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DescriptionThe Practical Pig Practical Pig and Big Bad Wolf Group of 2 Animation Drawings (Walt Disney, 1939). This cartoon was the fourth and final to star the Three Little Pigs, as well as the next-to-last Silly Symphonies short ever produced. The film was actually billed as a "Three Little Pigs" cartoon, suggesting that there were imminent plans to give the porcine trio their own series. The rousingly popular "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" was once again featured in this cartoon - as it had been in all the Pigs' earlier entries. Fifer and Fiddler Pig both ignore their brother's warnings one day - and decide to go swimming in the local pond, even though the Big Bad Wolf is known to be lurking close by. Of course, they are captured, by the aforementioned wolf. Practical Pig has been at home, working on his new invention, a lie detecting machine. Playing "messenger boy", the wolf delivers a desperate-sounding letter (allegedly from Fifer and Fiddler), to Practical's house - in the hopes of luring the pig outside. The wolf fools no one, however. The first drawing can be seen at the 4:38 point, when Practical Pig calls out "I'll be right with you!" in response to the wolf. He is readying his machine to "receive" the wolf - through means of a trap door under the welcome mat outside. The second drawing can be seen two shots later, at the 4:47 point, in which the wolf is automatically strapped to a "torture chair"-like device, as part of Practical's elaborate lie detector. "Where are my brothers!" demands Practical, as soon as the wolf is securely restrained. These two drawings are thematically sequential and look great when displayed next to one another. Both have very large image areas; the drawing of Practical Pig measures roughly 6.5" x 8" and the drawing of the wolf is 9.5" x 7.5". Both are rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field 5-peghole animation paper. Drawing of Practical is in Very Good condition; with some toning of paper and minor creasing throughout drawing of the Big Bad Wolf is in Good condition.
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