History Film / Babe

18th Jul '16 11:07:41 PM PaulA
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* StunnedSilent: The ending of the film has the entire crowd silent after [[spoiler:watching Babe herd the sheep perfectly]]. They then erupt with a thunderous applause.

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* StunnedSilent: StunnedSilence: The ending of the film has the entire crowd silent after [[spoiler:watching Babe herd the sheep perfectly]]. They then erupt with a thunderous applause.
18th Jul '16 11:06:42 PM PaulA
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* StunnedSilent: The ending of the film has the entire crowd silent after [[spoiler:watching Babe herd the sheep perfectly]]. They then erupt with a thunderous applause.


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* UrineTrouble: At the beginning, the young Babe is being offered in a "Guess the piglet's weight" contest; when Farmer Hoggett picks him up to get a feel for his weight, he lets fly with a stream of urine (which fortunately doesn't hit anybody). [[TheStoic Hoggett's only reaction]] is to knock a few ounces off his guess.
18th Jul '16 10:34:54 PM PaulA
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* AnimalJingoism: Sheep and dogs are both convinced the other is irredeemably stupid, and sheep also refer to dogs as 'wolves', refusing to believe they have truly changed their nature.



* ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa: Mr. & Mrs. Hoggett.



* FantasticRacism: Between the dogs and the sheep, the dogs who regard sheep as inferior and stupid, and sheep, who think of all dogs as bloodthirsty wolves.



* GreenEyedMonster: This was one of the main reasons why Rex did not like Babe. Rex had the makings of a sheepdog champion but had lost his hearing and therefore couldn't herd sheep as well as he used to. Then came Babe - a ''[[FantasticRacism pig]]'' - who was able to do what he no longer could.

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* GreenEyedMonster: This was one of the main reasons why Rex did not like Babe. Rex had the makings of a sheepdog champion but had lost his hearing and therefore couldn't herd sheep as well as he used to. Then came Babe - a ''[[FantasticRacism ''[[AnimalJingoism pig]]'' - who was able to do what he no longer could.



* HeelFaceTurn: Rex.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Rex.Rex eventually warms up to Babe after his HeroicBSOD.



* KarmaHoudini: Duchess. Despite being soaked in paint (earlier in the film) and being tossed out of the house and into rainy weather ([[spoiler:after she spitefully scratched Babe,]]) her true colors come into view when she reveals to Babe that humans eat pigs. Afterwards she never appears again in the film.

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* KarmaHoudini: Duchess. Despite being soaked in paint (earlier in the film) and being tossed JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Boy is it satisfying when Duchess gets kicked out of the house and farmhouse. Out into rainy weather ([[spoiler:after she spitefully scratched Babe,]]) her true colors come into view when she reveals to Babe that humans eat pigs. Afterwards she never appears again in the film.pouring rain, no less.]]


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* RedOniBlueOni: Mrs. Hoggett is Red, her husband is Blue.


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* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Mr. & Mrs. Hoggett.
18th Jul '16 10:17:46 PM PaulA
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* ArcWords: ''"That'll do, pig."''
** "[[EatTheDog Pork is a nice, sweet meat.]]"



* AngryGuardDog: Rex.



* AngryGuardDog: Rex.



* ArcWords:
** "That'll do, pig."
** "[[EatTheDog Pork is a nice, sweet meat.]]"



* BigShutUp: Fly delivers one to the sheep, who finally clam up and allow her to, ''[[FantasticRacism slowly]]'', ask what [[spoiler:killed Maa]]. One spokesheep replies, ''[[AnimalStereotypes slowly]]'', that [[spoiler:Maa was killed by wolves (dogs), and Babe ''saved'' the rest of the flock]].

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* BigShutUp: Fly delivers one to the sheep, who finally clam up and allow her to, ''[[FantasticRacism slowly]]'', to ask what [[spoiler:killed Maa]]. One spokesheep replies, ''[[AnimalStereotypes slowly]]'', that [[spoiler:Maa was [[spoiler:what killed by wolves (dogs), and Babe ''saved'' the rest of the flock]].Maa]].



* TheCorpseStopsHere: Very nearly fatal to Babe; [[spoiler:he's found next to the dead Maa, her throat ripped out, with blood on his snout. As pigs are omnivorous, that isn't an entirely unreasonable assumption for Farmer Hoggett to make.]] He's only saved when [[spoiler:Fly runs up and stops Hoggett from shooting Babe; moments later, Mrs. Hoggett runs up and reports the neighbors had just lost several lambs to wild dogs, clearing Babe.]]



