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Western Animation / Unstable Fables

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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.

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:

  • An Aesop: Appropriately enough. Importance of family and understanding/acceptance of differences are the main running themes.
  • 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 Goldilock'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!"
  • Carnivore Confusion: Oh, don't even get us started.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: In case the title of the series didn't tip you off.
  • Furry Confusion
  • Groin Attack: Several.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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".
    • Tortoise vs. Hare seems to have this between Butch Hare and Crystal Tortoise. (See YMMV page.)
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    • 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."
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: With the introduction of Goldilocks.
  • Shout-Out: Several.
  • The 'Verse: 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.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Lucky is smitten with Teen Girl Wolf, and Junior (eventually) falls for Inga; Both girls are about a head taller then they are.

3 Pigs and a Baby provides examples of:

Tortoise vs. Hare provides examples of:

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears provides examples of: