Social Lion

A Special Cartoon

Release Date : October 15, 1954

Running Time : 6:26


A lion decides to get a taste of civilization by letting himself be captured.




Jack Kinney
Norm Ferguson
Thelma Witmer
Effects Animation
Dan MacManus
Bruce Bushman
Milt Schaffer
Dick Kinney
Oliver Wallace

Inside Jokes

A sign on a window reads "Fergie's Fresh Fillet's", a reference to animator Norm Ferguson. Another sign reads "For Rent Bushman Realty Co.", referring to the layout artist, Bruce Bushman.


Vorsicht Löwe!
Donald Superstar and Co.
Disney Adventures


Disney Cartoon Festival 5


United States
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 42: Goin' to the Zoo

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English


From Jerry Edwards : I enjoy this quirky short. I enjoy the gag of where the lion is ignored by everyone when he tries to scare them, but then dresses up as a man - only then does everyone realize he's a lion. Most showings on Disney Channel, including Ink and Paint, censor a scene of the lion smoking a cigar (while disguised as a man).
From Ryan : A lion is taken from the jungles of Africa and brought to the city of New York. When he breaks loose and runs amok in the city, no one seems to notice him. I enjoy the animation of this cartoon as well as the humor. One part I like is the scene where the lion goes into the Lions Club who is about to select a new president. The members are quite impressed by his roars. This is definitely a worthwhile short to watch. Hopefully it will appear on a later version of the Disney Treasures sets.
From Baruch Weiss : I wonder why Goofy's theme was used at the beginning and at the end presentations? You don't suppose Goofy was in this cartoon, but not seen in it do you? Anyway this was a great cartoon, loved the scene where he poses as a statue.
From Matthew Cooper : Okay, I'll give it to you straight this is a great cartoon! The jokes come fast and funny, and the animation is done quite nicely. The lion here looks just like the-grown up Lambert from Lambert the Sheepish Lion (I wonder why no one has pointed that out yet.) Although, there are quite a few sconces that should have been censored before showing this short on television. They are as follows: the scenes of the lion smoking (when he's a man and when he's not.) The scene of the two men yelling at each other and fighting on the train and lastly, the scenes where the lion goes into the jungle-themed bar with the red-nosed drunk and where the drunk that dances with the lion says "Hiya Bonnie, let's dance (cut out the 'Hiya Bonnie' part and leave in let's dance.) Speaking of the bar-scene, I especially like the part where the lion roars there and the drunks all cry "My wife!" and run away.
From Billy Joe : This short is just great fun!