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    "Excited? Who’s excited? I’m not Excited!"

    Petunia Pig is a character from the Looney Tunes franchise and is Porky's love interest. She was voiced by Bernice Hansen in the original theatrical shorts and Grey DeLisle, Katy Mixon, Jessica DiCicco and Lara Jill Miller in later Looney Tunes works.

    Unfortunately, Frank Tashlin's original version of Petunia Pig from 1937 is not considered as perfect as her later versions in the following years, and has more flaws than qualities.

    Why She Sucked

    NOTE: This is only focusing on how she was portrayed in Porky's Romance (1937) and Porky's Double Trouble (1937).

    1. To write down the first problem, the original incarnation of Petunia Pig by Frank Tashlin from 1937 is a spoiled, selfish, abusive and toxic girlfriend who pretty much doesn't care for Porky, as demonstrated in both "Porky's Romance" and "Porky's Double Trouble" as listed below.
      • In fact, this is very likely the main reason why she failed to become popular among audiences when she first debuted, resulting her to be heavily sidelined as a minor character as opposed to a major sidekick in Porky's cartoons as the Warners directors originally intended since then (with the honor of Porky's major sidekick instead given to Daffy Duck, who later debuted very shortly after Petunia's debut that very same year).
    2. In "Porky's Romance", she refuses to accept Porky's proposal on her and laughs about it which drives Porky to committing suicide, which is just cruel and insensitive.
    3. Her design is pretty ugly and unappealing in her earlier appearances.
    4. She tries to hit on Porky during "Porky's Double Trouble".
    5. She only cared for Porky bringing her candy rather than Porky himself in "Porky's Romance".
    6. In Porky's nightmare sequence in "Porky's Romance", she became a lazy, overweight couch potato whom is addicted to candy, treats her husband Porky very poorly and neglects their many children they got ever since she married him.
    7. She chooses to date the imposter over the real Porky on "Porky's Double Trouble".
    8. Just like Daisy Duck from Legend of the Three Caballeros, she is seen as a desirable person for Porky in both shorts, which many viewers disagree with, due to her abusive and spoiled nature and says Porky should find a better girlfriend.
      • Speaking of which, her actions make her come off more as an antagonist than a love interest to Porky.
    9. She doesn't receive any punishment for how she treats Porky in those shorts, which makes her a Karma Houdini.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. From 1939 onwards, her character improved a lot and became likable once Bob Clampett used her in two of his cartoons "Porky's Picnic" and "Naughty Neighbors", and the Clampett version of her was later used in Looney Tunes comics and modern Looney Tunes productions.
    2. This thankfully didn't affect her appearance in "The Case of the Stuttering Pig", as she was likable in that short.
    3. She does show some sympathy for Porky and cared for him in her earlier appearances.

    Trivia

    • Petunia Pig along with Gabby Goat were originally going to appear in "Porky's Party" (1938), but they were replaced by two other one-off characters (a goose and a penguin) instead.
    • In New Looney Tunes, Petunia's redesign in that show is loosely based on Frank Tashlin's earliest heavyset design of the character (while still retaining her black hair from Bob Clampett's 1939 redesign of the character) though her negative character traits from Tashlin's version of the character (as mentioned in "Why She Sucked" above) however didn't return.

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