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A CGI trilogy from the Jim Henson Company, featuring three separate stories that irrelevantly and unfaithfully retell classic fairytales and fables: ''3 Pigs and a Baby'', ''Tortoise vs. Hare'' and ''The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Show''

Besides taking place in the same fairytale world, the individual stories are all linked by the common theme of family and getting along peacefully in spite of differences.

The entire series provides examples of:

  • Big Bad:
    • 3 Pigs and a Baby: Big Boss Wolf acts as this until that role shifts to Wolfowitz.
    • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears: Jay is close to being a Big Bad as well as a Hate Sink
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • In "Three Pigs and a Baby" Big Boss Wolf turns to the viewer and tells them "You're the audience!" He also tells Musical Comedy Wolf "We don't have the budget to make this a musical!"
    • In "Tortoise Vs. Hare", The stork announcers, Bob and Rex, stand outside the tortoise and hare homes, and speak to the viewer about "the new tortoise and hare team."
    • In "The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Show", Jay Weasel declares that Goldilocks's fixed win in the talent show will be "the greatest upset since the tortoise took down the hare!" He then faces the viewer and adds "Which, by the way, is available now on DVD!"
  • Fairy Tale Free-for-All: The plots of each story don't really have anything to do with each other outside of the characters sharing the same world.
    • Several characters appear across the stories, making either cameo or background appearances.
    • Other fairy tale characters are briefly mentioned by the main ones of the stories. For example, Big Boss Wolf mentions that his son Big Bad Wolf could have accomplished Operation Red Riding Hood without Red having to go with the "What big eyes you have Grandma!" routine and Eddie Goose mentions a cousin of his has started laying golden eggs.
  • Furry Reminder: Lots of jokes revolve around this: the pigs getting their food from the town's garbage truck, the roof of Walter J. Tortoise's house resembling a turtle shell, Chad Frog using his tongue to catch a fly...
  • Groin Attack:
    • 3 Pigs and a Baby has two: First, Musical Comedy Wolf punches a punching bag dummy, which recoils and smacks him in the crotch. Later, Big Boss Wolf gets nailed hard by Dr. Wolfowitz's tail once in the final fight.
    • In Tortoise Vs Hare, a stick figure lands on his crotch during a video for the race.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Mason Pig objects to "garbage" like candy bars before chowing down on a rusty tin can.
    • Chad the frog scoffs at how "uncouth" the bears' sloppy housekeeping is before slurping up a fly and leaving a huge spot of spit in its wake.
  • Interspecies Adoption:
    • 3 Pigs and a Baby: has the three pigs adopt Lucky, a baby wolf.
    • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears: has Goldilocks adopted by the three bears.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • 3 Pigs and a Baby: Lucky openly flirts with the girl pigs in his school on occasion. Justified since he was raised as a pig in an all-pig town. Subverted later when he becomes infatuated with Teen Girl Wolf upon first sight.
      • While it doesn't go anywhere, Hamlet openly calls Teen Girl Wolf "hot".
  • Finally, in Goldilocks and the 3 Bears: Young brown bear Junior has a love interest in the form of polar bear Inga. And Goldilocks mentions that she "once had a thing for a kodiac named Teddy."
  • Toilet Humor: Tons: Lucky soiling his diaper, Butch spitting in order to know in which way does gravity work while trapped in a snowball, Mac Bear burping...
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Lucky is smitten with Teen Girl Wolf, and Junior (eventually) falls for Inga; Both girls are about a head taller than they are.

3 Pigs and a Baby provides examples of:

  • Big Eater: Lucky, being a growing teenage boy and a wolf, is often frustrated about there being no food in the whole kitchen; but that's because he ate everything in the whole kitchen.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The bullies at Pigville academy harass Lucky all the way into his teens, despite the fact that he's noticeably taller than they are by then. Once Lucky becomes aware of his wolf heritage, he quickly puts them in their place.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Dr. Wolfowitz, who sports a tag reading "Evil Scientist".
  • Meaningful Name: When the pigs first find the cub on their doorstep:
    Richard: (to the baby) "Oh, you're so lucky you found this house!"
    Sandy: "Hey, that's it, bro! We'll call him Lucky."
  • Organ Autonomy: Wolfowitz's tail seems to have a mind of its own, constantly tapping him on the shoulder, and doing the bulk of the fighting against Big Boss Wolf during the climax.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Two wolves are sent to spy on the pigs and Lucky. One hides in a garbage can, while the other just stands around with a mailbox on his head. The pigs never notice them, not even when Mason goes to get the mail and almost yanks off the wolf's nose.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Teen Girl Wolf is the only girl in the Wolf Pack.
  • Stuffed into a Locker: The school bullies shove Lucky and his best friend Hamlet into a locker. After Lucky finds out he's a wolf, he pays them back in kind.

Tortoise vs. Hare provides examples of:

  • Berserk Button: Just hearing the words "slow and steady" sends Murray Hare into comical conniptions.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: A literal bird example with the pelican, Jorge, who doesn't have a major speaking role until the next film.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Murray is properly introduced at his job in a used-car lot trying to sell a "Top Secret Spy Car" (an ugly, beat-up scrap of metal on wheels) to an elderly lady.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: On a snowy night, Murray has to resort to holding Walter to keep the latter from freezing to death. The next morning, they immediately agree that it never happened.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Lake Infinity has sharks and octopi.

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears provides examples of:

  • Butt-Monkey: The bears' neighbour, Chad Frog. His car is constantly getting damaged or dirty.
  • Male Gaze: The first shot of Ruby is focused on her big bear booty, shakin' her tail off to "We Are Family".