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Western Animation / The Case of the Stuttering Pig

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The Case of the Stuttering Pig is a 1937 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Porky Pig. Originally in black and white it was redrawn in color in 1967.

One dark and rainy night, Porky, his brothers (Patrick, Percy, Portis, Peter) and sister (Petunia) await the arrival of their late uncle Solomon Swine's lawyer, Goodwill. During the reading of Solomon's will, it's stated that the pigs will inherit his fortune, but should anything happen to them, the inheritance would go to Goodwill. After Goodwill leaves, his true colors are shown as he sneaks into a hidden laboratory beneath the house and drinks Jekyll and Hyde juice to become an insidious fiend, with intentions of doing away with the pigs, while also insulting an audience member in the third row. When Porky's siblings start disappearing, he goes to search for them, only to encounter the fiend. Just when it looks like the pigs are doomed, an unlikely hero saves the day.


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  • Alliterative Name:
    • Porky, Petunia and all their siblings have names that begin with P. And of course, their surname is Pig.
    • Same goes for the late Solomon Swine.
  • Amoral Attorney: Lawyer Goodwill presents himself as the friendly lawyer of Porky Pig's uncle...who's actually scheming to murder Porky and all his siblings in order to inherit their property.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The guy in the third row, who hits Goodwill with his chair.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Lawyer Goodwill acts kind and saintly, but once he sneaks into his secret laboratory his true colors are shown.
  • Evil Laugh: Goodwill in his Hyde form often does it.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Goodwill after his transformation talks in a very guttural and croacky tone of voice.
  • Evil Wears Black: Before taking his Jekyll and Hyde juice, Goodwill dons a black suit.
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  • Failed a Spot Check: For some reason, Porky and his siblings were completely unaware that Goodwill had a hidden laboratory under their house.
  • Fat Bastard: The evil Lawyer Goodwill is quite overweight. After drinking the potion he's more muscular-looking.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Goodwill is at first gentle and nice towards Porky and his siblings. Once his true nature is exposed, all his niceness becomes hollow.
  • From Beyond the Fourth Wall: Just when Goodwill is about to get Porky and his siblings, he gets hit by a theater seat thrown at him, courtesy of the guy in the third row.
  • Gag Nose: Goodwill as a monster has a very long black nose.
  • Gonk: Monster Goodwill looks more freaky and goblin-like than his true form.
  • Inheritance Murder: Goodwill's goal, as he's next in line to inherit Solomon's estate if anything happens to his niece and nephews.
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  • Ironic Name: At first, Lawyer Goodwill seems to live up to his name, but when he leaves and enters a secret laboratory, it turns out he's as far from goodwill as one can get.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Goodwill takes a potion that turns him into a hideous brute. It doesn't work at first, however, until he puts it under a stirrer to foam it up.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Goodwill is still remembered for being one of the few Looney Tunes villain with very little, if not any, comedic moments at all. Notice how the music in the background while he prepares himself to kill the Pigs is very dramatic and dark and his actions are never Played for Laughs. After becoming a monster, aside some black humor, he's downright terrifying.
  • Large Ham: Goodwill as a monster. He's more excited and extravagant than his normal human status.
  • Lights Out Somebody Dies: The Pig siblings are left all alone when the lights go out and one of them disappears, with an X left where they sat. This repeats until only Porky and Petunia remain. Fortunately, they are only captured and are still alive... for the time being.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: Goodwill has one under the pigs' house that acts as his lair.
  • Nice Hat: Goodwill's black hat. He still wears it after becoming the monster.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The picture of Solomon Swine is a porcine caricature of Oliver Hardy.
  • No Fourth Wall: After transforming, Lawyer Goodwill talks straight to the audience, taunting them that they can't do anything to stop him, and specifically targets "you in the third row, you big softie!" In the end, it's the guy in the third row who saves the day.
  • Painful Transformation: Subtlety version, but Goodwill is shown to breath silently but definetly heavenly as he transforms into his Hyde persona.
  • Quaking with Fear: Porky tells Petunia that he's not afraid, as the camera cuts to a close-up of his shaking knees.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Petunia is usually Porky's girlfriend, but here she's apparently his sister.
  • Right Behind You: After encountering Goodwill in his brute appearance, Porky races upstairs and jumps into what he thinks is Petunia's arms, while looking back and describing the fiend he just ran from, unaware that very fiend is whose holding him right now.
  • Shout-Out: The title references the Perry Mason book and movie The Case of the Stuttering Bishop.
  • Tempting Fate: Goodwill declares that he's going to get rid of Porky and his siblings and there's nothing the audience can do to help them, specifically the guy in the third row. That's what he thinks.
  • Wham Shot: When Lawyer Goodwill is leaving the pigs' home, we get a shot of him looking back with an Evil Grin, cluing us in as to who the villain of this picture is.

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