If you can recognise most of the pigs from this list, we can probably guess your age

If you can recognise most of the pigs from this list, we can probably guess your age
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2019 is the Year of the Pig and we've seen plenty of famous pig characters steal our hearts throughout the years.

Depending on which generation you grew up in, you'll hold some names near and dear -- especially when they represent your childhood.

Does Zhu Bajie, Porky or Wilbur ring a bell? What about names like Peppa, Percy or Piglet? If you only know the names of the first three, we can kind of guess your age *smirks*.

But to help everyone 'sow' success and better connect with the young (and younger) generation this Chinese New Year, we've compiled a list of iconic grunters through the ages.

Give yourself a point for every pig you recognise, and at the end of the article we'll guess which generation you come from! 

Peppa Pig

Most parents who have dealt with toddlers will definitely be familiar with Peppa and her gentle British accent. The cartoon originally aired on May 31, 2004 and hundreds of episodes have since been broadcasted.

Photo: Instagram/officialpeppa

Pokemon Pigs - Tepig and Spoink 

The world of Pokemon has always sought inspiration from the animal kingdom.

Case in point: Caterpie and caterpillars, Kangaskhan and kangeroos, Butterfree and butterflies. So of course, there would be Pokemons inspired by pigs - Tepig and Spoink.

Tepig (L), Spoink (R). Photo: Pokemon 

Mediacorp's Zhu Baobaos (“猪饱饱”)

You probably knew this was coming.

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This year's swine sensation from Mediacorp is a trio of perky pigs affectionately known as "猪饱饱" (Zhu Baobao). Does anyone still recall their predecessors "Gujiguji" and "Agogo" from 2017 and 2018 respectively? 

These pigs are fronting Mediacorp's Lunar New Year Album 2019 and personify prosperity ("富贵饱"), happiness ("幸福饱") and health ("健康饱").

They even have a music video: 

Miss Piggy from The Muppet Show 

The muppet character who made her debut in 1976 captivated viewers with her diva-ways and on-off relationship with Kermit the frog.

Photo: Instagram/Realmisspiggy

Pumbaa from The Lion King

It's been 25 years since The Lion King was first released and 90s babies are understandably eager for the live-action remake slated to be released later this year.

Beyonce will be voicing deuteragonist Nala, and Seth Rogen is responsible for the voice of Pumbaa, the iconic warthog. #hakunamatata

Bad Piggies from Angry Birds

Does anyone remember how hard the world was hit by the Angry Birds fever in 2009?

The addictive game had everyone engrossed in launching the green pigs at birds using a slingshot and its success has since spawned an entire franchise of cartoons, feature films and even theme parks.

Fun fact: Angry birds creators were inspired to make pigs the antagonists due to the 2009 Swine flu epidemic.

Wilbur the pig from Charlotte's Web

E.B. White's beloved character from Charlotte's Web was brought into the limelight through a 2006 live adaptation of the classic children's storybook, first published in 1952.

Wilbur the pig's life was spared from becoming dinner due to his friendship with a spider. How on earth that happened, we'll leave you to read the book (or watch the film).

Percy Pig from Marks and Spencers

One of the defining products from Marks and Spencers', Percy pig sweets were launched in 1992 and taste like an ambiguous mix of berries.

Photo: Instagram/marksandspencerfoodpr

FYI: Percy and his gummy pig partner, Penny, got hitched last year after "dating" for 18 months. Kudos to the creators for jumping on the Royal wedding bandwagon.

Babe

More than two decades ago, the world fell in love with the 1995 tale of an orphan pig who aspired to herd sheeps after being raised by one.

A box office success, the sequel was released in 1998.

Piglet from Winnie-the-Pooh

We're all familiar with Disney's rendition of Piglet who have been stealing hearts since his first appearance in 1968.

Winnie-the-Pooh's closest critter friend has even inspired a $1,700 Gucci sweater and $1,200 polo shirt.

Not bad tiny pig.

Three Little Pigs from Walt Disney's Silly Symphony

We've always known them as a trio, but did you know the 1939 Disney cartoon gave them names? The brothers are actually named Fifer Pig, Fiddler Pig and Practical Pig.

No prizes for guessing which brother built the house made of bricks.

Zhu Bajie from Journey to the West

One of the four titular characters in Journey to the West, Zhu Bajie is arguably the most famous (and oldest) pig on this list. 

The 1986 TV series Journey to the West  is said to be the best and most authentic intepretation of the novel - Ma Dehua was the actor who portayed Zhu Bajie. In 1996, Hong Kong's broadcasting company TVB also did an adaptation starring Wayne Lai as Zhu Bajie.

FYI: Singapore's very own Mediacorp also tried their hand at remaking the classic, and Ian Fang was cast as Zhu Bajie in Till We Meet Again -- the first local period drama since Christopher Lee and Fann Wong’s The Return of the Condor Heroes (1998). 

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Porky Pig from Looney Tunes 

There's no mistaking when Porky Pig speaks. His distinct stutter and catchphrase signals the end of our favourite Looney Tunes cartoons.

Did you manage to check off all the pigs in this list? Here's a refresher: 

1. Peppa Pig

2. Pokémon Pigs

3. Mediacorp's Zhu Baobaos

4. Miss Piggy

5. Pumbaa

6. Bag Piggies

7. Wilbur the Pig

8. Percy Pig 

9. Babe

10. Piglet 

11. Fifer Pig, Fiddler Pig and Practical Pig

12. Zhu Bajie 

13. Porky Pig 

Those who scored 3 and below: You're probably born after 2005

Those who scored 7 and below: You're probably a millennial 

Those who scored at least 10: You're old school  

Did we miss out your favourite pig? Let us know! 

joeylee@asiaone.com

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