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Pigs is Pigs - Merrie Melogies 1937

by Nicholas Sammond

In this 1937 Merrie Melodies short, of what would be Piggy's last appearance as a Looney Tunes character, the devalorizing human characterization of pigs as gluttonous, insatiable beings is explored in this moralizing tale about the "explosive" sin. 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 self-fish indulgences to not only consume his own share, but everyone else's too is depicted in the comical gag of slurping the single line of spaghetti, a continual chain of satisfaction with no breaks. The 7-minute short's idiomatic title is suggestive of the extreme exaggeration of desire, as Piggy encounters the mad scientist and his feeding machine, perverting pleasure into mechanics and turning dreams into nightmares.

"Pigs is Pigs"

Pigs is Pigs is a Merrie Melodies cartoon released in 1937, featuring the last appearance of Piggy and the Hamhock family, directed by Friz Freleng, with Schlesinger producing and Carl W. Stalling arranging the music.

from Pigs is Pigs (1937)
Creator: Friz Freleng, Bob McKimson, Paul J. Smith
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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