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Hamton Joseph Pig
Promotional image of Hamton J. Pig
First appearance Regular on Tiny Toon Adventures since the series premiere "The Looney Beginning" (1990).
Portrayed by Don Messick[1]
Species Pig
Relatives Wade Pig, Winnie Pig, Uncle Stinky
Friends Plucky Duck, Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, Fifi La Fume, Shirley The Loon, Li'l Sneezer, Dizzy Devil, Furrball, Barky Marky
Plucky Duck, Elmyra Duff
Montana Max, Gene Splicer
Mentor Porky Pig

Hamton Joseph Pig (usually just called Hamton) is a cartoon character from the Warner Bros. animated television series Tiny Toon Adventures. He is arguably the fourth main character on the show. Hamton is voiced by Don Messick.[2] Hamton is a young male pig with blue overalls. He attends Acme Looniversity and lives in Acme Acres.

Hamton's mentor and favorite teacher is Porky Pig. Hamton differed from his mentor in that Porky is usually seen wearing a shirt with no trousers, whereas Hamton is usually seen in his signature blue overalls and no shirt. In some scenarios, Hamton loses his overalls and is regarded as "naked." Also, Hamton does not have a stutter.

Hamton's role in the series is as a straight man (much like Porky in some of his pairings with Daffy Duck), with his personality dominated by tendencies toward being bookish and obsessively neat. However, when Hamton's patience is pushed too far, he is known for angry fits that surprises the human source of his frustration. Some of his madness-inducing moments involved such incidents as being unable to open a new school-issued locker or failing in an attempt to cook a lobster. Hamton's best friend, Plucky Duck, often attempts to take advantage of Hamton's easy going nature, with Plucky often using him as his sidekick in his various scatterbrained schemes. Other friends of Hamton included Babs and Buster Bunny, who usually defend him from Plucky's schemes, and Fifi La Fume, who has shown romantic interests in him.

Although Hamton's non-aggressive personality bears similarities to Porky's, Hamton also bears similarities to "Piggy Hamhock", a Friz Freleng-created character featured in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts Pigs Is Pigs (1937) and At Your Service Madame (1936).

Hamton is one of the few characters whose family appeared onscreen during the Tiny Toon Adventures series' run; his family consisted of his parents, Winnie and Wade Pig. Hamton's parents figured prominently in the Tiny Toon Adventures direct-to-video movie How I Spent My Vacation (along with Hamton's uncle Stinky, a heavy-set pig with poor personal hygiene); in this film, they take Hamton and Plucky on an ill-fated vacation to a theme park (during which Hamton barfed on a valuable comic book of Plucky's). Hamton's parents also appeared in another episode involving a house party Plucky goaded Hamton into throwing while his parents were out of town. Jonathan Winters voiced Wade (he had previously voiced "Slap-Happy Stanley" in an earlier episode), while Edie McClurg voiced Winnie.

A menorah-like candelabra is seen in the Pig family window during the series' Christmas special, implying that the family is Jewish. However, they do not keep kosher, as Hamton once tried to cook a lobster, and indeed, aren't even kosher themselves, being pork (most likely this is meant to be a joke).

Although he is the only animal that Elmyra Duff doesn't show interest in, in the episode Citizen Max she treats him like any other animals she sees.


Voice Actor

The voice actor for Hamton, Don Messick,[3] died on October 24, 1997 of a stroke; Hamton was Messick's last major role. In the Sony PlayStation video game Toonenstein: Dare to Scare, Hamton was voiced by Billy West. This makes Hamton one of two TTA characters who has had more than one voice actor (the other is Buster Bunny, whose original voice actor Charlie Adler was replaced by John Kassir after a dispute with Warner Bros. that he got no roles on the studio's next animated production).

Hamton J. Pig is also known for being the best basketball player in Tiny Toon Adventures Acme All-Stars video game on Sega Genesis.


  1. ^ Tim Lawson and Alisa Persons, The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's who of Cartoon Voice Actors (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2004), 257.
  2. ^ Tim Lawson and Alisa Persons, The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's who of Cartoon Voice Actors (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2004), 257.
  3. ^ Tim Lawson and Alisa Persons, The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who's who of Cartoon Voice Actors (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2004), 257.

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