Babe (film)

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Babe is a 1995 Australian-American family film that tells the story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. The main animal characters are played by a combination of real and animatronic pigs and Border Collies.[1] The film is based on the book The Sheep-Pig (known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the U.S.) by Dick King-Smith, and later spawned a sequel called Babe: Pig in the City.

Babe was filmed in Robertson, New South Wales, Australia.[2] The talking-animal visual effects were done by Rhythm & Hues Studios. Although the setting and style of the film are distinctly British/Australasian pastoral, many of the human speaking parts were overdubbed from Australian to American accents for popular acceptance in the American film market.

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After a piglet's mother is taken away by humans to be slaughtered, Babe is picked out for a "guess the weight" booth at a county fair. Farmer Arthur Hoggett guesses his weight and wins the pig. Babe is brought to his farm and allowed to stay with the female sheepdog, Fly (a Border Collie), and her pups. Maa, an elderly resident sheep, tells him to watch out for the dogs. A duck named Ferdinand wakes the farm each morning by crowing. He persuades Babe to help him destroy the alarm clock because it threatens his mission. They succeed, but wake the cat and destroy the living room, getting Babe and the cat covered with paint. Rex, Fly's mate and leader of the farm animals, orders Babe to stay away from Ferdinand (who is now a fugitive) and the house.

The Hoggetts discuss Christmas dinner and whether to have roast pork or duck à l'orange. Mrs. Hoggett has her mind set on pork, but Hoggett convinces her to keep Babe so they can show him at the fair.

Fly's puppies are put up for sale and she is brokenhearted at the separation. Babe asks whether he can call her "Mom," and Fly licks his face.

Maa and the other sheep are taken out to the fields. The day after Christmas Babe hears the sheep baaing and investigates. He witnesses two men stealing the sheep but is chased off by their Australian Cattle Dog. Babe alerts Rex, Fly and Hoggett, who prevent Maa and some of the other sheep from being taken.

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