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References to the original fairy tale:


  • "American Honda Presents DC Comics Supergirl": In this seat safety belt Public Service Announcement, Supergirl and her young wards run into a parody of the Three Little Pigs: two pigs cannot be bothered to wear their seat belts, whereas their more cautious brother always wear his. When a truck driven by the Big Bad Wolf slams into their convertible from behind, both reckless siblings are catapulted out of the car.

Films - Animated

  • The Three Little Pigs are among the fairy tale creatures present in the Shrek films.
  • Hoodwinked!: In the ending, the Wolf mentions he is trying to stop a real estate scam ran by the pigs, by huffing and puffing and blowing their houses down.

Films — Live-Action

  • In Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond and Tiffany Case are in a hotel room being guarded by three federal agents, causing Tiffany to joke about "the wolf being guarded by the Three Little Pigs."
  • City Heat. Burt Reynolds's character enters a room dressed as the Big Bad Wolf to find his girlfriend playing cards with the gangsters who are holding her hostage.
    "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll...(knocks over table into gangsters) blow your house down!" (fistfight ensues)
  • Smoke: Paul tells Rashid about how a writer in the Soviet Union, during World War II, holed up in his apartment, took his unfinished manuscript and used its pages to roll cigarettes, adding, "So, he huffed and he puffed, and he smoked his book."

Live-Action TV

  • Shining Time Station: In "Schemer's Alone", Schemer has Midge Smoot read him his own version of Three Little Pigs, where the pig with the brick house charges the others for hiding out with him. When they do not pay up, he says, "Hey, what do you think, I'm made of money? Let the wolf eat bacon!". Midge is less than pleased.
    Midge: (slamming the book shut) Schemer! This is the most awful version of the "Three Little Pigs" I've ever heard.
    Schemer: You mean there's another version?
    Midge: (Beat) I'm not going to read another word.
  • The Wire: In the first season episode "Game Day", when Omar is outside a Barksdale stash house and demanding they give him the drugs, he says, "Y'all need to open this door, man, before I huff and puff. Come on, now, by the hairs of your chinny-chin-chin."

Puppet Shows

  • Bear in the Big Blue House: In "The Great Pretender", Tutter, Ojo, Pip, and Pop pretend to be the Four Little Pigs. Bear decides to play the Big Bad Wolf, but his friends are unimpressed with his attempt to blow down their house.
  • Dinosaurs: In "Germ Warfare", Ethyl falls asleep while reading Baby the story of The Three Little Pigs. Baby impatiently waits for her to wake up so she can tell him what happens after the wolf huffs and puffs. In a later scene, when he sneezes his pacifier at her, she wakes up and says "And blew the house down."
  • The first segment of Muppet Classic Theater is a retelling of the story, with Andy, Randy, and Miss Piggy (as Sandy) in the roles of the title characters.
  • Several Sesame Street News Flash sketches have parodied the story. In one, Count von Count wants to count the pigs while Kermit tries to interview them.

