<p>The Practical Pig is a Silly Symphonies cartoon. It was released on February 24, 1939, and directed by Dick Rickard. It was the second-to-last Silly Symphony made, and the fourth and final cartoon starring The Three Pigs. Like its prequels, "The Practical Pig" incorporates the song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?". In fact, it was the only Three Little Pigs Silly Symphony that was credited as a "Three Little Pigs Cartoon".
While Practical Pig is hard at work building a new anti-Wolf contraption, this time a lie detector ("He's building another Wolf machine! He must be crazy in the bean!"), his two brothers Fiddler and Fifer Pig go swimming ("To work all day is fun for him, but not for us! Let's take a swim!") despite their brother's warning not to go ("Don't go swimming, do ya hear? The pond ain't safe; the Wolf is near!"). Oblivious to the danger around them, they are soon captured by the Big Bad Wolf, who disguises himself as a voluptuous mermaid to entice the two hapless porkers and then catching them in a net.
While the Wolf plans to entrap Practical Pig as well using a fake letter requesting help by his brothers, the Three Little Wolves, who were told by their father that</p>