Seven Memorable Pigs in Movies

    January 17, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Pigs have done quite nicely in literature, cartoons, TV and feature films. I n fact, “Babe,” the 1995 fable of a farm pig, was nominated for the best picture Oscar.  Animal trainer James P. Warren, who was a pig trainer on the 2006 film version of “Charlotte’s Web” and the comedy “College Road Trip,”  says pigs are popular in films because they are so darned cute and photogenic.

    “If you look at all of those films, they tend to use the smaller pigs,” he says. “They go for the cute look — the little pug nose. I think they are so animated when they move and how they look at the camera. What they can offer is so much, it’s very appealing.”

    And pigs are easy to train. “They are very neat and, very, very intelligent,” he says. “I put them on par with a dog or even more intelligent than a dog. They pick up things very, very, very quickly.”

    So here are seven awesome pigs in movies….

    Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web

    Some 47 Yorkshire piglets were trained to play the plucky little Wilbur in the 2006 adaptation of E.B. White’s 1952 novel about the friendship between the little pig and a sweet barn spider named Charlotte.

    Babe from Babe

    Hooves down, 1995’s “Babe” is the best pig move ever made. Based on Dick King-Smith’s award-winning children’s book, known in the United States as “Babe the Gallant Pig,” the film revolves around the runt of a pig litter of Large White Yorkshires who is saved from being fattened up for slaughter when he is won at a country fair by farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell).

    Ms. Piggy from The Muppets

    Miss Piggy has appeared in several of the Muppet feature films, and even played all four witches in the 2002 TV movie, “The Muppets’ ‘Wizard of Oz.’ ” She hasn’t changed much over the last three decades. But she’s been uncharacteristically mum if she’s had any cosmetic surgery.

    Homer’s Pig in The Simpson’s Movie

    “Spider Pig! Spider pig!”

    The Pigs in Animal Farm

    The piggies in George Orwell’s landmark 1945 satire of Soviet totalitarianism are total swines. But then again, they are thinly disguised porky incarnations of Karl Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Leon Trotsky and Vyacheslav Molotov

    Albert in College Road Trip

    Albert, a baby, pink pot-bellied pig, provides most of the laughs in this Martin Lawrence-Raven-Symoné Disney family comedy about an overprotective father who goes on a road trip to look at colleges with his daughter. Albert, who also goes along for the ride, plays chess, knocks off a garbage can, disrupts a wedding and even lays down

    Piglet from Winnie the Pooh

    The sweet, diminutive pig is the best friend of A.A. Milne’s beloved honey-crazed bear Winnie. A “Very Small Animal” who is often timid, Piglet strives to conquer his fears. Disney brought the gang to life in 1966 in “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.”

    1. The Eggman says:

      How about Paris Hilton. She was in some movies.

    2. Billyb says:

      Hmm, I wonder what real actresses would qualify…

    3. Rex says:

      My wife looks like Miss Piggy – she’s hot … no joke

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