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Hold the Lion, Please (1942)

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

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(story) (as Ted Pierce)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ...
Hippo (voice) (uncredited)
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Bugs Bunny / Monkey / Giraffe / Mrs. Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Lang ...
Various (voice) (uncredited)
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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13 June 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Löwenherz und Hasenfuss  »

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Trivia

This is the only cartoon in which Mrs Bugs Bunny makes an appearance. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Undead (1997) See more »

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Nagasaki
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits
Also played when the lion chases Bugs into his hole
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Bugs Bunny within Woody Woodpecker layout against a Lion of his size
29 December 2009 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Under Chuck Jones's directing and supervision, Bugs Bunny is tagged after a lion following the same theme as the earlier Elmer Fudd episodes. We're first introduced with a lion and his friends in the jungle featuring a monkey, a giraffe and a hippopotamus. What's attention grabbing is that each animal has a line, thus the voice acting is very substantial through Tex Avery and Tedd Pierce's teamwork with Mel Blanc.

The earlier model layouts for Bugs Bunny was unformed. Not just that, also the character layouts for the animals are 1930s' Disney level. The lion has a jaw like an ape. Some of its movements are taken from Goofy. Above all, even though Bugs Bunny is smaller than its actual size, the lion looks the same size as him. That size issue really distracts attention while he is attacking at Bugs, as we know that the lion is trying to prove he's not washed up from being the king of the jungle. It should have been drawn up at least a little brutal. Yet, what Chuck Jones offers is just Elmer Fudd in lion appearance.

Put the layouts aside, the story is so-so. It doesn't have any unique development and jokes at all. Storytelling sometimes gets very weak that more than a couple times, Bugs uses signboards. Something very unique but silly: Bugs Bunny's mum appears at end, "Mrs.Bugs Bunny". It all relies on Woody Woodpecker-type fast motion tricks. After all, a Bugs Bunny episode, only good for infants and children at age 6.


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