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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

  • Release date:August 4, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Friedkin Best Editing 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kerrie Brown Best Art Direction 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marcus D'Arcy Best Editing 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Neal Scanlan Best Visual Effects 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Ford Best Art Direction 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Miller Best Picture 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Miller Best Adapted Screenplay 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Cromwell Best Supporting Actor 1995 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Chris Noonan Best New Director 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Noonan Best Director 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Noonan Best Adapted Screenplay 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Gibson Best Visual Effects 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Miller Best Picture 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Doug Mitchell Best Picture 1995 Winner

Cast

James Cromwell
as Arthur Hoggett
Magda Szubanski
as Esme Hoggett
Christine Cavanaugh
as Babe
Miriam Margolyes
as Fly
Danny Mann
as Ferdinand
Hugo Weaving
as Rex
Michael Edward-Stevens
as Horse
Miriam Flynn
as Maa
Paul Goddard
as Son-in-Law
Marshall Napier
as Chairman of Judges
Matthew Long
as Sheepdog Trial Officer
John Doyle
as TV Commentator
Russie Taylor
as Cat
Courtland Mead
as Puppy
Rosanna Huffman
as Sheep
Paige Pollack
as Sheep
Maeve Germaine
as Sheep
Jane Alden
as Sheep
Kerry Walker
as Sheep
Kimberly Bailey
as Sheep
Patrika Darbo
as Sheep
Michelle Davison
as Sheep
Julie Forsyth
as Sheep
Tina Lifford
as Sheep
Helen O'Connor
as Additional Voices
John Erwin
as Additional Voices
Jacqueline Brennan
as Additional Voices
Justin Monjo
as Additional Voices
Neil Ross
as Additional Voices
Doris Grau
as Additional Voices
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Narrator

Crew

Chris Noonan
Director
George Miller
Producer
Bill Miller
Producer
Doug Mitchell
Producer
Dick King-Smith
Book Author
George Miller
Screenwriter
Chris Noonan
Screenwriter
Andrew Lesnie
Cinematographer
Nigel Westlake
Songwriter
Marcus D'Arcy
Editor
Jay Friedkin
Editor
Roger Ford
Production Designer
Kerrie Brown
Art Director
Colin Gibson
Art Director
Daphne Paris
Associate Producer
Roger Ford
Costume Designer
Ben Osmo
Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Gibson
Special Effects
Charles Gibson
Animator
Valerie McCaffrey
Casting
Liz Mullinar
Casting
Neal Scanlan
Visual Effects
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