Lambert the Sheepish Lion
|Lambert the Sheepish Lion|
|Directed by||Jack Hannah|
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Story by||Bill Peet|
|Narrated by||Sterling Holloway|
|Voices by||Sterling Holloway
|Music by||Joseph Dubin|
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release date(s)||8 February 1952|
|Running time||8 minutes 15 seconds|
The 8-minute film focuses on Lambert, a lion cub that is mistakenly left with a flock of sheep by a stork. Lambert lives his life thinking he is a sheep, but is ostracized by his peers for being and acting different 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). Thereafter, the now-adult Lambert is wholeheartedly accepted by the other sheep as one of the flock.
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 which shared one of 7 Oscars for the Tom and Jerry series. A picture book adaptation for children was also released in the 1970s as part of the "Disney's Wonderful World of Reading" series.
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. In the late 1980s it was seen on NBC television as a prelude to the network's prime-time airing of Dumbo, likely because of the presence of the stork character in both films. But it also included on the VHS release of Limited Gold Edition: Disney's Best the Fabulous 50's in 1984, and also appears in Walt Disney Mini Classics: Willie the Operatic Whale in 1991. The short is included on Gold Classic Collection DVD of Melody Time.
- Smith, Dave. Disney A to Z: The Updated Official Encyclopedia, Hyperion, 1998.
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