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6 February 1943 (USA) See more »
The story of the three little pigs and the big bad wulf, this time performed as pantomime to the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Beautifully choreographed and subtly funny. A class act. See more (7 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)

Bea Benaderet ... Second Little Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Sara Berner ... First Little Pig (voice) (uncredited)

Mel Blanc ... Big Bad Wolf / Third Little Pig (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Friz Freleng  (as I. Freleng)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Warren Foster  uncredited
Michael Maltese  uncredited
Tedd Pierce  uncredited

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Charles David Forrest .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Animation Department
Ken Champin .... animator
Richard Bickenbach .... animator (uncredited)
Jack Bradbury .... animator (uncredited)
Gerry Chiniquy .... animator (uncredited)
Owen Fitzgerald .... layout artist (uncredited)
Manuel Perez .... animator (uncredited)
Gil Turner .... animator (uncredited)
Lloyd Turner .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | Canada:F (Ontario) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #8565)

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Referenced in Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)See more »
Hungarian Dance No. 17See more »


List: Warner Bros. cartoons that were nominated for Academy Awards
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully choreographed and subtly funny. A class act., 4 November 2008
Author: ( from Lincoln, England

Friz Freleng's 'Pigs in a Polka' is a terrific parody of both Disney's 'Fantasia' and Disney's Oscar winning Silly Symphony 'The Three Little Pigs'. Freleng, always a dab hand at the musical cartoons, sets the Three Little Pigs story to Brahms' Hungarian Rhapsody. On first viewing, I was disappointed in the comparative lack of gags in the cartoon but I was missing the point. The humour here comes from the characters' actions and how impeccably Freleng synchs them up with the music. The cartoon really comes to life the instant the high kicking Wolf makes his appearance. From here on in, there is no dialogue whatsoever, just beautifully choreographed sequences in which the Wolf tries to gain access to the brick house of the third pig. Like the cartoon it parodies, 'Pigs in a Polka' was nominated for an Oscar but unfortunately, unlike Disney's cartoon, it did not win. While it is less well known than it should be, 'Pigs in a Polka' still retains a high level of respect in animation fan circles and its cult reputation is richly deserved. You only have to look at the superb final moments in which the Wolf falls down an elevator shaft, collapses and the iris closes on his face all in perfect time to the music, to know that 'Pigs in a Polka' is a class act.

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