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Australia / USA 1995
Directed by
Chris Noonan
95 minutes
Rated G

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3 stars


Babe is a cleverly-made family film based on a novel by Dick King-Smith, adapted by the director with George "Mad Max" Miller about a pig with aspirations to be a sheepdog. It features Oscar-winning CGI effects and was a huge commercial success for the Kennedy-Miller production house. Clearly made with the Anglo-American market in mind and with the cute factor in overdrive some will find it a rather cynical exercise in crowd-pleasing commercialism (Miller is always notable for his canniness in this respect) but with winning performances from James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski, photography by master cinematographer Andrew Lesnie and fine production and art design it always looks good. It was followed by a suprisingly worthwhile 1998 sequel, Babe. Pig In The City

FYI: The voice of Babe was provided by American Christine Cavanaugh who went on to provide the voice of Chuckie in the Rugrats franchise




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