Classic Cartoon of the Week: Three Little Bops
February 20, 2011Posted by andrew |
This week's cartoon is Three Little Bops, an unusual 1957 Looney Tunes offering from director Friz Freling. With a soundtrack by West Coast jazz great Shorty Rogers and vocals by the legendary Stan Freberg (no Mel Blanc!), Three Little Bops isn't your usual Warner Brothers cartoon.
Three Little Bops is a retelling of the traditional Three Little Pigs fairy tale, with the titular swine re-imagined as a hip jazz trio. Rather than attempting to eat the pigs, the Big Bad Wolf just wants to sit in and play trumpet with the porcine hepcats. Unfortunately, he's a square whose musical chops are less than adequate, and the both the pigs and their audience kick out the wolf and his "corny horn". The persistent Big Bad Wolf tries to insert himself with the group in a series of jazz clubs made out of—you guessed it—straw, wood, and bricks. Eventually, the wolf learns the lesson that he's "Gotta be hot to play real cool".
Dig the nifty stylized mid-century look of the animation and layouts, and Freberg's jazzy sung narration. The crowd listening in the various jazz clubs (like the House of Bricks and the Dew Drop Inn) looks like it's been dropped in off of the set of Mad Men. You can find Three Little Bops on DVD in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume 2.