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The rare family-friendly feature with a heart as big as its special effects budget, Babe offers timeless entertainment for viewers of all ages.



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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


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Critic Reviews for Babe

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (2)

  • Much to my surprise, I found Babe charming in an eccentric, oddly tough-minded sort of way. And if it isn't quite good enough to change my mind about the entire critter-chat genre, it is certainly good enough to recommend.

    Jun 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • He's brave and bright, good-natured and ambitious, naive and vulnerable. All in all, he's probably the most winsome orphan to appear on the screen since Freddie Bartholomew impersonated David Copperfield 60 years ago.

    Aug 19, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Thanks to well-trained live animals, clever voice characterizations and a big dash of muppetry from Henson's Creature Shop, Babe and his barnyard friends not only walk the walk and trot the trot, they also talk the talk.

    Aug 19, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Here's the summer's sleeper for kids and their parents, a terrific picture that takes a lot of risks and makes them all pay off in a charming story about a pig who fancies himself a sheepdog -- or sheep-pig.

    Aug 19, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Babe is not, strictly speaking, a kid's movie. It is a preposterously funny fable that strikes a chord with adults, too.

    Jul 30, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • For children, the movie will play like a storybook come to life. Adults, at first, will marvel at the special effects and puppetry. But ultimately, they'll be won over by the nuances of a story that finds a fresh way to deliver a timeless message.

    Jul 30, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Babe

  • Feb 09, 2012
    This is a thoroughly charming movie. I saw it when it first came out and here it is, sixteen (can it be?) years later and having seen probably everything that Netflix has to offer ordered it as a "what the hey." I liked it better the second time. The movie teeters on the verge of sentimentality, but pulls back in plenty of time so there is no cringing! My favorite part of the movie is when the stoic farmer, nursing Babe who is sick with the thought that the farmer just wants to eat him, sings him a song, then--omigosh--does a highland dance. I don't think I've ever seen a more original declaration of interspecies love.
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2012
    So after being stuck babysitting my little sister I decided to watch a family movie. I didn't want a Disney family movie because with Disney, even Pixar is guilty, you can expect a happy ending from them. So I saw this on sale at a Wal-Mart, bought it, and loved it. Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Now I don't care about who point of view the story is being told as long as it good. I never got why people hate it when animals talked in a movie, yet I never hear anyone complain about that in Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and even Tarzan. So back on track, the story is more entertaining than I expected it to be. There's allot of good lesson to be learned in this movie and it's nice to see a good live action family movie unlike nowadays where nearly all the good ones are all animated. Before I loose focus again, I have to say the flow of the movie works for it. I found the humor top notch, it atmosphere moving, and it has allot of heart in it. Now what makes Babe stand out from most current family movies is that it's not animated. I honestly can't remember the last time (besides A Christmas Story) I enjoyed watching a family movie that wasn't animated. This movie has something for both young viewers and has something for older viewers. Babe is a hidden family movie gem lost under the animated many family animated movies. This excellent movie is at the level of Pixar movies in greatness, I highly recommend this for anyone of any age.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2012
    What was I thinking before this movie? "98% with critics but only 54% with user, i'll see how this turns out." What was I thinking after this movie? "What a masterpiece. It's a inspirational movies for kids and even adults. The script is very cheesy but that adds all the charm to it. If you look at the years from 2000-2010. who many good "talking animal" films have there been? almost none (although there was Toy Story 3 which had talking toys). This film teaches you life lessons that maybe some people have lost. I would say this film is one of the most inpsirational of all time but the thing that puts is aside from other inspirations like Forrest Gump is that it inspires us using talking animals. That is something that most of the youth today have not experienced yet. A good movie with talking animals. Is this the only movie of it's kind? No, but prior to 1995 and even after 1995 and all the way to 2012, nobody ever thought that a film like this, of a sheep pig, could inspire and light the hearts of so many people. From the scene in the first scene of when Babe was a baby to when he Babe becomes a champion sheep pig, all you can think to yourself is, "This is a special film. How can anyone dislike it?"
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2011
    I loved Dick King Smith books, must've read a dozen of them as a kid. This movie was awesome when I was a kid--the farm animals were charmingly brought to life, and extra points for the loveable mice singing a beachy "If I Had Words"! It didn't quite stay true to the understated elegance of the book, but is still a classic in my heart.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer

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