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The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa and 7 more inseparable Disney double-acts


Disney's live-action re-imagining of their Oscar-winning 1994 classic The Lion King arrives in Cineworld on 19th July. The latest trailer blew us all away with its gorgeous-looking visuals, and we can't wait to see the film on the big screen, directed by Jon Favreau with an all-star voice cast.

Sticking close to the original film, this new version will see James Earl Jones reprise his role as Mufasa, and Hans Zimmer, Elton John and Tim Rice return to provide the music. Donald Glover is the voice of the adult Simba, joined by Beyonce as Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. Throw in some incredible photorealistic CGI, and we've got an unmissable summer blockbuster.

Moreover, in the trailer we finally got our first look at the 'Hakuna Matata' singing duo of Timon and Pumbaa. Previously voiced by Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, the new iteration will see the pair played by Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen respectively, who look to be nailing the iconic, grub-eating friends.

Like many good things in life, we can't have one of them without the other. And like Timon and Pumbaa, here are seven more inseparable Disney double-acts.

Timon and Pumbaa in Disney's The Lion King remake

1. Dinky and Boomer – The Fox and the Hound (1981)

While The Fox and the Hound contains one of the most touching friendships in film with fox Tod (Keith Coogan/Mickey Rooney) and dog Copper (Corey Feldman/Kurt Russell), our pick for this list goes to bird-brained duo Dinky (Dick Bakalyan) and Boomer (Paul Winchell).

Demonstrating unwavering loyalty and teamwork, this pair spend the entirety of the film on a quest to snag a tasty caterpillar snack, but always find their efforts coming up short due to their own incompetence.

While we're relieved the caterpillar gets to live another day, maybe it would be better for the pair if they asked Timon and Pumbaa for some top tips on bug catching.

2. Gaston and LeFou – Beauty and the Beast (1991)

For a double act to be successful, their relationship has to be completely equal; no one can have superiority over the other, but it looks like nobody told this to charismatic Beauty and the Beast villain Gaston (Richard White), who treats his faithful companion LeFou (Jesse Corti) with nothing but indifference.

Luckily for Gaston, LeFou admires his braggadocio to such an extent that he goes out of his way to incite a full-blown musical number to cheer him up by piling on compliment after compliment. In 2017, we were treated to Disney's live-action rendition with scene-stealing turns from Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou.

3. Woody and Buzz – Toy Story (1995)

Although Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) were originally created before Pixar was purchased by Disney in 2006, the pair are now well and truly part of the wider Disney family. Originally starting as enemies when Woody fears he's being replaced by the spangly new space ranger, the pair soon learn to put their differences aside to be there for their owner Andy.

Ever since, these two have been as thick as thieves and have embarked on some of our fondest childhood adventures. And their adventures aren't over yet as we can look forward to seeing them again when Toy Story 4 arrives in Cineworld on 21st June.

4. Pain and Panic – Hercules (1997)

It may be Hades (James Woods), the hot-headed ruler of the underworld, who gets top-billing as the villain in Disney's version of the titular Greek legend, but even he wouldn't be half as good a villain if it weren't for his bumbling minions Pain (Bobcat Goldthwait) and Panic (Matt Frewer).

Tasked with kidnapping and killing baby Hercules, the pair ultimately fail when they're spooked by a couple who find and adopt the demigod. If it weren't for the pair's lack of skill, the events of the film wouldn't have played out, so for that we owe our thanks to these hopeless henchmen.

5. Mushu and Cricket – Mulan (1998)

Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and nowhere is this demonstrated best than with the unlikely friendship between ancient Chinese dragon guardian Mushu (Eddie Murphy) and an adorably lucky cricket in Mulan.

They are tasked to keep their friend Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) safe during her undercover military service against the Huns. Despite their small statures and Cricket's lack of linguistics, the pair nevertheless prove themselves to be a fantastic and invaluable team. Using creative means to overcome seemingly impossible situations in hilarious ways, this pair are the real heroes of Mulan.

6. Yzma and Kronk – The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

They might not be the most diabolical Disney villains, but power-hungry Yzma (Eartha Kitt) and her buffoonish sidekick Kronk (Patrick Warburton) are certainly among our favourites. When their evil scheme to posion the emperor (David Spade) backfires, accidentally turning him into a llama, they must embark on a race to find him before their plans are discovered.

The perfect comedy double act, Yzma and Kronk's personalities bounce off each other constantly throughout to deliver some of the biggest laughs in Disney history. Combine this with the film's fourth-wall-breaking style of strange humour and we're left with one of the most unique Disney adventures to date.

7. Lilo and Stitch – Lilo & Stitch (2002)

They say there's no greater bond than the one between a child and their dog, but in the case of young Lilo (Daveigh Chase), her "dog" turned out to be a genetically engineered, six-legged destructive ball of alien mischief, who she affectionally named Stitch after adopting him.

Both seen as outsiders by their peers, these eccentric troublemakers slowly but surely form an unbreakable connection as they work to save their family from those who try to tear it apart – and over their shared love of Elvis. This friendship was so endearing, in fact, that the duo went on to feature in three more films and a spin-off series.

The Lion King is released on 19th July. Tweet us your favourite Disney movie double-acts @Cineworld.

Andy Murray is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.