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Pigs in a Polka is a 1943 animated short (8 minutes) by Friz Freleng. It is one of the Looney Tunes.

It's Warner Brothers' comic response to Disney films such as "The Three Little Pigs" and Fantasia. It starts up with the standard Three Little Pigs setup, except pig #2 decides to get even more unsafe and build his house out of matchsticks. After the Big Bad Wolf destroys houses 1 and 2, he corners the three pigs in the more industrious pig #3's house of bricks. After the wolf fails to huff and puff and blow the house down, and knocking the door down also fails, it becomes a battle of wits as the wolf attempts to trick his way into the house. All of it set to a selection of Johannes Brahms' "Hungarian Dances".


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  • Alliterative Title: "Pigs in a Polka"
  • The Big Bad Wolf: He's hungry for pork.
  • Door Judo: The wolf builds up a head of steam and charges the front door—which the first pig opens. He then hurtles towards an inner door—which the second pig opens. He then careens towards the third door, which the third pig closes, causing the wolf to crash violently into the door.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: One of the wolf's disguises. The pigs aren't fooled.
  • Mickey Mousing: All the action is synched up with Brahms's "Hungarian Dances" #5, #7, #6, and #17.
  • Mime and Music-Only Cartoon: Except for a brief intro in which the wolf introduces the story.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: In the introduction, the wolf describes the cartoon as "Starring the Big Bad Wolf... and the three little pigs.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: The wolf does it as he first enters the scene. He does it again later while disguised as a poor old woman, which gives him away as the clothes fly off.
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  • That Syncing Feeling: The wolf has disguised himself as an old lady playing the violin. The third pig discovers that he has a record player hidden under his cloak playing violin music. The pig flips the record, which has a more up-tempo number on the other side, causing the wolf to shake out of his costume.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: When the wolf is huffing and puffing and trying to blow down the brick house, one of the pigs offers him some mouthwash.
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