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Babe (1995)

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Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

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Chris Noonan

Writers:

Dick King-Smith (novel), George Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Cavanaugh ... Babe (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... Fly (voice)
Danny Mann Danny Mann ... Ferdinand (voice)
Hugo Weaving ... Rex (voice)
Miriam Flynn ... Maa (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Duchess the Cat (voice) (as Russie Taylor)
Evelyn Krape ... Old Ewe (voice)
Michael Edward-Stevens Michael Edward-Stevens ... Horse (voice)
Charles Bartlett ... Cow (voice)
Paul Livingston ... Rooster (voice)
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Narrator (voice)
James Cromwell ... Farmer Arthur H. Hoggett
Magda Szubanski ... Esme Hoggett
Zoe Burton Zoe Burton ... The Hoggetts' Daughter
Paul Goddard ... The Hoggetts' Son-in-Law
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Storyline

Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly's jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn't conform to the farm's social hierarchy? Written by Jwelch5742

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Taglines:

A little pig goes a long way.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babe, the Gallant Pig See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,742,545, 6 August 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$254,134,910
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Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby SR | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When Farmer Hoggett is shearing sheep, it is morning and lunchtime. However when he piles the fleeces on the wagon it appears to be sundown. He then continues his shearing with the sheep, and also giving Babe a chance to drive them out of the pen. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: This is a tale about an unprejudiced heart, and how it changed our valley forever. There was a time not so long ago when pigs were afforded no respect, except by other pigs; they lived their whole lives in a cruel and sunless world. In those days pigs believed that the sooner they grew large and fat, the sooner they'd be taken into Pig Paradise, a place so wonderful that no pig had ever thought to come back.
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Crazy Credits

Jonah Michaud and Karen Bruner are listed as being "Internet Bandits". See more »

Alternate Versions

Most films released in German-speaking areas in Europe are dubbed in Germany with the same standard German pronunciation. This film, however, was also released in a special version that was re-dubbed for Austria. Each of the animals speaks in a very specific regional Austrian accent: Ferdinand the Duck sounds like a Tyrolean, Duchess the cat has a Vorarlberg accent and so on. The mice sing Styrian folk songs. This Austrian version was included on the DVD, however not on the Blu-ray. See more »

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Spoofed in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (1995) See more »

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Pizzicati
from "Sylvia"
Music by Léo Delibes
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An astounding film
17 December 2003 | by ChristopherRiceSee all my reviews

I was dragged to this film by my girlfriend (now wife) when it first came out in fall of 1995. I had zero interest in what seemed to me nothing more than a kids movie. I recall sitting in the theater before the movie commenced, looking at my watch and estimating the time it would end, when my life could begin again after this rude 90 minute interruption.

Then the film began. The moment Babe said a tearful goodbye to his mother as she was being led off to the slaughter house ("Pig Paradise", the narrator says), I was hooked. What stood out to me was not the tearful "Goodbye Mom", but the fact that after we see Babe's mom loaded into the truck, the camera goes back to Babe, siting in the corner of his industrial pen, sobbing profusely. This moment, maybe 90 seconds into the movie, is filmed so well, so perfect, that instead of coming off as melodramatic, it is heartrending. I know that word is used often to describe this film, but I do not know how else to describe it. This is one of many "heartrending" moments in this beautiful film.

This is by far the best childrens film I have ever seen, but it really is a mistake to even call it a childrens film. It is simply a great film. A film that shows how wondrous things can happen as a result of common decency; how any individual can triumph if they believe in themselves; how vital is the help of family and friends in life's arduous journey.

This a film not to be missed. It should have beaten Braveheart.


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