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Encyclopedia > Pigs is Pigs (1937 film)
Pigs is Pigs
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Friz Freleng
Story by Michael Maltese
Animation by Bob McKimson
Paul J. Smith
Voices by Billy Bletcher
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date January 30, 1937 (USA premiere)
Format Technicolor, (one reel)
Language English
IMDb page
"Pigs is Pigs" is also a noted humor book by Ellis Parker Butler, which was made into a cartoon by Walt Disney Productions in 1954.

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Synopsis

Piggy loves food.
Piggy loves food.

Piggy Hamhock (a character concurrent with but separate from Porky Pig) is always hungry, thinking of food, eating, and stealing food when he can. When his mother leaves a pair of pies out to cool, he gobbles one down whole; and would have downed the second as well if his mother hadn’t stopped him. Image File history File links PigsisPigs0. ... Image File history File links PigsisPigs0. ... Piggy is an animated cartoon character in the Merrie Melodies series of films distributed by Warner Bros. ... Porky Pig, as seen delivering his signature closing line at the end of a Looney Tunes short. ... In general terms, eating (formally, ingestion) is the process of consuming something edible, i. ...


That afternoon, his mother serves spaghetti for dinner. While she and his brothers and sisters say grace, he sneaks under the table and ties the ends of the spaghetti all together. When his mother says "and now commence," he sucks the entire meal (enough spaghetti for a family of eight) down all by himself in a single slurp. His mother scolds him: "Piggy! What's the matter with you?! Do you want you should burst?!" He listens, but shows that he clearly doesn't care.

Piggy, in the feed-a-matic chair, about to be fed.
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Piggy, in the feed-a-matic chair, about to be fed.

The next morning, he finds himself invited into the home of a kindly, hiccoughing, old man. The old man asks Piggy if he's hungry and presents Piggy with a table laid out with a full-blown feast – complete with a roasted turkey. Overjoyed at the man's generosity, Piggy sits down, and the man reveals himself as some sort of mad scientist (voiced by Billy Bletcher, better known for the voice of Paw Bear in some later Warners toons), who straps him down and declares, "So, it's food you want! Ha, ha! (Hic) We'll give you plenty of it!" Image File history File links Feed-a-matic_chair. ... Image File history File links Feed-a-matic_chair. ... Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing — one popular stereotype of a mad scientist. ... William Billy Bletcher (September 24, 1894 - January 5, 1979) was an American actor, comedian, and voice artist, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA . ...



The scene switches to the basement, revealing a bizarre machine built for the sole purpose of force-feeding hungry little kids like Piggy (not that he would need any forcing). As he begins his work, the scientist yells, "So, you love food, aye?" A basement is a story or several stories of a building that are either completely or partially below the ground floor. ... Wind turbines A machine is any mechanical or organic device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of tasks. ... Force-feeding is the practice of feeding someone against his or her will. ... A child (plural: children) is a young human,or an individual who has not yet reached puberty. ... The physicist Albert Einstein is probably historys most widely recognized scientist. ...


A mechanical chair (with a robotic arm holding Piggy's nose) carries him to a huge vat (labeled "SUPER SOUP FEEDER") filled with gallons of soup; the mechanical arm pulls Piggy's mouth open to let in a torrent of soup. He is then fed bananas shot out of their skins down his throat like bullets. There follow stops at a gumball machine that doles out olives and at a conveyor belt of ice cream cones. Then comes the main course – a sandwich as big as a king-sized bed (featuring the first appearance of Freleng’s "hold the onions" gag), followed by dessert dispensed from the "PIE-A-TROPE" (pies spun on the spindle of a converted jukebox). The gallon (abbreviation: gal) is an English unit of volume. ... Soup is a savoury liquid food that is made by combining ingredients, such as meat, vegetables and beans in stock or hot water, until the flavor is extracted, forming a broth. ... Sagittal section of nose mouth, pharynx, and larynx. ... Species Hybrid origin; see text A banana is a herb, in the genus Musa, which because of its size and structure, is often mistaken for a tree. ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-10-15, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Binomial name Olea europaea L. 19th century illustration The Olive (Olea europaea) is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, native to coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean region, from Syria and the maritime parts of Asia Minor and northern Iran at the south end of the Caspian... Insert non-formatted text here Point of contact between a power transmission belt and its pulley. ... Missing image Ice cream is often served on a stick Boxes of ice cream are often found in stores in a display freezer. ... The main course is the main dish of a multidished meal. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the baked good, for other uses see Pie (disambiguation). ...

