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->''"That'll do, pig. That'll do."''

Based on a book called ''The Sheep-Pig'' by Creator/DickKingSmith, ''Babe'' is the story of a little piglet ("Babe" to the other animals he encounters and "Pig" to all the humans -- including the narrator) that gets plucked from his life as future bacon to become a prize at a fair, ending up on the sheep farm of Mr. Hoggett (Creator/JamesCromwell). The farm is quirky already, and taking in Babe, cared for by his "mother", the sheepdog Fly, only makes things stranger.

As it turns out, Babe is a kind and trusting sort that quickly befriends most of the farm animals, and uses his friendship to become an effective sheep herder. From there, Farmer Hoggett decides, instead of making Babe a featured part of the dinner table, to use the little pig to actually compete in sheep dog trials.

While theoretically a children's movie, its offbeat charm and heartwarming (and remarkably {{Glurge}}-free) story made it a favorite amongst all ages. It even received 7 Oscar nominations including one for Best Picture, much to the surprise of many, and the chagrin of the Academy. They made efforts to keep further "children's movies" from qualifying in the future. (Hello, [[AnimationAgeGhetto Best Animated Picture]] category! Best Animated Picture says, "hi.")

The film was followed by a 1998 sequel, ''Film/BabePigInTheCity''.

Not to be confused with ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', which also has a pig protagonist and most of the same thematic elements, but has an extra spider character, the eponymous Charlotte.

