Welcome back to a new installment of Toon In, friends. This week we are going to be taking a look at an exceptionally fun 1957 animated short called Three Little Bops. A then modern retelling of the Three Little Pigs, in this case the Three Little Bops have become a trio of popular swinging jazz muscians. Although they still have to worry about the likes of the wolf but since this is a modern telling of the fairy tale, he doesn’t desire to eat the pigs but join their band.
Directed by the legendary Friz Freleng, this 1957 theatrical short also featured voice talent of the equally legendary Stan Freberg. Freberg provides the narration for Three Little Bops but since this is a short focusing on jazz, he recites everything while keeping rythm with the fantastic music. Actually, let me take just a moment and point out that this short featured a score solely from Shorty Rogers, the trumpeter who is one of those considered to have pioneered West Coast jazz.
[Via] Gary lefebvre
Now usually the shorts we share on Toon In have more often than not been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be eligible for an Oscar. While not all of our offerings have taken home the award they were at least nominated for the honor. Not so in the case of Three Little Bops in fact – thanks to Jerry Beck‘s ALWAYS enlightening Cartoon Research site, the only animated shorts nominated that year were UPA offerings. Don’t get me wrong, I truly do love many of the United Productions of America shorts, but when you put the winner that year – Mister Magoo’s Puddle Jumper up against this Looney Tunes short. I don’t know – I just can’t say I felt the right short won in this case. Why not take a few minutes and watch the actual award presentation for yourself? It features the likes of Jerry Lewis as the master of ceremony in addition to the star of 1956’s The Bad Seed, Patty McCormack.
All right, grab your favorite snack and beverage and Toon In with us as we watch 1957’s Three Little Bops!