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The Tempermental Lion (1939)

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A lion with a Bert Lahr voice can't stand being cooped up in a cage at the zoo, and escapes to confront the man who captured him in the first place, big game hunter, Major Doolittle.

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A lion with a Bert Lahr voice can't stand being cooped up in a cage at the zoo, and escapes to confront the man who captured him in the first place, big game hunter, Major Doolittle.

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27 December 1939 (USA)  »

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If I Were King of the Forest
16 September 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A lion escapes from the zoo and goes to confront Major Doolittle, the man who captured him with the promise to get him a Hollywood contract in this color Terrytoon, the last cartoon that Paul Terry's operations issued that year.

The first thing you notice is that the lion talks like Bert Lahr, who had just played the Cowardly Lion in MGM's THE WIZARD OF OZ. That conceit and the good color work -- lots of browns and a nice, bright blue for the zookeepers' uniforms -- are about as good as it gets. Most of the gags are standard, including a laughing hyena and a skunk used to clear the way for the lion's escape. Like most of Terry's cartoons, it is aimed squarely at children, with not much for adults. It's decent for what it is, but not worth much more than that.


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