Lambert the Sheepish Lion
|Lambert the Sheepish Lion|
|Directed by||Jack Hannah|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Narrated by||Sterling Holloway|
|Voices by||Sterling Holloway
|Music by||Joseph Dubin|
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||The Walt Disney Company|
|Release date(s)||8 February 1952|
|Running time||8 minutes 15 seconds|
The 8-minute film focuses on Lambert, a lion that is mistakenly left with a flock of sheep by a stork. Lambert lives his life thinking he is a sheep until he is forced to defend the flock from an attack by a hungry wolf (which is the same one from the Peter and the Wolf segment from Make Mine Music). Lambert the Sheepish Lion was directed by Jack Hannah and the voice of the narrator and the stork was provided by actor and Disney legend Sterling Holloway. Holloway also was the voice for the stork in Dumbo, in which the character plays a very similar role in the plot. Uncredited roles include June Foray, who did the sounds of the sheep, Lambert's sheep mother and Lambert's purrs and growls, and Stan Freberg, who voiced Lambert's only spoken line, "Mama!"
The original print of the film was given as a gift to Emperor Hirohito of Japan because it was his favorite Disney cartoon. In 1952, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category "Best Short Subject, Cartoons" but lost to The Two Mouseketeers, a Tom and Jerry cartoon.
Home video and movie releases
The short was included as an extra on the 25th anniversary DVD release of The Fox and the Hound. It also aired as a prelude to Disney's The Lion King when originally released on the big screen in some countries.
- SMITH, Dave, Disney A to Z: The Updated Official Encyclopedia, Hyperion, 1998
- Lambert the Sheepish Lion original cartoon
- Lambert the Sheepish Lion at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Lambert the Sheepish Lion at the Internet Movie Database
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