The Lion King 1 1⁄2 (pronounced as The Lion King one-and-a-half / known for unknown reasons as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata! outside of North America) is a 2004 American animated comedy adventure film produced by the Australian branch of Disneytoon Studios and released direct to video on February 10, 2004. The film was also theatrically released internationally and in selected cities in the United States. As a spin-off in the Lion King media franchise, the film is chronologically the first in the franchise. It focuses on the meerkat/warthog duo Timon and Pumbaa and their escapades taking place before and during the events of The Lion King. Much of the original cast from the first film returns in this film to reprise their roles, including Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella as Timon and Pumbaa, respectively.