* JerkAss: Definitely the cat, who tries to scare Babe by convincing him that Hoggett's only playing sheep-pig with him until he gets a craving for bacon. All because Hoggett sent her outside for ''scratching Babe on the snout for no good reason''. Even cat-lovers wanted to give her a kick.

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* JerkAss: Definitely JerkAss:
** Duchess
the cat, who tries to scare Babe by convincing him that Hoggett's only playing sheep-pig with him until he gets a craving for bacon. All because Hoggett sent her outside for ''scratching Babe on the snout for no good reason''. Even cat-lovers wanted to give her a kick.



** Rex. Saying that a duck (an animal bred to be '''eaten and nothing else''')needs to "accept what he is and be thankful for it" sounds incredibly hypocritical considering he's a sheepdog and at one point was the most useful animal on the farm.

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** Rex. Saying that a duck (an animal bred to be '''eaten ''eaten and nothing else''')needs else'') needs to "accept what he is and be thankful for it" sounds incredibly hypocritical considering he's a sheepdog and at one point was the most useful animal on the farm.



* KindHeartedCatLover: Mrs. Hogget, the farmer´s wife. While she seems fond of animals in general, she clearly has a lot of love for her cat, Duchess, and absolutely spoiled her. Too bad that said cat doesn´t exactly take after her owner...

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* KindHeartedCatLover: Mrs. Hogget, the farmer´s farmer's wife. While she seems fond of animals in general, she clearly has a lot of love for her cat, Duchess, and absolutely spoiled her. Too bad that said cat doesn´t doesn't exactly take after her owner...



-->Fly decided to speak very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that sheep were stupid, and no one would ever persuade her otherwise.
-->The sheep spoke very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that wolves were ignorant, and nothing would convince them otherwise.

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-->Fly -->'''Narrator:''' Fly decided to speak very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that sheep were stupid, and no one would ever persuade there was nothing that could convince her otherwise.
-->The
otherwise.\\
'''Fly:''' Please, someone tell me... what happened this morning.\\
'''Narrator:''' The
sheep spoke decided to speak very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that wolves were ignorant, and there was nothing would that could convince them otherwise.



* MistakenIdentity: Very nearly fatal to Babe; [[spoiler:he's found next to the dead Maa, her throat ripped out, with blood on his snout. As pigs are omnivorous, that isn't an entirely unreasonable assumption for Farmer Hoggett to make.]] He's only saved when [[spoiler:Fly runs up and stops Hoggett from shooting Babe; moments later, Mrs. Hoggett runs up and reports the neighbors had just lost several lambs to wild dogs, clearing Babe.]]



--> Humans don't eat roosters -- why? They make eggs with the hens and wake everyone up in the morning. I tried it with the hens; it didn't work. So I turned to crowing, and lo! I discover my gift.

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--> -->'''Ferdinand:''' Humans don't eat roosters -- why? They make eggs with the hens and wake everyone up in the morning. I tried it with the hens; it didn't work. So I turned to crowing, and lo! I discover my gift.



--> "Fly? May I call you Mom?"

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--> "Fly? -->'''Babe:''' Fly? May I call you Mom?"Mom?



* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The main theme of the film's score, and the tune to the song "If I Had Words", is taken from Camille Saint-Saiëns' third symphony. Other samples from lesser-known pieces of classical music can be heard throughout the film.

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The main theme of the film's score, and the tune to the song "If I Had Words", is taken from Camille Saint-Saiëns' Saint-Saëns' third symphony. Other samples from lesser-known pieces of classical music can be heard throughout the film.film.
* TheQuietOne: Hoggett.



--> '''Duchess''': [[ManipulativeBastard Oh...I haven't upset you, have I?]]

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--> '''Duchess''': -->'''Duchess:''' [[ManipulativeBastard Oh...I haven't upset you, have I?]]I?]]
* RedHerring: Hoggett and his wife discussing Christmas dinner; at first, it looks like it is the end for Babe. But then it's obviously a duck he takes to the chopping shed; [[spoiler:the audience is allowed to think it's Ferdinand that became Christmas dinner for quite some time, before he finally pops up next to Babe. The cow even lampshades it, asking Ferdinand, "If you're out here, then who's that in there?"]]



