Lambert the Sheepish Lion was held in such high regard when it was released, that the Disney film was nominated for an Oscar; why would it be considered a high spot of all the great films of 1952? Two reasons, at least: first, the United States was still slowly realizing the superpower it had become nearly overnight at the end of World War II, just like Lambert "snapping" and realizing that he was a lion there to defend the defenseless. The theme of one going from being "backwards" or of poor quality, to suddenly holding super-star status was typical of many 1950s (Breakfast At Tiffany's, Annie Get Your Gun). Viewing the United States as a lion suddenly emerging would have deeply resonated on the unconscious political scene at the time as a demonstration of what had happened and why the United States did the right thing in joining the war.
When the stork crashes into the trees, the trees indicate the Suffering of the Cross and how that "crashes" with our common sense; why would a king come to suffer for his people? Why would a king suffer at all? Why would God suffer for his people? But it also re-enforces the idea that the Suffering of the Cross and the Incarnation are the specific power of the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, because the stork, bearing babies (i.e., new life), is a symbol for the Holy Spirit, who is the Lord and Giver of Life.
When the lambs are asleep, it symbolically means the sleep of spiritual sluggishness, they are not tending to their souls; Lambert is the first to awaken because he is tending to his soul, that's the reason he was born, to lead the children of God out of darkness that covers them now, in this moment. Lambert's fear when he sees the wolf is reminding us of Christ's own fear when he was called to undergo his passion, and how he didn't want to but he did t for love of God and love of us, regardless of the terror in his soul at doing so.
|The flock of Israel.|
|The "sheepish grin" of Lambert indicates his humility and meekness in being able to control his temper and not lash out at that who have hurt him|