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Huxley Pig is a Stop Motion cartoon for children by FilmFair (creators of The Herbs and Paddington), which was broadcast between 1989 and 1991.

The cartoon is about a little pig named Huxley, who has a wardrobe and a seagull named Sam as a friend, and who asks the seagull what he might get up to if he had the job associated with the Nice Hat he wore. Hilarity Ensues. After all, it's a cartoon!

The series was narrated by Martin Jarvis with 26 episodes and a videogame developed by Alternative Software.


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  • And You Were There: It's clear from the opening sequence that Horace the hamster is someone Huxley and Sam know (or at least have met) in real life, as he appears to shoo them away from their unorthodox picnic spot. Perhaps no wonder that he often plays an antagonistic or semi-antagonistic role in Huxley's daydreams.
  • Berserk Button: Vile Vincent.
  • Big Eater: Food was never far from Huxley's mind.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I wonder..." Often, but not always, the words Huxley uses to kick off the dream sequence.
    • "Oh, crumbs!" was used to express a variety of emotions by Huxley.
    • "Huxley Pig? Whatever are you doing here?" Horace generally greets Huxley with some variant on this.
    • "Vile Vincent, at your service."
  • Cheerful Child: It's not clear what age Huxley is meant to be, but he is certainly forever cheerful - and the decor of his room, his apparent closeness to his Granny, and his rather child-like enthusiasm for everything may indeed make him an example.
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  • Christmas Episode: Cinderella (no actual references to Christmas, though).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Huxley seems to spend half his life in daydreams.
  • Gentle Giant: Cuddles looks like a pig version of the Incredible Hulk, but lacks the Hulk's famous temper.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The name of the show is in almost every episode title, except for the Abominable Snow Pig.
  • Jerkass: It varies with the episode, but Horace has instances of being a Dirty Coward, Con Man, cream-cake thief or general bossy-boots throughout the series.
  • Licensed Game: By Alternative Software.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Poor Huxley only appeared on one compilation video for charity, which was Goes Flying in NSPCC Children's TV Favourites Volume 2 in 1993.
  • Negative Continuity: No matter how many times Huxley and Sam encounter Vile Vincent, Cuddles or Sidney, they'll treat each meeting as the first time they've encountered them. Horace is the only one they know every time.
  • Nice Hat: Huxley has a new one (indeed a whole new costume) every episode, tied to whatever job or pastime he's imagining himself in.
    • Sidney the Snake wears a fez.
  • Nonhuman Sidekick: Sam, who is less anthropomorphic than Huxley, plays this role both in the real world and in the daydreams. The main difference is that he's able to talk in the daydreams.
  • Or Was It a Dream??: Each episode ends with a (perfectly non-creepy) instance of this - Huxley finding an object that relates to whatever he's just been fantasizing about.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Pun: More of these than you can count in Huxley's (and Sam's) senses of humor.
  • Short-Runner: Only 26 episodes were made.
  • Snake Talk: Inverted with Sidney the Snake, who lisps and can't pronounce the letter S at all. In one episode, however, he is portrayed as simply affecting the lisp as a ruse, and when he drops the ruse he beginssss talking in a more traditional ssssnake-like way.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Sam is a Nearly Normal Animal in the real world, but in the dream sequences he becomes a full-fledged Talking Animal.


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