* TheQuietOne: Hoggett.
* RedHerring: Hoggett and his wife discussing Christmas dinner; at first, it looks like it is the end for Babe. But then it's obviously a duck he takes to the chopping shed; [[spoiler: The audience is allowed to think it's Ferdinand that became Christmas dinner for quite some time, before he finally pops up next to Babe. The cow even lampshades it, asking Ferdinand, "If you're out here, then who's that in there?]]



* SpoiledBrat: Hoggetts' granddaughter.
** Also Duchess the cat. While not a human, she is very spoiled and is quite hostile to anything she doesn´t like.

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* SpoiledBrat: SpoiledBrat:
** The
Hoggetts' granddaughter.
** Also Duchess the cat. While not a human, she is very spoiled and is quite hostile to anything she doesn´t doesn't like.



* TearsOfJoy: Mrs. Hoggett at the end of the film. Maybe the audience, too.
** Overlaps with TearfulSmile, since those tears were anything but joyful when they first started.
* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]]: Arthur Hoggett's granddaughter who doesn't get the TV dollhouse, but rather an amazing looking one hand made by her grandfather. What makes this more heartbreaking is Mr. and Mrs. Hoggett's reaction to this. It ''really'' makes you want to smack the little brat.

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* TearsOfJoy: Mrs. Hoggett at the end of the film. Maybe the audience, too.
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too. Overlaps with TearfulSmile, since those tears were anything but joyful when they first started.
* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]]: UngratefulBastard: Arthur Hoggett's granddaughter who doesn't get the TV dollhouse, but rather an amazing looking one hand made by her grandfather. What makes this more heartbreaking is Mr. and Mrs. Hoggett's reaction to this. It ''really'' makes you want to smack the little brat.
18th Jul '16 9:00:50 PM PaulA
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The film was followed by a 1998 sequel, ''Babe: Pig in the City,'' which despite its cutesy-poo title manages to take an already fairly dark story and turn it very, very much DarkerAndEdgier. The fact that Creator/GeorgeMiller takes over as director (he produced the first film and Chris Noonan directed) has quite a bit to do with it. It has been called ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren -- Except This Time the Children are Adorable Kittens'', which gives you an idea of the tone. More information can be found [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-new-cult-canon-babe-pig-in-the-city,2221/ here]].

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The film was followed by a 1998 sequel, ''Babe: Pig in the City,'' which despite its cutesy-poo title manages to take an already fairly dark story and turn it very, very much DarkerAndEdgier. The fact that Creator/GeorgeMiller takes over as director (he produced the first film and Chris Noonan directed) has quite a bit to do with it. It has been called ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren -- Except This Time the Children are Adorable Kittens'', which gives you an idea of the tone. More information can be found [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-new-cult-canon-babe-pig-in-the-city,2221/ here]].
''Film/BabePigInTheCity''.



* AllLovingHero: Babe to a sutble degree and pointed out in the sequel where [[spoiler:he saves a bull terrier right after the said dog had tried to kill him, and all the other animals watching the drowning dog retreated from helping.]]

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* AllLovingHero: Babe to a sutble degree and pointed out in the sequel where [[spoiler:he saves a bull terrier right after the said dog had tried to kill him, and all the other animals watching the drowning dog retreated from helping.]]subtle degree.



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Thelonius from the sequel is a male orangutan, but he is portrayed by a female. Justified because female apes are easier to train and handle than males.
* AscendedExtra: Mrs. Hoggett has a much larger role in the sequel then the first film.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The bull terrier in the sequel [[spoiler:who tries to kill Babe, and is then rescued by him, immediately employs himself as Babe's right hand man.]]
** Also pointed out in his speech of how it's a bull terrier's job to "be malicious" and that most others would have [[spoiler:let him drown.]]



* CarnivoreConfusion: Basically makes up the entire plot of both movies. When was the last time you cringed at a duck dinner?
* CatsAreMean: Though the film gives a disclaimer that not ''all'' cats are mean (indeed, the ones in ''City'' are mostly nice). However, Duchess, the spoiled cat, is mean by even cat standards. [[spoiler: She drinks the blood of the freshly killed duck offscreen, gives Babe a nasty scratch, and finally tells him that humans eat pigs, as well as "Pigs have no purpose".]]

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* CarnivoreConfusion: Basically makes up the entire plot of both movies.Acknowledged. When was the last time you cringed at a duck dinner?
* CatsAreMean: Though the film gives a disclaimer that not ''all'' cats are mean (indeed, the ones in ''City'' are mostly nice). However, mean, Duchess, the spoiled cat, is mean by even cat standards. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She drinks the blood of the freshly killed duck offscreen, gives Babe a nasty scratch, and finally tells him that humans eat pigs, as well as "Pigs have no purpose".]]



