Film: Babe (Chris Noonan)

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Babe

Director: Chris Noonan
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Distributor: Universal Studios

The surprise hit of 1995, this splendidly entertaining family film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, director, and screenplay, and deservedly won the Oscar for its subtly ingenious visual effects. Babe is all about the title character, a heroic little pig who’s been taken in by the friendly farmer Hoggett (Oscar nominee James Cromwell), who senses that he and the pig share “a common destiny.” Babe, a popular mischief-maker the Australian farm, is adopted by the resident border collie and raised as a puppy, befriended by…

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Amazon.com

The surprise hit of 1995, this splendidly entertaining family film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, director, and screenplay, and deservedly won the Oscar for its subtly ingenious visual effects. Babe is all about the title character, a heroic little pig who’s been taken in by the friendly farmer Hoggett (Oscar nominee James Cromwell), who senses that he and the pig share “a common destiny.” Babe, a popular mischief-maker the Australian farm, is adopted by the resident border collie and raised as a puppy, befriended by Ferdinand the duck (who thinks he’s a rooster), and saves the day as a champion “sheep-pig.” Filled with a supporting cast of talking barnyard animals and a chorus of singing mice (courtesy of computer enhancements and clever animatronics), this frequently hilarious, visually imaginative movie has already taken its place as a family classic with timeless appeal. —Jeff Shannon

Barnes and Noble

One of the most beloved family films in recent years, Babe tells a sweetly sardonic fable of tolerance and understanding. Despite the fact that its fairy-tale settings are bathed in a golden glow, Babe is refreshingly honest about the realities of life on a farm. A little piggy starts out life the runt of the litter and becomes a champion sheepdog through good humor and an open heart. Superb vocal performances bring Babe and his barnyard pals to life, and the computer animation never detracts from the personable animal stars. As stoic Farmer Hoggett, James Cromwell delivers such a beautifully restrained performance that his eventual explosion into song charms and astonishes at the same time. This sleeper hit proved successful with adults as well as children, earning it a surprisingly large number of year-end awards and nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Babe deserves to be a holiday staple, if only for the notable catchphrase uttered by one of the animals: “Christmas is carnage.” Amy Robinson

Related Works

Book:The Sheep-Pig

The Sheep-Pig

Dick King-Smith

Babe is a heroic pig with an unprejudiced heart. He spends his days watching Farmer Hoggett and Rex and Fly (world-class sheepdogs) teching their pups to be sheepdogs. Babe decides he wants to grow up to be a sheep-pig. This is the charming tale of what can happen when the underdog is an under-pig with an oversized heart.

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