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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 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:

Official site

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jerry Goldsmith originally composed the film's music, but it was ultimately rejected for being too dark in tone. Nigel Westlake was then brought in to compose a lighter score. See more »

Goofs

Farmer Hoggett kills a duck for Christmas lunch on Christmas Eve. But duck's meat needs 5-8 days to be softened in order to be edible. 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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Referenced in Year of the Dog (2007) See more »

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Family Classic
26 August 2007 | by JakethemussSee all my reviews

This is a family film in the classic sense of the word, and it'd be hard to find a more charming and heartfelt tale. Ideally for children, but it can be enjoyed by adults too. It is a fantasy world where animals speak just like humans do.....albeit not in Australian accents, which is where the film is meant to be set.

The hero of this tale is a young pig named Babe, who is transfered from the pig pen, to the village fête, to the hands of Farmer Hoggett who wins the little fellow in a prize raffle(James Cromwell). It is on the farm he meets the locals, and is taken under the wing by a kind sheepdog named Fly, who has been characterised as the warm and motherly type. Not so warm is Rex (voiced by Hugo Weaving of Agent Smith fame), her growling no nonsense other half, who believes pigs do not belong with sheepdogs.

Babe is portrayed as the personification of innocence, and his gleeful and inquisitive nature brings him into contact with a host of farmyard animals. Not too sure why they felt he needed a furry little toupee between his ears, but each to his own. As Babe gets closer to Fly and the sheepdog role, he even begins to assume this role, much to Rex's dismay. But Babe has an awful lot of ambition for a little animal, and his heart is set on being a "sheep-pig".

There are moments of sadness in this film, such as loss and death, but it is mainly sweet natured and enchanting. It is one of the few Universal rated films I enjoy watching, and that is saying something for me!


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