Flashback Friday – Lambert the Sheepish Lion

A moment ago, I read the name Thomas Lambert on the internet and something immediately happened.

Lambert the Sheepish Lion;
Lambert is always tryin’
to be a wild and wooly sheep
instead of a sheepish lion.

I cannot attest 100% to the accuracy of that lyric, but that’s how it goes in my head.

Before the compact disc became the music standard and when mp3 files were still a twinkle in some tech nerd’s eye, my brothers and I had a small collection of children’s books adapted from Disney short films. Each book had a pocket in the back cover that held a 45 rpm record, which we would play as we read along. (Much preferable to Teddy Ruxpin, I thought. He was kinda creepy.)

Several of the stories were narrated by Sterling Holloway, who is a prominent figure in lots of childhood soundtracks. He had a very distinctive voice. Maybe you recognize him as the voice of Mr. Stork in Dumbo, or the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, or my favorite, Winnie the Pooh himself.

Every time I hear the name ‘Lambert’ or the word ‘sheepish’, the theme song from this film short inexplicably/inextricably burrows into my brain and stays awhile. I love Lambert as much as I did when I was a kid. The video is worth watching for the rich magic of the animation alone. Watch to the very, very end and see how much kinder and gentler the world was when the film was released in 1952.