Lambert the Sheepish Lion

Synopsis: A delivery stork mistakenly delivers Lambert, a lion cub, to a flock of sheep. The mother won't let the stork take him back, so Lambert is raised as a sheep, but he just doesn't fit in. He grows up cowardly, until the day his mother is chased by a wolf.
Director(s): Jack Hannah
8 min

Once upon a time,

a springtime,

as a matter of fact a nighttime,

a certain flock of sheep had a visit

from ol' Mr. Stork.

Rough trip.

Well, here we... Pardon me.

I mean, here we are now.

Please don't crowd each other.

Pick out the ewe

that you like best,

and she will be your mother.

Come on, you lazy little lamb.

It's time you were awake.

Oh, goodness me.

That's not a lamb.

There must be some mistake.

Oh, where am I?

Uh, leopards, lizards...

Oh dear, lynxes.

Lambs, llamas...

How did this happen to me?


That's no lamb at all.

Lambert is a lion.

South Africa?

Oh, goodness me.

I've got to do some flying.

Come, Lambert.

Uh, pardon me.

I beg your pardon.

Sorry, sorry.

Oh, Mrs. Sheep.

I'm afraid there's been

a slight bungle.

Ha-ha. I'll take that vicious

little brute and drop him in the jungle.

Well, goodness.

Heavens to Betsy.

Let her have it.

Let her have anything she wants,

for heaven's sakes.

I'm only a delivery service,

that's all.

Well, the next morning

when the sun rose,

the sheep rose.

And all the little lambs were

being tidied up by their mothers.

And-and Lambert there,

just look at the little guy,

why he could hardly wait to run

and jump and gambol with his...

... brothers?

Uh-uh. You're right.

There's something wrong.

The other lambs laughed

at him and teased him with a song.

# Lammmmbert

# You can't even baa

You can't even bleat

# Your ears are too big

and so are your feet

# Lammmmbert

- # Your tail is too short

- # And so is your wool

# There isn't enough

for one bag full

# Lambert the sheepish lion

# Lambert is always tryin'

# To be a wild and wooly sheep

# Lambert the sheepish lion

# Little lambs all love to butt

# Their heads on a stone

# Lambert thought

that he could lick

# A dozen lambs alone

# While the other lambs

all gathered round

# To watch this funny bout

Ha ha ha ha

# He wanted to be counted in

# But he was counted out

# Lambert the sheepish lion

# Lambert is always tryin'

# To be a wild and wooly sheep

# Lambert the sheepish lion

# The little lambs

got Lambert's goat

# He was a nervous wreck

# He had to hide behind his ma

# To save his little neck

# He couldn't baa

and he couldn't butt

# At last poor Lambert knew

# He hated to admit

that he was yellow

# Through and through

Time changes everything.

The little spring lambs

were sheep by fall.

And Lambert's ma,

oh, was she proud of him.

Because she had the biggest sheep...

Uh, ewe,

lamb, mutton...

Isn't he huge?

However, he's still the butt

of all theirjokes

and takes it on the chin.

But he's not ferocious

like a sheep.

But he has a sheepish grin.

One night the sheep

were fast asleep.

Lambert woke up with a fright.

For he had heard an awful sound...

... and saw an awful, awful sight.

A hungry wolf had found the flock.

Lambert was petrified.




- He couldn't baa or butt.

- Lambert!

He was big, but he was yellow.



Lambert, Lambert!


When he saw

this gruesome sight,

- and heard his mother cryin',

- Lambert!

Something snapped inside of him.

He was a ragin' lion.

Lambert's mother is so proud.

And the sheep

have changed their tune.

# Lambert the sheepish lion

# Lambert, there's no denyin'

# Now he's a wild and wooly sheep

# Instead of a sheepish

# Wailing and weepish

# Little Bo Peepish lion #

Oh, don't worry

about that hungry wolf.

He has a place to cling.

He won't starve

because that bush

has berries every spring.

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Bill Peet

William Bartlett "Bill" Peet (né Peed; January 29, 1915 – May 11, 2002) was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer and animator for Disney Studios. Peet joined Disney in 1937 and worked first on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) near the end of its production. Progressively, his involvement in the Disney studio's animated feature films and shorts increased, and he remained there until early in the development of The Jungle Book (1967). A row with Walt Disney over the direction of the project led to a permanent personal break. Other feature films that Peet worked on before he left include Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940, The Pastoral Symphony sequence), Dumbo (1941), The Three Caballeros (1944), Song of the South (1946, cartoon sequences), So Dear to My Heart (1948, cartoon sequences), Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), Sleeping Beauty (1959), 101 Dalmatians (1961), and The Sword in the Stone (1963). Peet's subsequent career was as a writer and illustrator of numerous children's books, including Capyboppy (1966), The Wump World (1970), The Whingdingdilly (1970), The Ant and the Elephant (1972), and Cyrus the Unsinkable Serpent (1975). more…

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