* CityOfCanals: In the sequel.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel. Especially rare for a children's film.
** The first movie is also slightly DarkerAndEdgier than the original book, though admittedly not by much.
* DeadpanSnarker: The mice, especially in the sequel. ''Je ne regrette rien'' after Babe accidentally injures Farmer Hoggett?
** At times, slips outright into ComedicSociopathy; the mice giggle merrily at nearly every dark turn of the plot in both movies. See especially "Crime and Punishment", "Pork is a Nice Sweet Meat", and "Chaos Theory" (from the sequel). "A Tragic Day", though, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and even the mice are subdued.
* DemotedToExtra: Hoggett in ''Pig in the City''. Justified due to getting injured at the beginning, and healed at the end. As well as the farm animals except Ferdinand.
* DenserAndWackier: Despite the sequel being DarkerAndEdgier, it was more cartoonish then the first film and features gobs of slapstick unlike the original film and more over-the-top LargeHam human characters in the city in contrast to the more grounded county villagers of the first movie and outrageous kinds of {{Cloudcuckoolander}} animals in the city in contrast to the more realistic (if not counting the talking part) group of the Hoggett farm animals.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The sequel. Especially rare for a children's film.
** The first
movie is also slightly DarkerAndEdgier than the original book, though admittedly not by much.
* DeadpanSnarker: The mice, especially in the sequel. ''Je ne regrette rien'' after Babe accidentally injures Farmer Hoggett?
**
mice. At times, slips outright into ComedicSociopathy; the mice giggle merrily at nearly every dark turn of the plot in both movies. plot. See especially "Crime and Punishment", Punishment" and "Pork is a Nice Sweet Meat", and "Chaos Theory" (from the sequel). Meat". "A Tragic Day", though, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and even the mice are subdued.
* DemotedToExtra: Hoggett in ''Pig in the City''. Justified due to getting injured at the beginning, and healed at the end. As well as the farm animals except Ferdinand.
* DenserAndWackier: Despite the sequel being DarkerAndEdgier, it was more cartoonish then the first film and features gobs of slapstick unlike the original film and more over-the-top LargeHam human characters in the city in contrast to the more grounded county villagers of the first movie and outrageous kinds of {{Cloudcuckoolander}} animals in the city in contrast to the more realistic (if not counting the talking part) group of the Hoggett farm animals.
subdued.



* DisasterDominoes: A chapter in the second movie, appropriately titled "[[GeniusBonus Chaos Theory]]".



** The primates in the sequel, who wear clothes and are part of a circus act, believe themselves superior to other animals because of how human-like they are. In the end, they discover they can be happy just by being themselves.
* FurryConfusion: Sort of. One of the brilliant touches in ''Pig in the City'' is how the chimps -- who wear clothing and are part of a circus act -- consider themselves superior to other animals because of how human-like they are. By the end [[spoiler:they find it's better just being themselves]].



** Thelonius the orangutan in ''Pig in the City''.



* MotorMouth: Mrs. Hoggett. In the sequel, a courtroom stenographer had a hard time keeping up with her ranting.

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* MotorMouth: Mrs. Hoggett. In the sequel, a courtroom stenographer had a hard time keeping up with her ranting.



* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Since adult pigs aren't cute Babe never grows up, despite the fact that at least a couple months passed in the first movie, and it must've been a year by the time the sequel begins.

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* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Since adult pigs aren't cute Babe never grows up, despite the fact that at least a couple months passed in the first movie, and it must've been a year by the time the sequel begins.pass.



* SadClown: The Fabulous Floom is a literal sad clown. He also, however, counts as a...
** [[MonsterClown Scary Clown]]: How unsettling is the Fabulous Floom? Let us count the ways...



** {{Inverted}} in the sequel, where he's largely absent for the first part of the movie and then shows up in time for the darkest parts. Guess the moviemakers figured some comic relief would be welcome at that point.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Snoop the airport security dog in ''Pig in the City.'' [[spoiler: If he hadn't demonstrated his calling bark to Babe, he would've never caught the attention of the airport security, who wouldn't have caused Babe and Esme to miss their flight, which would start the whole chain line of events kick starting the plot.]]



