Lambert the Sheepish Lion is a Disney animated short film that was released in 1952. Lambert the Sheepish Lion was directed by Jack Hannah, and the voice of the narrator and the stork was provided by actor and Disney legend, Sterling Holloway.
A stork is making a delivery to a flock of sheep. All the ewes get lambs except for one, but a lion cub makes his way out of the stork's sack and bonds with the childless ewe. The stork sees the lion is destined for South Africa, but decides to let him remain with the flock when the ewe has taken in the cub and named him Lambert. Because Lambert is different, he is ostracized by the rest of the lambs, which continues after he matures into a full-grown lion. However, when a wolf attacks the flock, Lambert is only one powerful enough to confront him. After scaring off the wolf, Lambert is now carried around as the flock's hero.
Home video releases
- Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Limited Gold Editions - Disney's Best: The Fabulous '50s.
- Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities
- Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films: Three Little Pigs
- The original print of the film was given as a gift to Emperor Hirohito of Japan because it was his favorite Disney cartoon.
- In 1952, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category "Best Short Subject, Cartoons," but lost to The Two Mouseketeers, a Tom and Jerry cartoon.
- Holloway also was the voice for Mr. Stork in Dumbo, in which he plays a similar role in the plot.
- This short is included in the film Other Disney Lions.