Cartoon of the Day: The Thrifty Pig

The Thrifty Pig
1941
Directed by Ford Beebe
Available on: Walt Disney Treasures – On the Front Lines

We turn to the Walt Disney Studio today as we continue to look at animated films that were a part of the war effort during World War II. Today we look at the return of some of Disney’s classic characters in “The Thrifty Pig.”  This film was created for the Canadian war department even before the US entered the war. It reuses animation from the 1933 Disney classic “Three Little Pigs.” The wolf has been put in a Nazi uniform, but other than that, most of the film is identical to the original.

When you think about it, though, using “Three Little Pigs” as the basis of this film makes perfect sense. Supposedly, part of the success of the original film was that the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” served as an anthem of sorts to folks battling the great depression. Now, a new Big Bad Wolf was making trouble for the world, and people were being called on to be strong once again. The original film was perfect for how many people were feeling with the uncertainty of war looming.  Reusing it was an inspired choice.

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