Social Lion
Studio: Disney Release Date : October 15, 1954 Series:

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


Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.


Jack Kinney


Norman "Norm" Ferguson
Bob Bemiller


Milt Schaffer
Dick Kinney


Oliver Wallace


Thelma Witmer


Paul Frees (unverified)


Bruce Bushman

Effects Animation

Dan MacManus


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


RKO Radio Pictures

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.



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Disney Adventures

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Silly Symphonies / Animals Two by Two


Disney Cartoon Festival 5


United States

Disney Rarities

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:26
MPAA No.: 16835
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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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!