Hold the Lion, Please

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Hold the Lion, Please
Production company Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date June 6, 1942
Run time 8:00
Starring Mel Blanc
Tedd Pierce
Robert C. Bruce
Music composed by Carl W. Stalling
Story by Tedd Pierce
Animation Ken Harris
Director(s) Charles M. Jones
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Hold the Lion, Please, is the two hundred and second Merrie Melodies theatrical short. It was published by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Vitaphone Corporation on July 6, 1942. it was written by Tedd Pierce, produced by Leon Schlesinger, and directed by Chuck Jones.

A lion by the name of Leo proves that he is still "King of the Jungle" by hunting a small rabbit, who just so happens to be Bugs Bunny.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Bugs: How do you like that? The guy wants to be the "King of the Jungle" and he ain't even master of his own home. Heh, heh, heh, heh! Ain't that rich. Now me: I wear the pants in my family.
Mrs. Bugs: Eh, what's up, Doc… Dear?
(Bugs retreats to his rabbit hole)
Mrs. Bugs: Eh, who wears the pants of this family?


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Leo Tedd Pierce
Bugs Bunny Mel Blanc
Mrs. Bugs Bunny Mel Blanc






The music was composed by Carl W. Stalling.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: June 6, 1942 in theatres

Behind the scenes

  • This was the first and only instance where Bugs Bunny is married. It is never brought up again after this cartoon.


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