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Western Animation

  • Animal Mechanicals: In "Mechana Pegosaurus Island", the heroes must protect three mechana pigs from the title mechana pegosaurus' falling pegs. After remembering the story of the three little pigs, the Animal Mechanicals have the idea of building the Mechana pigs a house, even using straw and sticks in their first attempts. However, those houses get squashed easily by the pegs. The team ends up using those pegs to successfully build a much stronger house.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "Dee Dee Locks and the Ness Monster", Dee Dee's story features three pigs who are themselves made of straw, sticks and bricks, as well as a Napoleon-based wolf who demands to be called a big bad wolf.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Chitty Chitty Dead Bang", Peter and Chris go look for pigs so as to use them on the petting zoo they're planning for Stewie's birthday. Using a leafblower, Peter manages to destroy the straw and stick houses, forcing the pigs to seek refuge in the brick house. Peter pretends to be a UPS delivery man so the pigs can open the door to him, which they do, but to just hit his head with a paint can tied to a rope.
    • In "Padre de Familia", Peter says that the country needs more immigrants like his cousin Peter the Pig needs a new house. The ensuing cutaway shows Pig!Peter telling the wolf not to blow his straw house down because he just made stool in there and doesn't want the whole woods to stink.
  • Peppa Pig:
    • The episode "The New House" is filled with references to the story.
      • Daddy Pig, being an architect, teams up with some builders to build a house. The builders ask Daddy Pig if said house is going to be built using straw, sticks or bricks before he tells them it's going to be bricks.
      • When the Wolf family moves into the house, Mr. Wolf tests how strong it is by huffing and puffing. It, as expected, doesn't fall down. He then asks Daddy Pig what is his house built of, and Daddy answers "Bricks, so don't even think about it".
      • Peppa decides to ride on the swing she personally asked Daddy Pig to include in the yard of the house. She asks Wendy Wolf to push her. Wendy just huffs and puffs at her instead.
    • In "Wendy Wolf's Birthday", Mummy Wolf announces she'll "huff and puff and blow some bubbles". Later, Wendy huffs and puffs to blow out her birthday candles, which circle a small house of sticks. The house falls down easily.
  • Rugrats:
    • In the 1991 series epsiode "Angelica Breaks a Leg", Angelica pretends to break her leg so Stu and Didi will dote on her, and gets her wish due to a mix-up in the medical records. At one point, she wants Didi to tell her a story. Didi suggests The Three Little Pigs, along with The Little Engine That Could and Hansel and Gretel, but Angelica suggests that she instead make up a story about an angel named Angelica.
    • In the 2021 series episode "Gone Teddy Gone", Susie is seen reading Three Little Pigs when Angelica interrogates her on the whereabouts of Tommy's missing teddy bear. When Susie tells Angelica that she was just getting to the good part, Angelica tells her that the book has no good parts, since the pigs keep making the same mistakes.
    • "Wolf at the Door" is another episode from the 2021 series, which is part of a four-episode story arc where Susie tells the babies Fractured Fairy Tale-esque stories to help pass the time while their parents paint a mural in Angelica's preschool. Susie tells the babies the story of The Three Little Pigs, with Phil, Lil, and Tommy in the roles of the title characters, Angelica in the role of the Big Bad Wolf, and Chuckie in the role of a skunk that makes the best cookies in the world. The pigs' three houses are made of flowers, mud, and Click N' Pops. All three houses get knocked down and Angelica succeeds in getting Chuckie's cookie recipe, but she only ends up making cookies that are hard as bricks. She and Chuckie form an alliance and start a successful brick-making business.
  • The Simpsons: In "Lisa the Vegetarian", the Simpson family go to Storytown Village, an amusement park for 1- to 7½-year-olds, to do something Maggie would like. One of the things they see there is an animatronic stage show of The Three Little Pigs. Upon seeing it, Bart calls it "a load of crappy-crap-crap". After seeing the Big Bad Wolf attempt to blow the Pigs' straw house down, Maggie is impressed, while Homer says, "Eh, it was good, but not great."
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons:
    • Avery's first short for MGM, Blitz Wolf, is a WWII update on the story, with the Wolf taking the role of Hitler.
    • "One Ham's Family" takes place after the story, with the Big Bad Wolf trying to sneak into the brick house disguised as Santa Claus, only to be heckled by the third pig's Bratty Half-Pint son.
    • "The Three Little Pups" has Droopy and his brothers take the place of the pigs, while the wolf is now a dog catcher.
  • Thomas & Friends: In "Ghost Train/Percy's Ghostly Trick", this exchange occurs when Percy arrives at Ffarquhar sheds:
    Percy: [in a ghostly tone] Peep! Peep! Pip pip pip peep! Let me in. Let me in.
    Toby: No, No. Not by the smoke of my chimney-chim-chim.
    Percy: I'll chuff and I'll puff and I'll break your door in.
  • In the Yogi Bear short "Oinks and Boinks", the pigs give away their houses to Yogi and Boo Boo just as the wolf approaches.

