Lambert the Sheepish Lion

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

Lambert the Sheepish Lion
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Directed byJack Hannah
Produced byWalt Disney
Story byBill Peet
Ralph Wright
Milt Banta
StarringSterling Holloway
June Foray
Stan Freberg
Jimmy MacDonald
Clarence Nash
Hannes Schroll
Narrated bySterling Holloway
Music byJoseph Dubin
Animation byEric Larson
John Lounsbery
Don Lusk
Judge Whitaker
Layouts byYale Gracey
Backgrounds byRay Huffine
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • February 8, 1952 (1952-02-08)
Running time
8 minutes 15 seconds
CountryUnited States


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 his adoptive mother from an attack by a hungry wolf (the same wolf 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 and the narrator tells us to not worry about that wolf because a bush has berries every spring.


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.

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 releasesEdit

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.

It was also included on the VHS release of Limited Gold Edition: Disney's Best - The Fabulous 50's in 1984, and also appears in the Walt Disney Mini Classics release of Willie the Operatic Whale in 1991. The short was later included on the Gold Classic Collection DVD of Melody Time and on Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities.


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

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