The film follows a solo pig upon a sheep farm that manages to shepherd a herd of sheep.
This film was nominated for Best actor in a Supporting Role (James Cromwell), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture and it won Best effects, visual effects. So out of 7 Nominations this film won one of them. Remember that.
I really cannot put my finger on this film, at times it is a sweet, charming, funny little film but it is equally one of the most horrific films I’ve ever seen. It could be the whole idea of Farm animals talking that just seems to put a major downer on the film. All the best bits are when none of the animals speak. The film could have been really well off with just James Cromwell as farmer Hogget and Roscoe Lee Brown’s great performance as the narrator. But to be fair the voice acting is good. I mean Hugo Weaving plays a dog. What more can I say, than Elrond as a sheep dog brings the whole film up a notch towards the dramatic. But with out a doubt the most annoying voice through out is when the sheep start talking to the sheep dog. That just drives you crazy with the repetitive Bah Bah Bah Bah Bah Bah!!!
But out of the atrocious 7 nominations that the 7 time academy award nominated film Babe got, the one it truly missed out on was the music award. The music through out is superbly well done and I do have to agree with the James Cromwell nomination, it’s just a shame he was up against Kevin Spacey for Usual Suspects that year. It also lost out on best director to Mel Gibson for Braveheart, but in comparison Mel Gibson was directing people, not animals.
However, saying that this film could of done better without the voice acting would remain to be seen. Because it worked through out 101 Dalmatians (1996), non of the animals spoke and that worked. But this does focus too much on the relationships like Animal Farm. Which either way is still pretty heavy for a kids film.
The ending is easily the best part.
At times charming, at times quite funny, at times quite terrifying. This is one for the kids that are either heavily interested in farm animals or who really want to see Chucky form Rugrat’s voice on a Pig. I suggest you stay away.
Best Line in the Film: Well it kinda has to be- “That’ll do pig, That’ll do” – James Cromwell (Hero)