References to the 1933 Silly Symphonies adaptation:

Films - Live-Action

  • Babes in Toyland (1934): The pigs are characters in the film, and "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" is in the musical score.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022): The Pigs make cameos at the Rescue Rangers wrap party during the prologue. Chip and Dale are dancing atop Fiddler Pig's hat, just as Dale mentions they're "high on the hog".
  • Duck Soup: While Chicolini and Pinky search Firefly's home for his war plans, they turn on a music box that plays "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?".
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf make cameo appearances.



  • The title of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? references the song from the first short. The film adaptation did not get permission from Disney for the tune, so instead, the song is sung to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush".

Video Games

  • In Sega Ages: I Love Mickey Mouse - I Love Donald Duck for the Sega Saturn, the theme for the title screen is a rendition of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?".

Western Animation

  • Beany and Cecil: In "Sleeping Beauty and the Beast", the designs of the Three Little Pigs of Fairy Land are very similar to the pigs from the short.
  • Blue's Clues: In "The Fairy Tale Ball", Silly Seat, dressed as a wolf, tells this "Knock Knock" Joke:
    Silly Seat: Knock knock!
    Blue: Who's there?
    Silly Seat: Fraid of!
    Blue: Fraid of who?
    Silly Seat: Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • In Mickey's Fire Brigade, little anthropomorphized flames dance o piano keys and end up playing "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?".
    • In Mickey's Polo Team, the Big Bad Wolf is one of the players on Mickey's team. He is booed from the bleachers by the Three Pigs, alongside Shirley Temple.
  • House of Mouse: The pigs and wolf have appeared as guests at the club, in addition to starring in the short "Li'l Bad Wolf".
  • Being one of the most popular Disney shorts, Three Little Pigs was a natural parody target for Looney Tunes.
    • "Pigs in a Polka" sets the story to a selection of Brahms' Hungarian Dances.
    • "The Three Little Bops" has the pigs as a jazz combo, with the Wolf trying to join as a trumpet player, but is rejected for being a Dreadful Musician.
    • "The Windblown Hare" has the pigs trick Bugs Bunny into buying the straw and stick houses so he would have to deal with the Wolf. The plot was later reused for the Yogi Bear short "Oinks and Boinks".
    • "The Turn-Tale Wolf" is a Perspective Flip on the story, with the Wolf telling his nephew the "real" story about how he was victimized by the mean pigs.
  • Mickey Mouse:
    • In "No", during a montage of people taking advantage of Mickey's generosity, the Three Pigs appear asking to borrow his house.
    • In "The Perfect Dream", the Big Bad Wolf appears as a biker revving up his engine, one of the many annoyances keeping Mickey up at night.
    • The episode "The Big Good Wolf", has Mickey taking it upon himself to reform the Big Bad Wolf, who takes advantage of this plan to get some eats.
  • Mickey's Christmas Carol: In the opening scene, the Big Bad Wolf appears as a charity collector; the pigs are beside him singing carols.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: In "Three Little Piglets", Rabbit attempts to tell the story with Piglet in the three title roles. Tigger casts Rabbit as the "Big Bad Bunny", with his outfit resembling the wolf.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: "Big Bad Bubble Bass" is a Whole-Plot Reference to the short, with SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward in the respective roles of Fiddler, Fifer, and Practical (to the point of wearing the same outfits), and Bubble Bass in the role of The Big Bad Wolf.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "Journey to the Center of ACME Acres", while preparing for an earthquake, Buster, Babs, Plucky and Hamton sing a parody of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", with Plucky in the role of Fifer, Hamton being Fiddler, and Buster and Babs as Practical.

Alternative Title(s): Three Little Pigs