343. Three Little Bops – Friz Freleng

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SUMMARY: A musical spoof of ‘Three Little Pigs’, which casts the pigs as jazz musicians and the wolf as a talentless aspiring musician trying to join their band.

WHY IT’S HERE: Friz Freleng’s ‘The Three Little Bops’ is a longtime favourite of mine. From the first time I saw it at a very early age, I was always on the lookout for a chance to see it again. While I was growing up during the 80s and 90s, Warner Bros. cartoons were frequently on TV and every so often this one came around. A jazz parody of Disney’s famous ‘Three Little Pigs’ cartoon, ‘The Three Little Bops’ is entirely set to music with a great vocal by the underrated Stan Freberg (who finally gets screen credit in this cartoon). It tells the story of the Big Bad Wolf’s unsuccessful attempts to be accepted into the Three Little Pigs nightclub act and each time he is rejected, he blows the nightclub down! The visuals are beautifully stylised, fitting perfectly with the modern theme of the cartoon, and Warren Foster’s lyrics are often priceless (“Dew Drop Inn did drop down”!). It’s not quite a perfect cartoon, since there are a couple of slightly mistimed moments and the section in which the Wolf adopts a series of disguises slows things down and unnecessarily breaks from the musical narration for a conspicuously long time. Nevertheless, if asked to list my favourite Warner cartoons, ‘The Three Little Bops’ would always be one of the first to pop into my head. It’s a toe-tapping delight of which I never tire.

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