Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Lion is the Bomb

Scare takes abound in Tex Avery’s Slap Happy Lion (1947). In one sequence, the lion manages to swallow a tormenting mouse, who responds by playing the lion’s ribs like a xylophone. The lion swallows a bomb to get him out. It works. But then he realises something.

Now the take.

This post explains what happens next.

Walt Clinton, Bob Bentley and Ray Abrams are the credited animators in this cartoon.


  1. Walt Clinton animated the reaction shot after the lion swallows the bomb, Yowp.

  2. Hey, does anybody else think that this is where the animators at Disney got their inspiration for the Genie rolling out his tongue into a staircase where the mini Genie goes down it in “Friend Like Me?”