Saturday, March 21, 2009

Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs

I recently picked up this cool looking 33 1/3 Long Playing Record of Walt Disney's story of the Three Little Pigs with the song: "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" complete with record and 24 page book. This edition is copyright 1965 Walt Disney Productions and printed in the USA. Side one of the record is the audio story to go along with the book and side two of the record has the Disney classic "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf". The song was probably the most famous song to come out of a short cartoon. The original song composed by Frank Churchill was a best-selling single, mirroring the people's resolve against the "big bad wolf" of The Great Depression; the song actually became something of an anthem of the Great Depression. When the Nazis began expanding the boundaries of Germany in the years preceding World War II, the song was used to represent the complacency of the Western world in allowing Hitler to make considerable acquisitions of territory without going to war, and was notably used in Disney animations for the Canadian war effort. The song was further used as the inspiration for the title of the 1963 play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1 comment:

wileyk209 said...

I recognize that. The illustrations came from a 1940s Little Golden Book adaptation of the cartoon, and made the Big Bad Wolf look like a freakish black-furred fox!
The second side of the record had an unusual version of the song, with Practical Pig having a girlish voice, and the wolf sounding more menacing. I actually did a music video of that, set to clips from a Richard Scarry adaptation of the "Three Little Pigs" by Golden Book Video...