Fattened Piggy.
Fattened Piggy.

Laughing maniacally, the scientist incessantly continues forcing the food into Piggy – shown in montage. After an entire day of this business, the pig is returned up to the mad scientist's house: transformed into an obese, food-packed, ball. Bulging out of the restraints, Piggy could never in the world have been more content, happy, and satisfied as he was at that moment. Image File history File links PigsisPigs1. ... Image File history File links PigsisPigs1. ... MONTAGE MONTAGE [1] American pop group (1991-current) consisting of singer/songwriter Chris Jones, drummer/songwriter Andrew Doss and various guitarists. ... Obesity is an excess storage of fat and can affect any mammal, such as the mouse on the left. ...


Smiling at the sight of Piggy’s obesity, the scientist pokes him twice and kindly asks "Have enough, my boy?" To which Piggy replies "Y-y-y-yes sir!" The doctor then releases him commenting, "Why, you're not half full!"


With the sun setting, Piggy waddles his bloated way to the door, passing by the food the scientist had laid out on the kitchen table to bait him. He looks at the turkey and experiences a thrill at the chance of eating even more. He pulls off a drumstick and after taking a bite, explodes. Or rather, he wakes up in his own bed Рit was just a dream. He then hears the sound of his mother calling him down to breakfast. He dashes downstairs and starts eating again with gusto. Pierre-C̩cile Puvis de Chavannes: The Dream, 1883 A dream is the experience of envisioned images, voices, or other sensations during sleep. ... Breakfast (or Brekke in Canadianese) is a meal preceding lunch or dinner and usually eaten in the morning. ...


In other works

Over the years, various writers aware of Pigs is Pigs have incorperated the mad scientist’s Feed-A-Matic machine in their works.

 Mr. Stuff: “Well, well, you look almost full, but I have another treat for you. Just eat this batch of hamburgers and then comes dessert!"
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Mr. Stuff: “Well, well, you look almost full, but I have another treat for you. Just eat this batch of hamburgers and then comes dessert!"
Andy Panda in hell. Strapped in the Feed-A-Matic chair – he is about to have applesauce shoved into his mouth.
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Andy Panda in hell. Strapped in the Feed-A-Matic chair – he is about to have applesauce shoved into his mouth.
Homer Simpson in hell. Strapped in the Feed-A-Matic chair – he blissfully eats "all the doughnuts in the world!"
Homer Simpson in hell. Strapped in the Feed-A-Matic chair – he blissfully eats "all the doughnuts in the world!"
In 2002 -- 2003, FA artist Willix, published a webcomic based on the original cartoon. Entitled "Pigs Be Pigs"
In 2002 -- 2003, FA artist Willix, published a webcomic based on the original cartoon. Entitled "Pigs Be Pigs"

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The Gumby Show

Art Clokey did a full re-imaging of this cartoon in 1957 as part of The Gumby Show. "Grub Grabber Gumby" recast Gumby in Piggy’s role. Like Piggy, Gumby has been developing a liking for eating, and he starts the day by eating almost all the cookies on the kitchen table. Then he eats Pokey's sandwich and steals one of the pies Mrs. Applebee left out to cool (as Piggy did at the beginning). With a full stomach, he falls asleep and later awakes to find himself in the clutches of a bipedal equine named "Mr. Stuff". Art Clokey (born 1921) is a pioneer in the popularization of claymation, beginning in 1955 with a film experiment called Gumbasia, influenced by his professor Slavko Vorkapich at the University of Southern California (known colloquially as USC Film School). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gumby is a green clay humanoid figure who was the subject of a series of television shows totaling 223 episodes over a three-and-a-half decade period, animated using stop motion photography, known as claymation. ... Pokey is a character from the Gumby television series created by claymation artist Art Clokey. ...

