Number of Times Seen – 2 (29 Feb 2012 and 9 Feb 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young pig who is raised on a farm by the other animals, learns to tend sheep.
My Take on it – This is a fun and lovable film but it gets much more praise than it really deserves.
The story is quite simple and even though there is nothing wrong with simple, the story just feels a bit lacking because it seems to be missing some kind of inspiring scenes.
The effects used to make the animals seem like they are talking works really well and it definitely deserved to get an oscar for the effects; as for the Best Picture nomination, I’m still not sold on that fact.
After 20 years, it’s easy to see that this film, albeit fun just doesn’t really belong in the same league as the four other films nominated that year.
The nomination was a consolation prize for a film that is more for the kids than something serious for adults.
I’m sure there were numerous other films that might have been better choices for this film’s slot.
Bottom Line – Fun simple film that is slightly lovable, but not really worthy of winning the BP award. Special effects are done quite well and that is an award is was very rightfully deserving of winning.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When James Cromwell was handed the screenplay for Babe, he thumbed through it to see how many lines he had. He saw that he didn’t have that many (he had only 171 words of spoken dialogue, and 61 words that were sung), so decided that he would do it as a nice easy film. What he didn’t realize was that he would have more screen time in this film than any of his previous films. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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