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Babe ()

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featuring James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes, Danny Mann, Hugo Weaving

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. Judd Blaise, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.334
PAWDOE

Excellent name

by PAWDOE on Mar 4, 2011

I absolutely love this movie. I've seen it about 5 or 6 times and each time it gets better. Thank you.

FaNtAsY

kids movie

by FaNtAsY on Mar 26, 2008

it is amazing book for kids i personally enjoyed it and i hope you do bacause i loved it as a kid. It really inspired me to do as much as i could to be the best kind of person i could be!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lorettafan

Babe

by Lorettafan on Feb 28, 2008

This is the cutest little movie I do believe I have ever seen! It's about a cute little pig and his friends basically trying to be "accepted" into the world! There are some good lessons that you can teach your kids from this movie, and they'll love the part about the talking pig and the barn animals!

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