Film: Gordy

"Go play your banjo, goober!"

A 1995 movie in which a piglet goes on a search for his family and along the way, he meets a country-singing girl with no mother and a rich boy with no father (Hey, it's a Disney-distributed movie!). Eventually, Gordy becomes famous.

The film was a failed attempt at providing an acting vehicle for Country Music singer Doug Stone, who also sang many of the songs in its soundtrack (including "More Love", which was a hit single for him). Stone's singing career flatlined not long afterward, but this movie was not a factor.

This film contains examples of:

  • Artistic License Film Production: Midway through the film, a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which causes the commercial it's filming to be distorted.note  The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.
  • Award Bait Song: The end credits song "I Made a Promise".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Mr. Sipes' true colors are finally seen, it is Luke of all people who repays him with a knockout punch; Jessica also counts, courtesy of her attorney's briefcase.
  • The Cameo: Louis Rukeyser.
  • Caligula's Horse: Gordy is the head of a major company after the owner gives it to him.
  • Character Title
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Hanky's granddad leaves his entire corporate enterprise to Gordy in his will.
  • Dirty Coward: Pretty much the only reason the otherwise harmless and well-meaning Brinks continues to obey Mr. Sipes.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe example; Mr. Sipes constantly schemes to inherit his fiancee's company and isn't about to let its new mascot interfere in that.
  • Guess Who I'm Marrying?
  • Hero of Another Story: The crazy cross-dressing robber with the pantyhose on his head.
  • Just in Time: Gordy and his new friends arrive just in time to stop the slaughterhouse from killing Gordy's family.
  • Light Is Not Good: In a really awkward transition scene the main villain looks as if he's being surrounded by a heavenly glow, as a result of the effects guys doing a poor job of matting out the wall behind him.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Dietz and Krugman, who prove highly incapable of keeping an eye on Hanky and Gordy who proceed to get lost in rural Missouri when it was their duty to swipe the pig when Hanky wasn't looking.
  • Missing Dad: Hanky's dad is mentioned to have left his family some time ago, having the choice between Hanky or money; he took the latter.
    • With Jennie Sue it's a case of Missing Mom, who has long passed on. One can hardly doubt what this leads to between the families.....
  • Notable Original Music: "Pig Power in the House", a rap song which was made for the movie and even has a Music Video for it.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe example; during the commercial shoots between Gordy and Jessica, Sipes insists Gordy be filmed with a wide-angle lens as a means to sabotage Gordy. When Hanky switches them back to normal, Jessica instead gets filmed through these lenses; The damage is done when everyone in the boardroom sees the results only after the footage was already seen by test audiences.
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: For Doug Stone.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: It's unclear how much time is elapsed from beginning to end, but Gordy and his five siblings don't ever appear any older, despite the fact that 25 piglets were used to play the part of Gordy, because pigs grow up so fast.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Somehow Luke doesn't know it's a pig kissing him on the cheek when saying good night to Jennie Sue, let alone the fact that she sneaked Gordy into bed for that matter.
    • Mr. Royce seems disturbingly nonchalant about how thoroughly humiliated his daughter is after viewing the test shoots, instead announcing Gordy as their new image even as she is barely pulling herself back together.
  • Pet Heir
  • Random Events Plot: The movie begins with Gordy being separated from his family and somehow ends up making him head of a major corporation.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Gordy and his five siblings.
  • Shown Their Work: The movie was written by Jay Sommers & Dick Chevilat, the creators of classic 60s sitcom Green Acres, which also included an intelligent pig as one of the show's supporting characters; in fact, Tom Lester appears in both, playing Eb on Green Acres and Cousin Jake in this movie.
  • Sissy Villain: Mr. Sipes.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: According to this film, anyone can understand animals if they take the time to listen, but particularly those who are pure-hearted.
  • Unfortunate Name: In-universe example; upon adopting Gordy, Jennie Sue decides to name him Pinky; needless to say, Gordy is relieved to be rid of it later.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The farmer of Meadowbrook Farm is absolutely nowhere to be seen onscreen; At the end, even his mailbox is seen to have become overflooded with uncollected mail. No wonder the farm was going under.
    • One wonders what became of Brinks at the end of the movie, having helped Gordy to rescue his family at the slaughterhouse but does not accompany the Royces back to the farm.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: For some reason, the villains never consider just killing Gordy.