9/30/10

RVOD135 Behavior of Domestic-Pigs in a semi-natural Pig-Park

(1970s-ish, Educational/Short, color)

Riffers:

Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy

Just cut it out and be bacon, would you please?

Rating: ****

In a Nutshell:


Graphic Scottish pig husbandry.

Summary:

Parturition!Apparently pigs are best kept in herds, enclosed in large fields like sheep or cattle. A man with a thick Scottish brogue instructs us in the ways of these semi-wild pigs, going over mating habits, nesting habits, nurturing habits, etc. Birth (“parturition”), suckling and fights among males for dominance are graphically depicted.

Thoughts:

The summary above can’t begin to convey how weird this short is. We’re used to the rambling, unstructured style of the seventies and the oddly pointless tone of nature shorts by now, but when you put those together and then add the thick brogue, odd vocabulary and squirting porcine fluids, you’ve got a whole new level of surreal.

A few favorite comments: When the narrator addresses suckling, Bill says, “Well, at least now the word ‘teats’ is in play.” He then says this word at every opportunity for several minutes, ending with a horrified shriek when a hand reaches into frame to squeeze sow milk at the camera. When the narrator notes how piglets respond to threats, Mike says, “Threats With Erect Heads is the name of my vinyl punk cover band.” Near the end, Kevin notes the short’s Shyamalan-esque twist. “They were bacon this whole time!” he says. It’s not the strangest thing Rifftrax has ever shown me, but it’s pretty close, and the riffers take full advantage.