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The Three Little Pigs are a group of anthropomorphic pigs originally created for the fairy tale of the same name. They are a trio of siblings, consisting of two lazy, foolish pigs and one smart, sensible pig. In the original story, the first two pigs build their houses out of straw and sticks respectively, only to have them blown down by the Big Bad Wolf. The smartest pig, on the other hand, builds his house out of bricks, and the wolf fails to blow down his house.

The story of the Three Little Pigs has been adapted many times, with the most famous adaptation being the 1933 Silly Symphonies short produced by Walt Disney Animation, in which the two foolish pigs were named Fiddler and Fifer Pig while their responsible brother was named Practical Pig. Disney's versions of the Pigs would star in three less successful follow-up shorts and had several cameos on Disney's House of Mouse, but had a more illustrious career in comics, where they co-starred with the Big Bad Wolf's good-natured son, Li'l Bad Wolf.

Appearances in Christmas specials[]

Hal Roach Studios[]

In the 1934 film version of Babes in Toyland, the Three Little Pigs are depicted as the citizens of Toyland. Because producer Hal Roach happened to be good friends with Walt Disney, the filmmakers were able use the tune "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" from Disney's own version of the fable for some of their scenes. Later in the movie, Silas Barnaby, as vengeance for being publicly humiliated, kidnaps Elmer the straw house-building pig and frames Tom-Tom the Piper's Son and have him immediately banished to Bogeyland, but Ollie Dee and Stannie Dum rescued Elmer from Barnaby's celler and expose his plan. The pigs were later seen joining the rest of Toyland fighting against Barnaby and the Bogeyman army.

MGM[]

The brick house-building pig made a solo appearance in the Tex Avery-directed MGM cartoon short One Ham's Family. In this short, after a brief retelling of the Big Bad Wolf's failed attempt to blow down his house, it is shown that the smart pig is now married and has a son named Junior (who was modeled after Red Skelton's Mean Widdle Kid character). Coincidentally, Pinto Colvig, who had voiced Practical Pig for Disney, provided Father Pig's voice, essentially making this a role reprisal for him.

Disney[]

In the new animation produced for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color compilation special "From All of Us to All of You", Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical make a silent cameo at the very end, appearing among the various Disney characters listening to Jiminy Cricket singing "When You Wish Upon a Star".

25 years later, Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical made a brief cameo at the beginning of Mickey's Christmas Carol, singing Christmas carols on the streets of England. Notably, they are shown singing right next to their nemesis, the Big Bad Wolf, who, ironically, is working as a street corner Santa. Later, at the end of the special, Practical is briefly seen playfully chasing after two of the Three Little Wolves with a toy gun.

The Pigs also appeared in Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse. When the characters find that they are now trapped inside the House of Mouse on Christmas Eve due to heavy snow outside, and thus they cannot go back to their homes tonight, Practical remarks, "We can always build a home!" Later on, it is shown that the three of them managed to build an igloo. At the end of the movie, when the characters all sing "The Best Christmas of All", the Pigs are shown riding on Dumbo.

Rankin/Bass[]

In Rudolph's Shiny New Year, the Three Little Pigs make a very brief, silent cameo as three of the residents of the Island of 1023. Rudolph is shown asking them if they have seen Happy, the Baby New Year, anywhere, but they tell him that they have not.

Warner Bros.[]

The straw house-building pig made a solo appearance in the Christmas episode of Krypto the Superdog "Storybook Holiday". As a nod to The Wizard of Oz (1939), he serves as a counterpart of Kevin's Uncle Dexter. He mistakes Krypto as a wolf, but quickly respects him after Krypto defeats the real Big Bad Wolf.

DreamWorks[]

The versions of the characters from the Shrek franchise appear in both of its Christmas productions, Shrek the Halls and Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular.

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