Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

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"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" is a popular song written by Frank Churchill with additional lyrics by Ann Ronell,[1] which originally featured in the 1933 Disney cartoon Three Little Pigs, where it was sung by Fiddler Pig and Fifer Pig (voiced by Mary Moder and Dorothy Compton)[2] as they arrogantly believe their houses of straw and twigs will protect them from the Big Bad Wolf (voiced by Billy Bletcher).[2] The song's theme made it a huge hit during the 1930s and it remains one of the most well-known Disney songs, being covered by numerous artists and musical groups. Additionally, it was the inspiration for the title of Edward Albee's 1963 play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Re-use by Disney[edit]

The song was reused in the sequels to Three Little Pigs, and its writing was re-enacted in the "Cavalcade of Songs" episode on the Disneyland television series in 1955.[3] It featured in the Sing Along Songs video I Love to Laugh and has been included in numerous Disney recordings.

Disneyland Records produced a re-recording of the song in 1958, released concurrently as a single in Disney's "Wonderful Records" series of 45s and on the Mickey Mouse Club LP "Four Disney Stories," conducted by Tutti Camarata. It was a re-enactment of the original cartoon in audio, with noticeable differences being all three pigs voiced by females (unlike the originals, where Practical Pig was voiced by Pinto Colvig), the Big Bad Wolf having a more menacing voice (this time by Sam Edwards), and a few additional verses and dialogue that was not present in the original cartoon. This version was also released on an album in the early 1960s entitled "The Story and Songs of Walt Disney's Three Little Pigs" and a few other compilation albums, and also included on Disney's read-along book-and-audio adaptations of the cartoon.

Cover versions[edit]

LL Cool J version[edit]

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Simply Mad About the Mouse
B-side I Need a Beat
I Can't Live Without My Radio
Released July 7, 1991
Format CD single
Recorded 1991
Genre Old school hip hop
New jack swing
Children's music
Length 3:50
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ann Ronell, Frank Churchill
Producer(s) B. A. Robertson, DJ Eddie F, LL Cool J
LL Cool J singles chronology
"6 Minutes of Pleasure"
(1991)
"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"
(1991)
"Strictly Business"
(1991)

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" was covered by American rapper LL Cool J on the Disney album Simply Mad About the Mouse: A Musical Celebration of Imagination. It was released as a single in 1991 for Columbia Records and was produced by DJ Eddie F and LL Cool J. It sampled Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean".[4] LL Cool J's version did not make it to the Billboard charts.

Ben Bernie's 1933 version

Track listing[edit]

A-side

  1. "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?"- 3:50

B-side

  1. "I Need A Beat"- 4:31
  2. "I Can't Live Without My Radio"- 5:27

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists, including:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WHO S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Three Little Pigs (1933)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  3. ^ "Three Little Pigs". Disney Archives. The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  4. ^ "LL Cool J's Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf sample of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  5. ^ Dave Bullock. "PiNkY & PeRkY ; Rare Records for Sale". Pinky & Perky's website. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

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