Pigs is Pigs

Directed by:

Friz Freleng 


Leon Schlesinger 

Animated by:

Bob McKimson, Paul J. Smith 

Music by:

Carl W. Stalling 


Warner Bros. Pictures

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This 1937 Merrie Melodies short stereotypes pigs as gluttonous, insatiable beings whose mortal sins have explosive consequences. Piggy has a hunger that cannot be fulfilled, and much to the chagrin of his mother all he does throughout the day is fantasize about food. His selfishness drives him to not only consume his own share, but everyone else’s, too. The seven-minute short parodies Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1935) when Piggy encounters a mad scientist and his feeding machines. But where Chaplin was force fed to increase his efficiency as a worker, Piggy is force-fed in a nightmarish bid to increase his efficiency as a consumer. Happy Holidays!

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