Tom's just settling in to listen to the radio after another round of chasing Jerry when there's a news bulletin. A lion has escaped from the circus. Tom takes all precautions, including arming himself. Meanwhile, the lion is already hiding in the basement, where he tells Jerry he couldn't take it in the circus any more and wants his help getting back to Africa. Oh, and could you find some food? If there's one thing Jerry excels at, that's it. He sneaks a ham most of the way across the floor to the lion, but Tom spots him and takes the ham, holding Jerry at gunpoint. The lion is able to eat most of the ham while Tom does this, which flusters him so much he fires into the ceiling. Jerry pretends to die, which gives him a chance to sneak the lion out of the house and into a boat headed to Africa; he waves a tearful adieu. Written by
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The title is based on the Aesop Fable about Androcles and the Lion. George Bernard Shaw also wrote a play based on the same story of the man who helps a lion and who's kindness later saves him. See more »
[Jerry overheard the warning and saw the lion's eye's in a shadow and shrieked. The lion then caught Jerry, just to ask him for favors, not threaten or scare him]
Shh! Don't give me away, pal. Don't let 'em catch me. If they take me back to that circus, I'll go crazy! I can't stand that corny music! Or that "crackle, crackle crackle" of them popcorn bags. Say you'll help me get back to the jungle. Please?
[Lion said please with bright white teeth, almost as if posing for a smile]
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Tom is listening to smooth jazz on the radio when the tunes are interrupted by an announcement claiming that a lion has escaped from the circus. Freaking out, Tom slams shut every window and makes a barricade in the corner where he arms himself with a rifle. Meanwhile, in the basement, Jerry finds the lion hiding in the shadows. He's desperate to get back to Africa as he hates life at the circus. Jerry agrees to help him, but the lion needs a bite to eat.
The joke of the cartoon is that Tom never actually sees the lion, believing that the one foiling him during every attack is Jerry. There's a few good visual jokes and it's one of the better shorts, if forgettable in the long run.
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