Whereas in George and Martha (1972) Marshall portrayed a pair of lovably blimpy hippopotami without overt reference to their proportions, here he confronts the subjects of overweight and compulsive eating head on. Emily Pig perceives her weight gain as a problem which she resolves to attack with exercise. But when her friend Eugene Turtle suggests a walk Emily turns the outing into an occasion for consuming sandwiches, corn, scones with jam, eskimo pie, cookies, milk, pizza, all sorts of soda fountain concoctions. . . which understandably make her so sick that she has to take a taxi home. "It must have been all that walking" is Emily's explanation. Though they might recognize others here it's unlikely that small children will apply the object lesson to their own exercises in self-deception. Still Marshall carries Emily's gastronomical orgy to such preposterous lengths that even at this level it will be hard to miss the indulgent irony of his closing lines. And Eugene is a model straight man.