Don Hahn

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Movie Answer Man (12/11/1994)

Q. Is it possible that Disney took "The Lion King" into the shop for a little retooling between its first and second release? I thought the best sight gag in the movie was when Timon and Pumbaa staged their mini-luau to lure away the hyenas. There's a hilarious contrast between carefree Timon, doing his manic little hula, and poor, pragmatic Pumbaa, stuck motionless on a plate, agony in his eyes and sweat literally spouting out of every pore. So, a few weeks back, I take the kids to the re-release and wait patiently for my favorite scene and...lo and behold! No sweat! No agony! Pumbaa's lying on the plate, big smile on his face, apparently having the time of his life! At first, I think I'm suffering from MAMLS (Middle-age Memory Loss Syndrome), but my 11-year old daughter, who remembers EVERYTHING, backs me up on it. (Chuck Mathias, Tacoma, WA)