Hold the Lion, Please

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Hold the Lion, Please
Merrie Melodies/Bugs Bunny series
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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
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8:00
Language English

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 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 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.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

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Preceded by
The Wacky Wabbit
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1942
Succeeded by
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid