Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Morning's Forgotten Heroes: Piggsburg Pigs (1990)

As we've documented before, Alvin & the Chipmunks moved from NBC to Fox, and changed animation houses, as the Bagdasarian family took the show from Ruby-Spears and moved it to DIC, additionally changing the title to Chipmunks Go To The Movies for a final season. As it turns out, Ruby-Spears made up for the loss by developing a series of their own for Fox, in conjunction with veteran producer Fred Silverman, who at one time was programming head at ABC, CBS, & NBC, and oversaw the Saturday morning lineups at the latter two networks during this period. By the end of the 80's, however, Silverman had developed his own production company, which had been quite successful.

Piggsburg Pigs, however, was Silverman's first animated series since the early 80's, and, by all accounts, appears to have been his last. Billed as a comedy series, there were adventure elements as well, as the titular swine often solved mysteries, but found time to unwind doing normal things like playing baseball.

Regrettably, the series lasted just one season, 13 episodes in all. I never saw the show, so I can't rate it, but we'll leave you with the opening, which has a pretty cool theme song........

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