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Hold the Lion, Please (1942)

A lion wants to prove he's still "King of the Jungle" and, to prove it, he hunts rabbit.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story) (as Ted Pierce)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ... Hippo (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Monkey / Giraffe / Mrs. Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Lang Harry Lang ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... Lion (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A dim-witted lion sets out to prove he's still "king of the forest" and attempts to capture Bugs Bunny. While Bugs proves that the lion is no match for his superior wit, they both discover they each have someone else to answer to - the lady of the house! Written by Mike Konczewski

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #20 (1941-1942 Season): Hold the Lion, Please See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #609A. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: How do you like that? The guy wants to be the king of the jungle, and he ain't even master in his own home. Ain't that rich? Now me, I wear the pants in my family.
Mrs. Bugs Bunny: Eh, what's up, doc, dear?
[Bugs slinks back into his hole]
Mrs. Bugs Bunny: Eh, who wears the pants in this family?
[Lifts skirt to reveal a pair of pants]
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Undead (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when the lion is pretending to swim
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A gem
23 September 2011 | by guenzeldSee all my reviews

Chuck Jones directed this excellent cartoon in 1942, when he was still heavily influenced by both Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, and it shows. It has some extremely good "gags" and dialog and has a wildness to it that Mr Jones would (sadly) avoid in his later cartoons. Because of this influence this cartoon remains one of Jones' cleverest and most inventive.

Jones' humor would become drier and more satirical in his 1950s cartoons and, of course, they are wonderful. But when he was under the Avery/Clampett influence some of those 1940s efforts were great, like this one.

Bugs Bunny had not quite yet reached his perfect design (which would occur the following year) but that is no detriment here simply because the action, words and story are strong. I was particularly pleased with the overall color scheme, which has a very pleasing pastel-like quality (especially if you see a good film print of it).

The dumb lion character is delightful and beautifully animated. I am at a loss to explain why others who have commented didn't care for this character. The humor conveyed by the character is quite sophisticated.

As others have mentioned Tex Avery provided one of the voices, that of the hippo, and he is terrific. Very, very amusing.

I cannot recommend this cartoon highly enough.


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