* ThoseTwoGuys: Nigel and Alan in the sequel.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The city of Metropolis in ''Big in the City''. At first glance, it appears to be an American city. But it has the {{Hollywood}} Sign, the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Twin Towers]], the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Golden Gate Bridge]], and the UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty. It also has the [[UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} Christ the Redeemer statue]], the [[LandDownunder Sydney Opera House]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Paris}} Eiffel Tower]].
** Also, it´s not very clear where the Hoggett Farm and the rural town close to it are supposed to be. Maybe this was done so viewers could assume it could, indeed, be a rural region anywhere in the world.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The city of Metropolis in ''Big in the City''. At first glance, it appears to be an American city. But it has the {{Hollywood}} Sign, the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity Twin Towers]], the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco Golden Gate Bridge]], and the UsefulNotes/StatueOfLiberty. It also has the [[UsefulNotes/{{Brazil}} Christ the Redeemer statue]], the [[LandDownunder Sydney Opera House]] and the [[UsefulNotes/{{Paris}} Eiffel Tower]].
** Also, it´s
It's not very clear where the Hoggett Farm and the rural town close to it are supposed to be. Maybe this was done so viewers could assume it could, indeed, be a rural region anywhere in the world.
18th Jul '16 8:33:16 PM PaulA
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The book also got a sequel-of-sorts, a somewhat LighterAndSofter book called ''Ace,'' which tells of Babe's great-grandson Ace -- so named because he has a spot on his side that resembles the Ace of Clubs -- who has the curious and unique ability to perfectly understand human language. None of the characters from the original book appear, though Babe and the Hoggetts are mentioned a few times (Ace's owner, Ted Tubbs, was childhood sweethearts with Mrs. Hoggett, but they ultimately didn't get together).



* AnimalAthleteLoophole: AintNoRule that says a pig can't compete in a sheepherding dog trial! In a trick of semantics the trial registration form merely requires "Name of Entry". The narrator says that had it been "Name of Dog", they couldn't have entered Babe. This also happens in [[{{AdaptationDisplacement}} the book]].

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* AnimalAthleteLoophole: AintNoRule that says a pig can't compete in a sheepherding dog trial! In a trick of semantics the trial registration form merely requires "Name of Entry". The narrator says that had it been "Name of Dog", they couldn't have entered Babe. This also happens in [[{{AdaptationDisplacement}} the book]].



** Ultimately subverted in ''Ace,'' where Clarence the cat is, at worst, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and is quick to befriend the titular pig.



** Averted in the book, where it's vividly described how Babe, as a fully grown pig, trots out of Farmer Hoggett's van and to the trial field. More so in ''Ace'', where the titular character starts as a cute piglet, but the narrative explicitly and several times mentions how he grows as time passes. At the end of the book, he's ''huge.''
31st May '16 11:05:07 PM PaulA
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* AccidentalInnuendo: Mrs. Hoggett polishes a first prize trophy for the Kingsmith Dick Show, which is a ShoutOut to the author of the original novel, but sounds like something much less innocent.
31st May '16 11:03:22 PM PaulA
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* AccidentalInnuendo: Mrs. Hoggett polishes a first prize trophy for the Kingsmith Dick Show, which is a ShoutOut to the author of the original novel, but sounds like something much less innocent.



* ShoutOut: An inversion, the quote at the top of the page has been referenced in several place from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.
** And far more obscurely, in ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' the NPC sheep would bleat out 'baa ram ewe' if you clicked on them enough.
** In the film itself, Mrs. Hoggett polishes a first prize trophy for the Kingsmith Dick Show, a ShoutOut to the author of the original novel. However, it easily leads to...
*** ...[[AccidentalInnuendo Wait, the ''what'' show?]]

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* ShoutOut: An inversion, the quote at the top of the page has been referenced in several place from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.
** And far more obscurely, in ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' the NPC sheep would bleat out 'baa ram ewe' if you clicked on them enough.
** In the film itself,
Mrs. Hoggett polishes a first prize trophy for the Kingsmith Dick Show, a ShoutOut to the author of the original novel. However, it easily leads to...\n*** ...[[AccidentalInnuendo Wait, the ''what'' show?]]
28th May '16 3:23:34 PM kablammin45
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The first we see of the Hoggetts' granddaughter, she's being dragged out of her car screaming angrily and dissing the choice for Christmas dinner. ("I HATE PORK!") [[SpoiledBrat Yeah...]]
2nd Mar '16 9:07:42 AM BradyLady
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** Overlaps with TearfulSmile, since those tears were anything but joyful when they first started.
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