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Film / The Legend of Lobo

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"King of the wolf pack...he matched his strength and courage against man and beast."
Tagline for the first DVD rerelease

The Legend of Lobo is a 1962 live-action Disney movie loosely based on the story of "Lobo the King of Currumpaw", the first story of the 1898 collection Wild Animals I Have Known by naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton.

The film centers around the life of the titular wolf Lobo, as he makes many friends throughout his journey, as well as the constant battle between him and the cattlemen, who want Lobo's territory for themselves.

Has nothing to do with a certain space biker, or a Southern sheriff.

Tropes related to The Legend of Lobo:

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  • Animal Stampede: The professional hunter sets a trap for Lobo and manages to snare Lobo's mate and use her as a lure. But Lobo leads his pack to create a cattle stampede, a diversion that enables him to liberate his mate and strike out for unsettled territory.
  • Asskicking Leads to Leadership: Later on in the story, Lobo joins a new pack and defeats their leader, making him the new boss.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: A cougar appears around the beginning of the movie, looking to be a major threat for the wolves. PSYCH! It's killed by the cattlemen, and they're the main antagonists.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Lobo is Spanish for 'wolf'.
  • Downer Ending: Lobo and his pack win against the cattlemen, but Lobo realizes that humanity has encroached too much of his territory, and the movie ends with him and his pack running throughout the country in search of a new home.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The cattlemen are the only two humans who show up in the movie, and they're both villains.
  • Odd Friendship: As he grows up, Lobo makes friends with a young antelope, who would usually be a wolf's prey.
  • Sliding Scale of Visuals Versus Dialogue: Due to most of them being animals, none of the cast does any speaking, not even the human cattlemen. Instead, their thoughts and personalities are explained by Rex Allen's narration and a story-song composed and sung by the Sons of the Pioneers.
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