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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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  (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)
Phil Monroe .... animator (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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Hungarian Dance No. 17See more »


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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One step beyond "The Great Dictator", 11 July 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

I remember that I first heard Johannes Brahms's "Hungarian Dances" in "The Great Dictator", when Charlie Chaplin is shaving the guy to the tune of that song. For "Pigs in a Polka", the Termite Terrace crowd continues its tradition of mixing classical music with wacky images, and they do a great job with it. OK, so "Three Little Pigs" is one of the easiest stories to spoof (they later applied music to it again with "Three Little Bops"), but how can you not like how the cartoon came out here? Probably the most eye-opening aspect is how, far from being a triad of warm, cuddly brothers, the pigs have some conflicts. The smartest one - who built his house out of bricks - doesn't like how his siblings take an irresponsible attitude towards everything.

Among other things, we have to remember that these cartoons were not created for children. What they portray requires some knowledge of world history and culture. As it is, I've long considered it honorable that these cartoons could teach children about classical music (much like "What's Opera, Doc?" could).

All in all, a very enjoyable cartoon short.

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