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Famous and Funny Pigs for Kids

Updated on December 17, 2017
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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a special interest in the expressions, phrases and idioms that contribute to its use.

This Little Piggy

Pigs are much loved by children of all ages. Somehow most of us are drawn to these amazing creatures, often without quite knowing why. This article reminds us of some of those famous and funny pig characters and stories that are loved by children the world over.

The earliest reference I have found to pigs in children's play being the nursery rhyme and finger play - "This little piggy" which is believed to have originated in the early 18th century.

This Little Piggy

This Little Pig
This Little Pig

Did you know that pigs don't sweat, which is why they wallow in mud to keep cool.

The Three Little Pigs

An all time favourite fairy tale involving pigs is "The Three Little Pigs" which was first published in the 1840s.

Most people will remember the now famous words from the Wolf and the pigs as he threatened to blow the pigs houses down...

"Little pig, little pig, let me come in!"

"Not by the hair on my chinny -chin-chin."

"Then I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in."

An illustration by Leonard Leslie Brooke.

The Three Little Pigs video - Looney Tune

Piglet - best friend of Winnie the Pooh

First appearing in 1926, Piglet is small, stuttering, but brave...the only animal in the forest to have seen an Heffalump.

Piglet appears in almost all of the Winnie the Pooh stories.

His favourite food is haycorns.

In spite of his timid nature and small stature, Piglet rises to any challenge.

My favourite quote from Piglet is: "Even the smallest person can make a BIG difference".

Piglet and Porky Pig Characters

Piglet and Porky Pig Characters
Piglet and Porky Pig Characters

Porky Pig - Looney Tunes

Porky Pig first appeared in "Porky's Moving Day" and became one of the first big animated stars. Even today, Porky Pig has a huge following.

He is a wise, if somewhat shy pig. Often wanting to do the sensible thing when all around him is chaos. This famous pig, never quite maintained star billing in own right. He is probably best remembered as the trusty straightman of Daffy Duck.

His famous catch phrase was "Th-th-th-that's all folks!"

Did you know that Pigs are believed to be very intelligent and are able to learn very quickly. Often said to pick up tricks quicker than dogs. In terms of intelligence, they are reputed to be ranked fourth behind Chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants.

source - wikipedia

Petunia Pig

First introduced in 1937, Petunia Pig was the girlfriend of Porky Pig. This often overlooked pig character was part of the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies series of cartoons.

Petunia was not as popular as Porky Pig and though she was only a supporting player this unusual little pig was a short lived character.

Although in 2004 Patricia Pig made a come back looking somewhat different sporting a brand new hair style.

Petunia Pig and Miss Piggy

Petunia Pig and Miss Piggy Characters
Petunia Pig and Miss Piggy Characters

Miss Piggy

What a Pig - what an attitude!

One of the main Muppet Show characters.

This muppet star with a love / hate relationship for Kermit Frog has a cult following.

During the 1970s Miss Piggy became even more famous than the love of her life - Kermit the Frog.

Love her or loathe her - you can't ignore her - and lets face it, she won't let you!

Tom, Tom, the Pipers son.

Stole a pig and away did run.

The pig was eat, and Tom was beat,

Till he run crying down the street.


The Pig who wanted to be a sheep dog.

Babe is a shy Yorkshire piglet who discovers he can be anything he wants to be. He meets Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) and a barnyard full of captivating characters. With the help of his farmyard friends, this heroic little piglet is headed for the challenge of his life in this endearing and fun-filled tale.

Chinese Year of the pig

People born in the "Year of the Pig" (every 12th year) -

13th February to 1983 to 1 February 1984,

31 Jan 1997 to 18 Feb 1998,

16 Feb 2007 to 6 Feb 2008,

5 Feb 2019 to 24 Jan 2020,

2031 - 2032,

2043 to 2044,

2055 to 2056 .

Children born in the year of the pig will be very fortunate as they will be happy and honest.

A modern Christmas take on the Three Little Pigs...

Pinky and Perky

First broadcast by the BBC in 1957, they were regularly seen on BBC Television through to 1968.

It was often difficult to tell the difference between Pinky and Perky. Pinky wore red clothes and often a hat whilst Perky wore blue clothes.

I have fond memories of these two little pigs and their high pitched singing.

Pinky and Perky singing


Pumbaa from the Lion King.

Pimbaa means "careless" in Swahili. Kids love this pig with his comical antics and musical skill.



Higglety, pigglety pop!

The dog has eaten the mop;

The pig's in a hurry,

The cat's in a flurry,

Higglety, pigglety pop!

