The Turn-Tale Wolf

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The Turn-Tale Wolf
Production company Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date June 28, 1952
Starring Mel Blanc
Producer(s) Edward Selzer
Music composed by Carl Stalling
Story by Tedd Pierce
Animation Phil DeLara
Charles McKimson
Herman Cohen
Rod Scribner
Keith Darling (uncredited)
Director(s) Robert McKimson
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The Turn-Tale Wolf is the three hundred and fifty-second Merrie Melodies theatrical short. It was released by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Vitaphone Corporation on June 28, 1952. It was produced by Edward Selzer, written by Tedd Pierce, and directed by Robert McKimson.

When the Wolf's nephew comes to visit his uncle and berate him for blowing down the Three Little Pigs' houses, the Big Bad Wolf himself tells his own perspective of what happened in the story.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Three Little Pigs: Swat the fly! Swat the fly! Swat the fly! Swat the fly!

Big Bad Wolf: So you see, my little nephew. It was dose doity pigs dat blew my house down in, and made off with me tail.
Wolf's nephew: Oh, unc! What a lot of malarkey!
Big Bad Wolf: Does dis look like malarkey?! (cartoon irises out, but the Wolf opens a small door and speaks to audience) Of course, we know I lost it in da swingin' door.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Big Bad Wolf Mel Blanc
Big Bad Wolf's nephew Mel Blanc
Three Little Pigs Mel Blanc


  • Earth
      • Forest
        • School
        • Big Bad Wolf's shack
        • Three Little Pigs' houses


  • Moonshine still
  • The Three Little Pigs





The music was composed by Carl W. Stalling.

Crew Credits


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: June 28, 1952 in theatres

Behind the scenes

Everlasting influence

  • The Big Bad Wolf's nephew would return in two more shorts: Now, Hare This and False Hare; although in the case of the last two appearances, he was given a different visual design.

Critical reception

In other languages

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Home availability