Three Little Bops (Looney Tunes)

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Three Little Bops (Looney Tunes)
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"Oh ya cool, oh ya cool, oh ya cool man, cool!"
Episode Number: 788
Air Date: January 5, 1957
Writer: Warren Foster
Director: Friz Freleng
Previous episode: "To Hare Is Human"
Next episode: "Tweet Zoo"


Three Little Bops is a 1957 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. In this short, the Big Bad Wolf tries to get in the Three Little Pigs' jazz band in a retelling of the fairy tale classic.

Why It Rocks

  1. It is entirely unique and distinguishable to most of the cartoons from Warner Bros., using the effort of popular jazz musicians during the time.
  2. Stupendous music from jazz player Shorty Rogers and lyrics/dialogue from Stan Freberg, which all rhymes well and utilizes a lot of charm. In fact, it was the only Looney Tunes cartoon at the time to not be scored by Carl Stalling or Milt Franklyn nor have Mel Blanc be the credited voice actor.
  3. The chemistry between the wolf and the three pigs is nicely top notch.
  4. Great animation and backgrounds that blend well and uniquely pop.
  5. The short times the music with the action to the point where it does not need additional sound effects to stand the slapstick out.
  6. Original plot that stays true to the original tale.
  7. Amazing gags and timing.
  8. Good moral: The Big Bad Wolf learns to play "real hot" and elegantly in order to be accepted into a band instead of brute forcing himself even after being rejected multiple times.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. Although the animation is fitting, it is quite limited compared to the cartoons of the 1940s.

Reception

This cartoon has garnered reception as one of the best musical Looney Tunes cartoons made. Musical professor Daniel Goldmark described the short as a thriving jazz scene of the 50s and "told in scatlike rhyme, and the pigs really play some smokin' jazz".

Trivia

  • The Big Bad Wolf in this cartoon would later appear as Bugs Bunny's rival in "Now, Hare This" and "False Hare" with a wolf nephew. The pairings are alike of the Sylvester and Sylvester Junior cartoons. This also makes the Big Bad Wolf the last rival for Bugs Bunny in the Golden Age of Animation.
  • This short does not have the standard "That's all Folks" sequence.

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