Babe

Australia/USA 1995. Dir: Chris Noonan. 89 min. DCP

"That'll do, pig. That'll do." It’s not every kids’ film about a talking pig that gets nominated for seven Oscars! Produced and co-written by Aussie auteur George Miller (Mad Max series), this family classic about a resourceful little porker hasn’t lost an ounce of its wit, charm, or relevance in the decades since its release. The story, based on Dick King-Smith’s novel The Sheep-Pig, tells of an orphaned piglet who avoids the chopping block by becoming the world’s only sheep-herding swine. Aiding our hero is a maternal border collie, a neurotic duck, and a trio of singing mice. James Cromwell, in a career-making performance, plays the kind-hearted farmer who spots potential in the pipsqueak. (The actor became an animal-welfare activist as a result of the film.) The movie’s barnyard ensemble is brought to life through an ingenious mix of live action and computer-animated puppetry. Don’t miss its superb sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, screening in June!


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REVIEWS

"Dazzling family entertainment with enormous charm ... A vibrant, modern allegory that attests to film’s power to meld storytelling and technical arts."

Variety | full review

"A movie made with charm and wit, and unlike some family movies it does not condescend, not for a second."

Roger Ebert | full review


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