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By Rita Kempley
Washington Post Staff Writer
May 12, 1995


Mark Lewis
James Donadio;
Tom Lester;
Ted Manson;
Michael Roescher;
Doug Stone;
Kristy Young
General audience

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"Gordy" is the peculiar, seemingly pro-vegan tale of a precious talking piglet's search for his family, which has been taken "up north, where pigs don't come back from" while Gordy was out sniffing daisies. When a red rooster tells him what happened, Gordy says goodbye to his barnyard buddies and trots off with a determined look in his squinty little eyes.

In the course of his travels, the steadfast shoat meets Jinnie Sue (Kristy Young) and her daddy (Doug Stone), a kindhearted country singer who is slated to perform at a political fund-raiser. Gordy joins his friends at the event, where he saves the life of Hanky (Michael Roescher), the grandson of billionaire industrialist Henry Royce (Ted Manson). It seems that Royce Industries has something to do with the missing porkers, who, we discover, are to be sold at auction somewhere near the border of Arkansas and Missouri.

Gordy's heroism brings him media attention and a position as the Royce Industries spokespig; still, he longs to share his success with Pig Daddy, Mama Pig and his five siblings. And though Royce Industries' evil publicist (James Donadio) is determined to put the piggy in a poke, Gordy is too smart for him.

Meanwhile, Mama Pig attempts to reassure her litter as they are prodded into a brightly lighted ring and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The next step is the fattening pen and after that—the end of the line and "More Parks Sausages, Ma."

Just when it looks darkest for the family, Hanky and Gordy link up with Jinnie Sue, her daddy and their manager (Tom Lester) in Branson, Mo., the Las Vegas of country music. The leading lights of the tiny Ozark community (who happen to be Roy Clark, Moe Brandy, Mickey Gilley and Jim Stafford) organize a televised tribute to Gordy, who receives a phone call from President Clinton and makes a plea for help finding his family: "Call 1-800-555-Sooey."

After a rousing rendition of "Y'all Come" by Roy Clark and kindred, Jinnie Sue's daddy sings another one of his love songs, which relieves the boardom.

It's fairly obvious that Gordy's performance was inspired by Arnold Ziffel's precedent-setting work on the old TV series "Green Acres." But then so was the movie, which was penned by series alumni Jay Sommers and Dick Chevillat. Their screenplay is as bland as an afternoon in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, though the director, Australian animal-mockumentary-maker Mark Lewis, adds a touch of menace by using extreme close-ups, bizarre angles and other stylish camera work.

One thing's for sure, "Gordy" will put little pea-pickers off their pork.

Gordy is rated G.

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