Disney's THE THREE LITTLE PIGS is a classic and I remember watching and loving it as a child. In some ways the film isn't as good as I remember and in other ways it's far more impressive. As far as the story goes, it's much more tame than I'd remembered and this was disappointing. According to the older story by Grimm, after the two foolish pigs' homes are destroyed, they are eaten AND when the wolf goes down the chimney, he is made into stew and eaten by the wise pig!! I was actually hoping for this, as the tame Disney version didn't appeal as much to the sadistic child living within me! However, even with an overly tame approach, there is still a lot to love about the film. In particular, I marveled at the newly restored print as the colors are so vivid and inviting. Additionally, as a child I never noticed that the artwork was simply amazing--especially the great painted backgrounds. It's nearly the equal of the later full-length films such as SNOW WHITE or PINOCCHIO--it's that good.Overall, it's a lovely little film that will appeal to all but mostly to kids. Unfortunately, I don't know of any gritty versions available today because too many parents are afraid it'll traumatize the kids. What's wrong with a little trauma?! Give me the moralistic and bloodier version every time!By the way, a decade later, Looney Tunes essentially stole the idea of this cartoon in the form of PIGS IN A POLKA. However, despite being Oscar nominated, PIGS IN A POLKA isn't nearly the film THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and never gained classic status.
Well, to start with, what do you say about a cartoon that somehow got its way into The Shining? Well, it's that damn iconic, simply put. I first saw this short many years back, so long ago it was when the Disney channel played, from time to time, 1930s and 40s Disney cartoons at certain times of the morning or day (when kids were at school so, you know, on sick days and such). It stuck with me for the simple reason that, hey, it's the 3 Little Pigs, what kid doesn't know the basic gist of it? The Big Bad Wolf will come to the door, you got to know how to defend against him from getting in.\"Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin,\" being one of those lines. But what's so much fun about the short, why I can remember it (and them, there was more than one short I think) was that it kept the song catchy throughout, the animated characters had strong, direct personalities, and I actually felt some danger for those little animated pigs from the Wolf. It's colorful, it's funny, it's a little terrifying in the strange way that a 30s cartoon can get in little moments, and it has persevered due to its message for young and old alike of facing against the odds and the \"Big Other\" that might try to come down. It's great to find out that the term 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf' was used as a line of optimism in the Depression too.
(Rudolph glances right, and the three go out in silence.Canzler, who has stepped left, stands in the shadow ofone of the trees. A little later Oswald appears comingthrough the trees to the right. He is looking about asif in search of something.)