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Babe [1995] (1 disc)

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Director:Chris Noonan
Writer:Chris Noonan
George Miller
Composer:Nigel Westlake
Length:91 minutes
(1 hour 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Kids
  • Comedy
  • Family
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • CG
  • Puppets
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Synopsis: Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.


Reaction: Charming and adorable. The once groundbreaking effects can seem a bit dated today, but the story doesn't rely on them so it's fine.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Chris Noonan => Director / Writer
George Miller => Writer
Nigel Westlake => Composer
Dick King-Smith => Novel "The Sheep Pig"
Charles Bartlett => Cow† (voice)
Christine Cavanaugh => Babe† (voice)
Danny Mann => Ferdinand† (voice)
Evelyn Krape => Old Ewe† (voice)
Hugo Weaving => Rex† (voice)
James Cromwell => Farmer Arthur H. Hoggett
Kevin Jamal Woods => Puppy (as Kevin Woods) (voice)
Magda Szubanski => Esme Hoggett
Marshall Napier => Chairman of Judges
Michael Edward-Stevens => Horse† (voice)
Miriam Flynn => Maa† (voice)
Miriam Margolyes => Fly† (voice)
Paul Goddard => The Hoggetts' Son-in-Law
Paul Livingston => Rooster† (voice)
Roscoe Lee Browne => Narrator (voice)
Ross Bagley => Puppy (voice)
Russi Taylor => Duchess the Cat† (as Russie Taylor) (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When James Cromwell was handed the screenplay for Babe, he thumbed through it to see how many lines he had. He saw that he didn't have that many (he had only 171 words of spoken dialogue, and 61 words that were sung), so decided that he would do it as a nice easy film. What he didn't realize was that he would have more screen time in this film than any of his previous films.
  • Because baby pigs grow so fast, 48 pigs were used during filming for the role of Babe.
  • James Cromwell, a longtime vegetarian, decided to become a vegan after starring in the movie.
  • The talking pig is a combination of 48 real Yorkshire pigs plus an animatronic double. A makeup artist added toupee and eyelashes to each, and computer digitization manipulated pictures of the snout to make the pig appear to talk.
  • The film had 56 animal trainers on set to handle nearly 1000 animals.
  • Magda Szubanski was only in her early 30s when she won the role of Esme Hoggett, who was supposed to be elderly, so Szubanski was made up to look about 20 years older than she actually was at the time.
  • Sometimes considered the film that began the CGI talking animal movie revolution.
  • A ten-year labor of love for producer George Miller. One of the reasons why it took him so long was because he was waiting for special effects technology to catch up with his vision for the film.
  • 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.
  • Preproduction lasted eight months, shooting took six months and post-production twelve months.
  • The music for the movie's theme song is taken from the Organ Symphony by [?] Camille Saint-SaŽns, whose most famous composition is {Carnival of the Animals}.
  • James Cromwell claimed that he paid for his own Oscar consideration campaign at the cost of $60,000.