Babe

Producer: 
George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Bi
Director: 
Chris Noonan
Starring: 
James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski
Screenplay: 
George Miller, Chris Noonan
Music By: 
Nigel Westlake
Production Company: 
Universal Pictures
Distributor: 
MCA Universal Home Video
Length in minutes: 
92
MPAA Rating: 
G
ISBN: 
078321667X
ASIN: 
0783229011
Publication Date: 
1995
List Price: 
14.98
Short Review: 
Based on the book by Dick King-Smith, this is the whimsical story of a farmer and a pig who dare to dream big. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this enchanting tale proves that, with faith, anything is possible.
Long Review: 

Farmer Hoggett (in an Academy Award nominated performance by James Cromwell), is a gentle soul and a man of few words but big ideas, and he recognizes something of a kindred spirit in the young pig he’s just won at the fair. Once home on the farm, others beside the farmer begin to notice Babe’s special qualities. Babe’s kindness, respect and caring nature endear him to the other animals in the barnyard, including Maa the sheep, Ferdinand, the duck who wants to be a rooster, and Fly the sheepdog, his adoptive mother. Things get really interesting when Farmer Hoggett begins to notice Babe’s particular talent for herding sheep (Babe simply asks the sheep politely to move), and he is struck by an unshakeable but crazy idea: to enter Babe in the National Sheepdog Trials. Filmed in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, the rolling green hills and dramatically colored-skies are the perfect backdrop for the storybook-like set of house and farmyard. The whole movie has a storybook quality – from the charming sets, to the talking animals (achieved through a seamless combination of animatronics, computer animation, and live animals) to the gentle-voiced narrator and the “chapter headings” introduced by a trio of singing mice. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this enchanting tale proves that, with faith, anything is possible.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
5
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