Pig(s)

The Deer Hunter. Dir. Michael Cimino. EMI. 1978.

The Deer Hunter. Dir. Michael Cimino. EMI. 1978. 150 150 Ben Cole

Figure 1: Death of the deer from the first hunt. The Deer Hunter (1978). Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter explores the impact of the Vietnam War on Americans, depicting protagonist…

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The Simpsons Movie. Dir. David Silverman. 20th Century Fox. 2007.

The Simpsons Movie. Dir. David Silverman. 20th Century Fox. 2007. 150 150 Lois Jones

Why does everything I whip leave me?– Homer Simpson, The Simpsons Movie The Simpsons Movie – Spider-pig dressed up as Harry Plopper The Simpsons Movie is characterised by imprisonment vs…

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Carnage. Dir. Simon Amstell. BBC. 2017.

Carnage. Dir. Simon Amstell. BBC. 2017. 150 150 Samuel Ross

What would the world be like if everybody was vegan? According to Simon Amstell’s vision of the future in Carnage, it’s a peaceful utopia in which the young vegans of tomorrow…

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Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Toho. 2017.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Toho. 2017. 150 150 William Murray

Mary and the Witch’s Flower is a 2017 animated film, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ponoc (founded by the former lead film producer at Studio Ghibli). The…

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The Wizard of Oz. Dir. Victor Fleming, King Vidor, George Cukor, Richard Thorpe, Norman Taurog. MGM. 1939.

The Wizard of Oz. Dir. Victor Fleming, King Vidor, George Cukor, Richard Thorpe, Norman Taurog. MGM. 1939. 150 150 Isobel Harbinson

The Wizard of Oz is about a small-town girl in the big city–the Emerald City. Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas with her dog Toto. When she is knocked unconscious…

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Toy Story. Dir. John Lasseter. Pixar. 1995.

Toy Story. Dir. John Lasseter. Pixar. 1995. 150 150 Jessica Trueman

‘You’ve got a friend in me’ is the catchphrase of Pixar’s first computer-generated feature-length film, Toy Story (1995), and this perfectly captures the relationships within the film; including those between the group…

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Barnyard. Dir. Steve Oedekerk. Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies. 2006.

Barnyard. Dir. Steve Oedekerk. Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies. 2006. 150 150 Anna Nawroozi

Steve Oedekerk’s Barnyard uses witty puns and gags in order to satirise the idea of the animal as a fixed definition, in that an animal can never truly be anything…

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Alice in Wonderland. Dir. Tim Burton. Walt Disney Pictures. 2010.

Alice in Wonderland. Dir. Tim Burton. Walt Disney Pictures. 2010. 150 150 Joanna Jenkins

The Wordsworth Classics edition of the original story. The film draws on the viewer’s knowledge of the Disney original in the tea party scene, making it a ruin of what…

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The Wizard of Oz. Dir. Victor Fleming, King Vidor, George Cukor, Richard Thorpe, Norman Taurog. MGM. 1939.

The Wizard of Oz. Dir. Victor Fleming, King Vidor, George Cukor, Richard Thorpe, Norman Taurog. MGM. 1939. 150 150 Isobel Harbinson

The Wizard of Oz showcases, through its many varying forms of animal representation, the ways in which filmmakers deal with the challenge of creating animal characters, and how these different methods…

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Shrek 2. Dir. Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. DreamWorks. 2004.

Shrek 2. Dir. Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. DreamWorks. 2004. 150 150 Dora Mckay

The second film in the Shrek franchise, Shrek 2 focuses on a pair of ogres, Shrek and Fiona, and their life as newlyweds: it’s time to meet the in-laws. Fiona’s human parents,…

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