Three Christmas Hams

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Because we all could use a break from the summer sun right about now, “Ink and Paint in the Parks” is celebrating Christmas is July this week with a couple of posts spotlighting Christmas decorations at Walt Disney World inspired by animation. To start off, it seems fitting given the occasion to visit someplace that celebrates the season all year long: “Disney’s Days of Christmas” at Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Throughout the store, guests can discover artwork and displays that recount a Disney version of the Holiday earworm “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” For example, instead of Three French Hens, “Disney’s Day’s of Christmas” features Three Little Pigs. The depiction of the pigs as carolers in this painting is very appropriate given the fact they introduced what would become the Disney Studio’s first hit song.

“Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” written by studio composer Frank Churchill and Ann Ronell, debuted as part of the wildly popular 1933 Silly Symphony short “The Three Little Pigs.” The upbeat song stuck a chord with Depression-era audiences who were struggling with keeping the metaphorical wolf of poverty away from their door. Reflecting the brash optimism Roosevelt’s New Deal was attempting to inspire in the American people, the song was embraced as an anthem by many of that era. Its popularity inspired numerous radio covers, sold a massive amount of sheet music, and can even be heard in instrumental form as part of the Marx Brothers’ classic comedy “Duck Soup.”

For a while, the pigs’ song was everywhere. In some ways, the song could be seen as the “Let it Go” of its day. Speaking of which, keep an eye out for our second “Christmas in July” post later in the week featuring a Holiday-inspired reference to the Snow Queen herself.

Do you have a Disney song that you just can’t get out of your head? Let me know in the comments section!

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