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Pigs Is Pigs

A Special Cartoon

Release Date : May 21, 1954

Running Time : 9:41

Synopsis

Flannery, a railway agent does everything by the book. He gets into a scrape with a customer, McMorehouse, who wants to pay 44 cents freight for two guinea pigs which he considers pets. Flannery, however, considers them pigs (freight 48 cents), a decision he begins to regret when the animals begin to reproduce.

Characters

Flannery
McMorehouse

Credits

Director
Jack Kinney
Animation
John Sibley
Backgrounds
Eyvind Earle
Al Dempster
Effects Animation
Dan MacManus
Layout
Bruce Bushman
John Wilson
Story
Leo Salkin
Music
Oliver Wallace

Awards

Nominated for an Academy Award (Short Subjects - Cartoons)

Inside Jokes

Near the end, the Board of Directors hold a contract with the initials J.K. and B.B. The names J.K. and B.B. are references to Jack Kinney (Director) and Bill Berg (Storyman)

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Disney's Best : The Fabulous 50's
Germany
Donald Superstar and Co.
Italy
Disney Adventures

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Disney's Best - The Fabulous Fifttes

Laserdiscs

Japan
Disney Cartoon Festival 5
The Fabulous Fifties : Limited Gold Editions

DVD

United States
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 16: Escapees From the Ark
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 36

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Comments

From Rebecca : I work with a lady who raises guinea pigs. She had told me how she had to separate the boys from the girls because there were always babies on the way. I was watching the Disney Channel one night and Pigs Is Pigs came on. I laughed so hard I thought I was going to be sick! This is one animated short I am going to try to get for her because I know she can relate to how fast these guys can reproduce! I rated this short a 10. I really, really enjoyed it.
From Jerry Edwards : One of my favorite Disney shorts - I consider it one of the funniest Disney shorts ever made. Although done in the limited UPA-type animation style, the animation still does a great job of getting the jokes across. I love all the jokes about the guinea pigs continually reproducing. I love the fun poked at how corporations make decisions - or how they don't. I loved the ending where Flannery is shoveling the mountain of guinea pigs into boxcars to sent to corporation headquarters, and Flannery tells the guinea pigs, "You've begat and begat...now begone!!!"
From K. Richard : Pigs Is Pigs is a verse adaptation of a turn-of-the-century short story of the same name by Ellis Parker Butler. The cartoon sticks fairly close to Butler's original and the prodigious breeding rate of the guinea pigs is only barely exaggerated by the Disney Folks. McMorehouse, however, was a stuffy Anglo character named John C. Morehouse and the Disney gang also did away with Butler's running gag where Mike Flannery refers to the consignment as "dago pigs." The ending was rearranged for the cartoon as well in the story the "at least them pigs weren't elephants" part is the punch line.
From Ryan : A shipment of two guinea pigs arrives at Flannery's train station. Flannery knows that the animals cannot be pigs, but seeing as it says they're pigs, he believes they must be. I enjoy this particular short. Despite it's limited animation, I find the humor to be well planned and I enjoy the character Flannery who has a firm belief in playing by the rules.
From Baruch Weiss : These one shot shorts are ok, but nothing to write home about. I love the cartoons with the classic characters!