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Big "Bad" Wolf, now speaking with a German accent for some reason,
takes his kids out to hunt, opting to finally finish off the three
little pigs while they still frolic campily. The sensible pig is even
building an elaborate torture device to protect them from Wolfie. His
brothers have been crying wolf as a joke and doesn't take them
seriously when he turns up in actual sheep's clothing.
Again, as much as I'd like to see those little pigs get shoved in the oven and Wolfie and kids finally be fed it doesn't happen. The sensible wolf brings his torture device and gives 1930s cartoon-going kids the pleasure of seeing an animal go through excruciating pain just for being what he is.
A disturbing metaphor if there ever was one.
Because "The Three Little Pigs" was such a popular short and garnered
an Oscar, it's not surprising that Disney Studio would bring back the
pigs for some sequels. One is "The Big Bad Wolf" and another is this
film, "Three Little Wolves". And, like the prior sequel, it's a
mash-up--combining two old stories into one. In this case it's "The Boy
Who Cried Wolf" along with "The Three Little Pigs".
The short begins with not just the Big Bad Wolf but his three kids--who he's teaching how to capture pigs. As for the pigs, they are EXACTLY the same as in the previous shorts. In other words, the two stupid pigs are still quite stupid and seem to have learned nothing! This really annoyed me and had me wanting to see the wolves win! The two idiot pigs find a new game--yelling 'WOLF' just to watch their industrious brother come running. After a while, he gets sick of their games and, once again, I kept hoping the wolves would have a nice pork dinner. Unfortunately, this wasn't to be as the smart pig eventually arrives to save his awful brothers when they are captured by the hungry wolves. Well animated but the story is getting a bit thin.
Perhaps a little too hectic in pace, but hugely enjoyable nonetheless.
It is very funny, from the Wolf disguising himself as Little Bo Beep to
trap Fifer and Fiddler as he did when he disguised himself as a mermaid
in The Practical Pig, to "The Wolf Pacifier", to the juicy dialogue.
The three little wolves are cute as well as ravenous just like their
father, but cuter. The animation is excellent, fluid and colourful as I
like it, and the music is suitably rousing. Also well done is the voice
acting of Billy Bletcher and Pinto Colvig, both do stellar jobs as
Overall, hugely enjoyable and highly recommended. Perfect to go with Three Little Pigs, The Big Bad Wolf and The Practical Pig, which are all very entertaining. 9/10 Bethany Cox
A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.
The Big Bad Wolf returns to the forest, this time with his sons, the THREE LITTLE WOLVES. Fortunately for them, Fifer & Fiddler Pigs are as gullible & silly as ever...
A follow-up to THE BIG BAD WOLF (1934) and THE THREE LITTLE PIGS' second sequel, this is a very pleasant cartoon with lots of good imagination at work. The 'Wolf Pacifier' is fascinating & must have warmed the heart of Rube Goldberg himself. Followed by the non-Symphony THE PRACTICAL PIG (1939).
The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most fascinating of all animated series. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.
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