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The Dancing Pig (1907)

Le cochon danseur (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Horror | 10 August 1907 (USA)
A humongous and obese anthropomorphic swine dressed like a fine gentleman in a fancy dinner attire tries to make a pass at a solitary lady having a picnic.
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A girl in a short Belle Epoch chorus outfit stands in a small circus ring with a flat of a fancy entrance way with portieres. Into frame steps an enormous fat pig of about 6 feet in height. This is a comical, cartoon-like pig, wearing a tie, waistcoat and Victorian style jacket with a small ill fitting hat. It's a most impressive costume, expertly handled by the one wearing it. It shows smooth, articulate expressions and body movements, giving a very believable illusion that it's an actual living being. He expresses affection for the dancing girl, mimicking a proposal, but she refuses, and strips off his outfit, an obvious breakaway that separates in the back. In his embarrassment, he tries to cover himself with his front legs and pouts and appears on the verge of tears. She makes him wear a fluffy tutu-like skirt around his middle. They both dance together, doing kicks and hops in unison, until they finish by turning around, arm in hock, as it were, beyond the curtain behind them. ... Written by WesternOne

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Short | Comedy | Horror

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 August 1907 (USA) See more »

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The Dancing Pig See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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bizarre and highly amusing
25 March 2017 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

Many people seem to find this old, French short to be very creepy, but I tend to disagree. I found it to be charmingly unique and humorous; it's clearly a film made to produce laughter and joy rather than fear. Depending on how you look at it, the pig suit in the film can be seen as either wacky and funny or haunting and disturbing. Either way, this short must come across as interesting to almost anyone in one way or another.

Essentially, all this film consists of is a brief vaudevillian performance featuring a man in a weird, silly pig costume engaging in outrageous slapstick with a well dressed and mischievous woman. It's quite surreal and can be interpreted as off putting by some, but I found it to be very amusing and enjoyable to watch. It got a few genuine laughs out of me and, overall, left me with a nice, warm grin across my face.


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