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Top 5 – Pigs in Cinema

Honestly, can’t think of a reason why we’re publishing this today of all days

Spider-Pig (The Simpsons Movie)

It remains a mystery to me why “the spider-pig” hasn’t become a bigger part of the movie critic’s vocabulary. It could conceivably be used as a generic coverall term for the one good bit of an otherwise terrible film (e.g. “the opening scene of Terminator: Genisys shows great promise, but turns out to be a complete spider-pig”, “Paul Bettany’s performance in Mortdecai is a spider-pig stranded amidst a sea of nude skateboarding montages”). Long after the rest of The Simpsons Movie has been filed away in the same rarely-accessed mental folder as the last 15 series of the television show, Spider Pig, and the accompanying song, still worms it’s way into my subconscious on a regular basis. Relive it in all of it’s glory above

Babe (Babe, Babe: Pig in the City)

Babe, adapted from Dick King-Smith’s adorable children’s novel, caused bacon share prices worldwide to plummet upon it’s release in 1995. It would have been a good time to invest, what with the internet causing it’s popularity to surge back with a vengeance shortly afterwards, but you live and you learn. Twenty years on it’s still enchanting family audiences, the at the time groundbreaking animal lip-syncing holds up surprisingly well, and people are still mentally appending the word “pig” whenever they use the phrase “that’ll do”, even if they no longer remember why

Porco Rosso (Porco Rosso)

Studio Ghibli have a bit of a thing about pig-based curses. 2001’s Spirited Away, in which a young girl’s parents were turned into pigs, was something of a Western breakthrough for the company and remains the best-known example. But the seeds were sown nine years earlier in Porco Rosso, Hayao Mayazaki’s tale of a World War 1 veteran fighter pilot who just so happens to have been cursed to look like a pig. Cue light-hearted family action and dozens of “pigs might fly!!” jokes

Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

In a previous Top 5, I discussed at length the steps that Disney need to take in order to stop their proposed live action reboot from being a disaster. One of them could very easily have been to keep the tiny, terrified, stripy-pyjamaed porcine in a supporting role where he belongs. Piglet’s Big Movie is perhaps the biggest stain on Winnie the Pooh’s frequently-blemished cinematic legacy, but when he’s playing the harmlessly stupid foil to the rest of the harmlessly stupid ensemble, you can see why he deserves a place on this list of great cinematic swine

Miss Piggy (The Muppets

The second-most newsworthy pig of recent weeks, Miss Piggy’s recently-acquired status as Kermit the Frog’s former squeeze does nothing to diminish her incredible contribution to cinematic history. Did you know that was her playing Yoda in the Star Wars films, under a heavy layer of makeup? One of cinemas most remarkable chameleons, as well as pigs

Who are your favourites and what have we missed? Let us know in the comments!