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YMMV: Babe

Babe

  • Acceptable Lifestyle Targets: City-dwellers. Most look down on Babe and the Hoggetts for being country-folk, despite said country-folk having a glowing list of achievements.
    • Just about anyone who eats pork-products is going to look pretty bad.
  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie is far more widely known than the original book, The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith.
  • Base Breaker: The mice, being either adorable or just annoying.
  • Memetic Mutation: "That'll do, pig. That'll do."
  • The Scrappy:
    • Farmer Hogget's grandaughter. The Ungrateful Little Bitch. Your grandfather spends days working on a dollhouse for you, possibly spending months creating the tables and chairs, and you're crying over the fact that it wasn't the ONE YOU SAW ON THE TELEVISION!
      • Not only that, but the moment we first see her, she's shrieking shrilly. Three seconds later, she's told about Christmas dinner. "I HATE PORK!" You could argue that they just arrived after what one may presume might be a long car trip and that could make any kid cranky, but she never gets any better. Later on, at Christmas Dinner, she insults her Grandma's cooking. "Yuck! Chicken!" Even after being told it's duck, you can hear her declare, "I'm not going to eat any of it!" Kid, are you a vegetarian? Is there anything you do eat? And finally, of course, the infamous dollhouse scene, the biggest reason viewers wanted to deck her.
    • Her parents aren't much better (which may be where she gets it from), buying the Hogget's a fax machine for Christmas. The scene makes it clear that it's really for themselves.
      • It's her parents fault she's like that, so they are worse.
    • Ferdinand the duck-that-thinks-he's-a-rooster. He got Babe to break into the house for Ferdinand's own personal gain, then he basically threw him to the wolves by running away while Babe was forced to face the judgemental eyes of dozens of animals he hadn't yet had the chance to make a good first impression on.
  • Special Effects Failure: There are times where you can tell the sheep are either animatronics, or if they're in groups, just tied together with Velcro.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: After a while, you really forget that it's animatronics (and CG muzzle replacement) as opposed to real animals speaking.
  • The Woobie: Hoggett during the Christmas scene when his granddaughter rejects the dollhouse he spent months building because "I WANT THE HOUSE I SAW ON THE TELEVISION!" It's okay, Arthur. You can be my grandfather. I'll play with the dollhouse and you can teach me how to shear sheep. Come on, it'll be lots of fun!
    • And when he's at the sheepdog trials with Babe in tow. You can see the effort it takes for him to just put one foot in front of the other when an entire town is laughing at him. Even his wife had lost faith in him at that point.
    • Babe himself, of course. But a more surprising example is Rex - he has a terribly tragic backstory and proves himself to be Jerk with a Heart of Gold, once he overcomes his own bitterness and realizes just how good Babe is for his master.
    • Fly when her pups are being given away. She'd earlier stated that this was something she was prepared for, but you can see how much it hurts her to let them go.

Babe: Pig in the City

  • Contested Sequel
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Je ne regrette rien features prominently in the movie, well before Inception used it as its central theme! The end credits, featuring the gentle "That'll do" by Peter Gabriel, also qualifies.
    • The version of "If I Had Words" playing when Babe jumps into the water to save the bull terrier from drowning.
    • "Protected by Angels" playing when the humans break into the motel to remove all the animals is simply gorgeous.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Some people, like Roger Ebert, believe that the second film is superior to the first.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: One of the main points of contention is, like the more recent Where the Wild Things Are, where it sits on the handy-dandy "It IS for kids" / "It very definitely is NOT for kids" divide. Don't you dare suggest that it depends on the individual kid. This, combined with A Bug's Life opening a few days prior, effectively doomed the movie at the box-office.

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