Inki and the Lion
Directed By: Charles M. Jones
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: July 19, 1941
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Rich Hogan
Tedd Pierce (uncredited)[1]
Animation: Phil Monroe
Robert Cannon (uncredited)
Ken Harris (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Inki
Minah Bird
Preceded By: The Heckling Hare
Succeeded By: Aviation Vacation

1941-07-19 Inki And The Lion (MM (Inki))

Inki and the Lion is a 1941 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.


Inki decides to hunt a lion. He ends up being hunted himself.

Jones' Direction

Like the previous Inki cartoon preceding this (and other shorts Chuck Jones directed before this), the cartoon is still mostly done in a cute style, but its more aggressive tone and unconventional humor show that Jones was already moving out of his "cute" phase.


  • This is the first cartoon which Inki is given his name.
  • Due to this cartoon becoming a surprise hit with moviegoers at the time of its 1941 release, Jones then directed three more Inki cartoons, "Inki and the Minah Bird", "Inki at the Circus", and "Caveman Inki", before the character was retired for good in 1950.
  • The altered a.a.p. opening seen in the Cartoon Festivals VHS prints are sourced from this cartoon.



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