first:
TIMON & PUMBAA!
The lovable duo became friends when Timon left the Savannah tired of digging holes with his species. He wanted to seek adventure. Pumbaa was having difficulty making friends in the grasslands due to his ‘wind.’ When they found each other, Timon was the only creature able to withstand the stench and together, they set off to explore the great wide world.
Timon is a selfish Meerkat and Pumbaa a gassy Warthog from The Lion King. They are not featured until halfway through the film when Simba runs away from home and faints from exhaustion in their territory. Timon believes himself to be the brains of the operation and Pumbaa the brawn. However, several times in the movie, it is Pumbaa making logical suggestions that Timon denies before claiming the ideas as his own. They introduce Simba to their carefree way of living and their famous philosophy coined by the both of them: Hakuna-Matata which means no worries. Their home is a lush rainforest filled with juicy bugs for them to eat and they are truly content living with ease as the best of friends. I cannot say which one is funnier out of the two. Pumbaa’s form of humour comes through in his flatulence and Timon’s in his sarcasm. If we were to humanise them, they come across as two nomadic teenagers that don’t care for the conventions of adulthood. In one scene, they lay on the grass and stargaze with Simba trying to discern what stars actually are. It’s a really cute male bonding moment.
They are typical boys. After Nala finds Simba, Timon sings Can You Feel the Love Tonight to Pumbaa, terrified their new friend will leave them for a girl. As anticipated, she convinces him to leave his new-found freedom and return to Priderock as the rightful heir to the kingdom. For the first time in their lives, Timon and Pumbaa realise how important responsibility can be. They go after him and assist in reclaiming the land from the hyenas. Who can forget the scene when Timon dresses in drag and does the hula whilst Pumbaa offers himself up as bait?
I believe the song goes something like this: