The “Three Little Pigs” march through the crowd greeting guests during a New Year’s Day parade ahead of the ‘Year of the Pig’ at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, suburban Tokyo, 01 January 2007. Some 400,000 people were expected to visit the Disney theme parks during the three-day New Year’s holidays. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images).

Walt Disney’s great classic, the Three Little Pigs is considered as the most successful short animation film of all times. Its success can be attributed to the fact that its underlying story was about the Great Depression and what the average American was going through.

The 1930s was plagued with tremendous hardship because of the worldwide economic depression. Americans also suffered and The Three Little Pigs brought something the common people can relate with. The short film was not just a huge success; the cartoon was a metaphor for the whole nation as it faced the effects of the economic downturn.

A masterpiece that paved the way for other animation characters

The Three Little Pigs was a breakthrough animation during the 1930s it led the way for various other characters in the mainstream media. Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Duffy Duck, and the rest of the early cartoon characters were a commercial success partly because of the influence of Walt Disney’s short animation film.

Disney’s timeless classic has been emblematic in the world of animation because it featured some of the most advanced techniques not known during those years. With lively characters, fascinating details, and realistic character movement, the Three Little Pigs was a commercial success.  Though lacked the depth of characterization from the animations that we have today, the message resonated with most of its viewers.

The film’s hidden message about the Great Depression

People were keen on deciphering the message behind the animation film. People were able to relate to the message which is part of the reason for its huge success. The big bad Wolf resembled the economic struggles and the three little pigs, Practical Pig, Fiddler Pig, and Fifer Pig represented the common people struggling to get by.

The hidden message behind the short film is the fact that the pigs were able to succeed against the hardships and adversities brought about by the hungry wolf. In such a way that the Great Depression proved to be one of the most trying times of our times, working together helped make things better.