Hold the Lion, Please
|Hold the Lion, Please|
|Merrie Melodies/Bugs Bunny series|
Title card of Hold the Lion, Please.
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny)
Tedd Pierce (Lion)
(both uncredited)Tex Avery
|Music by||Carl W. Stalling|
|Animation by||Ken Harris|
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 13, 1942|
Hold the Lion, Please is a 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon, first released on June 13, 1942, distributed by the Vitaphone Corporation and Warner Bros.. This is the first Bugs Bunny cartoon where the title does not refer "hare", "bunny", or "rabbit". This skit is Bugs Bunny's tenth appearance and Chuck Jones' 39th Warner Bros. cartoon.
The title is a 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 named Leo who's trying to prove he's still "King of the Jungle" by hunting a small, defenseless animal. He chooses Bugs Bunny as his intended victim, but Leo soon finds out that, in a battle of wits, he's the defenseless one. However, Leo eventually gets Bugs under one paw while raising the other one, claws extended, and looking extremely angry; a truly frightened-looking Bugs could be facing his end. Just then, Leo gets a phone call (on Bugs' phone) from his wife, a lioness named Hortense, and Leo's demeanor immediately goes from ferocious to meek. After a brief conversation, Leo tells her he's on his way home. He apologizes to Bugs that he can't "stay and kill him," and dashes home to Hortense. At first, Bugs makes fun of Leo for his submissiveness to his wife, but then we see that Bugs has someone to answer to as well: his own wife, Mrs. Bugs Bunny (according to a sign behind her), whose presence sends her husband sheepishly slinking back into their rabbit hole. Mrs. Bugs Bunny then shows the audience that she "wears the pants the family."
- Mrs. Bugs Bunny's higher-pitched voice is similar to that of Tweety Bird, minus the speech impediment. This is also, so far, the only time where Bugs is shown to actually be married, because every time after this, he's depicted as a bachelor.
- Mel Blanc voiced Bugs Bunny, Monkey, Giraffe, Mrs. Bugs Bunny.
- Tedd Pierce voiced Leo the Lion.
- Tex Avery voiced the Hippo.
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- Hold the Lion, Please at the Internet Movie Database
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