I have only watched The Lion King and I want to watch The Lion King II and The Lion King 1½, probably in a marathon with the original film, which neither I nor my wife have seen for more than 10 years so we probably forgot most of it.

As I know The Lion King 1½ takes place at the same time as The Lion King, should I watch it between the first and second films? Or does it make more sense to watch the films in release order?

  • The Lion King 1/2 is part of the story told from the perspective of Timon and Pumba, so it needs to be watched after The Lion King so you have a grasp of the events it refers to (and so it doesn't require spoiler alerts everywhere).
    – gabe3886
    May 29, 2018 at 13:24
  • I don't remember the other movies adding more to the first one. Maybe you could just watch only the original movie?
    – wip
    Jun 3, 2018 at 22:08

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There is not really any best order, as you already know The Lion King is the first film in franchise and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is the sequel, so that's the order which matters. The Lion King 1½ take place before, during and after The Lion King, so you should watch it after The Lion King but not necessarily before or after The Lion King II.

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