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Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs & a Baby (2008)

PG | | Animation, Family | March 2008 (USA)
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A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of the three little pigs, so they raise him as their own.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jon Cryer ... Richard Pig (voice)
Brad Garrett ... Mason Pig (voice)
Steve Zahn ... Sandy Pig (voice)
Tom Kenny ... Dr. Wolfowitz / Musical Comedy Wolf (voice)
Jesse McCartney ... Lucky - Teenager (voice)
Timothy McCartney Timothy McCartney ... Baby Lucky / Child Lucky (voice)
Steve Wilcox ... Big Boss Wolf / Lone Wolf / Grunt (voice)
Nolan North ... Big Bad Wolf / Eager Young Wolf / Dash Hammet / Wolf Guard (voice)
Chris Elwood ... Death Metal Wolf / Drill Sergeant Wolf / Squeal (voice)
Mark Adair-Rios ... Cool Smooth Wolf / Wide-Eyed Pacificst Wolf (voice)
Tara Strong ... Construction Cow / Teen Girl Wolf / Popular Girl (voice)
Audrey Wasilewski ... Hamlet / Contractor Cow (voice)
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After another ingenious evil plan fails, the wolves come up with another wise evil plan to capture the pigs. The wolves' plan is to put a baby wolf at their door so that the pigs will bring it in their house and raise it as their own, and then after it grows up it will become a wolf and feel out of place living a pig's life and then at this transitional stage they can befriend the wolf and convince him to leave the key under the welcome mat so they can get in.Well, the baby is dropped at the door, the pigs take him in as planned, and the plan is a go, but can the wolf after all these years bring himself to betray the pigs that raised him as their own flesh and blood no matter what anybody else thought of them?

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Animation | Family

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

Release Date:

March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Schweinchen und ein Baby See more »

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WILHELM SCREAM : Heard during the Doomsday Device segment. See more »

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When the pigs are telling Lucky he was adopted, the sun is going down outside. The light falling on Lucky is red-orange; the light falling on the basket next to him is only slightly yellowish. See more »

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Spoofs Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) See more »

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Pretty good.

When most people think of companies that make animations, they'll most likely think of those like Pixar, DreamWorks, Sony, Blue Skies, or the sort. Unfortunately, because of this, most companies such as the ones that made this film won't get a chance in edgewise because most people will see it's some company they don't recognize and simply pass it by. Their movies are shot down before they can leave their mark. Sadly, this film is one of those films that, while it's not a masterpiece, is still a fun little movie that can be quite fun to watch.

====== Story~ ======

It is based on the story of the Three Little Pigs of course, albeit with a modern-day tone. The story also takes some elements from the Little Red Riding hood story, but only by mentioning some things from that story. Otherwise, it starts out like the typical story; the Big Bad Wolf is blowing the house of straw and house of sticks down, and cannot blow down the house of Bricks. After a failed attempt to get into the house (by going into the chimney when the fire was going... resulting in his death... I'm not kidding), the Wolves decide to try another plan. This plan involves leaving a baby Wolf on the pigs doorsteps (they are now living under the same roof until their houses are rebuilt), having it be raised by the pigs, then when the time come have the grown up Wolf betray the pigs so they can finally get to them inside the brick house.

The story isn't really anything spectacular, but for me it worked. Granted, it was predictable (as most kids flicks are), and I didn't particularly like the ending (it's the type where "Everyone gets along in the end and we all live happily ever after). Still, it was fun to watch, and perhaps an interesting twist on the Three Little Pigs story.

============= CG and Style~ =============

Surprisingly, it was better than what I expected. Everything was pretty well detailed, Wolves actually had fur detail, expressions were nice, and most everything was good. My only complaint was when they tried to animate liquid, which most companies always do seem to have trouble with. Still, it didn't really bother me that badly since we don't see it all that often.

The only bad thing is though is the style of the characters. For me, I sort of liked it, though even I will admit it was odd (especially the Wolves). This will turn off a lot of people unfortunately, as most will pass it off as "dumb" or "distracting". If you can get past it though, you'll probably be able to enjoy the film.

Overall, I'd say that unlike most of your other CG animated films by many unknown companies, this one was actually done with care and patience. It didn't seemed rushed, nor does it really disappoint. It's not something that'll blow away the big-name companies, but can still hold its own in my opinion.

====== Humor~ ======

Sadly, a lot of stuff is a hit and miss, though while I watched the film I was never really bored. Some jokes did hit a cord for me though, like when they frequently broke the fourth wall a couple of times (like when the Boss Wolf himself bashing the film, stating that "we don't have the budget to MAKE IT A MUSICAL!!!"). Other than that, there's a lot of jokes where they tried too hard, and they often fell flat. Again, you'll find it a hit and a miss.

=========== Conclusion~ ===========

Overall, it depends on your own preferences whether or not you will like this film or not. For those that can get past the odd style of the film, you'll find a diamond in the rough that you will probably enjoy. Others, will hate it for trying to be too different. If you can rent it, do that first to see if you like it or not, because it'll definitely be a mixed bag by one person's standards or another. Just remember to not take the film too seriously (because it doesn't really either), and enjoy it for what it is.


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