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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

Bugs became shorter in "Hold the Lion Please"; Chuck Jones would continue to use this version of Bugs until "A Feather in His Hare", where he used the modern Bugs perfected by Bob Clampett and Robert McKimson. 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

Always in My Heart
(uncredited)
Music by Ernesto Lecuona (song "Siempre en mi corazón")
Played when the lion is trying to find a rabbit
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User Reviews

 
Jeepers, it's a lion!

Nah! I'm just kidding around! This is a funny and harmless cartoon, no bloodshed or anything like that in sight. The ending is a bit of a let-down, and the Lion while well voiced by Tedd Pierce, is not as well drawn as he could have been and is annoying at times. Complaints aside, Hold The Lion, Please is a very entertaining Bugs Bunny cartoon with excellent animation and music and Bugs himself is on top form. The dialogue and visual gags are a delight as are the one and only Mel Blanc's immortal characterisations that always help elevate even the most mediocre of cartoons(ie. the worst of Speedy Gonzales). Overall, not Bug's best, but an entertaining and very re-watchable cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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