Flannery is a station master who does everything by the book. One day, a package of guinea pigs arrives at his station. Flannery assumes by their name that they are pigs but one customer, ... See full summary »
The and the history of a cute , simple, little house that used to live on a little hill on the countryside and how different times and ages passed by it from the classic time to the modern ... See full summary »
A bootle beetle elder tells the story of Morris, the moose about the size of a rabbit. Thunderclap the moose is taking on all challengers, and Morris decides to try, much to the amusement ... See full summary »
Two stylized nursery rhymes are shown. First is "The House That Jack Built" as told with a variety of characters composed of letters that spell out their names (Example: the cow is made up ... See full summary »
A young boy dreams of being a cowboy. After he gets the basics, as outlined in the title song, he's attacked by Indians. He runs out of bullets and manages to lasso them. He smokes the ... See full summary »
A delivery stork mistakenly delivers Lambert, a lion cub, to a flock of sheep. The mother won't let the stork take him back, so Lambert is raised as a sheep, but he just doesn't fit in. He ... See full summary »
An owl teaches his class full of birds about melody. It's all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man "sings" even when he speaks. We see a quick survey of the stages of life, as... See full summary »
Charles A. Nichols
Loulie Jean Norman,
Alice and her friends put on a show. After a brief overture, act one: A saloon; Alice enters, and shoots down two bad guys. Tubby O'Brien and his gang then enter the audience; Alice's cast ... See full summary »
There may be some bias as Disney was a big part of my childhood, and I'm still a fan to this day. Social Lion is not one of their classics but it is a great short and somewhat under-appreciated. Younger children are likely to find that the story and humour goes over their heads(judging from first time experience) and I wasn't sure what to make of the Natives at the beginning in terms of look and behaviour, but older children and adults will find a huge amount to enjoy. The animation style is really interesting with a mix of the lush 40s style for the colours and the character design of the lion and a more minimalistic style for the backgrounds, while the music is full of character, it enhances what's happening very well and even expressions, gestures and sound effects have a music cue of their own. The story was a clever one to begin with and the quirky execution of it is even cleverer, Social Lion is very satirical of American social society and it does so with sharp wit and sly irony. The best of it being in the Lion's Club. The characters are fun and engaging, especially the titular character, while the narration is of the kind that entertains and to a lesser extent teaches without being over-explanatory. Paul Frees' voice work is spot on. To conclude, a great short, unusual but very cleverly done. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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