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The Lion Hunt (1938)

Mrf. and Mrs. Mouse and family are going through the jungle in a trailer looking for a cheap place to rent. Mr. Lion captures Mr. Mouse but Mrs. Mouse exerts her femme wiles and sings a ... See full summary »


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Mrf. and Mrs. Mouse and family are going through the jungle in a trailer looking for a cheap place to rent. Mr. Lion captures Mr. Mouse but Mrs. Mouse exerts her femme wiles and sings a blues song that touches the heart of Mr. Lion, and he releases Mr. Mouse. The Mouse family later repays Mr. Lion, after he has been wounded by hunters, by taking him to their trailer for medical attention. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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mouse | lion | song | jungle | hunter | See All (20) »


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Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Lions and mice
21 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Terrytoons are oddly interesting, mainly for anybody wanting to see (generally) older cartoons made by lesser known and lower-budget studios. They are a mixed bag in quality, with some better than others, often with outstanding music and with some mild amusement and charm and variable in animation, characterisation and content.

1938, like all the other years for Terrytoons, saw a hit and miss batch, more so than the other years even. Of which 'The Lion Hunt' is one of the middling ones ranking it in correlation with the rest of the Terrytoons and one of the middling 1938 cartoons. It is an unexceptional, nothing exactly special cartoon and has the same amount of problems as it has the amount of strengths. 'The Lion Hunt' is also watchable, completest sake is the main reason to see it but it's not the only reason.

Best asset is the music, which predictably is incredible. It is so beautifully and cleverly orchestrated and arranged, is great fun to listen to and full of lively energy, doing so well with enhancing the action. The ambitious, elaborate detail in the backgrounds is still great to see, as is the comparatively improved fluidity of drawing and movement, and some synchronisation in movement and sound is neat.

A few amusing moments, some imaginative and there is some zest and natural charm, and parts of it and the basic set up are nicely done. The voices are more expressive than before.

Outside of the backgrounds and more fluidity than seen previously however, a few of the transitions are not always polished.

Likewise, the story is paper thin and formulaic with not an awful lot to it (like the cartoon in general). Gags aren't enough, they are not always very organised (fairly scattershot), and there is not much especially memorable about some and some don't serve much point. The cartoon tends to veer towards being too cute and a lot of it is pretty predictable from being a familiar premise for Terrytoons. Some choppiness too and the cartoon feels very old fashioned with not all the characters being particularly memorable, the male lion being the best character and the mice being bland.

Overall, watchable if unexceptional. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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