Top Five by Tom (Webmaster)

5. Random guard (Dogtanian & The Three Muskehounds)

All of the Cardinal Richelieu's guards are dogs except for one which is a pig for no reason at all!

4.  Mr & Mrs Ogino (Spirited Away)

Transformed into pigs as punishment for eating unattended food, it is up to their daughter Chihiro to change them back.  They do not appear in the film much after the transformation and have transformed completely into pigs – unable to speak or think like a human.  They deserve to appear in this chart as the transformation is unexpected and impressive.  The scene where Mr Ogino gets slapped in the face with a spatula is a fantastic piece of animation. 

3.  Grunty (.hack//SIGN)

These critters are the ‘virtual pet’ players of The World can use for travel or comfort and come in many colours.  They often appear at random moments and the vibrant colours often provide the viewer with some impressive animation.  They can occasionally talk and are pretty cute.

2.  Oolong (Dragonball)


The shape-shifting terror from Goku’s early adventures is soon subdued by Bulma imposing Oolong to ummm…’dropping some logs’ when she whistles.  Oolong soon anime a good guy and is quick to point out the many faults of the gang's quest for the Dragonballs in a sarcastic manner.  He may just be comic relief but he is also a pig, so is therefore good by default. 

1. Marco Paggot aka Porco Rosso (Porco Rosso)


Who said pigs couldn’t fly?  Hayao Miyazaki takes the old-style film approach of having a middle-aged leading man (sorry, pig) who drinks and smokes a lot but still remains cool throughout despite his large frame.  Miyazaki hasn’t admitted to being inspired by Oliver Reed yet, but it is only a matter of time.