Babe

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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 ...
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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

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: 7/9/2013
  • UPC: 025192184208
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Presentation: Slip Sleeve
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,936

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cromwell Arthur Hoggett
Magda Szubanski Esme Hoggett
Christine Cavanaugh Voice Only
Miriam Margolyes Voice Only
Danny Mann Voice Only
Hugo Weaving Voice Only
Michael Edward-Stevens Voice Only
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 Voice Only
Russie Taylor Voice Only
Courtland Mead Voice Only
Rosanna Huffman Voice Only
Paige Pollack Voice Only
Maeve Germaine Voice Only
Jane Alden Voice Only
Kerry Walker Voice Only
Kimberly Bailey Voice Only
Patrika Darbo Voice Only
Michelle Davison Voice Only
Julie Forsyth Voice Only
Tina Lifford Voice Only
Helen O'Connor Voice Only
John Erwin Voice Only
Jacqueline Brennan Voice Only
Justin Monjo Voice Only
Neil Ross Voice Only
Doris Grau Voice Only
Tony Hughes Voice Only
Roscoe Lee Browne Voice Only
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    A Delight

    This is one of the most charming films I have ever seen. A very funny look at the basic human need to find acceptance as seen through the eyes of a little pig and his farm animal friends. The performances are first class all the way with James Cromwell receiving a well deserved Academy Award nomination. The special effects too are simply wonderful. Don't let the boxcover mislead you- this is a movie that adults as well as children will fall in love with. Perfect for ''movie night'' with the whole family!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for any Dog/Animal lover!!

    I am an animal lover and I truly enjoyed this cute film. It also helped it had my favorite breed of dog in it! BORDER COLLIE'S!!!!! I hope everyone else enjoys it too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003

    Delightful!

    A wonderful film! One of the best I've ever seen!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Gave as gift

    I don't know how the recipient liked it.

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