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Plot, Details & Awards

Babe

(1995)
G In Theaters 08/4/1995 , 94min.
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Plot & Details

A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog -- or, rather, sheep pig -- in this charming Australian family film, which became an unexpected international success due to superior special effects and an intelligent script. The title refers to the name bestowed on a piglet soon after his separation from his family, when he finds himself on a strange farm. Confused and sad, Babe is adopted by a friendly dog and slowly adjusts to his new home. Discovering that the fate of most pigs is the dinner table, Babe devotes himself to becoming a useful member of the farm by trying to learn how to herd sheep, despite the skepticism of the other animals and the kindly but conventional Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell). Because technically impeccable animatronics and computer graphics allow the farm animals to converse easily among themselves, first-time director Chris Noonan can treat the film's menagerie as actual characters, playing scene not for cuteness but for real emotions. The result is often surprisingly touching, with Noonan and George Miller's script, based on Dick King-Smith's children's book and, indirectly, a true story, seamlessly combining gentle whimsy and sincere feeling. These same qualities are embodied by in Cromwell's beautifully understated performance as Farmer Hoggett, which anchors the film. Despite its unlikely premise and low profile, Babe's inspirational story was embraced by audiences and critics, and the movie became an international sleeper that won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It was followed in 1999 by the less successful Babe: Pig in the City.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Charles Gibson Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Marcus D'Arcy Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay George Miller Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor James Cromwell Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Neal Scanlan Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture George Miller Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Noonan Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Kerrie Brown Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Jay Friedkin Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Doug Mitchell Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Chris Noonan Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects John Cox Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Bill Miller Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Scott E. Anderson Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Roger Ford Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Broadcast Film Critics Association Special Family Film Award Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 New York Film Critics Circle Best New Director Chris Noonan Won

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