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Three Little Pigs named to National Registry


Each year the National Film Preservation Board of The Library of Congress names 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant films to the National Film Registry, a collection of movies selected to be preserved for all time. Chuck Jones’ What’s Opera Doc?, Bob Clampett’s Porky In Wackyland, Fleischer’s Snow White (1933), Pixar’s Toy Story and several Disney titles including Steamboat Willie, have already made the grade. The 2007 selections were just announced and Disney’s landmark Three Little Pigs will be inducted this year.

I assume they will preserve the original, politically incorrect version?

  • brubis

    Am I the only one who is still steamed that the original version of this short was not included on the Silly Symphonies tin? After all the politically incorrect shorts with special intros by Maltin, it would have been nice to see what all the fuss is about (and that doesn’t count the two seconds of footage flashed on the screen in the SS tin).

  • FP

    Man, I have never seen the antique “joo” stereotype you present here depicted in THREE LITTLE PIGS. That’s hilarious! Only time I saw this cartoon was on THE DISNEY CHANNEL in the 80s, and that scene was missing. TDC was a pay channel then. I had to crack open the cable box and turn a potted screw to receive it. That messed up all my other channels, so I had to turn it back after my Diznee fix.

  • I’m fine with Disney’s Three Little Pigs getting in but personally I prefer WB’s “Three Little Bops”. But that could just be me. Hope you all had a merry christmas.

  • Ceaser

    Worse than an antiquated stereotype is pretending it never existed. It’s downright galling, as if sweeping it under the rug can undo something.

  • purin

    Didn’t that scene cause so much trouble when it was released that they reanimated the scene? I wonder if Disney himself pulled a George Lucas. “I taped over the original footage, LOL”

    I wonder what it means for a film to be “preserved for all time.”

  • bobo

    The reply above applies to “Song of the South” as well…at least we all get to watch the illegal bootlegs right? C’mon Disney!

  • Kevin Wollenweber

    I was sorry that I missed the laserdisk that did feature the fully uncut “THREE LITTLE PIGS”, but I, like so many others, thought sure that it would end up on the SILLY SYMPHONIES tin, at least the second one where they had a chance to stick it in the “vaults” section with other cartoons that were there for historical value only.

    I hope there will be a tin of miscellaneous cartoons, Disney one shots that perhaps did not fit any other mold and were just there as experiments or stories unto themselves. Surely there has to be other non-character cartoons or public service cartoons that need to get out there as just Disney history or memorabelia for those who know of their existence; and, in such a set, a “vaults” section could be created for one or two titles and these could include the missing “THREE LITTLE PIGS”.

    Even though it had been released in its own set, I’d love to see lesser-known Disney features like “MAKE MINE MUSIC”, totally uncut. I’m sure there are more goodies in those vaults to fill a next round of tins. Sure liked the stuff that just came out.

  • Preserve them both. That they went to the trouble of reanimating that shot is “significant” as a marker of changing sensibilities in this country.

  • JB Kaufman

    As often happens in these cases, the withholding of this scene has given it an artificially sensational reputation. When you actually see it, it’s not a big deal. For the record, yes, the studio reanimated the scene, but not because of any uproar in 1933 because there wasn’t any. The change was made in 1947 on the occasion of the film’s first reissue. Also for the record, the picture was changed first, then later the soundtrack. The 1996 laserdisc was (surely accidentally) made from the original picture and the revised soundtrack and was, therefore, in effect the FOURTH distinct version of this film. Enough!

  • Chuck R.

    I agree, robcat. It is offensive, but it’s also part of Disney history and a cultural milemarker. It should have been in the DT SS set with Maltin’s disclaimer.

    That scene probably got special treatment because of the pervasive rumors about Walt being anti-semitic.

    On another topic: Does anyone see a discrepency between the live-action films that are getting this special treatment versus animation? Some of these feature films are pretty obscure. The 3 Pigs short was a pop-culture phenomenon in it’s time and is widely appreciated even today.

  • Chuck,
    If you look at the sheer amount of inarguable masterpieces that are already on the list, only obscurer movies remain to be chosen.

  • Brian Meyer

    ITunes has a the uncut version of Three Little Pigs available for purchase, along with a selection of other Academy Award winning Disney shorts.

  • The Wikepedia listing incorrectly credits Carl Stalling for the music, while the article correctly credits Frank Churchill. Stalling had left Disney three years before.

  • Chuck R.

    My point, exactly!
    There are some good underrated films like Groundhog Day and Magical Maestro that I’m glad made the list, but can’t they find some room for:

    Dumbo, Bambi, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Lion King, Nightmare Before Christmas, Rooty-Toot-Toot, The Tell-Tale Heart, Luxo Jr, Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom, A Wild Hare…
    any Popeye or any Tom and Jerry????

  • There are actually 4 different versions of the Three Little Pigs: The Original 1933 version, reanimated wolf with original voice, Original animation of the wolf with redubbed voice, and reanimated wolf with redubbed voice. The version on iTunes is the third one and the one on the DVD is the fourtht one.

    Here’s hopnig Disney provides the Registry with the Original 1933 version.

  • Ray,
    I’ve read that Carl Stalling was contacted by Disney for this short and he is actually the one playing the piano.
    If you can’t confirm this I’ll try to be more accurate and mention my source.

  • Mark F.

    Who cares? I’m Jewish and I love the original version I have on the original Disney VHS tape from the advent of home video. I’m not offended because I view this stuff in the context of the era in which it was made. I also have the snippets of the scrubbed Fantasia “Pastoral Symphony” sequence with the “Black Centaurette” that Disney has purged from their history. With the studio whitewashing cigarette references from the classic “Pecos Bill” cartoon as well as others, I wonder how they’re gonna butcher “Pinocchio ” with its famous cigar-smoking sequence on Pleasure Island? What about “Pink Elephants…” in “Dumbo”? Alcoholism is bad, so, why not get rid of that scene too? Sheesh! What a nation of wimps we’ve become.

  • I have that VHS tape of the original Pigs version as well (although I’m not entirely sure which “original” version from the 4 mentioned above). And when I heard about the cigarette edit from Pecos Bill, I got a copy of the unedited version on eBay right away (on VHS, of course).

  • Hey Ward,

    probably the biggest telltale is is the soundtrack. The Original has the wolf say “I’m the Fuller Brush Man. I’m giving a free sample”, and the redubbed version has the Wolf say “I’m the Fuller Brush Man. I’m working me way through college”. Which one do you have?

  • Leviathan,
    The original release version is extremely rare and has never been issued on any official video release.
    I guess what Ward have is an official VHS with the original footage but redubbed line.
    I am enough lucky to have the 1933 version, with both original picture and “Jewish audio”.

  • M. Marsh

    Duck Dodgers, how can we trade for a copy of the original “Three Little Pigs” in 1933 theatrical release?

  • Dave

    Say, what does the wolf say in the original audio?