1933. The character was originally going to be called "The Big Old Wolf," as in the traditional versions of the story. However, the phrase "The Big Bad Wolf" in the soon-to-be hit song flowed more easily off the tongue. Three Little Pigs won the Oscar for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. It was voted #11 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. It was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".