Babe (also known as Babe the Sheep-Pig in the working title) is a 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Chris Noonan, produced by George Miller and written by both. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, which tells the story of a farm pig who wants to do the work of a sheepdog. The film is narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne and the main animal characters are played by both real animals and animatronic puppets.
After being used in a "guess the weight" contest at a county fair, orphaned piglet Babe is brought home to the farm of the contest winner, Arthur Hoggett. There he is taken in by Border Collie Fly, her irascible mate Rex and their puppies and befriends a duck named Ferdinand, who wakes people by crowing like a rooster every morning so he will be considered useful and be spared from being eaten.
|author||Chris Noonan George Miller|
|award||Academy Award for Best Visual Effects Genesis Award|
|editor||Jay Friedkin Marcus D'Arcy|
|keywords||alarm clock baby bottle border collie chain christmas dinner confine county fair feral dogs horrify if i had words injured jig kill learn morning orphan rain serve sheep dog steal think|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Visual Effects Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|producer||Bill Miller Doug Mitchell George Miller|
|productionCompany||Kennedy Miller Mitchell|
|theme||animals children's children's comedy coming-of-age|