Peter Pig

Peter Pig is a Disney cartoon character from the 1930s.

He made his debut in the "The Wise Little Hen." This character never really took off, although Peter Pig did make occasional appearances.

Why not take part in my Piggy Poll

What I like best about Piggy Characters are......

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To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig;

To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,

Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

Gub Gub Pig

From Dr Dolittle

Gub Gub is the pig from a 1932 book in the Dr Dolittle series.

In the book, Gub Gub attempts to write an encyclopedia of food.

Piggy Hamhock

Piggy Hamhock is always hungry. From a 1937 Merry Melodies cartoon

Piggy Hamhock Video - Pigs is Pigs


from the animated movie - Toy Story

First appearing in Toy Story, then Toy Story 2, Hamm - the piggy bank - is a minor character, but incredibly cute and loved by children everywhere.

Did you know that pigs can run a 7 minute mile.

Why not take part in this poll?

Who is your favourite Pig character?

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      @lollyj lm: Thank you.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      5 years ago from Washington KS

      What a happy lens!! Thanks for the smiles.

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      6 years ago

      great fun. Your lenses make me smile thanks

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      Ben Reed 

      6 years ago from Redcar

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you for your visit and blessing of my lense - always appreciated,

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      6 years ago

      I didn't know there were so many pigs for kids. Haha. Cute.

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      6 years ago

      All my favorite pigs are represented! It's too hard to pick just one.

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      Ben Reed 

      6 years ago from Redcar

      @Brandi Bush: I am glad that you enjoyed your visit - thanks for submitting this lense for the National Pig Day quest. It is very much appreciated.

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      6 years ago from USA

      I loved this lens. Great job!

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      This is the cutest lens! I am submitting it for the National Pig Day quest. My favorite pig is Piglet, but Babe and Miss Piggy in a very close second and third. :)

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      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What a fun lens. I saw the movie 'Babe' and it was one of my favorites! When I went to a restaurant in Vanuatu last year they had a pig as a pet running around with the dog and the cat - and the cat sat at the bar to ring the bell for his supper!

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome lens!! I didn't realize there were so many pigs in our cartoon/kids program industry :) This was a lot of fun to read. Thank you for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      Really cute lens.

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      6 years ago

      My little boy loves this lens!!!

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      6 years ago

      very informative!

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      The Falcon Press 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Cute lens. Happy National Pig Day!

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      6 years ago

      Happy National Pig Day

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      6 years ago

      Very cute lens! Happy National Pig Day! Turns out I was born in the year of the pig... Just an FYI, some of the videos are no longer functioning, so you may want to update this lens. In the meantime, here's a little National Pig Day angel dust! :)

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      6 years ago

      Very cute lens! Happy National Pig Day! Turns out I was born in the year of the pig... Just an FYI, some of the videos are no longer functioning, so you may want to update this lens. In the meantime, here's a little National Pig Day angel dust! :)

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      6 years ago

      Very cute lens! Happy National Pig Day! Turns out I was born in the year of the pig... Just an FYI, some of the videos are no longer functioning, so you may want to update this lens. In the meantime, here's a little National Pig Day angel dust! :)

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      6 years ago

      I had totally forgotten about Petunia Pig!

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      6 years ago

      So very fun and well done,,,,can't recall if I say "pigtails".

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      This is really cute and full of fun. Angel blessed and added to my top 10 subtopic lens in the children neighborhood. Great job.

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      7 years ago

      Pigs are cute & intelligent, always mis-represented in cartoons I think

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      7 years ago

      really good lens!! - well done

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      7 years ago

      Really cute! Lensrolled to my Pigs are unique! lens.

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      7 years ago from British Columbia

      Fun lens. I've lensrolled it to my stories-about-pigs lens.

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      7 years ago

      I never really thought how much of our media is around pigs.. I guess we really do like pigs for kids!

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      7 years ago

      I love piglets. They are so cute. My favorite piglet character is Wilbur from "Charlotte's Web".

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      7 years ago

      Apparently Pigs left to themselves are marvelously clean.

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      Tyla MacAllister 

      7 years ago

      I had forgotten how many fun pig characters I have enjoyed watching over the years. All the pigs featured here are great but I'm still partial to Porky.

      *This delightful piggy lens has been blessed by a squidangel.*

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      Ruth Coffee 

      7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Babe has my heart entirely. Piglet probably comes in second.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What fun! I really enjoyed my visit here and learned some new things about pigs. Thanks.

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      7 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Gotta love the piggies!

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      7 years ago

      Very cute little pig lens. I enjoyed it.

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      7 years ago from Canada



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