A little pig with big dreams teaches himself to be a sheepdog in this marvelous fantasy based on Dick King-Smith's children's novel "The Sheep-Pig." When an old farmer wins a piglet at a carnival by guessing its weight, be brings the oinker, named Babe, home. At first, the little animal feels confused and lonely. But a maternal collie, who just delivered her own litter, welcomes Babe into her family, and teaches him about farm life. Soon the precious pig proves that he can be a pretty valuable asset to the farmer and his wife--in a most unexpected way. Special effects allow the entire menagerie of farm animals to speak throughout this magical live-action tale.
1996 - Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects Winner
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 92
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 025192276095
- Genre: Family
- Rating: G (MPAA)
- Release Date: February 2015
The film won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Released theatrically in the USA August 4, 1995, and had an opening weekend box office gross of $8.7 million. A Kennedy Miller production. Color by Atlab color. Sound in DTS. Animatronic characters by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Animal action directed by Karl Lewis Miller. Additional credits: Simon Warnock, Michael Bau, Geoffrey Guiffre (assistant directors); Ken Arlidge (additional unit director of photography); Carolyn Tyrer (makeup/hair). Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Utterly charming..." - Recommended - 04/01/1996 Premiere, p.131
"...[BABE] is in a league of its own when it comes to enchantment....Beautifully shot in Australia, Babe gives off a cozy, old-fashioned feel..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 08/04/1995 USA Today, p.1D
"...It's inspiring what real talent, imagination, and style can do..." -- Rating: A - 08/11/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.38
"...Dazzling family entertainment with enormous charm and utilizing breathtaking technical innovation..." - 07/24/1995 Variety
"...Carefree and light on its feet....If only people would be more like these animals, the world, though hardly saner, would certainly be a lot more fun..." - 08/04/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...BABE is a movie made with charm and wit....It knows things, and teaches lessons. And it is so well made that adults will find it entertaining, too..." - 08/04/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.34