The Lion's Busy
The Lion's Busy
Directed By: Friz 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
Preceded By: Mutiny on the Bunny
Succeeded By: The Scarlet Pumpernickel
The Lion's Busy

The Lion's Busy

The Lion's Busy is a seven minute Looney Tunes cartoon released in 1950 by Friz Freleng. It features Leo the Lion and Beaky Buzzard.

Leo the Lion (who previously had appeared in "Hold the Lion, Please") returns, however Leo talks with a Scottish accent.


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


Leo the Lion and his friends are celebrating his tenth birthday during which he reads a book he receives from Beaky that says lions generally do not live longer than ten years. Leo counts the candles on his cake a few times, trying to figure out exactly how many there are. The ensuing animated sequence centers around Beaky attempting to eat the lion, regardless of the fact that he has not yet died. In conclusion, Leo takes a rocket to the moon where Beaky is waiting for him. Leo then traps himself in a cave for many years, and by the time he agrees to surrender to Beaky, both he and Beaky have both become so old that they can only eat marshmallows.


  • This is the only cartoon to pair the dimwit characters Beaky Buzzard and Leo 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 cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.
  • 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.


The Lion's Busy is available with its original titles restored on Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, Disc 2 and unrestored Blue Ribbon version is found on Looney Tunes: The Collectors Edition Volume 6: Supporting Players