I mentioned a couple of weeks ago when I got a 1965 Disney read-along book/audio adaptation of Disney's "Three Little Pigs."
Well, now I have the 1978 version as well!
This is one of the later "Walt Disney Storyteller"-series book/audio sets. Beginning in 1977, Disney began offering many of them on both vinyl and compact cassette (this particular version I have is on vinyl, one of those small 7-inch LPs.)
Unlike the 1965 version, this 1978 re-release incorporates the song into the story on the record. However, it reuses that same strange early 1960s re-recording of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" and associated dialogue (with the girlish Practical Pig and the eerie menacing wolf voice), like on the 1965 version and the earlier "Stories and Songs of Disney's Three Little Pigs" LP.
Also don't be fooled by the cover; like the 1965 version, it also reuses the same illustrations from that 1940s Little Golden Book adaptation, complete with the freakish drooling black-furred wolf design!
Now, like I said, Disneyland Records was one of the major players in the read-along book-and-audio market since the 1960s, and still is today (though their catalog is more limited now compared to the 1960s - 1990s offerings). Other popular companies included Peter Pan Records, Wonderland Records, Kid Stuff Records and Magic Media Talking Stories (the latter is still around, offering their 1970s read-along book/audio sets on compact disc now!) They all had versions of the Three Little Pigs, obviously non-Disney (Magic Media's version
seems suspiciously similar to Disney's version though, complete with the wolf trying to disguise as a sheep!)
For May 27th, the 80th anniversary of the original Disney "Three Little Pigs" cartoon's theatrical release, I will be doing another review/commentary video as the Big Bad Wolf on the 1978 read-along adaptation of the cartoon. But until then, here's another fun picture I was able to do...
"Here's some music for the party! I hope you don't mind the records I brought!"
(Yep, those are the three LPs in my record library relating to Disney's "Three Little Pigs!")