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Two of the Three Little Pigs are caught by the Big Bad Wolf while swimming. But when the wolf tries to get the third, he is captured by the third pig who uses his new lie detector to get ... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Big Bad Wolf (voice) (uncredited)
Pinto Colvig ...
Practical Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Dorothy Compton ...
Fifer Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Mary Moder ...
Fiddler Pig (voice) (uncredited)


Two of the Three Little Pigs are caught by the Big Bad Wolf while swimming. But when the wolf tries to get the third, he is captured by the third pig who uses his new lie detector to get the information about his two brothers from the wolf..... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Release Date:

24 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le cochon pratique  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The last cartoon to star the Three Little Pigs. Although usually listed as a Silly Symphony, the main titles identify it as a Three Little Pigs cartoon, suggesting that a separate series was in the works. See more »


[the Big Bad Wolf gets caught in the Practical Pig's lie detector machine]
Practical Pig: Where are my brothers?
Big Bad Wolf: Your brothers? Never heard of 'em!
[the lie detector detects a lie and washes the wolf's mouth with soap and water]
Practical Pig: Where are my brothers?
Big Bad Wolf: I ain't seen 'em!
[the lie detector detects another lie and spanks the wolf on the rear]
Big Bad Wolf: I ain't...
[He stops and looks at the lie detector, then turns back to Practical and speaks in a calmer voice]
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Toons For Supper?
25 July 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney Cartoon.

With his younger brothers in danger of becoming a pork pie, THE PRACTICAL PIG must have a final showdown with the Big Bad Wolf.

This amusing & lively little film was the last theatrical cartoon to feature the Three Pigs & the Wolf, following THREE LITTLE PIGS (1933), THE BIG BAD WOLF (1934) & THREE LITTLE WOLVES (1936). The Wolf's sons return for this outing and prove themselves to be every bit as rapacious as their father. The tune which the 'mermaid' is strumming on the harp is 'Frankie and Johnny.'

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew comic figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

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