''The Three Little Pigs'' was a landmark [[AnimatedFilms animated short film]] released on [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation May 27, 1933]]. It was produced by Creator/WaltDisney (though distributed through Creator/UnitedArtists). Based on the [[Literature/ThreeLittlePigs fairy tale of the same name]], ''Three Little Pigs'' won the 1934 [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons]]. In addition to critical acclaim, the cartoon was a smash hit, so much that it was still running in theaters months after its debut, and became Disney's biggest financial success. To this day, it remains the single-most successful animated short ever made.

Animator Creator/ChuckJones said, "That was the first time that anybody ever brought characters to life [in an animated cartoon]. They were three characters who ''looked'' alike and ''acted'' differently". The film is also notable for being the first animated short to be musically scored like a feature, rather than the standard cartoon scores of the time, which tended to be stitched together from staple songs.

A few follow up shorts were made in the following years, but none of them ever matched the original in popularity. The characters also made appearances in other Disney media, including many comic books. Also of note is the Pigs appearing in a 1963 non-Disney Mexican feature, "Cri-Cri el Grillito Cantor" (Chi-Chi, the Singing Cricket). [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bncUt6FibVk See it here.]]

In 2007, ''The Three Little Pigs'' was selected for preservation in the United States UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

!!''The Three Little Pigs'' provides examples of:

