Directed by Chris Noonan. Australia. 1995. 4+. 95 minutes. Universal. 35mm.
Sat., November 19, 2011
A wonderful, whimsical fantasy that is a delight to folks of all ages, this is the heart-warming and often hilarious story of a young pigs success and salvation. Young Babe, an orphaned piglet who has been adopted by a family of border collies, learns many of lifes lessons in his barnyard, and goes on to win hearts as well as prizes as he relies upon friendship and cooperation in the world of competitive sheep-dog trials. Babe was a surprise success when first released, turning cynics into believers with its tale of talking barnyard animals and the power of friendship to overcome the trickiest of obstacles. Besides its Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, the film was nominated for Best Picture and five other Oscars, including a well-deserved nomination for James Cromwell, as Babe’s owner, the taciturn but kind-hearted Farmer Hoggett. This is a movie that people of all ages can see, and enjoy, again and again.