The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Peddler

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Disney’s original version of the Three Little Pigs differs from the version most of us know and love:

One sequence in the cartoon which showed the Big Bad Wolf dressed as a Jewish peddler was excised from the film after its release and was re-animated so the Wolf would be a Fuller Brush Man, albeit one with a Yiddish accent. Airings on American television have edited this further by using the Fuller Brush Man footage and redubbing the Wolf’s voice so that he does not sound stereotypically Jewish.

In the United States, the short was first released on VHS, Betamax and Laserdisc in 1984 as part of its “Cartoon Classics” Home Video series. The topical “Fuller Brush Man” line “I’m the Fuller Brush Man. I’m giving a free sample!” was changed to the incongruous “I’m the Fuller Brush Man. I’m working my way though college” for this and all subsequent home video releases.

This video — at 6:06 — shows the original animation with the later voice-over:

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