Pigs Is Pigs (1937 film)

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Pigs is Pigs
Blue Ribbon re-release lobby card, 1947
Directed byFriz Freleng
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
StarringBilly Bletcher
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byBob McKimson
Paul J. Smith
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
January 30, 1937 U.S. premiere
Running time
7 minutes

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 could. Piggy's mother is continuously vexed by his seemingly insatiable appetite and inability to control himself. Piggy's gluttony causes problems which give his mother and the rest of his large family considerable annoyance, especially at mealtimes. After he eats his siblings' spaghetti meals at dinner, Piggy's mother scolds him and warns Piggy that he will burst someday if he continues his bad eating habits.

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 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 plans to use to force-feed Piggy as much food as he can hold. The scientist uses the Feed-A-Matic to continuously force-feed Piggy using soup, olives, bananas, pies, sandwiches, and ice cream until Piggy is morbidly obese and bulging out of the chair.

The mad scientist is amazed at this and pokes Piggy's super huge belly. Then he asks if he's had enough, to which Piggy says yes. The scientist releases him and Piggy waddles to the door, but then notices the food which the scientist used to bait him earlier and his hunger gets the better of him. He takes one of the turkey's drumsticks and eats it, then he explodes from being too stuffed. Piggy wakes up in his bed immediately thereafter, revealing the previous events as a dream. Relieved that he is all right, Piggy then responds to his mother calling him to breakfast, having already learning his lesson from his nightmare.

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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