Piglet Old Pal (by Tigger)
Winnie the Pooh (1926)
John Fiedler (1968-2005)
- "And a piglet’s not brave, it’s true, but if he has friends like you, he might ride upon a wish on a star. And so you see I’m proud to be what piglets are."
- —Piglet in "What Piglets Are"
Pinky Piglet is Winnie the Pooh’s closest friend. He is a small pinky pig who loves acorns (sometimes called "haycorns") and helping his friends. He’s timid and has many fears, but he can be brave sometimes. And he is also known as passive, independent, good-tempered, loving, encouraging, thoughtful, polite, insecure, generous, protective, imaginative, gentle, loyal, efficient, trustworthy, organized, level-headed, diligent, patient, affectionate and loyal.
In 2003, Piglet starred his own film, Piglet's Big Movie. Piglet was voiced by John Fiedler up until this actor's passing in 2005, Phil Baron, the late Steve Schatzberg, Jeff Bennett, and Travis Oates.
In the books
Piglet is introduced in the text from Chapter III of Winnie-the-Pooh, although he is shown earlier in one of the illustrations for Chapter II. He also appears in Chapters V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X, as well as every chapter of The House at Pooh Corner. Piglet is best friends with Pooh and is also especially close to Christopher Robin and the rest of the main characters.
Like most of the characters, Piglet was based on one of Christopher Robin Milne's stuffed animals. In the original color versions of Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations in the Winnie‑the‑Pooh books, Piglet has pale pink skin and a green jumper. He is smaller than most animals, being only slightly taller than Roo. His voice is described as "squeaky".
Piglet's adventures in the first book include hunting Woozles, attempting to capture Heffalumps, giving Eeyore a birthday balloon (popped), impersonating Roo in an attempt to trick Kanga, joining the Expotition to the North Pole, and being trapped by a flood. In the second book, he helps build a house for Eeyore, meets Tigger, finds Small while trapped in a gravel pit, plays Poohsticks, gets lost in the mist, and helps rescue Pooh and Owl after they are trapped in Owl's fallen house. For that last feat, Piglet is the subject of a seven-verse "Respectful Pooh Song" that Pooh composes for him.
Piglet himself can read and write, at least well enough for short notes. In the illustrations for The House at Pooh Corner, it appears that Piglet spells his own name "Piglit", although it is rendered as "Piglet" in the actual text even when describing his signature. In one chapter, Piglet is referred to as "Henry Pootel" by Christopher Robin, who claimed to not recognize Piglet after he was thoroughly cleaned by Kanga. Eeyore likes to refer to him as "Little Piglet".
Piglet's favorite food is acorns (or as the book often spells it, "haycorns"). At one point he plants one just outside his house, in hopes of someday having a handy supply. He lives in a house in a beech tree in the Hundred Acre Wood, next to a sign which says "TRESPASSERS W". An illustration shows that the sign is broken off after the "W." According to Piglet, that is "short for Trespassers Will, which is short for Trespassers William", which was the name of his grandfather (this was a parody of the usual sign "Trespassers will be prosecuted"). Later in The House at Pooh Corner, Eeyore mistakenly offers Piglet's house as a new home for Owl, after Owl's house had blown down. Piglet nobly agrees to let Owl have the house, at which point Pooh asks Piglet to live with him and Piglet accepts.
Although featured in every Disney interpretation of Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet was originally omitted by Disney in the first Pooh film, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. According to the film's director, Wolfgang Reitherman, Piglet was replaced by Gopher, which was thought to have a more "folksy, all-American, grass-roots image." Piglet did make a brief appearance in the short's introductory song, albeit with a notably different design (the same prototypical version of Piglet appeared with a more expanded role in Winnie the Pooh: A Tight Squeeze, a Little Golden Book adaptation of Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree that was released in 1964). However, Piglet would visit Pooh stuck in the rabbit hole and give him acorns, as shown in the picture in Piglet's Big Movie. Many familiar with the classic Milne books protested Disney's decision to exclude Piglet, and Disney relented. Piglet appeared in the next Pooh film, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.
