What's My Lion?

What's My Lion? is a 1961 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon starring Elmer Fudd.[1] This cartoon short is directed by Robert McKimson and written by David Detiege. That is Elmer Fudd's final speaking appearance in the original theatrical Looney Tunes shorts; he appeared in 1962's Crow's Feat but did not have any dialogue.

What's My Lion?
Directed byRobert McKimson
Produced byJohn W. Burton, Sr.
Story byDavid Detiege
StarringMel Blanc
Hal Smith
Herb Vigran
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byWarren Batchelder
Ted Bonnicksen
George Grandpré
Keith Darling
Layouts byRobert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byWilliam Butler
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
October 21, 1961
Running time
6 minutes

The premise for What's My Lion? is very similar to an earlier Disney cartoon called Rugged Bear, also written by David Detiege.

Plot summaryEdit

A mountain lion is proudly sitting on his throne, but gets nervous when he realizes that the start of hunting season has begun. He narrowly escapes hunter gunfire as he runs into town and breaks into a house. The house is owned by Elmer Fudd, who has returned from hunting. The lion pokes his head into an empty slot for stuffed heads and pretends to be dead, but that proves difficult when tickled by a fly, sprayed with bug spray by Fudd, and is nearly hit by clumsily thrown darts by Fudd. When Fudd goes into the kitchen to fix his lunch, the lion makes a break for it by putting on a cloak and running outside, but the hunters still shoot at him, so the lion runs back to his hiding place in Fudd's house.

Meanwhile, Fudd prepares a steak with numerous hot spices and a cup of boiling hot coffee, but sets it on the table when he realizes he forgot the bread. The lion leaves the stuffed head slot to eat the steak (unaware it is coated with hot sauce), and when he tries to wash it down with the drink, he gets even hotter and blows fire, screaming. Going back to his hiding spot, Fudd wonders what happened to his steak, but is interrupted by a phone call saying that hunting season is cancelled and that he has to take the hunting signs down. Upon hearing this, the lion leaves his stuffed head slot and runs outside. Other animals, apparently not dead, leave their slots as well. Fudd explains to the audience that he set a new record this year for quickest time that the animals ran out on him, and does his trademark laugh as the short ends.

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  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 334. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.

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