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Release Date:
8 February 1952 (USA) See more »
A delivery stork mistakenly delivers Lambert, a lion cub, to a flock of sheep. The mother won't let the stork take him back... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Sterling Holloway ... Narrator / Mr. Stork (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Candy Candido ... Lambert (roaring) / Wolf (uncredited)

June Foray ... Mrs. Sheep / Lambert (purring and meowing) / Lambs / Sheep (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Hannah 
Writing credits
Bill Peet (story) &
Ralph Wright (story) &
Milt Banta (story)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Dubin  (as Joseph S. Dubin)
Visual Effects by
Dan MacManus .... effects animator
Animation Department
Yale Gracey .... layout artist
Ray Huffine .... background artist
Eric Larson .... animator
John Lounsbery .... animator
Don Lusk .... animator
Judge Whitaker .... animator
Crew believed to be complete

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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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This short is included on "The Fox And The Hound" 25th Anniversary DVD.See more »
Narrator:But when he saw this gruesome sight...
Mrs. Sheep:Laaambert!
Narrator:And heard his mother crying...
Mrs. Sheep:Laaambert!
Narrator:Something *snapped* inside of him.
[a zapping noise emits from Lambert, thus turning him belligerent]
Narrator:He was a raging lion!
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
irresistible Ugly Duckling variant, 21 March 2002
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

In Australia (probably elsewhere, too) this short cartoon was screened just before "The Lion King". For a brief moment I sensed a new golden age, with hand-animated features basking in critical praise and paying their way at the box office, and classic short cartoons once again seeing the light of day (that is to say, the darkness of cinemas). The dream didn't last long, did it? "Lambert" turned out to be the last hand-animated short I ever saw in a cinema; today, Disney doesn't even bother to re-release its old FEATURES any more, and its animation department, which has maintained continuous production for something like seventy-five years and still has the best animators in the world, is fighting for its life in the face of general indifference. We are living in evil times.

I was particularly glad to see this cartoon in the dark, just before "The Lion King": it always brought tears to my eyes, which I managed to keep secret. I gather it was based on a children's book, or was at one point going to be a children's book, or some such, but unless the prose was as perfectly crafted as Hans Christian Andersen's, this is surely the better form. It's a departure for Jack Hannah, who doesn't try to be funny; he just tells a sweet, warm-hearted story as clearly as possible. How can you not love it?

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