Babe

Babe

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Director: Chris Noonan

Cast: Chris Noonan, James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh

     
 

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A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog -- or, rather, sheep pig -- in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm.… See more details below

Overview

A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog -- or, rather, sheep pig -- in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep, despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell). Because technically impeccable animatronics and computer graphics allow the farm animals to converse easily among themselves, first-time director Chris Noonan can treat the film's menagerie as actual characters, playing scene not for cuteness but for real emotions. The result is often surprisingly touching, with Noonan and George Miller's script, based on Dick King-Smith's children's book and, indirectly, a true story, seamlessly combining gentle whimsy and sincere feeling. These same qualities are embodied by in Cromwell's beautifully understated performance as Farmer Hoggett, which anchors the film. Despite its unlikely premise and low profile, Babe's inspirational story was embraced by audiences and critics, and the movie became an international sleeper that won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It was followed in 1999 by the less successful Babe: Pig in the City.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
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."
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The biggest surprise about Chris Noonan's 1995 family classic wasn't that Mad Max auteur George Miller co-wrote and co-produced it, but that this exquisitely crafted work was the rare children's story as appealing to grown-ups as to children. Seamlessly combining live animals, animatronic beasts, and computer effects, Babe's fable about a pig's aspiring to prove his worth to his eccentric master and the rest of the barnyard animals was rendered intelligently and poignantly through the eyes and talking mouths of that menagerie. Amid the metaphorical caste system of supreme humans, ruling dogs, pliant sheep, a devious cat, and a Greek chorus of mice, Babe the piglet reveals the ageless need for an "unprejudiced heart," aided by an anorexic duck and the singularly open-minded Farmer Hoggett. Opening in the depths of summer, Babe impressed critics and audiences with its masterful effects, sly wit, and treacle-free emotion; the National Society of Film Critics voted it the year's best film. Babe went on to earn seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor for James Cromwell's low-key performance as Hoggett; it won Best Visual Effects. Its darker sequel Babe: Pig in the City, however, was lost in the 1998 holiday movie shuffle.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
0025192128516
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

The making of Babe; Feature commentary with Writer/Producer George Miller; George Miller on Babe

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cromwell Arthur Hoggett
Magda Szubanski Esme Hoggett
Christine Cavanaugh Babe
Miriam Margolyes Fly
Danny Mann Ferdinand
Hugo Weaving Rex
Michael Edward-Stevens Horse
Miriam Flynn Maa
Paul Goddard Son-in-Law
David Webb The Vet
Marshall Napier Chairman of Judges
Matthew Long Sheepdog Trial Officer
John Doyle TV Commentator
Charles Bartlett Cow
Russell Taylor Cat
Courtland Mead Puppy
Rosanna Huffman Sheep
Paige Pollack Sheep
Maeve Germaine Sheep
Jane Alden Sheep
Kerry Walker Sheep
Kimberly Bailey Sheep
Patrika Darbo Sheep
Michelle Davison Sheep
Julie Forsyth Sheep
Tina Lifford Sheep
Helen O'Connor Additional Voices
John Erwin Additional Voices
Jacqueline Brennan Additional Voices
Justin Monjo Additional Voices
Neil Ross Additional Voices
Doris Grau Additional Voices
Tony Hughes Additional Voices
Roscoe Lee Browne Narrator

Technical Credits
Chris Noonan Director,Screenwriter
Kerrie Brown Art Director
Marcus D'Arcy Editor
Roger Ford Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Jay Friedkin Editor
Charles Gibson Animator,Special Effects
Colin Gibson Art Director
John Cox Special Effects
Andrew Lesnie Cinematographer
Valerie McCaffrey Casting
Bill Miller Producer
George Miller Producer,Screenwriter
Doug Mitchell Producer
Liz Mullinar Casting
Ben Osmo Sound/Sound Designer
Daphne Paris Associate Producer
Nigel Westlake Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Babe
1. Main Titles: An Unprejudiced Heart [7:00]
2. Pigs are Definitely Stupid [2:21]
3. The Way Things Are [5:14]
4. Crime and Punishment [10:42]
5. When Childhood Ends... [2:08]
6. Pork is a Nice Sweet Meat [5:28]
7. The Watch Pig [4:15]
8. A Pig That Thinks It's a Dog [10:00]
9. The Sheep Pig [3:38]
10. A Tragic Day [:56]
11. Pig of Desinty [6:56]
12. Beware the Bad Cat [4:00]
13. If I Had Words... [7:35]
14. The National Sheepdpg Trials [2:45]
15. The Pig and the Password [7:10]
16. End Titles [6:27]

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