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Slap Happy Lion (1947)

The king of the jungle, after a well-spent day terrorising the rest of the animals, is petrified by a mouse...

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Heck Allen (story)

Star:

Frank Graham
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
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The king of the jungle, after a well-spent day terrorising the rest of the animals, is petrified by a mouse...

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Обалдевший лев See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Blaze Away
Music by Abe Holzmann
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Simple Madness
27 August 2006 | by thedevilyouknow00See all my reviews

Brilliance need not be complex. In what is a series of sight gags, the audience is introduced to a lion that is crazy and the mouse that knows why. And that is all you need. Know what? It works. Tex Avery hits the viewer with absurd image after absurd image until he blasts it all apart with even sillier images. The short follows its own mad logic and creates a beautiful internal consistency. Ostensibly, the plot concerns a lion that used to be king of the jungle and is now rendered into a raving madman, or mad-lion. We know this because for six minutes, we're treated to crazy tableaux after crazy tableaux of the lion demonstrating his power and then falling prey to the very strength he used on the world around him. But that's the over-analyzed version. The real version is that funny things happen. And that's all that is needed to get the viewer to laugh- simple brilliance. The short is available on the 'Song of the Thin Man' DVD. Treat yourself.


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