MGM Strapped Lion to Film Iconic Logo Video: Fact Check


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Picture: MGM Strapped Lion to Film Iconic Logo Video
MGM Strapped Lion to Film Iconic Logo Video

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MGM Strapped Lion to Film their Iconic Logo Video

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MGM Strapped Leo the Lion to a Table to Film the MGM Logo

Picture of Iconic MGM Logo
Iconic MGM Logo

Fact Check:

The popular picture keeps surfacing online suggesting to show Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer MGM Strapped Lion Leo to a Table, while Filming their Iconic Logo Video. MGM’s roaring lion logo is indeed iconic, and good number of people even believe in the ‘telltale’ of the picture showing strapped lion. Nonetheless, what is shown in the picture is not true.

About the Picture of ‘MGM Strapped Lion’

The strapped lion in the picture is real, but it does not show the filming of the iconic MGM logo, where a lion roars around the MGM banner. The picture is in fact photoshopped, while the actual one simply shows a Lion undergoing a CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scan. Back in 2005, the 2-year-old baby lion named Samson in Hai-Kef zoo near Tel Aviv of Israel was seriously ill, and underwent surgery after the CAT scan. Samson recovered well fortunately, thanks to intense efforts of the doctors. The picture below shows the face of lion on the other side of scanning machine.

Original Picture of Samson Lion undergoing CAT scan
Original Picture of Samson Lion undergoing CAT scan
Picture of Sick Samson Lion under CAT scan
Sick Samson Lion under CAT scan

On the other hand, as you can see in pictures below, the making of the original MGM logo appears more dangerous.

Picture: Slats, the original “Leo” filming the logo sequence in 1924.
Slats, the original “Leo” filming the logo sequence in 1924.
Picture: Recording Lion Jackie's roar, 1929.
Recording Lion Jackie’s roar, 1929.

To conclude, the picture story saying MGM strapped Lion to film their iconic logo video is therefore a hoax. For your information, as of this writing, over the years, at least five lions were used in the making of MGM logo.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

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Here’s the story behind a striking image of a lion getting a CAT scan


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