Monday, March 28, 2016


I really like this charming Disney short from 1952. Bill Peet was the main story artist on Lambert, the Sheepish Lion. Look at this beautiful nighttime scene above. Wether Pecos Bill, Peter Pan, Cinderella or other films, the night scenes always transported me to another world.
If I may be so blunt though, I do not find any "A" type animation in the short. Eric Larson and John Lounsbery are listed among the animators' credits, but no performance really stands out. It's the clever and emotional story that is the real star here.

A few cels featuring the main characters.

An early model sheet, no idea who drew it.

Milt Kahl didn't animate on the film., but he helped out with design and drawing. Here is an example from a previous post:


  1. My all time favorite short. Always cracks me up how he still is bullied when he was grown up as a giant lion. That night time painting is magic

  2. Great information, thanks, I loved that short of disney. Eric Larson drawing the wolf?

  3. beautiful color combination in the cels

  4. Thank you for posting this. Bill Peet is one of my favorite children's authors. I frequently use his books in lessons for my elementary school students, because of his unique imagination and heartfelt characters. I'm sure you have, but if you haven't his illustrated autobiography of his time at Disney is worth checking out.

    Thanks again for this blog. Your characters are as much a joy to me now, as they were when I was a child.

  5. Beautifully done short animation. I remember enjoying it as a little girl. Now I love it even more and it still cheers me up :) Magic!