Hold the Lion, Please
(Not to be confused with the Noveltoons
short starring Little Audrey
) is a 1941 Merrie Melodies
cartoon, first released on June 13, 1942, distributed by the Vitaphone
Corporation and Warner Bros.
. This skit is Bugs Bunny
's tenth appearance and Chuck Jones
' 39th Warner Bros. cartoon.
The short was directed by Chuck Jones, animated by Ken Harris
and scripted by Tedd Pierce
. Musical Direction was assigned to Carl Stalling
The title is an obvious play on the expression used by switchboard operators of the day, asking the caller to "hold the line." The Three Stooges
made a short with a similar title, Hold That Lion
, which also featured a renegade lion.
The short focuses on a lion
who is trying to prove he is still "King of the Jungle" by hunting a small, defenseless animal. He chooses Bugs Bunny
as his intended victim. The lion soon finds out that, in a battle of wits, he is the defenseless one. However, the lion eventually gets Bugs under one paw while raising the other one, claws extended, and looking angry; a truly frightened-looking Bugs could be facing his end. Just then the lion gets a phone call from his wife, changing the lion's demeanor from ferocious to meek. He apologizes to Bugs that he can't "stay and kill him," and then dashes home. Bugs ridicules the lion's apparent submissiveness, but we soon see that he has someone to answer to as well: his own wife, who sends Bugs slinking into the rabbit hole... Read More