Piglet loves beautiful things like flowers, is very kindhearted and is obsessed with keeping things neat and tidy. Piglet has great pride in his house, being somewhat of a homebody—when not with Pooh, he spends most of his time either cleaning or decorating his home. Mostly due to his small size and flimsiness, Piglet is an incredibly timid, fragile, and insecure animal. He apparently suffers from anxiety and is often seen cowering in fear in even the tamest moments. Piglet also has a speech impediment that causes him to stutter. Sometimes he is so scared that he can't stop stuttering, as shown in the episodes Luck Amok and Sorry, Wrong Slusher.
Though Pooh and the others don't seem to mind Piglet's phobias and happily brings him along and/or protects him through every adventure, Piglet is noticeably embarrassed and ashamed of his dominate cowardliness, and many stories have revolved around him making attempts to overcome his fears. When it comes to adventuring, Piglet is somewhat of a reluctant hero, as he typically likes to avoid any potential danger by staying home, only to tag along out of fear of disappointing his friends. Though he's far from the bravest animal, he has successfully come through for his friends on numerous occasions. This is mostly due to the fact that Piglet is surprisingly crafty and harbors impressive physical strength. However, he is often left performing tasks better suited to someone bigger and stronger, such as in several episodes of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or the 2011 film. He's also rather creative and inventive, being able to create contraptions out of whatever is around him, to use to his and his friends' advantage. He is much more intelligent than Pooh. He likes to write poetry as shown in Piglet's Poohetry and Pigletry and likes to paint pictures, In Piglet's Big Movie he keeps a scrapbook, in which he has drawn pictures of the adventures that he has shared with his friends.
When the situation truly calls for it, Piglet is a reliable member of the team, and has been pivotal to solving their problems on various occasions throughout the franchise (some notable examples being Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh and Piglet's Big Movie).
Piglet is small and slender, with pink skin, rose colored ears and snout, thin black eyebrows, matching beady eyes. He is in a magenta jumpsuit with black-hairlined stripes (green in original books).
Pooh and Piglet are very inseparable. Whenever on an adventure, Piglet always follows Pooh. Piglet always takes Pooh’s side no matter how silly Pooh is being. Piglet even risked his life during a wind storm to save Pooh. His worst fear is that all his friends will be lost forever. In "Good-bye Mr. Pooh" when Pooh comes back from being gone, he finds Eeyore living in his house. Piglet graciously lets Pooh live with him until they can convince Eeyore to give Pooh back his house. And previous to that in "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day", when Owl temporarily lives at Piglet’s house, Pooh lets Piglet stay with him.
Tigger is very fond of Piglet. In an episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet helps Tigger get unstuck, and Tigger devotes himself to be there for Piglet. Piglet begins to feel smothered and has a talk with Tigger. Tigger agrees to give Piglet some space. In Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, Tigger saves Piglet from falling to the ground from a tree. Later in the film, Piglet rides Tigger to the top of a cliff. In The Tigger Movie, Piglet feels sympathy for Tigger.
Eeyore often accompanies Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Tigger on their journey. In an episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Donkey for a Day everyone mistakenly thinks Eeyore is depressed when they see him sitting alone on a cliff. Later, Piglet goes to talk to him, and Eeyore says that he wasn’t sad at all. Instead, he comes to the cliff when he is happy, and he shows Piglet a game he plays with the clouds. In Pooh's Grand Adventure, Piglet hugs Eeyore. He also falls on top of Eeyore in a comedic scene. In The Tigger Movie, Piglet holds on to Eeyore’s tail and asks if he’s okay. He also holds on to Eeyore during the avalanche.
In Piglet's Big Movie, when Piglet first met Kanga, he and his friends were very scared of her. They "kidnapped" Roo (Roo thinking they're just playing) and have Piglet pretend to be Roo, which Kanga sees past, and she pretends not to know. Kanga gives Piglet a bath and bounce medicine. After having her fun, she says "Two more things. A cookie, and a kiss, Piglet." Piglet and Kanga became good friends. Piglet sometimes goes with Pooh and Tigger to eat breakfast at her house. Piglet also pretended to be Roo on one occasion, when Roo and Tigger want to keep playing. Kanga once again saw past that and as punishment, gives Piglet a bath. She also gives Roo and Tigger a bath.
Piglet and Roo get along very well. Piglet is somewhat protective of him, as are other the other citizens of the Hundred Acre Wood. Piglet pretends to be Roo twice, which Kanga sees past both times. Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger often go to Kanga and Roo's house for breakfast.
In Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, Piglet is trying to sweep the leaves off of his front porch before Pooh arrives. After Pooh’s arrival, Piglet begins to float off the ground due to his small size and Pooh grabs Piglet’s green scarf, pulling him all the way to Owl's house. Once there, the group sit with Owl and talk until a great gust pushes the house over, prompting Piglet and Pooh to gather the other members of the Hundred Acre Wood who try to fix Owl's house, but in the end, Piglet proves himself to be the bigger man and gives his own house to Owl, opting to move in with Pooh, instead.
In Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, Piglet goes with Pooh and Rabbit during the plan to lose Tigger, only to become lost themselves. When Rabbit wanders off, Piglet follows Pooh home. Later on, Piglet and Pooh are out walking, when they discover Tigger and Roo stuck in a tree. Piglet and Pooh get Christopher Robin’s help in getting them down. Later, Piglet is seen bouncing alongside the others.
In Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, He is seen playing Poohsticks with Pooh, Rabbit and Roo. Later, Piglet is very sad that his gift for Eeyore is ruined, but he presents it to him anyway. Sometime later, Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet decided that "Tigger's all right, really."
Composed of three story lines, Piglet is the main focus of the first story, and plays a supporting role in the other two.
Piglet is first seen at home attempting to warm up his home for the harsh winter heading his way. Piglet later joins Rabbit’s pulley system to remove an over-sized boulder from Eeyore’s home. The plan is destroyed accidentally by Tigger and when the gang try to explain why it’s so difficult to bounce with Tigger, Piglet stutters constantly, afraid to reveal his thoughts. Piglet follows Pooh and Eeyore to search for Tigger's real family.
After failed attempts, however, Pooh and the others get the idea to write a note to Tigger, in an attempt to show him the family love he craves. Piglet’s contribution was advising Tigger to stay safe and sound.
Owl’s note leads Tigger to think it’s from actual Tiggers, planning to visit. After learning this, Piglet and the others disguise themselves as Tiggers and visits the stuffed tiger to avoid heartbreak. The group is eventually exposed, however, and Tigger leaves in fury to search for his real family. Piglet convinces Rabbit to lead the group to search for Tigger. After an avalanche, Piglet and his friends reveal themselves to be Tigger’s actual family by proving the letter was written by them. A grateful Tigger accepts his newfound family, and as a token of appreciation, he bestows months worth of firewood to Piglet.
In order to keep Rabbit from moving, Piglet takes up bouncing, and stops being scared. Tigger stops bouncing, and begins to act like Piglet. In the end, Rabbit decides not to move and everyone begins to act normally. Pooh also gives Piglet a music box.
Piglet starred his own film as a main protagonist. Piglet begins to feel left out due to his size and after helping out some tiny insects and a baby bird, decides that his friends really do need him. When he gets to where his friends were trapping bees, he finds that his friends aren’t there. Piglet then inexplicably goes missing, and his friends frantically search for him, and with Piglet’s scrapbook, they recall their memories of him. After every memory, each character realizes they have taken credit for what Piglet has done. After Rabbit and Tigger accidentally throw the scrapbook in the river while fighting over it, Roo finds Piglet’s scarf. After their discovery, a bad storm hits and everyone sadly goes to Piglet’s house for shelter. They all draw new scrapbook pages of Piglet then Roo hurries everyone out the door and they rush to find Piglet.
They find the scrapbook pages and begin to put them together again. They find that the scrapbook on a log at a steep cliff over the river. Pooh tries to get it, but his shirt gets caught. Everyone tries to get Pooh before he falls, but they are a few inches too short. Piglet suddenly arrives, and is able to reach Pooh. Unfortunately the log breaks, and everyone except for Pooh and Piglet are seen. While everyone cries over Pooh and Piglet, they turn around to see Pooh and Piglet sympathizing with them. Pooh apologizes about Piglet’s lost memories, but Piglet tells them that he will always remember them. Piglet is taken home, and is surprised by the new scrapbook pages, especially the one that makes him look like a giant knight. Then a party is held for Piglet, and Pooh surprises Piglet by changing the name of Pooh Corner to Pooh and Piglet Corner.
Piglet plays a minor role. He is shown being sad about Easter being cancelled. He is only seen in a few scenes. At the end, he is playing on one of Rabbit’s displays.
