RELEASE DATE: Saturday 27th May 1933
SYNOPSIS: The classic childrens' story given the Disney magic. The well-known story has the three pigs building three houses: one of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks. When the Big Bad Wolf appears, he blows down the first two houses, but when he gets to the strongly-built brick house he cannot blow it down.
Many consider this to be the most successful animated short ever created. It was phenomenally successful when first released, due in no small part to the catchy ditty "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf" that accompanies the film. What appears to be a very simple song actually grew to have a much larger life of its own. Considering that in 1933 the world was well into The Great Depression, many people used the pigs' song as an anthem of sorts, with the "wolf" being the Depression. Then a number of years later, people would sing the song again, indicating that the "wolf" was Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party,
The Three Little Pigs is considered an all-time Disney classic cartoon.
You might notice that when the wolf says "I'm working my way through college," the lip sync doesn't match. That's because the original dialogue (even AFTER the re-animation of the character) was "I'm the Fuller Brush Man! I'm giving a free sample!" but because it was said in a stereotypical Yiddish accent, it was redubbed afterwards.
It all seems pretty silly and harmless, but this is basically the Jewish equivalent of "black-face," and many people found it offensive, leading to a theory that Walt Disney himself was anti-Semitic. It does seem a bit racially insensitive, but we have to remember that the world in which this cartoon was made was a very different place. We shouldn't censor history, we should learn from it.
All up, I think the Three Little Pigs is a very entertaining little film, and one that definitely deserves to sit among the classics.