The Little Lion Hunter
Directed byCharles Jones
Story byRobert Givens
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byPhilip Monroe
Ken Harris
Rudy Larriva
Robert McKimson
Layouts byRobert Givens
Backgrounds byPaul Julian
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • October 7, 1939 (1939-10-07)
Running time
7 minutes

The Little Lion Hunter is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon released to theaters on October 7, 1939.[1] This short was the first of a series of five films featuring the Inki and mynah bird characters.[2]


Little African boy Inki is out hunting in the jungle with his spear, but has some difficulty in capturing any animals. He is also oblivious to the fact that a ferocious lion has selected him as prey and is sneaking up on him.

Home media

The Little Lion Hunter is available in an unrestored version on both the VHS tape The Best of Bugs Bunny and Friends and the laserdisc The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 2 (side 4).

Voice cast


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 94–95. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 94. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.