Pigs Is Pigs (1937 film)

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Not to be confused with Pigs Is Pigs (1954 film).
Pigs is Pigs
Merrie Melodies (Piggy) series
Blue Ribbon re-release lobby card, 1947
Directed by Friz Freleng
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Voices by Billy Bletcher
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Bob McKimson
Paul J. Smith
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) January 30, 1937 U.S. premiere
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Pigs Is Pigs, is a 1936-produced, 1937-released Merrie Melodies cartoon that featured Piggy and the Hamhock family, in what would be Piggy's final appearance in the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes repertory in the Golden Age of American animation.


Piggy Hamhock is always hungry, thinking of eating and stealing food whenever he can. Piggy's mother is continuously vexed by his seemingly insatiable appetite and inability to control himself. Piggy's gluttony causes his mother and the rest of his large family considerable annoyance, especially at mealtimes.

After falling asleep following dinner, Piggy wakes up and meets a mysterious old man who offers him a large feast, at which Piggy is delighted. The old man is soon revealed to be a mad scientist, who straps Piggy into a mechanical chair and plots to use Piggy as a test subject for his experiments. The intention of the experiment is revealed when the scientist unveils his "Feed-A-Matic" machine, which he uses to force-feed Piggy to fatten him up. The scientist uses the Feed-A-Matic to continuously force-feed Piggy over the course for several hours, using soup, bananas, pies, sandwiches, etc. This goes on in a sequences of montages until Piggy has been fattened into a morbidly obese, food-packed ball.

The mad scientist is amazed at this and pokes Piggy's fat belly, then lets him go. Piggy waddles to the door and notices the food which the scientist used to bait him earlier. He takes a bite from a turkey's drumsticks, but Piggy's belly is so full that he bursts. Piggy wakes up in his own bed immediately thereafter, revealing the previous events as a dream. Piggy then responds to his mother calling him to breakfast with a new round of gluttony, having forgotten the events of the previous night's dream.

See also[edit]


  • Schneider, Steve (1990). That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation. Henry Holt & Co.
  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Holt Paperbacks. 1989. ISBN 978-0-8050-0894-4. 

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