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What to know: A very special pig turns Hoggett's orderly farm on its ear.
Recommended age 5-12
89 minutes
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Babe is a marvelous family classic! The movie tells the story of an innocent piglet who befriends animals on a farm and becomes especially close to a sheepdog named Fly. With Fly's help and all of the animals on the farm, Babe enters a sheepherding competition. Will Babe win the competition even though he is just a piglet? Watch the movie for yourself! I liked this movie a lot because all of the animals are great actors and have personalities similar to people. At times I wondered if the animals were just extremely well-trained or if the use of animatronics was this effective. The dubbing was also wonderful. The format the movie uses to tell the story is like a children's storybook, with each chapter telling an interesting story with a moral. The movie is also well directed. I especially liked the scene where Babe is trying to steal the farmer's alarm clock because director Chris Noonan used suspenseful music to make the audience more anticipated. I recommend this movie to children ages 4 and up because very little kids will still be able to enjoy it. The movie delivers a positive message that you can do anything despite your appearance. Babe is one of the many classics brought to your home by HDnet movies on KidScene, a morning and Friday night programming block specifically for kids and families. by Gabriella Chu, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Babe was nominated for seven Oscars in 1996, winning for Best Effects. The animatronics used in Babe were created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Jim Henson created the Muppets! Babe as the runt was saved to be given away as a prize at the fair. Farmer Hogget wins Babe through a weight guessing game. Babe goes home with farmer Hogget and soon discovers his place at the farm. He's a little confused because he's raised to herd sheep. The story starts with Babe becoming orphaned when his family is taken by farmers to where pigs go to retire, the other world of endless pleasure. We know it as bacon, ham and pork chops, but Babe doesn't know that. The movie stars the farm animals, and when they talk to each other the animatronics (animals that are really robots) is awesome! You get pulled into the animal conversations and soon you forget your watching animals. My favorite scene is when Babe the pig rescues his sheep friends from wolves. While farmer Hogget's wife is away he gets a crazy idea to enter Babe in the National Sheepdog Competition. After the judges review the rules Babe is allowed to compete. How will he do? Who is his friend that helps him? How does a pig herd sheep? Find out by watching Babe playing all month long on HDnet Movies KidScene. I recommend this for ages are 4 to 100. It's simple family entertainment. I give it 5 out of 5 twinkling stars. Morgan Bertsch, Age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. If you are an animal lover then Babe is the perfect movie for you. There's just something funny about farm animals talking. The movie was nominated for Best Picture for a reason. It's one of the most flawless family films I've seen in a long time. Delivering plenty of laughs and telling a brilliant story, at the same time, is no easy task. Fortunately, Babe pulls this off. Babe is the inspirational story of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn't quite know his place in the world. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be - even an award-winning sheepdog! With the help of a delightful assortment of barnyard friends, the heroic little pig is headed for the challenge of his life in this endearing and fun-filled tale the whole family will love. This film has some awe-inspiring photography and lighting. The film successfully captures the beauty of the farmland. All ages will enjoy this film. I rate it 5 out of 5! Check this film out on HD NET MOVIES soon! Blake Hawes, age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Charming. Great. Fabulous. You may have seen animals talking in movies before, but make no mistake - Babe stands above the rest. The animals' lips are in sync with their lines and Babe is a model of goodness. Really, all the animals are adorable, particularly the singing mice who you have to see to believe. Nominated for many Academy Awards, and awarded "Best for Visual Effects." There are some frightening scenes - the slaughterhouse scene and the sheep who dies.
A very special pig turns Hoggett's orderly farm on its ear. A naive newcomer, Babe boldly forges friendships among all the animals and convinces the entire farm that only in the absence of prejudice can one truly be free to soar.
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