Wild About Safety

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Timon & Pumbaa's
Wild About Safety
Wild About Safety Logo.png
Created byDisney Educational Productions
Underwriters Laboratories
Directed byDave Bossert
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8
Production
ProducerDave Bossert
EditorMelissa Timme
Running time12 minutes approx

Timon and Pumbaa's Wild About Safety is an educational series that features short films that were produced by Disney Educational Productions, Duck Studios, and Underwriters Laboratories. The series is directed and produced by Dave Bossert, and written by Douglas Segal. The music is composed by Mark Watters, and the video was edited by Melissa Timme using Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.

The short films are played at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.[1] Each short film is approximately 12 minutes long. The short films appear as signs at the bag-checking area in the Disneyland Resort. In resorts in Walt Disney World & Disneyland, a video about hotel safety, the episodes "Safety Smart: On the Go!", and the "Safety Smart: On the Go!" short series are played on TV.

Synopsis[edit]

Supposedly set in the world of The Lion King, the series follows friends Timon (Bruce Lanoil) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) as they learn to be "Safety Smart" by taking precautions such as being aware of your surroundings. The main storyline for the series is Timon not knowing/following proper safety guidance, and Pumbaa teaching it to him. At the end of each episode, Timon and Pumbaa sing a musical number reviewing all that they learned from the episode in question.

Disney explains: "The two loveable characters will teach students in kindergarten through third grade the importance of always being on the look-out for safety problems. Together with Timon and Pumbaa, students will learn a variety of safety lesson that will help themselves and others avoid injuries".[2]

Characters[edit]

Simba and his mother Sarabi make a cameo appearance in Safety Smart: Go Green! in which Timon misunderstands a CFL light bulb as a "cute fluffy lion."

List of films[edit]

  • Safety Smart: At Home! (27 January 2008) - Pumbaa teaches Timon how to be safe in a house when they move into their new home in the jungle.
  • Safety Smart: Goes Green! (23 February 2009) - Pumbaa teaches Timon what they can do to make the earth a safe, healthier place from picking up trash and recycling it and conserving the resources.
  • Safety Smart: In the Water! (27 April 2009) - Timon and Pumbaa discuss water safety.
  • Safety Smart: About Fire! (2009) - Timon and Pumbaa discuss fire safety.
  • Safety Smart: Healthy and Fit! (2010) - Pumbaa teaches Timon about exercising, getting sufficient sleep, and eating healthy.
  • Safety Smart: Online! (2012) - Pumbaa teaches Timon about online safety, such as not giving personal information to strangers online, knowing who the person on the other end might actually be, how to handle cyberbullying situations, and getting a parent's permission before visiting new websites.
  • Safety Smart: Honest and Real! (2013) - Timon is upset because he didn't win the Honest & Real Award until Pumbaa teaches him how to have good character by identifying and practicing the three character traits (honesty, kindness, and responsibility) as they prepare for Hilda Hippo's party to honor her for winning.
  • Safety Smart: On the Go! (2013) - Pumbaa teaches Timon the safety rules when walking, riding a bicycle, riding in a car, on a plane, and bus, train or subway on their way to Pride Rock.

Safety Smart: On the Go![edit]

"Safety Smart: On the Go!" is series of Safety Smart shorts based on the "Wild About Safety" episode of the same name. In a series of 2 minute shorts, Timon & Pumbaa take on certain topics on how to be safe when traveling; such as walking to travel as pedestrians, when visiting amusement parks, or when riding vehicles like trains, cars, planes, & buses. This short series is most well-known for being displayed on TV in resorts in Walt Disney World (Florida) & Disneyland (California), in addition to a short "Wild About Safety" video about hotel safety & the "Wild About Safety" episode that the short series is based on.

  • List of "Safety Smart: On the Go!" shorts:
    • Amusement Parks
    • Bikes and Scooters
    • Boats
    • Buses
    • Cars
    • Motorbikes
    • Pedestrians
    • Planes
    • Trains

Critical reception[edit]

On IMDB, Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart at Home! has a rating of 7.8/10 from 12 user reviews.[3] Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart About Fire! has a rating of 8.3/10 from 9 user reviews.[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Safety Smart: At Home! Teachers’ Choice Award Won[5]
2009 Safety Smart: Goes Green! Parents’ Choice Product Recommendation Won[5]
2009 Safety Smart: Goes Green! Environmental Media Award Won[5]
2009 Safety Smart: In the Water! Parents’ Choice Recommended Product Won[5]
2010 Safety Smart: About Fire! Parents’ Choice Recommended Product Won[5]
2010 Safety Smart: About Fire! AEP Distinguished Achievement Award Won[5]
2012 Safety Smart: Healthy & Fit! Parents’ Choice Silver Award Won[5]
2013 Safety Smart: Healthy & Fit! Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award Won[5]
2013 Safety Smart: Online! Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Won[5]
2013 Safety Smart: Honest & Real! Parents’ Choice Silver Award Won[5]
2013 Safety Smart: On the Go!! Parents’ Choice Silver Award Won[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Disney Wild About Safety". park.hongkongdisneyland.com. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  2. ^ "Wild About Safety DVD Description| Safety Smart | Disney Educational Productions |Disney.com". dep.disney.go.com. Retrieved 2014-08-29.
  3. ^ "Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart at Home! (2008) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  4. ^ "Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart Goes Green! (2009) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Order DVDs - Disney Wild About Safety". disneywildaboutsafety.com. Retrieved 2014-08-29.