Three Little Wolves is a 1936 Disney short film in the Silly Symphony series. It is another sequel to ‘The Three Little Pigs’, but this time, it is excellent.
Yes, Three Little Wolves is infinitely superior to ‘The Big Bad Wolf‘ as it is such an incredibly entertaining, superbly well crafted film. I loved everything about its plot from the beginning to that great ending with the contraption. The machine was so amusing and so detailed in construction, but I also loved the wolves’ home and the overall storyline is really good and once again cautious. ‘The Three Little Pigs‘ was about hard work whereas Three Little Wolves is about the dangers of fooling around. The two pigs give a false alarm to Practical Pig and he doesn’t come later on when they are really in danger. That is a classic, important message for children.
As for its Nazi symbolism, I honestly think that the critics are finding too much of it here. Yes, some of it is definitely there, but I don’t know about the whole story being the parallel. The characters are great here. I wanted to see more from the wolf cubs, but they were pretty solid, the Wolf is again phenomenal and Fifer and Fiddler, although too unlikable here, are very important for the story and I liked that they showed their cleverness near the end. The score could have been better, but I really enjoyed the wolves’ speaking in German, that was so funny. But the short succeeds mostly because of its great animation and an excellent attention to detail in its storytelling leading to such a strong sequel.