The Lion King 1½ (also known as The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata in some countries) is a 2004 direct-to-video animated musical buddy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on February 10, 2004. The film was also theatrically released internationally and in selected cities in the United States. It is the third and final installment in the Lion King trilogy. The DVD went to the Disney Vault in January 2005. The film is a prequel, parallel story, and midquel to the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King, and follows characters Timon and Pumbaa and their involvement surrounding the original film.