Lambert the Sheepish Lion

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Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Disney lambert poster.jpg
Directed by Jack Hannah
Produced by Walt Disney
Narrated by Sterling Holloway
Voices by Sterling Holloway
June Foray
Stan Freberg
Music by Joseph Dubin
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by The Walt Disney Company
Release date(s) 8 February 1952
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes 15 seconds
Country United States
Language English

Lambert the Sheepish Lion is a Disney animated short film that was released in 1952. It was directed by Jack Hannah.

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).

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 made 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!"

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.

The original print of the film was given as a gift to Emperor Hirohito of Japan because it was his favorite Disney cartoon.[1]

Home video and movie releases[edit]

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.


  1. ^ Smith, Dave. Disney A to Z: The Updated Official Encyclopedia, Hyperion, 1998.

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