Headscratchers / Babe

  • A pig touchingly saves himself from the slaughterhouse... by herding sheep. Um... mustn't Hoggett have eventually slaughtered those sheep? There are wool farmers who don't slaughter sheep, but most of them are vegetarians; raising sheep and letting them die of old age is like throwing money to the wind. There's a reason we talk about "lambs to the slaughter." They all appeared sentient. What makes Babe's life so much more valuable than theirs?
    • Because they have no skills to offer? Babe is useful only because he can herd sheep. If he hadn't had that ability, he would've been killed, since that was the only reason Mr. Hoggett talked his wife into having duck for Christmas instead of pork.
  • What kind of stupid farmer thinks a pig can take down a sheep?
    • One that knows what pigs are capable of? To quote The Other Wiki, "Pigs can be aggressive and pig-induced injuries are relatively common in areas where pigs are reared or where they form part of the wild or feral fauna." Pigs are omnivorous, and do remember that Farmer Hoggett wasn't in on all the conversations Babe was having with the sheep.
    • Fun fact for ya: Pigs kill more humans each year than sharks. A sheep wouldn't be too difficult.
    • Maybe it's just the fact that Babe is still a piglet and not fully-grown. He's like half Maa's size.
    • Well, he was standing right over her body, with blood all over his snout. It would look pretty suspicious to me.
    • Plus, the humans may have assumed Babe had suddenly become deranged and attacked Maa by biting her feet first, then biting her neck after she fell.
  • Babe was cheating: He uses the password for his own benefit. He's not a sheep pig. If he were he'd be able to work with those other sheep.
    • In the book the pass-phrase is more of a Creed that all sheep know (which sums up as "Sheep aren't stupid, and are loyal to their own") that Babe uses to get their attention, and convinced them that he's nice enough to listen to, since they rightly assume that he wouldn't have been told the password if he wasn't.
    • But isn't that still cheating? None of the other sheepdogs had the password: they had to rely on their own persuasive skills to get the sheep's attention.
      • Using the Sheep's Creed to signify you are trustworthy and having the sheep willingly follow you, rather than being frightened into performing the routine, isn't against the rules. If any of the other sheepdogs had just asked (which they could have done, kind of a point of the film), they might have had the same advantage. And if sheep and dogs had developed a mutual understanding for a while, ALL the dogs would perform a flawless match, and the whole competition would quickly break down into a sham, if it existed at all. Why would it need to, if all a dog needed to do to herd sheep is ask? Time will tell if Babe's advantage will spread out and change the world, but, in this case, think of it a bit like Ender's Game. Babe broke the mold that had dictated the role of dogs and sheep for as long as any of them knew, but unlike Ender's Game, Babe is a children's movie, and It's all just good fun.
    • Maybe Babe didn't use the Password to get the Sheep to do what he said. Maybe he just used it to get them to finally open up and talk to him, before winning them over on his own merits.
  • This has always bugged me... so the animals are sentient and can talk. The humans aren´t exactly aware of this, which is why there is no problem with killing a sentient pig and eat it. After all, you don´t know that it is sentient. But... can´t this be considered Carnivore Confusion? Humans are basically eating a sentient creature, albeit unknowingly. Now, we know that Esme and Arthur love animals and treat the ones at their farm well... which is why it can be a little out-of-character to see them making plans for Christmas dinner considering the circumstances (again, they DON´T KNOW,but...). I wish to know if this can be considered Carnivore Confusion.
    • Well, to some degree many of these animals are sentient to an extent. We know now that pigs, for example, are among the most intelligent animals and have a certain level of self-awarness, like dogs and cats. Horses too. In some countries they hunt dolphins and eat them, so is kind of complicated even in real life.
    • Even in real life, many farmers may care about and treat their animals well, while at the same time not having any qualms about killing and eating them, or at least being able to set their affections aside for the sake of needing to eat. Nothing out of character about it, it's just a different way of looking at things (though it's understandably difficult to wrap one's head around if you don't have a farming background).