Rated: G Reviewed by: Chris Release date: August 4, 1995 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
This is a sweet and wonderful film, serving as a sort of parable on how we all should live. It tells the tale of a wee pig, aptly called Babe, who, by pure luck, becomes the property of kind Farmer Hoggett and goes to live among his unique menagerie of animals. Babe becomes the insightful diplomat of Hoggett Farm, when, through his close association and identification with the Border Collies, her inspires all the animals to reevaluate their identities and relationships to one another. Babe overcomes the expectations and limitations others have assigned to him and becomes much more than a "(pork) chop of the old block." His development into a gifted and contributing member of the farm is a positive and rewarding progression, one which he could not have made without an open mind and an unrestricted love for all other animals.
The movie is expertly crafted, allowing the fantasy to unfold beautifully. The animals, through a great deal of training and sophisticated puppetry, appear to be really speaking. The voices of the animals are fitting and amusing. Farmer and Mrs. Hoggett are both very funny and sympathetic characters and the countryside of New South Wales, Australia is lovely.
It will delight the whole family.