Mr. Stuff: Hee, hee, hee -- so, you're the boy who likes to eat!
Gumby: Who are you?
Mr. Stuff: Don't worry, just call me Mr. Stuff. I'm going to do you a favor. How'd you like to have all the goodies you can hold?

Like Piggy, Gumby's face lights up with joy at the offer. Mr. Stuff is true to his word, using a conveyor belt to cram thousands of scoops of vanilla ice cream into Gumby's eagerly waiting mouth. After that a tank car of soda pop is brought over and its contents is pumped into him. This all leaves Gumby's stomach over swollen and bloated. But this is Mr. Stuff, and he's not going to finish until Gumby is totally stuffed. A modern tank car in a westbound UP train at Rochelle Railroad Park, Rochelle, Illinois, on May 29, 2005. ... A soft drink is a drink that contains no alcohol. ...


Andy Panda

In "Apple Andy" (1946, Walter Lantz Studio), Andy Panda is tempted by the Devil to cross a fence to eat apples in an orchard. An angel appears to remind him of what might happen if he follows the devil. After giving in to temptation, Andy has a major nightmare. Andy dreams that he has gone to hell. He is strapped into the Feed-A-Matic machine, with the devil operating the controls. A turning lathe force-feeds green apples to him, followed by a worm shoving fistfuls of applesauce into his mouth, and an apple tree pouring apple cider down his throat. 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Walter Lantz Studio was an American animation studio. ... Andy Panda was a series of animated cartoon short subjects produced by Walter Lantz and released by Universal Pictures from 1939 to 1949. ...


Treehouse of Horror IV

In The Simpsons fourth Halloween episode segment "The Devil and Homer Simpson," Homer Simpson spends a day in Hell. In the "Ironic Punishment Department," a demon has Homer strapped in the Feed-A-Matic chair (recreated in exact detail) forcing him to eat "all the doughnuts in the world!" The punishment fails, however, when Homer does eat all the doughnuts in the world, and still asks for more. The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox network. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources. ... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) Hell, according to many religious beliefs, is a place or a state of pain and suffering. ... St. ...


The Lost Saucer

In the Sid and Marty Krofft series, The Lost Saucer episode, "Fatropolis," Jerry and his babysitter Alice wander into a city where fat is the law. The Mayor declares them guilty of breaking the law, and sentences them to the "Fattenarium" until they each weigh 500 pounds. The Fattenarium is a different version of the Feed-A-Matic, -- it scans the children’s minds so that it knows exactly what they like to eat and artificially stimulates their appetites so that they never stop gulping down the endless supplies of food it provides them. Sid and Marty Krofft are a sibling team of prolific television producers who were very influential in childrens television and music/variety television, particularly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. ... The Lost Saucer was a television series produced by Sid and Marty Krofft in 1975 and 1976, consisting of sixteen 30-minute episodes. ... An obese man. ... See also Portal:Law The stela of King Hammurabi depicts the god Shamash revealing a code of laws to the king. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger,greater) is in modern times the title of the highest ranking municipal officer, who discharges certain judicial and administrative functions, in many systems an elected politician, who serves as chief executive and/or ceremonial official of many types of municipalities. ... Guilty is a Anarcho-punk album, by the band Oi Polloi. ...


Web comic

In 2002 -- 2003, FA artist Willix, published a webcomic adapted from the original cartoon. Entitled "Pigs Be Pigs", it was the story of a pair of athletic girls who went door-to-door selling membership in a local gym. Fat Admirers (or FAs) are people, usually male heterosexuals, who are sexually attracted to more heavy partners. ... An episode of Diesel Sweeties Webcomics, also known as online comics and web comics, are comics that are available on the Internet. ... Door to Door is the sixth and final studio album by American new wave band The Cars, released in 1987. ...


