The Lion's Busy

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The Lion's Busy
Looney Tunes series
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Arthur Davis
Gerry Chiniquy
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Paul Julian
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) February 18, 1950
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

The Lion's Busy is a Looney Tunes cartoon made in 1948 but not released until 1950, written by Tedd Pierce and directed by Friz Freleng. It features Leo the Lion (who had previously appeared in The Lyin' Mouse, Hold the Lion, Please and Acrobatty Bunny) and Beaky Buzzard (who had previously appeared in Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid and The Bashful Buzzard), both voiced by Mel Blanc). This cartoon is the first time Blanc voices Beaky due to Kent Rogers' death in 1944, and the final appearance of Leo the Lion from Looney Tunes cartoons until Tweety's High-Flying Adventure in 2000.

Plot synopsis[edit]

Leo the Lion, on his tenth birthday, receives a book as a present, and after finding out that lions rarely live beyond ten years, a hungry Beaky Buzzard takes the chance to eat him for his meal. The dim-witted lion tries to escape to the moon by a rocket, but finds Beaky already there waiting to eat him.