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Three Little Pigs is an animated short film released on May 27, 1933 by United Artists, produced by Walt Disney and directed by Burton Gillett. Based on a fairy tale of the same name, the short's huge success also made the original tale known worldwide. It won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... May 27 is the 147th day (148th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 218 days remaining. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Burton F. Gillett (October 15, 1891 _ December 28, 1971) was an animation director. ... The wolf lands in the cooking pot The third pig builds a house of brick Three little pigs and their mother sow Three Little Pigs is a fairy tale featuring talking animals. ... This class was known as Short Subjects, cartoons from 1932 until 1970, and as Short Subjects, animated films from 1971 to 1973. ...

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Plot

Practical Pig, Fiddler Pig and Fifer Pig are three brothers who build their own houses with bricks, sticks and straw respectively. All three of them play a different kind of musical instrument – Fifer Pig plays the flute, Fiddler Pig plays the fiddle and Practical Pig plays the piano. Fifer and Fiddler build their houses with much ease and have fun all day. Practical, on the other hand, works all day long to build his strong brick house, but his two brothers poke fun at him. An angry Practical warns them that if they don't build a better house, the Big Bad Wolf will threaten their lives. Fifer and Fiddler ignore him and continue to play, singing the now famous song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?". A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... The Flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. ... A violin The violin is a bowed stringed musical instrument that has four strings tuned a perfect fifth apart. ... A baby grand piano, with the lid up. ... The Big Bad Wolf (sometimes called the Big Ol Wolf) is a fictional character who first appeared in the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, folk tales that can be traced to the literary salons of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. ...


One day, the Big Bad Wolf really comes by, and blows Fifer and Fiddler's houses down. The two pigs manage to escape from the hungry Wolf and hide at Practical's house. Unable to blow down the strong brick house, the Wolf disguises himself twice as an innocent sheep and a Fuller Brush man (a Jewish peddler in the uncensored version) to trick the pigs into letting him in, but fails. Finally, he attempts to enter the house through the chimney, but smart Practical Pig takes off the lid of a boiling pot filled with water under the chimney, and the Wolf falls right into it. Shrieking in pain, the Wolf runs away frantically, while the pigs sing "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" again. The Fuller Brush Company was founded January 1, 1906 by Alfred C. Fuller, a businessman from Nova Scotia. ... This article describes some ethnic, historic, and cultural aspects of the Jewish identity; for a consideration of the Jewish religion, refer to the article Judaism. ...


Voice cast

Vance DeBar Pinto Colvig was a vaudeville actor, radio actor, newspaper cartoonist, prolific movie voice actor, and circus performer whose schtick was playing clarinet off-key while mugging. ... William Billy Bletcher (September 24, 1894 - January 5, 1979) was an American actor, comedian, and voice artist, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA . ...

Reaction and legacy

The movie was phenomenally successful with audiences of the day, so much that theaters ran the cartoon for months after its debut. A number of theaters added hand-drawn "beards" to the movie posters for the cartoon as a way of indicating how long its theatrical run lasted.


Animator Chuck Jones said, "That was the first time that anybody ever brought characters to life [in an animated cartoon]". (Other animation historians, particularly admirers of Winsor McCay, would dispute the word "first.") The straw and stick pigs are frivolous and care-free; the brick pig is cautious and earnest. Zenas Winsor McCay (September 26, 1871 to July 26, 1934) was a prolific artist and pioneer in the art of animation. ...


The moderate, but not blockbuster, success of the further "Three Pigs" cartoons was seen as a factor in Walt Disney's decision not to rest on his laurels, but instead to continue to move forward with risk-taking projects, such as the multiplane camera and the first feature-length animated movie. Disney's slogan, often repeated over the years, was "you can't top pigs with pigs." A multiplane camera built by an animation hobbyist in 1972. ...


The original song composed for the cartoon, "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", was a best-selling single. When the Nazis began expanding the boundaries of Germany in the years preceding World War II, the song was used to represent the complacency of the Western world in allowing Hitler to make considerable acquisitions of territory without going to war. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, France/Free France, United States, China, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Greece, Norway, Honduras, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Burma, Slovakia Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military... Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945, standard German pronunciation in the IPA) was the Führer (leader) of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) and of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. ...


A cartoon produced by Warner Bros., The Three Little Bops, featured the pigs as a jazz band, who refused to let the inept trumpet-playing wolf join until after he died and descended into hell. Warner Bros. ...