The first girl was a ginger-haired former 327-pound woman who had trimmed down; when she knocks on the door of the home of Piggy's scientist-doctor, she becomes the test subject of his latest invention; the Feed-A-Matic., which combines real food with a contraption that feeds the woman a thick, creamy liquid through a hose, which fills her up faster and gives her a much bigger appetite. Unlike Piggy's dream, this is supposed to be real -- the doctor being a "mad genius" with a more gentle and kindly personality. He promisses her to restore her to her former beautiful self. When she begins to waddle to the door as Piggy did in the cartoon, she spots some chocolate cake and wolfs it down, leaving her immobile. She is escorted to the bedroom and falls asleep, leaving the doctor to give her even more of the fattening liquid in her sleep.


When she wakes up in the morning, she becomes a gigantic ball of wobbling fat and decides to quit the gym and stay at the doctor's house, satisfied with her new figure. Soon, the second, black-haired, thinner girl shows up looking for the first. She is more scornful of her colleague when she sees her eating breakfast and how she has been transformed, declaring "Why would anyone want to be such a big, fat pig?" At this point, the doctor captures her, puts her in the same chair and subjects her to the same feeding process, while the first grows even bigger. She, too, struggles to make it to the front door, and falls over, unable to move and again leaving the doctor to fill both girls up to immense proportions. The story ends with the two girls staying like they are supposedly for the rest of their lives, reaching proportions so huge that they can only be imagined.


It should also be noted that while the first girl sports a giant belly and overall spherical body, the second develops more fat in the breasts and buttocks, although both girls appear to reach the same weight.


Trivia

  • The animation appears crude by later Warner standards and contains some goofs.
    • Piggy’s design includes a set of distinctive birthmarks on him; in the beginning, he has 3 – one on his head, one on his rear-end, and one on his right knee. Throughout the rest of the film, he has only the ones on his head and rear-end.
    • The birthmark on his head keeps changing sides -- see above pictures.
    • At the end, when the scientist is letting him go, he is standing behind Piggy, yet (for a moment) his toe is in front of Piggy’s fat belly.
  • This film was the second (and last) featuring the Family Hamhock, which Friz Freleng had apparently intended as a series of recurring characters. They made their first appearance in "At Your Service Madame" (1936) – this presented Mrs. Hamhock as a widow to whom her late husband had left a sizable inheritance. Rooted in the concept of morality, each of her 7 children was to embody one of the seven-deadly-sins; Piggy, of course, represented gluttony. Leon Schlesinger didn't like this idea and Mrs. Hamhock's children would never appear again after this film. Mrs. Hamhock herself would make one last appearance in what would have been the next short in the series, Wholly Smoke (1938), with Porky Pig cast as her only child.
  • The scene at the end of Piggy leaping out of bed to dash downstairs to breakfast was reused footage of the shot that first introduced him in "At Your Service Madame".
  • Pigs Is Pigs is considered significant because it is the first ever appearance of Frieling "hold the onions" gag.
  • Some aspects of Piggy and his family were revived by Steven Spielberg in his Tiny Toons cartoon series. The character of Hamton J. Pig and his parents are a clear reflection of the Hamhocks. Hamton has Piggy’s incessant appetite and is an ironic neatfreak.
  • This short appears in the laser disc collection "The Golden Age of Looney Tunes", volume 3.
  • This short appears in the DVD collection "Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3", which was released on October 25, 2005.
  • Another cartoon examining the theme of gluttony, and also including a forced feeding, is Chow Hound (1951). Directed by Chuck Jones, it features a dog who compels a cat and a mouse into various schemes to bring him money and food, berating them when they bring him meat without gravy ("What, no gravy?!").

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See also

Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Termite Terrace is the nickname for an old building on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA where Looney Tunes were created frm 1935 to 1937. ... Filmography 1930s 1930 Sinkin in the Bathtub Congo Jazz Hold Anything The Booze Hangs High Box Car Blues 1931 The Big Man From the North Aint Nature Grand? Ups n Downs Dumb Patrol Yodeling Yokels Boskos Holiday The Trees Knees Lady Play Your Mandolin Smile, Darn Ya...

References

  • Schneider, Steve (1990). That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation. Henry Holt & Co.
  • Beck, Jerry and Friedwald, Will (1989): Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0805008942

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