Disney: Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Disney animated short released in 1952. It is narrated by Sterling Holloway.Lambert, a lion cub, is mistakenly delivered in a flock of sheep by a stork. He is taken in by a ewe after none of the delivered lambs choose her to be their mother. Lambert lives his life thinking he is a sheep until he is forced to unlock his true nature to defend the flock from an attack by a hungry wolf.On a trivia note, the original print of the film was given as a gift to Emperor Hirohito of Japan because it was reportedly his favorite Disney cartoon.
This short provides examples of:
- Berserk Button
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Butt Monkey: Lambert, initially. He is repeatedly mocked and humiliated by the sheep of the flock, even as an adult.
- Cowardly Lion: A very literal example, until he realized that he is ... a lion.
- Delivery Stork: The very same that appeared in Dumbo.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The first-person perspective shots of the wolf coming to attack the sheep, which is Stock Footage from Disney's version of Peter and the Wolf.
- Gentle Giant:Narrator: "Isn't he HUGE?!"
- Interspecies Adoption
- Kids Are Cruel
- Mighty Roar
- Momma's Boy
- Nurture Over Nature
- Oblivious Adoption
- Oh Crap!: The Wolf once he realizes he's just ticked off a very angry Momma's Boy.
- Once Upon a Time
- Parents in Distress: It's his adoptive mother being in danger that unlocks Lambert's true nature.
- Raised By Sheep
- Savage Wolves: The villain.
- Stock Scream: The Goofy Holler.
- Took a Level in Badass
- Use Your Head