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Pigs Is Pigs (1954)

 -  Animation | Short | Comedy  -  21 May 1954 (USA)
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Flannery is a station master who does everything by the book. One day, a package of guinea pigs arrives at his station. Flannery assumes by their name that they are pigs but one customer, ... See full summary »



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Uncredited cast:
Bob Hamlin ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Lee ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
The Mellomen ...
Singers (voice) (uncredited)
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Max Smith ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ...
Flannery (voice) (uncredited)


Flannery is a station master who does everything by the book. One day, a package of guinea pigs arrives at his station. Flannery assumes by their name that they are pigs but one customer, McMorehouse, who wishes to purchase refuses to pay 48 cents for pigs because he thinks they are pets and should be 44 cents. Flannery decides to write to the head office and asks if they are pigs or pets. While waiting for an answer, the pigs begin to multiply. After a few days, the station is literally filled with guinea pigs and Flannery finally realizes they are pets, not pigs. He goes to McMorehouse's home to deliver them but McMorehouse has moved. Flannery decides to send all the guinea pigs to the head office and learns his lesson about handling pets. Says Flannery, "If the animals come in singles or if they come in sets, if they've got four feet and they're alive, they'll be classified as pets!" Written by Matt Yorston <>

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21 May 1954 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The character in Ellis Parker Butler's short story is named Morehouse. The Disney studios changed the name to "McMorehouse" to establish a connection with the then-prevalent "stingy Scot" stereotype. See more »


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Nearly perfect.
14 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Pigs is Pigs" is an Academy Award-nominated cartoon short from Disney. While some might be surprised by its origin, Disney did begin using minimalistic art in the 1950s, as rival UPA had originated this and had been rewarded with quite a few Oscars--including an Oscar for a Mr. Magoo film that very same year (Mr. Magoo beating Disney?!?!). Today, however, many will see this as a major step back from the GREAT art of the Disney shorts of the 30s and 40s. But, the splashy style of the 50s was A LOT cheaper to make--and could be made a lot more quickly! And so, many more such films were to come out of the studio.

"Pigs is Pigs" is a cute cartoon about a train station that is stuck with a pair of VERY frisky guinea pigs. Unfortunately, they soon began breeding like crazy and the station was inundated with the animals--much like the Enterprise was infested with Tribbles! And, while the executives at the railroad debate the issue, things only get worse! While I don't usually love singing cartoons, this one is easy to like. The singing is quite clever and it's pretty clear the Disney folks had a good time making this one. Funny and despite the art being a step backwards, it was a nearly perfect cartoon otherwise.

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