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What's My Lion?
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Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: John W. Burton
Released: October 21, 1961
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: David Detiege
Animation: Warren Batchelder
Ted Bonnicksen
George Grandpré
Keith Darling
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: William Butler
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Hal Smith
Herb Vigran
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Elmer Fudd
Rocky the Mountain Lion
Narrator
Preceded By: Daffy's Inn Trouble
Succeeded By: Beep Prepared
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What's My Lion?

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What's My Lion? is a 1961 Looney Tunes short directed by Robert McKimson and written by David Detiege. This 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 dialog.

Title

The title is a pun on the Goodson-Todman panel game show What's My Line?

Plot

A 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. 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.

Trivia

  • The premise is very similar to an earlier Disney cartoon called Rugged Bear, starring Donald Duck and Humphrey the Bear. David Detiege was also credited as writer on that short.
  • Rocky the Mountain Lion bears a close resemblance to Pete Puma (a Robert McKimson-created character) but is not the same character.
Elmer Fudd Cartoons
1940 Elmer's Candid CameraConfederate HoneyThe Hardship of Miles StandishA Wild HareGood Night Elmer
1941 Elmer's Pet RabbitWabbit Twouble
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to SupperAny Bonds Today?The Wacky WabbitNutty NewsFresh HareThe Hare-Brained Hypnotist
1943 To Duck or Not to DuckA Corny ConcertoAn Itch in Time
1944 The Old Grey HareThe Stupid CupidStage Door Cartoon
1945 The Unruly HareHare Tonic
1946 Hare RemoverThe Big Snooze
1947 Easter YeggsA Pest in the HouseSlick Hare
1948 What Makes Daffy Duck?Back Alley Op-RoarKit For Cat
1949 Wise QuackersHare DoEach Dawn I Crow
1950 What's Up Doc?Rabbit of Seville
1951 Rabbit Fire
1952 Rabbit Seasoning
1953 Up-Swept HareAnt PastedDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Design for LeavingQuack Shot
1955 Pests for GuestsBeanstalk BunnyHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is A Life?Heir-Conditioned
1956 Bugs' BonnetsA Star is BoredYankee Dood ItWideo Wabbit
1957 What's Opera, Doc?Rabbit Romeo
1958 Don't Axe MePre-Hysterical Hare
1959 A Mutt in a Rut
1960 Person to BunnyDog Gone People
1961 What's My Lion?
1962 Crow's Feat
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion Of The Bunny Snatchers
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody

also see the List of Cartoons featuring Elmer Fudd

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