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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

"That'll do, pig. That'll do.” ~ Babe, 1995.

Where the Wild Pigs Are – Part Two

Famous Pigs You Might Have Known

Name all the famous pigs that come to mind ~ pigs in movies, pigs on television, pigs in literature, pigs in music, pigs in history. I would guess there are pigs in art. There are even pigs in video games. While the wheels are spinning in your head and you are thumbing through the filing cabinets of your brain for everything you might know or have ever known about pigs, I will catch you up on the latest about the Wild Pigs of Christmas, Florida.

There is no latest. Dad took me out yet again last evening to try to take some pictures of our little porcine friends, but as before, they were elusive. I mean, the mother pig came out and snorted and I could see some smaller pigs in the distance, but the corn buffet was spread, the invitations sent out and no one showed up. Dad says all the pigs in this part of east Orange county are now living on our 75.

Therefore, we are shall be forced to deal with Pig Trivia. Today, Pigs in Film, Pigs on Television and Pigs in Literature.

Pigs in Film
Babe in Babe and Babe: Pig in the City. I love this movie. Those singing mice slay me.
Hamton J. Pig from Tiny Toon Adventures (That music is so annoying)
Hen Wen from Disney's The Black Cauldron
Petunia Pig, Porky Pig's girlfriend. She's much too good for him.
Piggy, Merrie Melodies character
Piglet, from the Disney animated version of Winnie the Pooh (I don’t think a stuttering animal is PC anymore, do you?)
Porky Pig (Not the sharpest tool in the shed and also a stutterer).
The Three Little Pigs Silly Symphonies characters
Porco Rosso, title character from Hayao Miyazaki's anime film (Marsh says Miyazaki is anime god)

Pigs on Television
Arnold Ziffel in the sitcom Green Acres. Unfortunately, you are too young to remember this show. It’s a pity. At the time, it was one of the best things on television.

Fred and Doris Ziffle's son, Arnold (Fred and Doris are humans)

Miss Piggy, Capt. Link Hogthrob and Professor Strangepork in Jim Henson's The Muppet Show (You loved the Muppet Show. We never missed an episode.)
Oolong in the Dragon Ball series
Sir Oinksalot, the mascot of Springfield A&M in The Simpsons.
Fluffy, Cartman's pot-bellied pig from South Park
Abner from Hey Arnold!
Huxley Pig, a daydreaming pig, who is friends with a seagull and a hamster
Mayor Pig and Dumpling in the animated show 101 Dalmatians
Treat Heart Pig, a Care Bear cousin. I shall use the fact you loved the Care Bears to blackmail you one day.
Mr. Wu's pigs in the TV series Deadwood, used mainly for disposing of dead bodies (Dad loves this grisly show).
The pig on Invader Zim. Gir, Zim's robot, rides the pig which is really a Voot Carrier disguised as a pig. Okay, maybe its not a real pig, but it looks like a pig and since IZ is my favorite cartoon and this is my blog, it counts.

Miss Piggy as Jan Van Eyck saw her
(there ARE pigs in art)

Pigs in Literature

Ace, great-grandson of Babe in Ace, the Very Important Pig by Dick King-Smith
Babe in The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith (filmed as the movie, Babe)
Dean in Frank Cho's comic strip Liberty Meadows
The "Dickery, dickery, dare" pig who flew up in the air, nursery rhyme
The Empress of Blandings, created by P. G. Wodehouse
The fat pig, buying of which was reason to go to market, nursery rhyme
Freddy the Pig, in 26 different books by Walter R. Brooks.Piglet, doing what others dare not do.

Gaston and Joséphine, the young traveling pigs of Georges Duplaix's children's books of the same name, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
Gub-Gub, from Hugh Lofting's Dr. Dolittle book series (I liked Gub, Gub. Remember when I read Dr. D to Mrs. Gilchrist's class?)
Habeas Corpus, Monk's pet in the Doc Savage adventures
Hen-Wen (the fortune-telling pig) in the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Jodie, the phantom black pig with red eyes in The Amityville Horror
The market-going little pig and his brethren in the nursery rhyme, who variously had roast beef or didn't, etc.
Napoleon, Snowball, Squealer and Old Major in Animal Farm by George Orwell
Orson from the Jim Davis comic strip U.S. Acres
Peter Porkchops/Pig Iron in DC Comics' Funny Stuff and Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew
Pig from Stephan Pastis' comic strip Pearls Before Swine
Pig is the eponymous subject of a poem by Roald Dahl.
Pig is also the title of a grisly, very creepy short story by the same author.
The pigs and swine of the "Birds of a feather" nursery rhyme
Piglet in A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories (Still my favorite, stuttering pig)
The Tale of Pigling Bland; also his mother Aunt Pettitoes; his brothers Alexander, Chin-chin and Stumpy; his sisters Cross-patch, Suck-suck, Yock-yock and Spot; and his girl friend Pig-wig .
Positive Pig in the Sweet Pickles book series by Ruth Lerner Perle, Jacquelyn Reinach, Richard Hefter.

Gir rides the Pig.

Precocious Piggy, of Thomas Hood's poem by that name.
Salome, the Yokum family's pet pig in Al Capp's comic strip Li'l Abner.
Sam Pig, in the Sam Pig novels by Alison Uttley, also his siblings Bill, Tom and Amy
Spanky Ham in the Comedy Central series Drawn Together
Squigley in Tatsuya Ishida's webcomic Sinfest
Rasher, from the British comic strip
Dennis the Menace
Little Pig Robinson of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Little Pig Robinson; also his aunts Miss Dorcas and Miss Porcas, and his cousin Tom Pigg
The Three Little Pigs
The Transcendent Pig, in the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane
Wilbur in Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Zhu Bajie, from Journey to the West
The pigs in Lord of the Flies, William Golding (Marsh thought of this one)
Olivia by Ian Falconer (Daron thought of this one. It's one of my favs).

Olivia has her own MySpace

Next Time ~ Part Three

The Wild Pigs of Christmas Are Found


Kathryn said...

Talk about pigging out! I'm way impressed. (Especially that you included Pig from Pearls Before Swine.)

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