And so it is that we examine the last will and testament of the late Harold Ragsdale. Before he died, he was working on one last plan: an animated movie. Animated movies have a long, long lead time and legally the film can’t be released yet due to tax issues, so it is that we, with the help of others, share a synopsis of Pig in Mud.
It starts with a long sequence describing how Pigs once ran the planet as equals to man. There’s a long conspiracy sequence that attempts to prove Shakespeare was a pig. But when the American revolution happened, pigs were stricken from the arts and banished to farms. Their flesh was consumed in a ritual to remind them never to rise up. We then starwipe to the title card and credits over star background.
The camera drops down into a stable, where we see our hero swine (that’s what he’s called throughout the movie by various characters with no prompt). We see his normal day play out, but at night he sneaks into the barn to practice saxophone and karate moves, simultaneously. There is a 5 minute montage of him doing this. The next day, he wakes up to find that the farmer has disappeared without a trace.
Our hero swine enters the farmer’s house to find that he’s gone. Split between trying to look for clues and feeding his belly, he raids the fridge and makes himself some bacon, oblivious to the fact that he is consuming the flesh of his brethren. After breakfast, he trots upstairs to find a ransom note on the nightstand and spilled dentures on the floor.
Well, the pig straps the saxophone to their back and puts on the karate gi (including headband), packs a bindle full of snacks (including bacon) and the dentures and heads out, reading the ransom note that he’s clutching in one trotter, snacking on another bacon sandwich as he goes. We pan over the note and see that it says to bring $3000 to old MacReady’s farm, which nobody’s heard from in years. If he can’t pony up the cash in less than a week, the farmer’s toast. But where’s this pig gonna get that kinda scratch?
We get a flashback. The farmer Macready hadn’t been seen in years. Mcready was a chicken farmer but a toxic spill near the chicken feed had turned the chicken into murderous evil geniuses. they had used Macready to raise funds for their nefarious undertakings but Macready had managed to escape, the chickens in an elaborate pig costume had convinced the farmer to come with them but was hogtied and taken to their evil lair.