Hungry, my little man?" Pigs Is Pigs
is a 1937 Looney Tunes
short, directed by Friz Freleng
. It stars a cute little piglet named Piggy
, who loves food so much he steals it off the table and never gets full. However, the little fellow bites off more than he can chew when outside the safety of his mother's home, he is invited into the home of a mad scientist. Here, he gets more food than he could've ever dreamed...
Noted as one of the most infamous Looney Tunes shorts of all time, particularly for its originality with the feeding sequence, Pigs is Pigs
has often been parodied in pop culture, including a Shout-Out
in the fourth Treehouse Of Horror in The Simpsons
(Matt Groening even said the feeding sequence was his favorite animated sequence in history).
This short is also one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes
No relation to the oneshot Disney short of the same name.
Contains examples of:
- Aesop Amnesia: Not even having a nightmare about exploding from too much food will stop Piggy from overeating.
- All Just a Dream: The ending reveals that Piggy only dreamed he was fattened up and blew up from too much food. And of course, he forgets his dream and goes right back to eating like there's no tomorrow.
- Balloon Belly: Piggy is massive once the scientist is done feeding him.
- Big Bad: While it seems this is the scientist's role, it could be argued that Piggy is the true Big Bad, since it's his greed and gluttony that gets him into so much trouble in the first place.
- Big Eater: Piggy, obviously. Even after his belly swells far beyond any natural size, he still wants to eat more. It's very plainly clear that Piggy never gets full.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Piggy may look like an adorable little piglet, but he's incredibly selfish and greedy for such a little guy.
- Body Horror: Piggy is fattened up to be an orb with little tiny legs, and has immense difficulty trying to waddle away. Then his stomach explodes like a balloon being popped. There's no blood, but we see chunks of his body go flying as Piggy gapes in horror.
- Fattening The Victim: The scientist is almost certainly doing this: once he lures Piggy in, he is force-fed for an entire day. It's quite possible he was going to kill and eat Piggy once he got fat enough. Subverted when it was All Just a Dream; it's implied the whole nightmare was Piggy's subconscious trying to warn him about the consequences of eating so much. Not that he pays any heed to it, mind you.
- Foreshadowing: Piggy's mother, when ripping into her son for eating the family's dinner and making them go hungry, angrily asks if Piggy wants to burst.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: A bottle of gastritis pills and ulcer tablets are seen on a table in the scientist's house, presumably to help Piggy eat all that food.
- Once Piggy explodes, there are three frames that show that Piggy finally realizes the error of his ways as he dies.
- Ignored Epiphany: For a moment, Piggy looks terrified at the prospect of food after dreaming of being blown up like a balloon from too much food. Then he smiles and runs down to breakfast.
- It Has Only Just Begun: When Piggy finally says he's full and having been transformed into a round ball of fat, the scientist only laughs and says he's only half-full.
- Jerkass: Piggy himself. Not only does he simply pray for ice cream, the kid is willing to eat his family's entire dinner while they say grace just to get more food. And shows no remorse over it.
- Karma Houdini: Piggy is never seen being explicitly punished by his mother, only told off, when he clearly isn't listening. By the short's end, he hasn't learned a thing about overeating and likely won't stop anytime soon.
- Karmic Death: Piggy dies by exploding once he finally eats just too much.
- Kick the Dog: Piggy underhandedly eating the entire dinner meant to feed his family certainly counts.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Despite being a round ball of pork by this point, Piggy excitedly grabs a turkey leg and happily devours it. Then his stomach explodes.
- Mood Whiplash: We go from a peaceful, quiet scene with the piglets sleeping at night to the horrific nightmare the short is so well known for.
- Obviously Evil: Piggy was too excited by the prospect of food to tell that the mad scientist was this.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Piggy, compared to the previous short starring his family, At Your Service Madame, is far less sympathetic a character here. In the previous short it was clear he loved his mother and siblings and actively led an attempt to protect his family, even if he was still a glutton. Here, he could care less about his family, is usually by himself thinking of food, blatantly disrespects their faith, and happily lets them go hungry after he eats all of their food.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Judging by the smile on Piggy's face once he's released by the scientist, he really enjoyed all the food he was just force-fed.
- Villain Protagonist: Piggy, considering it's his gluttony that is always getting him into trouble and ultimately kills him, at least in his dreams.