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!!This movie has examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie adds several characters and plot threads that weren't in the book.
* AintTooProudToBeg: Fly was willing to partially put aside her prejudice for sheep to civilly (if s-l-o-w-l-y) ask them what happened the morning that [[spoiler:Maa]] was killed, so she could prove Babe's innocence.
* AllLovingHero: Babe to a subtle degree.
* AngryGuardDog: Rex.
* 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.
* 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.
* AnimalTalk: All animals can understand each other, though their understanding of humans is limited. Humans can't understand the animals at all. And yet, even though the different animals can understand one another, they're surprisingly bad at actually ''communicating'' with each other, [[PoorCommunicationKills especially dogs and sheep.]]
* ArcWords:
** "That'll do, pig."
** "[[EatTheDog Pork is a nice, sweet meat.]]"
* AwfulTruth: Babe finds out that most pigs are eaten by humans, and that his real family was most likely eaten. Naturally it's a [[CatsAreMean cat]] that silkily delivers the bad news.
* BigShutUp: Fly delivers one to the sheep, who finally clam up and allow her to ask [[spoiler:what killed Maa]].
* ABoyAndHisX: While Hoggett is noticeably older than the trope would indicate, his manner certainly calls this trope to mind.
* BrutalHonesty: Fly did not sugar-coat the fact from Babe that humans do eat pigs, and the likely fate of his family - but balanced it by vigorously refuting the idea that Babe had no purpose.
* CarnivoreConfusion: 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, 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".]]
* ChekhovsGun: The fax machine becomes one, in a subtle way: Even with the sheepdog competition apparently having a very generous deadline, Mr. Hoggett would never have been able to send in the application as late as he did if it had had to go by mail.
* ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa: Mr. & Mrs. Hoggett.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Rex, while not being a villain in any sense, is indeed a JerkAss, and fittingly, his fur coat features much less bright markings on it than Fly's, or is even typical for Border Collies as a breed.
* 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.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie is slightly DarkerAndEdgier than the original book, though admittedly not by much.
* DeadpanSnarker: The mice. At times, slips outright into ComedicSociopathy; the mice giggle merrily at nearly every dark turn of the plot. See especially "Crime and Punishment" and "Pork is a Nice Sweet Meat". "A Tragic Day", though, is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and even the mice are subdued.
* DinnerAndAShow: Hoggett has to step away from his dinner to break up the fight between Rex and Fly.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Rex attacks his mate for "putting ideas in Babe's head". In fact, he was so filled with rage that he bites Mr. Hoggett's hand for trying to stop the fight (causing him to go into a HeroicBSOD since he attacked ''his boss'') and launches an all-out attack on Babe just for trying to talk to him.
* ADogNamedDog: Farmer Hoggett calls Babe "Pig". Babe's mother called all her babies "Babe".
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime: Some of the Hoggett flock is stolen on Christmas Day.
* 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...]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Babe.
* GadgeteerGenius: Farmer Hoggett is a very understated, genteel example. He cobbles together an automatic opening/closing device for the farm's gate, and develops other gadgets around the farm as well. It's his uncanny ability to see purpose in things nobody else does that ends up saving Babe's life.
* GreekChorus: The mice, and usually in a [[ComedicSociopathy darkly sarcastic way]] that belies their cheery singing.
* 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 ''[[AnimalJingoism pig]]'' - who was able to do what he no longer could.
* HandicappedBadass [[spoiler: Rex]]. You find out later in the film that [[spoiler:during a terrible storm, he and Fly tried to herd the sheep to safer ground, but they wouldn't move, and Rex stayed behind, and nearly drowned. He survived, but the incident caused him to go almost completely deaf]].
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Babe.
* HeelFaceTurn: Rex eventually warms up to Babe after his HeroicBSOD.
* 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.
** Ferdinand for taking advantage of Babe's good nature.
** 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rex, who eventually warms up to Babe after his HeroicBSOD; he ultimately [[spoiler:crosses the county ''twice'' to give Babe the trump card he needs at the sheepdog trials.]]
* JustDesserts: [[spoiler:Boy is it satisfying when Duchess gets kicked out of the farmhouse. Out into the pouring rain, no less.]]
* 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...
* MeaningfulEcho:
-->'''Narrator:''' Fly decided to speak very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that sheep were stupid, and there was nothing that could convince her otherwise.\\
'''Fly:''' Please, someone tell me... what happened this morning.\\
'''Narrator:''' The sheep decided to speak very slowly, for it was a cold fact of nature that wolves were ignorant, and there was nothing that could convince them otherwise.
* MeaningfulName: Babe is a "babe" i.e, "baby" because of his naivety. Rex and Duchess because of their rank and place in the farm's hierarchy. Fly is very quick.
* MotorMouth: Mrs. Hoggett.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Rex's immediate reaction after he bites Mr. Hogget's hand for stopping the fight between him and Fly. Afterward he seems to go into a HeroicBSOD; even as Hoggett and the vet are acting like he's still dangerous and injecting him with sedatives, all he can do is lie there.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Since adult pigs aren't cute Babe never grows up, despite the fact that at least a couple months pass.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Mrs Hoggett's accent sounds more Swedish and throughout the film, you can spot any Aussie actor or actress struggling with theirs.
* OppositesAttract: Mr. and Mrs. Hoggett.
* ParentalBonus: A particularly eyebrow raising one, again care of Ferdinand, this time describing his attempts to take over the rooster's role:
-->'''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.
* ParentalSubstitute: Fly keeps an eye after Babe and mothers him like he was one of hers. After Fly's pups are sold, Babe comforts her with just this.
-->'''Babe:''' Fly? May I call you Mom?
* PlayingGertrude: Mrs. Hoggett, who is seemingly old enough to be a grandmother of elementary school-aged children, was played by Magda Szubanski, who was 34 when the film was released.
* PluckyComicRelief: Ferdinand. In fact, he's not in the original book and was invented for the movie specifically to fill this role.
* PoorCommunicationKills: The main reason for the enimity between sheep and dogs.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The main theme of the film's score, and the tune to the song "If I Had Words", is taken from Camille Saint-Saëns' third symphony. Other samples from lesser-known pieces of classical music can be heard throughout the film.
* TheQuietOne: Hoggett.
* RaisedByWolves: A variant: Babe is raised by a mother sheepdog, who does teach a somewhat awkward set of manners to the young pig. Somewhat appropriately, the sheep frequently refer to the dogs as "wolves".
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Duchess delivers a particularly brutal one to Babe, in no part because a lot of what she says [[BrutalHonesty is true]].
-->'''Duchess:''' [[ManipulativeBastard Oh...I haven't upset you, have 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?"]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Mrs. Hoggett is Red, her husband is Blue.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Take your pick but the most prominent is TheProtagonist.
* TheRustler: The Hoggetts' sheep are rustled multiple times, [[spoiler:first by actual sheep rustlers, then by a pack of wild dogs that show, all too clearly, why the sheep refer to dogs as ''wolves''.]]
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Mr. & Mrs. Hoggett.
* ShooOutTheClowns: While Ferdinand leaving the farm isn't an ''immediate'' sign of things getting darker, it's telling that he doesn't return until the most dramatic part of the movie is over.
* ShoutOut: Mrs. Hoggett polishes a first prize trophy for the Kingsmith Dick Show, a ShoutOut to the author of the original novel.
* SneezeOfDoom: Subverted. Ferdinand ''almost'' wakes up the cat, but then Babe loudly drops the alarm clock trying to tell him to hold it in.
* SoundtrackDissonance: When Farmer Hogget takes Ferdinand[[spoiler:'s girlfriend]] to the chopping board, the rest of the family can be heard singing a Christmas carol.
* SpoiledBrat:
** The Hoggetts' granddaughter.
** Duchess the cat. While not a human, she is very spoiled and is quite hostile to anything she doesn't like.
* StandardSnippet: "Pizzicato" from ''Sylvia'' plays over the scene of Babe and Ferdinand trying to steal the alarm clock.
* TheStoic: Hoggett, again.
* 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.
* 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: 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.
* 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.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: 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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