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Unstable Fables - 3 Pigs and a Baby


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In this family-friendly CGI animated feature from The Jim Henson Company, the well known tale of The Three Little Pigs takes a new twist. When the three pigs find a tiny wolf cub on their doorstep, they decide to raise him as their own, unaware that they've played right into the plan of a special-ops team of wolves. As the newest addition to their family, Lucky grows into his teens not knowing his history, his role in the wolves' plan, or the difficult choice he will have to make about the family that raised him.

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In the tradition of Hoodwinked, this computer-animated tale offers a vibrant update on a childhood classic. Presented by the Jim Henson Company, 3 Pigs and a Baby splices The Three Little Pigs with Three Men and a Baby. Directed by Sharkbait's Howard E. Baker, the Unstable Fable opens with a gang of wolves preparing to chow down on a trio of porcine brothers. A flashback reveals how the fussy Richard (Jon Cryer), laidback Sandy (Steve Zahn), and uptight Mason (Brad Garrett) ended up suspended over a pot of boiling water. After the Big Bad Wolf blows down two of their houses, the pigs gather in Mason's brick mansion and light a fire. Alas, the wolf dives down the chimney without looking and--poof! That's the end of Big Bad. So Dr. Wolfowitz (SpongeBob’s Tom Kenney) and his covert ops leave a wolf cub on Mason's doorstep in hopes that the pigs will raise the tyke. Then, when he's old enough, his canine compadres will ask Lucky (singer Jesse McCartney) to let them in, except the wolf grows up thinking he's a pig. When adolescence hits, an identity crisis takes over, but in time, Jesse finds his way in the world and saves the day. In 76 minutes, Baker tackles adoption, peer pressure, blended families, and alternative parenting--even a musical sequence. Extras include an introduction to the voice talent, an interview with the creators, a look at the animation, and a preview of Tortoise vs. Hare. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Product Details

  • Actors: Unstable Fables
  • Directors: Howard E. Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0010X745A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I will probably order other items again.
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Overall, I think the kids would just love it!!!
Anil Lewis
I love cartoons more then my grands kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blackaciddevil on September 15, 2008
Format: DVD
Presented by the Jim Henson Company, "3 Pigs and a Baby" mixes The Three Little Pigs with Three Men and a Baby. In this first 'Unstable Fable' from the Jim Henson Company, it tells the tale of the three little pigs. See, once upon a time, there were three little pigs. The first little pig built his house out of straw. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. The third little pig built his house out of bricks. One day, a special-ops team of wolves decided that they wanted to take out these three little pigs. So, they sent their most deadly agent...The Big Bad Wolf. The Big Bad Wolf huffed, and he puffed, and he blew down the houses of pigs One and Two. But when he got to the third house, he couldn't blow it down. So, he tries climbing down the chimney. That doesn't really work out. The Big Bad Wolf burns to death (off screen). This forces the special-ops wolf team to come up with an even newer plan. It would be something more inventive and ridiculous. They try to trick the pigs into adopting a baby wolf, who would grow up to eat the pigs. When they say it's an unstable fable, believe me--it is!

I'll be the first to admit, it is amusing little tale in the tradition of Hookwinked but don't expect this to be of the calibur that movies like Shrek, Happily N'ever After or Ice Age are. It simply isn't. Sure, it has it's moments of greatness and amusement but it just doesn't measure up. While it is a good purchase to make for the family, there's something a little off about the film that makes it not achieve greatness like the aforementioned movies did. It may be the character designs, I don't know. I just couldn't seem to get into it. At any rate, don't let my opinion about the film keep you from getting it..it is a good film..just not great!(Get what I mean?)

Brad Garrett, Steve Zahn, Jesse McCartney, and Jon Cryer head up the cast in vocal talent. Special features include: Animation Education, Re-imagining a Classic, and Voices of 3 Pigs and a Baby.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anil Lewis on March 19, 2008
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This is a very much like a modern day three pig story, with lots of wit and humor,it was just hillarious watching it. My wife and I bought this animated movie, which we watched over the weekend, and there was laughter all throughout the show. The animation is just perfect and I think its a great movie for the adults and the children. Overall, I think the kids would just love it!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Kratz on August 29, 2008
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MY GRANDCHILDREN HAD SEEN THIS DVD SEVERAL TIMES, SO I PURCHASED IT FOR THEM SO THEY COULD WATCH IT AT ANY TIME. THEY LOVE IT.Unstable Fables - 3 Pigs and a Baby
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre Villemaire on April 6, 2009
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I really love computer animated movies and the people portraying the
characters... so i bought this little unknown movie, basically a kid's
movie. The gamble paid off. Its not top notch, but it does tell a good
tale with a twist. One of the highlights of the movie was when the
wolves all break into a song and dance routine ...priceless.
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You really have to hand it to the Jim Henson Company for showing incredible adaptability throughout the years. From legendary beginnings in the realm of puppets, it seems only natural for the company to be making use of the current red-hot trend of computer generated animated feature films. While the big boys like Disney/ Pixar and DreamWorks have proven just how incredible this medium can actually be. The Henson Group (wisely) isn't attempting to go toe-to-toe with these juggernauts, but rather entertain audiences of all ages with a direct-to-DVD series they call the Unstable Fables- which essentially spoof classic fairy tales with contemporary references.

Yes this is the formula we've witnessed countless times in the past (Shrek, Hoodwinked, Happily Never After) but the Unstable Fables really capitalizes on the concept by combining just enough of the original fairy tale to retain the names and locations with a whole lot of pop culture.

Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby was the first animated film in the trilogy and reached the DVD market March 4, 2008.

In this new version of "The Three Little Pigs", the three pigs of various housing material fame become the target of a special-ops team of wolves. When huffing and puffing results in all three pigs cowering in the brick home, the wolves are forced to devise a plan to finally infiltrate the impenetrable house of bricks. What results is the idea to leave a tiny wolf cub on the unassuming pigs' doorstep. The pigs take the baby in and raise him as their own.

The cub grows up among an all-pig society naturally and isn't made aware of the wolves and their grand scheme until he's old enough to decide for himself whether he should be loyal to his genetic family or the one that raised him.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cartoon Duke on March 4, 2008
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We watched this the other night with only adults in the room and there are laughs from beginning to end. It looks great and I'm sure kids will love it too!
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By G.G. on February 16, 2009
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I work for a school system as a techie and love bringing DVDs to an elementary school so kids can watch them. I especially love bringing a DVD that I think they've never seen. This is my first Jim Henson "Unstable Fables" DVD that I have watched. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. The animation is great and the story is funny and very unique. I think I'll purchase Unstable Fables "The Tortoise and The Hare" some time this year since I enjoyed this movie. I think kids will rate this 5 out of 5 stars.
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