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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. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1996
UPC: 0096898245333
Original Release: 1995
Rating: G
Source: Universal Studios

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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Babe 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful film! One of the best I've ever seen!
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I don't know how the recipient liked it.
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