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The Lion's Busy (1950)

Hungry Beaky Buzzard steadfastly waits for Leo the Lion to be decently deceased before trying to devour him.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Beaky Buzzard / Lion / Vocal Effects (voice)
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Storyline

In an African jungle, hungry Beaky Buzzard can't wait until Leo the Lion is decently deceased before trying to devour him. Leo takes a rocket to the Moon to try to escape Beaky, but finds Beaky already there waiting for him. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El león atareado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The book the Buzzard gives the lion is titled, "Dr. Kidney's Report on the Lion," a sly nod to the 1948 "Kinsey Report" on human sexuality. See more »

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Featured in Falling Down (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Arkansas Traveler
(uncredited)
Music by Sanford Faulkner
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Beaky and Leo
1 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The third of four Beaky Buzzard cartoons, the previous two being 'Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid' (the best one) and 'The Bashful Buzzard' and being followed by 'Strife with Father', 'The Lion's Busy' is a pretty good cartoon.

Friz Freleng, responsible for some of my favourites and in his prime period, has done better before, during and since 'The Lion's Busy' (as well as worse). The story is slight and fairly predictable, also slightly repetitive on occasions. The humour, while still executed fine, generally doesn't come close to the best gags in 'Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid', nor is there dialogue quite as memorable as the shoe leather insult in 'The Bashful Buzzard'.

Beaky however is still a cute and amusing character, while never being too cloying, overly-dumb or annoying. Leo the Lion is a fun foil and the best generally of Beaky's non-Bugs supporting characters.

The animation is bright in colour, fluid and rich in detail and smooth in movement and design. Ever demonstrating why he has always been my personal favourite of the Looney Tunes composers, Carl Stalling provides yet another energetically characterful, beautifully orchestrated and cleverly action-enhancing music score.

Even though, as said, never hilarious, there is some very amusing dialogue. Same with the gags, fun and well animated but there are more hilarious and more inventive around. Mel Blanc's voice work is terrific as always.

Overall, quite good but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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