Timon is a comical meerkat and a supporting character in Disney's 1994 feature film The Lion King. He is also the protagonist of the 2004 film The Lion King11/2. Timon is the best friend of Pumbaa, friend and guardian (when he was a cub) of Simba, son of Ma and nephew of Uncle Max. Inspired by the idea of having a major predator on their side in The Lion King, he and Pumbaa took Simba in when he collapsed of heat exhaustion and guilt after his father's death. In The Lion King 11/2 ,Timon is primarily shown as the every-man meerkat of his colony, who longs for a better life and according to him: ''where we don't have to dig tunnels and live with our heads stuck in the sand.''