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Western Animation / The Three Little Bops

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“The pigs were due for a big surprise…”

Three Little Bops is a musical 1957 Looney Tunes short directed by Friz Freleng with Shorty Rogers providing the music. It is one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.

Another (very loose!) revision of the classic Three Little Pigs, with the pigs playing as a jazz group and the wolf being a "square" trumpeter. In this version, the wolf is not interested in eating the pigs but rather becoming a member of their band. However, as his constant off-key playing is off-putting to both the pigs and the clientele, he gets kicked out of the first two clubs he plays and thus has a motive for blowing the houses down.

Famously, this is one of the first Looney Tunes shorts since 1936 in which none of the voices were done by Mel Blanc, with the voices provided here by Stan Freberg. This also makes it the only cartoon in which exactly one actor besides Blanc gets a solo voice credit.


"A-one and a-two and away they went!"

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Played with. The Big Bad Wolf doesn't want to kill or eat the pigs, he just wants to play music with them. However, he'll still blow their clubs down whenever he doesn't get his way.
  • Banana Peel: Strategically placed in the Wolf's path while he is performing his perfect ukulele rendition of the Charleston song. The Slippery Skid causes an involuntary rapid increase in the tempo.
  • Battering Ram: The tree trunk the Wolf uses on the door to the House of Bricks.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The Wolf.
  • The Big Bad Wolf: The Bops' adversary, who later joins them (literally "in spirit") as another band member.
  • Bowdlerization: The ABC Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show airing of this cartoon cuts the scene after the House of Bricks is introduced where the Wolf looks into the front door and gets punched in the face by the bouncer. This was also cut when shown on The Looney, Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, though that was a time cut rather than a content cut.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Wolf blows down the Bops' clubs just because they wouldn't let him join their band.
  • Determinator: "I'll show those pigs that I'm not stuck! If I can't blow it down, I'll blow it up!"
  • Double Entendre: "I could disguise myself. Boy, what a dope!"note 
  • Everybody Wins: Yeah, he's a ghost now, but the Wolf finally learns to play like a pro, he earns the pigs' admiration and he's officially inducted into the band as "The Three Little Bops Plus One".
  • Fantastic Racism: The House of Bricks has a sign "No Wolves Allowed", though it could be argued that it was a recent installation to dissuade the Big Bad Wolf.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: "Didn't go to Heaven, was the other place"
  • Foreshadowing: Every time the wolf shows up to play his trumpet, he does it little better than before, Also, two of the disguises attempted by the wolf hinted he really had genuine musical skills on him.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals: The pigs.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Wolf first appears with "red-rimmed eyes", meaning he's either drunk or stoned.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: The Wolf's main motivation.
  • Iris Out: This variant doesn't take The End (which instead fades out afterward) with it.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: The wolf figures out another way to get inside: inside a potted plant.
  • Nice Hats: They all have one. In fact, on the pigs, it’s how you tell them apart.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: How the Wolf attempts to enter the house of bricks.
  • Power Trio: The Bops, of course.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: When the Wolf stops playing off-key.
    "The Big Bad Wolf, he learned the rule. You gotta get hot to play real cool!"
  • Something Completely Different: Due to Shorty Rogers providing the music, giving it a more hip feel than the rest of the shorts, which used a traditional orchestra. The short also doesn't use any of the regular Looney Tunes characters, which was less common by this point.
  • That's All, Folks!: The regular ending title card is averted. Just an iris out and a "The End" card.


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