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The Lion's Busy
The Lion's Busy
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: February 18, 1950
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Ken Champin
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Beaky Buzzard
Leo the Lion
Bugs Bunny (cameo)
Preceded By: Mutiny on the Bunny
Succeeded By: The Scarlet Pumpernickel

The Lion's Busy is a 1950 Looney Tunes short directed by Friz Freleng.

Title

The title is another play on a telephone line, as with the earlier entry, "Hold the Lion, Please".

Plot

Leo the Lion and his friends are celebrating his tenth birthday. Eventually, a present falls on his head, causing him to threaten to find who dropped the book and scare away the invitees. He opens the present from Beaky and reads it to find that the book says lions generally do not live longer than ten years. Leo counts the candles on his cake a few times, until he realizes that there is indeed ten candles. Beaky says that is ten and that Leo won't get any younger. However, Leo thinks he won't get older either and dances like a child, until Beaky throws a banana peel and Leo falls off a cliff.

Beaky uses this advantage of making Leo think he won't last longer than ten years in attempt to eat him. After Leo falls off the cliff, Beaky tries to make a sandwich using Leo's tail, and offers it to Leo. After the lion lands and the buzzard attempts to place Leo in a frying pan, Leo grabs a whip and attempts to smash Beaky. Beaky flees to a treetop and Leo climbs up, only for Beaky to place oil to make Leo fall off again. Leo tries again, and Beaky makes it down to the ground to ax the tree down. Leo then takes a rocket to the moon to escape from Beaky, only to land where Beaky is waiting for him. Leo then traps himself in a cave for many years. Eventually, he agrees to surrender to Beaky, but both he and Beaky have both become so old that they can only eat marshmallows. Beaky decides to offer some marshmallows to Leo.

Notes

  • Leo the Lion (who previously had appeared in "Hold the Lion, Please") returns, however Leo talks with a Scottish accent.
  • In this short, Beaky Buzzard is voiced by Mel Blanc due to Kent Rogers's death in 1944. Beaky's voice sounds more like Cecil Turtle compared to his last two shorts.
  • This is the only cartoon to pair the dimwit characters Beaky Buzzard and Leo the Lion. This cartoon however proves Leo to be dumber than Beaky. Beaky appears to be much smarter in this cartoon than in his earlier outings, and seems to move incredibly fast (asking Leo "What kept ya?" when the lion arrives on the moon, presumably having outrun the buzzard).
  • This is the only Beaky Buzzard short that was directed by Friz Freleng, as "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" and "The Bashful Buzzard" were both directed by Bob Clampett, and "Strife with Father" (which was Beaky Buzzard's final short) was directed by Robert McKimson.
  • Bugs Bunny makes a cameo as a background character with other jungle animals in the beginning; in this case his head has been superimposed on a small grey rabbit's body.
  • For a long time, this cartoon was believed to be in the public domain, however the copyright was actually renewed in 1978.

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