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Father's Lion is an animated cartoon starring Goofy, Goofy Jr. and Louie the Mountain Lion. The film was directed by Jack Kinney and features Pinto Colvig as Goofy and Bobby Driscoll as Goofy's son, Goofy Junior. Voices for the narrator and the lion were uncredited. The plotline of the short is a parody of the book, The Mountain Lion by Robert William Murphy.


George Geef and his son are leaving for a camping trip. As they are packing George tells his son all the things he is going to teach him. George's son is very excited and suggests they might shoot a lion. Later as they are driving out to the mountains in their red woodie station wagon, George tells his son about his past adventures. Each story is taken from previous Goofy short films. These include Californy er Bust, Tiger Trouble, and African Diary (all 1945). A common theme throughout the film is Goofy's exaggeration of his adventures.

After they arrive the scene cuts to Louie the Mountain Lion fleeing from the sound of gunfire. One bullet comes close enough to part his hair, but in the next scene it is discovered that Goofy was unaware of the lion and merely target practicing with an empty can.

Later George and his son set up camp. George ties their meat up on what seems to be a rope to keep it "safe from the little forest creatures." However it turns out to be the lion's tangling tail as he was resting on a tree branch. The lion quickly devours the meat, and when the dry bone is thrown to the ground, George's son becomes suspicious that the lion might be present.

One of the most famous gags in the short.

Next George teaches his son how to start a fire using a hand drill. The lion sneaks up behind him but George's son shoots him with his pop-gun. The continuing gags in the film revolve around Goofy being unaware of the lion while his son is. George's son isn't afraid of the lion however, because he thinks George knows about the lion and also because he believes his father's stories about being a great explorer. Meanwhile the lion makes a continued effort to eat Goofy, but is foiled either by his own allergy or by unintentional, well-timed actions by George.

Finally the lion slips into George's sleeping bag, and when George zips up the lions tail in the zipper the lion reacts in pain and roars. Finally a full on chase begins. At last they rid themselves of the lion long enough to break camp. As they are speeding away in the car, George asks his son "Did I ever tell you about the time I was a race car driver?"




Home video



  • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics - Special Edition: Happy Summer Days / Fun on the Job! / The Goofy World of Sports



External Links

Father's Lion at SuperCartoons.net

Father's Lion at B99.TV

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