Day 15: Hook, Lion and Sinker (1950)
Starring: Donald Duck, Louie the Mountain Lion and Little Louie
Setting: A lakeside cabin
Plot: A couple of hungry mountain lions attempt to steal Donald’s fresh catch of fish.
This is Louie’s second of five appearance in the classic shorts.
Louie is modeled after the tiger from Tiger Trouble (1945). Louie’s appearance is essentially the same but with a different colour scheme and no stripes.
This is Little Louie’s one and only appearance and may or may not be the son of Louie.
His name suggests he is but it may also be a Yogi and Boo Boo type of relationship (whatever that is).
A few pieces of evidence that suggest Louie is, indeed, Louie’s father are their names, the fact that Louie is clearly fishing for both of them and the way Little Louie removes the bullets from Louie’s buttocks.
The case against it: the scene where both Louie and Little Louie attempt to sacrifice each other as to not get shot. This is decidedly not very father-and-son-like.
Mountain Lions do not fish nor do they even eat fish.
Apparently, Donald hunts Mountain Lions and mounts their heads with fish in their mouths??? Seems pretty savage.
While Louie’s wounds aren’t fatal, this may be the only time out of the many hunting themed shorts that anybody has actually been shot (I’m probably wrong about that though).
Sitting by the Campfire
This is the rare short where Donald actually gets the better of his antagonists. And, why shouldn’t he? He’s not required to feed the local wildlife. In fact, it would be dangerous and could make the lions dependent on him. Also, like the coyotes’ roles in relation to Pluto in Camp Pluto (1950), you might say Louie and Little Louie are also more the main characters than Donald.
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