Yesterday was the Lunar New Year and it’s the Year of the Pig so today I am counting down Top Nerdy Ten My Favorite Pigs in pop culture. To be clear this list will include not just your average barnyard pig, but also members of the pig family. Without further ado let’s countdown some piggies!
My Favorite Pigs
Peter Porker, aka the Spectacular Spider-Ham is an anthropomorphic pig parody of Spider-Man, created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong. He was created when Aunt May Porker irradiated herself conducting experiments with a nuclear powered hair-dryer. Up until recently Spider-Ham did not get the spotlight that he deserved. But thanks to his appearance in Into the Spiderverse, and the witty voice acting talent of John Mulaney, this porker is finally going ham on the big screen!
Hamm is a wise-cracking piggy bank in Pixar’s Toy Story voiced by John Ratzenberger. Though Andy gives him the alter ego of the Evil Doctor Porkchop, Hamm is definitely one of the good guys.
Wilbur is some pig. Though Charlotte may be the titular character in Charlotte’s web, Wilbur is the character who grows and develops throughout the story. Wilbur starts out as a runt pig saved by his human friend Fern. When Wilbur grows too big to stay inside the farmhouse, he’s taken to Fern’s Uncle’s farm. At first Wilbur is stricken with grief, but he soon makes friends. Wilbur is determined and optimistic. It’s no wonder Charlotte tries so hard to show the farmer why he is some pig.
Voiced the great-late Christine Cavanaugh, the 1995 film adaptation of Babe was based on the 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith. Babe bonds with a motherly border collie and learns to become a sheep herder. This movie was so adorable with many heartfelt moments.
From the anime Seven Deadly Sins, Hawk is a talking pig and companion of Meliodas, captain of the Seven Deadly Sins. Hawk starts off the show as a glorified custodian, but as the show goes on he becomes a powerful force to be reckoned with who helps out the Seven Deadly Sins on many an occasion.
“They call me, Mr. Pig!” so says Pumbaa the warthog from Disney’s The Lion King. Pumbaa may clear the Savannah after every meal he’s a sensitive soul. Though Timon is often selfish in his thoughts and actions and treats Pumbaa as though he’s not very smart, Pumbaa usually has a better understanding about things than Timon gives him credit for.
Often times Looney Tunes focuses on Bugs Bunny as their main spotlight character, but many people don’t realize that Porky Pig was actually the first character created by the studio to draw in audiences. He is best known for his signature line at the end of many of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
Piglet is the closest friend of Winnie the Pooh. Though he is very small and timid, he often tries to be brave and conquer his fears. Piglet is such a sweet-hearted little pig, what’s not to love about him?
When Moana was marketed early on, we were led to believe that Pua would have a bigger presence in the movie. Many fans, present company included, were disappointed that Pua was left behind when Moana went off on her journey. There are several conspiracy theories behind why Pua was left behind ranging from he never really existed to being a reincarnation of Moana’s father’s friend. Anyway, despite his lack of presence in the film, Pua is still an adorable little pig and one of my favorites.
In 2016’s Sing, Rosita is voiced by Reese Witherspoon. Rosita is a stay at home mom to a whole litter of piglets, but she dreams of being a star and singing on stage. She enters the competition to try and better her family’s life and fulfill her dream. Rosita definitely has some pipes and some moves to boot!
Bonus Pig: Miss Piggy
Or should I say EXTRA pig, cause girl Miss Piggy is so extra. I couldn’t not include her though. Miss Piggy is a Muppet best known for her diva personality, her tendency to use French phrases, and her on-again/off-again relationship with Kermit the Frog. Miss Piggy made her debut in 1976, originally voiced by Frank Oz. Piggy longs for a life of stardom and will let nothing stand in her way! Not to mention she absolutely owned Kermit and Pepe during Drop the Mic.
Who is your favorite pop culture swine? Did your favorite porcine personality make the cut, or are you just achin’ for some bacon now? Okay I will stop hogging all of your attention with these delightful pig puns. Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Be sure to check out Jen’s New Year post in Nerdie Foodie tomorrow!