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  • Accidental Innuendo: Mrs. Hoggett polishes a first prize trophy for the Kingsmith Dick Show, which is a Shout-Out to the author of the original novel, but sounds like something much less innocent.
  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie is far more widely known than the original book, The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith. This is less so in Britain, though, where Dick King-Smith is a well-known children's author.
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  • Awesome Music: "If I Had Words", which ranges from sweet, heartwarming, and even a bit of a Tear Jerker, to plain awesome when the orchestra cuts in. As well it should be, considering its tune comes from Symphony No. 3 in C minor by Camille Saint-Saëns! Also the end credits version: those mice really can show off their pipes!
  • Base-Breaking Character: The mice, being either adorable or just annoying.
  • Fridge Logic: Rex is nearly deaf, yet he and Fly have at least one very quiet conversation together. One might justify this as him being a dog and so he's only "almost deaf" compared to other dogs, but Fly specifies that he couldn't hear his master's commands while herding - commands which almost certainly would have been shouted or at least called out loudly. note 
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The actress who plays the bratty granddaughter, Brittany Byrnes, would go on to play the Arc Villain Charlotte in H2O: Just Add Water. Both characters have grandparental issues; the granddaughter being a Spoiled Brat, and Charlotte resenting her grandmother for being a mermaid.
    • Hugo Weaving who plays the bitter sheepdog Rex, would go on to play Shell-Shocked Veteran Thomas Doss in Hacksaw Ridge. Both characters have a wife and a son (in Rex's case, a foster son of a different species), both are embittered by their pasts that resulted in the deaths of those he cared about (Rex failing to save the sheep in a rainstorm that results in them drowning and his deafness, while Doss lost his childhood friends in the First World War), they take it out occasionally on their families (Rex attacks his mate, which gets him punished by his master when the latter tries to break it up and Rex bites him, and he even snarls at Babe, while Thomas is an abusive alcoholic who gets into fights with his wife and would beat his children with his belt if they get out of line), both characters get into fights with their wives that prompts another character to break it up (Rex's aforementioned dogfight with Fly and Hoggett trying to separate them to Thomas' fight with his wife while armed with a gun that resulted in his son Desmond to come to his mother's rescue and disarm his father), but they are proven to be decent characters enough to come to their sons' rescue (Rex racing back to the Hoggett farm to know the password to help Babe at the sheep dog trials, while Thomas comes to his son Desmond's defense with a letter exonerating Doss from the court-martial) and their sons are protagonists of their respective movies (Babe being the title character of his movie and Desmond being the protagonist of his own film).
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  • Jerkass Woobie: 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "That'll do, pig. That'll do."
  • Narm Charm: It's a movie about a talking pig that becomes a sheepdog. But holy hell, is it cute and heartwarming.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The scene where we zoom in on Duchess' face after she was thrown out for hurting Babe. Even though she's a normal cat, you can still tell that she's sporting a Kubrick Stare, planning a way to throw Babe out, which is very unsettling and a bit intensely scary. The narrator's dialogue and the music serve to add to the unnerving nature of this scene.
    Narrator: There are many perfectly nice cats in the world, but every barrel has its bad apples. And it is well to heed the old adage: beware the bad cat bearing a grudge.
    • Rex and Fly’s fight also counts. Fly was just trying to comfort him, but his jealousy towards Babe finally gets the better of him and he outright blames and attacks her.
      Rex: You put these ideas into his head. You two-faced, traitorous WRETCH!
  • 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.
    • More like Editing Failure: the shot of Babe right after he completes the routine is very obviously rewound and looped.
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  • Uncanny Valley: The CGI of the animals speaking gives of this effect sometimes.
  • 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 spoiled granddaughter rejects the dollhouse he spent months building because "I want the house I saw on the television!" 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.
    • 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.


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