45. Three Little Pigs -Burt Gillett


SUMMARY: The classic story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf is given new, definitive life by Disney.

WHY IT’S HERE: A groundbreaking short of enormous popularity, ‘Three Little Pigs’ struck a chord with Depression era audiences and cinemas ran it for months after its debut, sometimes giving it top billing over the feature it accompanied. The short’s popularity was well deserved. As well as continuing to display the Disney Studio’s growing mastery of engaging storytelling and gorgeous colour visuals, the film also saw a notable growth in characterisation, with the pigs and wolf emerging as memorable characters in and of themselves, rather than merely frolicking representations of types.

‘Three Little Pigs’ also featured composer Frank Churchill’s unforgettable song ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf’, which immediately became a little piece of film history and pre-empted Churchill’s classic work on ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ with great songs like ‘Heigh Ho’ and ‘Whistle While You Work’. All in all, ‘Three Little Pigs’ is one of the most important and beloved shorts in animation history, not only inspiring three sequels but also several parodies from other studios, including Warner Bros. excellent ‘Pigs in a Polka’ and ‘Three Little Bops’.


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