* AnAesop
* AesopAmnesia: Subsequent ''Silly Symphonies'' shorts show that Practical Pig is still the only one doing any work or taking Big Bad seriously.
* AllThereInTheManual: The characters names are given in supplemental material of the shorts, but not in the actual cartoons.
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: Practical is All Work, Fiddler and Fifer are All Play.
* AndThenWhat: A comic story in which the Wolf finally catches the pigs sends him through this.
* AsideGlance: TheBigBadWolf does this often.
* AssInALionSkin: The wolf becomes (literally) AWolfInSheepsClothing.
-->"I'm a poor little sheep, with no place to sleep. Please open the door, and let me in!"\\
"Not by the hair of our chinny-chin-chin! You can't fool us with that old sheepskin!"
* BagOfKidnapping: The Wolf captures Fiddler and Fifer Pig with this method in "The Practical Pig" after first luring them over with his mermaid disguise then scooping them up in a net, he later tries to do the same to Practical Pig but he sees through his disguise and turns the tables on him with his trapdoor and puts him through his lie detector machine.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Practical Pig and the Big Bad Wolf in the original short and its spin-offs. Li'l Bad Wolf also falls under this category.
* BigBad: It's [[ObviouslyEvil in his name]].
* TheBigBadWolf: [[TropeNamers Yup.]]
* BlackHumor: There are two pictures on Practical's wall labeled 'Mother' and 'Father.' Mother shows a picture of a sow with a bunch of piglets. Father shows a string of sausage.
* BlowYouAway
* {{Bowdlerise}}:
** In the original cut of the original short, the wolf attempts to gain access to Practical Pig's house by disguising himself as a Jewish peddler. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, however, the shots of his Jewish peddler disguise were reanimated to depict him as a Fuller Brush Man (sans the Jew-mask), albeit still with the original version's audio (thus he still speaks with the [[FunetikAksent Yiddish accent]]).
** Some TV airings of the short further excise this, by not only omitting his Jew-mask, but also dubbing the audio, so that he no longer has the aforementioned accent.
* ComicBookAdaptation: There are ''many'' comics starring the characters, usually focusing on Zeke Wolf's never-ending schemes to catch the pigs.
* {{Crossover}}:
** The first sequel, ''The Big Bad Wolf'', features Fifer and Fiddler escorting Literature/LittleRedRidingHood to her grandmother's.
** The comics also frequently guest star Br'er Bear, usually as a foil to Zeke. In these stories, B'rer Bear is generally portrayed as [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation more of a good guy]] than he was in ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', even being friendly with the pigs and Li'l Wolf -- although he's still stupid and violent, with Zeke as the most frequent target for his violent tantrums. In fact, Br'er Bear in these comics is notable as one of the only people in a Disney comic who could shoot at someone with a shotgun ''[[ShotInTheAss and actually hit him]]''. Zeke always survived being shot, though. Br'er Fox and Br'er Rabbit also make sporadic appearances, with their original characterizations more or less intact.
** [[http://www.cartoonresearch.com/gerstein/badwolf.htm Some African retellings of the Three Little Pigs tale]] would have them share a [[TheVerse verse]] with Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear, reflected in the version Joel Chandler Harris retold in 1883.
* CryingWolf: Part of the plot of ''Three Little Wolves''. Fifer and Fiddler discover their brother's wolf alarm (a horn), and start blowing it, ignoring his warnings that overusing it may cause him to ignore an ''actual'' alarm.
-->'''Practical:''' Some day the wolf will get ya, then you'll be in a fix. You blow that horn and I won't come. I'll think it's one of your tricks.
* CuteLittleFangs: Li'l Bad Wolf in the self-titled cartoon short.
* {{Disneyfication}}: In Disney's version, the first two pigs manage to escape the Wolf after he destroys their houses and seek refuge in Practical's house. Several other retellings of the story, such as the Creator/RichardScarry version, also went with this.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: The Li'l Wolves went through this. ''Three Little Wolves'' introduced [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Big Bad Wolf's three sons]], all of whom were just as determined to eat pork as their father. This short and its follow up, ''The Practical Pig'', were changed in later adapatations to two Bad Li'l Wolves and one Good Li'l Wolf, who feels sorry for Fifer and Fiddler and [[HeelFaceTurn helps them escape]]. This Good Li'l Wolf eventually evolved into Li'l (Bad) Wolf, Zeke's ''only'' son and the Pigs' best friend.
* ForgedLetter: The Wolf captures two of the pigs and writes a letter to Practical Pig pretending to be from his brothers in an attempt to lure him out. Practical doesn't fall for it: along with the bad penmanship, he recognizes the Wolf's breath when he blows it under the door.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: A picture of sausage links on Practical's wall is labeled "Father." Another picture labeled "Uncle" shows a [[VisualPun football]].
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''Three Little Wolves'', the Big Bad Wolf [[CreepyCrossdresser disguises himself as Bo Peep]], lures Fifer and Fiddler inside his home, locks the door and swallows the key. The pigs seem to think 'she' has entirely different reasons for doing this.
--> '''Fifer and Fiddler''': ([[LuminescentBlush Blushing wildly]]) "Why, Bo Peep!"
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Practical Pig's lie detector works a little ''too'' well, as he learns the hard way while admonishing Fifer and Fiddler: [[TemptingFate "This hurts me worse than it does you."]]
* GratuitousGerman: The Wolf's song "Little Pigs is Good To Eat" from ''Three Little Wolves'' contains many lines in German.
* GuileHero: Practical outwit the wolf in every ways.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Big Bad Wolf falls to this several times. Practical also ends up falling to this at the end of ''The Practical Pig'': when his brothers are being punished by his LieDetector, he claims "This hurts me more than it does you..." [[HilarityEnsues and the Lie Detector reacts accordingly]].
* LieDetector: Practical builds one in ''The Practical Pig''. Thanks to [[RubeGoldbergDevice his usual method of building]], it doubles as a punishment device for anyone it catches lying.
* {{Nephewism}}: {{Averted}}; the Li'l Wolves are stated to be Zeke's sons.
* PapaWolf: A literal example, as the Big Bad Wolf becomes father of three cubs, as seen in ''Three Little Wolves'' and ''The Practical Pig'', the cubs having just as big a taste for pig as their pop.
* PaperThinDisguise: One of the Big Bad Wolf's favorite methods.
* PoppingButtons: The Wolf pops the buttons on his overalls when he huffs and puffs, causing his pants to fall down.
* PredatorsAreMean
* ProducePelting: In ''Three Little Wolves'', Practical Pig, disguised as an Italian peddler, offers the Wolf a tomato as a free sample. The Wolf says "Free sample? Well, let me have it." And Practical does. Right in the face.
* RhymesOnADime: The dialogue in the early shorts is in rhyme, which was standard for the ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' at the time. Practical continued to talk in rhyme even after it went out of fashion.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: Practical became quite fond of these in the follow-up shorts.
* RuleOfThree: ([[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Duh!]])
* SavageWolf: The wolf is depicted as a villain out to eat the heroes of the story.
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: The Big Bad Wolf on two legs becomes enraged at not being able to enter the brick house of the third little pig. In a VillainousBreakdown, {{Animorphism}} kicks in. Gloves and his hat fly off, and desperate breaths to blow the brick house down break his suspenders. Ultimately, he steps out of his pants, completely naked, and acting fully like a wild four-legged wolf for the rest of the cartoon.
* ShoutOut:
** The title of Creator/EdwardAlbee's play ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'' is a shout-out.
** GangstaRap artist Music/SchoollyD sampled "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?" in his single "Do It Do It" from ''Music/SaturdayNightTheAlbum''.
** The pigs are characters in the Creator/LaurelAndHardy version of ''Theatre/BabesInToyland'', looking similar and with "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" in the musical score.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the original fairy tale, the first two pigs are killed and eaten by the wolf -- who, in turn, is killed by the boiling pot.
* SpotlightStealingTitle: The cartoon was such a hit that many cinemas took to billing it higher than the feature presentation!
* TookALevelInDumbass: Fifer and Fiddler in the sequels, not only suffering from instant AesopAmnesia but also completely falling for tricks and disguises of the sort they were able to see through at once in the first cartoon.
* VillainSong: ''Three Little Wolves'' has "Li'l Pigs Is Good To Eat", where the Big Bad Wolf [[ListSong waxes harmonic about all the delicious things made from pigs]].
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
* VillainousBreakdown: In ''Three Little Pigs'', after the wolf's Fuller Brush Man disguise (or Jewish peddler disguise, depending on when or where you see the film) fails.
-->'''Big Bad Wolf:''' By the hair on your chinny-chin-chin, I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!
** In the process, he loses all his clothes and reverts to a normal wolf.
* AWolfInSheepsClothing: The wolf pretends to be a orphaned sheep to get the first two pigs to open the door. It doesn't work.