Censorship

One sequence in the cartoon, which showed the Big Bad Wolf dressing up as a caricature of a Jewish peddler, was excised from the film after its release and replaced with a less offensive sequence, with the Wolf pretending to be the Fuller Brush man instead. The Big Bad Wolf (sometimes called the Big Ol Wolf) is a fictional character who first appeared in the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, folk tales that can be traced to the literary salons of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. ... This article describes some ethnic, historic, and cultural aspects of the Jewish identity; for a consideration of the Jewish religion, refer to the article Judaism. ... The Fuller Brush Company was founded January 1, 1906 by Alfred C. Fuller, a businessman from Nova Scotia. ...


Home Video

In the United States, the short was first released on VHS on September 11, 1996. It made its DVD debut on December 4, 2001, included in the Silly Symphonies set of the Walt Disney Treasures line. It was later included in Walt Disney's Timeless Tales, Vol. 1, released August 16, 2005, which also featured The Pied Piper (1933), The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934), The Tortoise and the Hare (1935) and The Prince and the Pauper (1990). Top view VHS cassette with U.S. 25c coin for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS or simply as Video, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... December 4 is the 338th day (339th on leap years) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The opening title for the first Silly Symphony cartoon, The Skeleton Dance (1929). ... The Walt Disney Treasures are two disc DVD sets of classic Disney works, covering work from the studios earliest days to more recent work. ... August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sequels

Disney produced several sequels to Three Little Pigs, though none were nearly as successful as the original. The first of them was The Big Bad Wolf, also directed by Burton Gillett and first released on April 14, 1934. All four characters of the original film returned along with two new additions: Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, originating from a different folktale which also featured a wolf as the villain. The plot was fairly simple. Practical Pig is seen building an extension to the shared residence of the three pigs. The added space is presumably needed as the residence was originally intended for a single occupant. Meanwhile, Fiddler and Fifer Pig offer to escort the Red Riding Hood to her grandmother's residence. Against the advice of Practical, the trio attempts to follow a shortcut through the forest. They encounter the dressed-in-drag Wolf and barely evade capture. He proceeds in running ahead of them to the residence of the old woman. The Wolf places her in a closet and then awaits her granddaughter to arrive. The young girl soon does, but also enters the closet with the assistance of her grandmother. Then Fiddler and Fifer Pig alert their brother to the situation. Practical arrives and soon manages to send the Wolf running by placing hot coals and popcorn into his trousers. The short contained several gags but at the time failed to repeat the commercial success of the original. Modern audiences have found it entertaining enough but still inferior to its predecessor. The Big Bad Wolf (sometimes called the Big Ol Wolf) is a fictional character who first appeared in the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, folk tales that can be traced to the literary salons of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. ... Burton F. Gillett (October 15, 1891 _ December 28, 1971) was an animation director. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (105th in leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... A depiction by Gustave Dore Little Red Riding Hood (French: Le petit chaperon rouge; lit. ... A cartoon villain. ... A forest is an area with a high density of trees (or, historically, a wooded function as carbon dioxide sinks, animal habitats, hydrologic flow modulators, and soil conservers, constituting one of the most important aspects of the Earths biosphere. ... Drag in its broadest sense means a costume or outfit that carries symbolic significance, but usually refers to the clothing associated with one gender role when worn by a person of the other gender. ... Wall closet in a residential house in the U.S. It is common for a mirror to be placed on the inside of a closet door. ... Coal (previously referred to as pitcoal or seacoal) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Popcorn popped Popcorn or popping corn is a type of maize which puffs up when it is heated in oil or by dry heat. ... The origin of modern mens trousers: a sans-culotte by Louis-Léopold Boilly. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 1936, a third cartoon starring the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf followed, with a theme more towards The Boy Who Cried Wolf. This short was entitled The Three Little Wolves and it was so called because it introduced the Big Bad Wolf's three cub sons, all of whom just as eager for a taste of the pigs as their father. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Boy Who Cried Wolf, also known as The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf, is a fable by Aesop. ...


One more cartoon short featuring the characters, The Practical Pig, was released in 1939, right at the end of the Silly Symphonies' run. 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


A new character, Lil Bad Wolf, the son of the Big Bad Wolf, was introduced in subsequent Disney comic books. He was a constant vexation to his father, the Big Bad Wolf, because the little son was not actually bad. His favorite playmates, in fact, were the Three Pigs. Lil fat Wolf is a fictional character created for The Walt Disney Company. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


External links

  • Three Little Pigs at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Three Little Pigs in the Encyclopedia of Disney Animated Shorts

 
 

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