Piglet panics after a loud and unfamiliar sound awakens him and the other residents of the Hundred Acre Woods. He’s horrified to learn that noise was from a longtime enemy, heffalumps. Piglet reluctantly joins the friends on a quest to capture the creature and even says he wishes to be Roo, who cannot join the quest because it is too dangerous. To make sure he doesn’t get lost, Piglet leaves a trail of jellybeans, but they are eaten by Pooh Bear. After rejoining Rabbit and Tigger, Piglet claims to see a heffalump and rushes to safety with his friends.
The gang find evidence that a heffalump has been in their own homes and begins to panic until Rabbit advises the idea to create traps. Piglet assists and is rather calm to find out a mother heffalump was searching for her baby. Piglet is also the first to warm up to Lumpy when he finds out that the latter gets scared easily.
Piglet is the main focus of the Boo To You Too sequence.
He assists his friends on the journey to the north pole.
When his friends fall into the Backson trap, Piglet is sent to go get help. He is walking in the woods, and hears someone coming. He get very scared, and jumps into the Backson trap, making Rabbit very grumpy.
- Winnie-the-Pooh - 1926
- Now We Are Six - 1927
- The House at Pooh Corner - 1928
- Return to the Hundred Acre Wood - 2000
- Welcome to Pooh Corner - 1983-1986
- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - 1988-1995
- The Book of Pooh - 2001-2004
- My Friends Tigger & Pooh - 2007-2010
- Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too - 1991
- Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh - 1996
- A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving - 1998
- Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You - 1999
- Winnie the Pooh Discovers the Seasons - 1981
- Winnie the Pooh: ABC's - 2004
- Winnie the Pooh: 123's - 2004
- Winnie the Pooh: Shapes and Sizes - 2006
- Winnie the Pooh: Wonderful Word Adventure -2006
- Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree - 1966
- Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day - 1968
- Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too - 1974
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - 1977
- Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore - 1983
- Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin - 1997
- Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving - 1999
- The Tigger Movie - 2000
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year - 2002
- Piglet's Big Movie - 2003
- Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo - 2004
- Pooh's Heffalump Movie - 2005
- Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie - 2005
- Pooh's Super Sleuth Christmas Movie - 2007
- Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too - 2009
- Winnie the Pooh - 2011
- Christopher Robin - 2018
- In Arabic, Piglet is known as فجلة , or Fegla in English letters, which means Radish. His first voice actor was Khaled El Issawi, followed by Ra'afat Labib
- In Brazil, Piglet is known as Leitão and was voiced by Oberdan Júnior from The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh until the first episodes of My Friends Tigger & Pooh, after which the role was given to Alexandre Moreno, who's still voicing the character as of Christopher Robin.
- In Flanders, Piglet is known as Knorretje, named after the sound a piglet makes.
- In France, Piglet's name is Porcinet. He's had three different voice actors in French dubs of Pooh productions: Roger Carel from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to Pooh's Grand Adventure; Roger Crouzet in the French dub of The Tigger Movie, and Hervé Rey in more recent productions.
- In Italy, Piglet is called Pimpi and has also been voiced by three actors: Roberto Stocchi (New Adventures), Fabrizio Vidale and Luca Dal Fabbro.
- In Japan, Piglet's name is ピグレット (Piguretto, the name "Piglet" as pronounced in Japanese phonetics) and he is voiced by Mitsuru Ogata.
- In Denmark, Piglet is Grisling.
- Piglet’s teeth chatter most of the time when he talks.
- Piglet has had a tail in Disney cartoons, as a pig tail is visible in some promotional posters for Piglet's Big Movie.
- Although Piglet is not given very many solos, he did get one in the special "Boo to You Too, Winnie the Pooh" where he sang "I am Not Afraid".
- Piglet counterparts of Patrick Star, an ochre starfish from SpongeBob SquarePants.
- At the ending of an episode of My Friends Tigger and Pooh, Piglet saved Pooh from a falling tree.
- Although pictured in the cover, Piglet only made a cameo appearance at My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths.
- Piglet tends to stutter like the character, Porky Pig from Looney Tunes.
- Piglet’s catchphrase is "Oh, d-d-d-dear!"
- Has a brief appearance in the intro to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh where he resembles E.H. Shepard's version more than his normal character model, along with having a less form fitting short-sleeved shirt.