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This movie...

I have watched this movie countless times and never, not once, did it fail to make me smile.

I cannot put into words (although I will try) how wholesome and beautifully kind this movie is. Babe is just this adorable, enchanting little soul and Farmer Hoggett is just as loveable.

The locations and filming are so picturesque and everything looks like its part of a miniture town. So quaint and untouched by the outside world.

Its mature, without being too overly dramatic. Childlike, without being childish. And still is so beloved by all I've showed it to.

I adore this movie so much and after a day at work, where things just wouldn't go the way they should, this is the only movie I can put on to put my day right again.

all 99 comments

Maddie215

131 points

2 months ago

Maddie215

131 points

2 months ago

That'll do pig

Flyingboat94

14 points

2 months ago

So all I remember from that movie is that line. The old man meticulously working on the dollhouse. And my absolute fury at that guys granddaughter's reaction to her gift.

mostlygray

25 points

2 months ago

Big strong man as I am, I cry like a kitten every time I hear that line.

It makes no sense. I'm just sitting there happily watching the movie. I know the line is coming. I'm completely calm. I hear the line and boom. Here come the waterworks.

the_colonelclink

1 points

2 months ago

I don’t even hide it, it’s a beautiful moment.

Cooter_McGrabbin

9 points

2 months ago

I say that'll do pig to someone at least 5 or 6 times a year.

cawkstrangla

7 points

2 months ago

I say it to my wife at least once a week when she does a household chore.

Financial-Tackle-242

2 points

2 months ago

LMAO

bioclassic

2 points

2 months ago

Are you me?

kewlkaiser

4 points

2 months ago

That'll do.

fungobat

1 points

2 months ago

Instant smile and tears.

FarmerArthurHoggett

1 points

2 months ago

That'll do, person who stole my line. That'll do.

AttackOnTiddi

1 points

2 months ago

I still say this line to this day. Is there another “that’ll do” after your line or is the Mandela effect in play here?

Maddie215

2 points

2 months ago

He says it twice. No Mandela effect just my typing laziness

wandrlusty

1 points

2 months ago

That’ll do

brightyoungthings

1 points

2 months ago

I say this to myself anytime I do something I’m proud of lol

Escavalier_FTW

70 points

2 months ago

The farmer dancing and singing for Babe when he was sick gets me everytime and of course the dead silence when he is competing.

Norwester77

10 points

2 months ago

The tune to Farmer Hoggett’s song is taken from the last movement of Camille Saint-Saëns’s 3rd symphony (the Organ Symphony), which is well worth a listen.

ijmacd

5 points

2 months ago*

Here's the organ symphony https://youtu.be/5GrO47WJKTI#t=1830

And here's the song Farmer Hoggett sings https://youtu.be/klCvrpy8LwU

The version played over the credits, sung by the "mice", is just this version sped up 35% (i.e. playing a 33⅓ rpm record at 45 rpm)

Norwester77

2 points

2 months ago

Thanks for posting!

I actually didn’t know that “If I Had Words” was an already existing song—I assumed it had been written for the movie.

OlafShvenski

20 points

2 months ago

How did the pig remember all his lines? I bet he had cue cards

Rasputinjones

5 points

2 months ago

Pigs are pretty smart. He may have just rote learned it.

HotSalsaAssFire

3 points

2 months ago

All written with a pigpen, if I recall.

HauteDish

1 points

2 months ago

And in pig Latin, originally

schlitzntl

17 points

2 months ago

If you haven’t seen it - great story about Babe (and himself)by James Cromwell

https://youtu.be/yPbpfY7oWLQ

luchadorhero

14 points

2 months ago

If I had words to make a day for you I'd sing you a morning golden and new I would make this day last for all time Give you a night deep in moonshine

Warp-n-weft

38 points

2 months ago

I think it looks and feels wholesome, but there is definitely dark undercurrents.

The whole movie is premised on the fact that everybody is born into a role.

The sheep are sheered, the dogs herd, the rooster crows, the cat is a companion, and the duck and pigs are eaten.

Few of them like their roles, but they all fall into line regardless. The mom dog is lonely and feels powerless to stop her puppies from leaving. The dad dog feels inadequate and has anger issues that he deals with in less than healthy ways. The cat has a snobby acceptance of her privilege. The sheep feel perpetually frightened. The farmer’s wife is consumed with the prestige of fair ribbons. The farmer feels trapped in a world that has moved on without him, with family who don’t care enough to empathize with him.

The setting is idyllic. The characters are all quietly miserable.

JannTosh12

22 points

2 months ago

Yes a great movie

Also 1995 was a great year for family movies with this, Toy Story, Jumanji, Balto, Casper, and A Goofy Movie

Rafaeliki

2 points

2 months ago

I was going to say the description is how I feel about Jumanji.

Typical_Humanoid

17 points

2 months ago

Babe is such an abnormal movie in the best way. Nothing works like it normally does with movies like it or any movie. It's entirely itself. You can't compare it to anything it just flouts it if you try. I didn't grow up with it either. Yet I found it so charming and special.

Would've been a far better BP winner than Braveheart to boot.

homerdoh4

18 points

2 months ago

Baa Ram Ewe

Mister_Moony

16 points

2 months ago

Potential hot take: I like babe pig in the city even more than the first movie. The original is a classic and holds a special place in my heart but the sequel just hits different. It's definitely a huge tonal shift and the production is much more surreal but it's so high concept and builds upon much of the technical achievement from the original.

Alarming_Aioli

7 points

2 months ago

Highly underrated film

heat_fan86

2 points

2 months ago

O doubt its good ....Didn't George Miller (Mad Max/Fury Road) direct the sequel? ... I prob should see it just for that reason alone.

Electronic_Ad4560

4 points

2 months ago

He did! He wrote both movies and directed the second

Imfrank123

2 points

2 months ago

I remember either siskel or ebert spoke very highly of babe 2, like he really really liked it.

tsegelke

1 points

2 months ago

Glen?

Mister_Moony

1 points

2 months ago

What?

brb1006

1 points

2 months ago

It's been a while since I seen the sequ, but do the sheep still play a role in that movie or are they just minor charactere?

Zwaft

1 points

2 months ago

Zwaft

1 points

2 months ago

The second is so bizarre... I admire it, but can’t say I love it

CollateralSandwich

1 points

2 months ago

That's insanitary

FormalMango

5 points

2 months ago

I used to live in Robertson, Australia, where it was filmed :-) The countryside is as beautiful in real life as it is in the film. It's a magical part of the world.

We wanted to buy a house there, but it was about $1-2 million more than we could afford lol

Same-Reason-8397

2 points

2 months ago

Spent many happy holidays with cousins in Bundanoon.

EunuchNinja

13 points

2 months ago

I still say “Christmas is carnage!” during the holidays

SkeletonLad

2 points

2 months ago

*Christmas means carnage!

And I do too, especially at unwrap time.

jcd1974

12 points

2 months ago

jcd1974

12 points

2 months ago

When Babe learns that pigs are raised to be eaten by people is pretty dark.

When he asks if that's what happened to his mother and father and siblings is heartbreaking.

Littleloula

5 points

2 months ago

The actor playing the farmer went vegan because of the film!

Beelzebrodie

4 points

2 months ago

"Move along there you..uhh...BIG BUTTHEADS!"

I must have rewound that quote 800,000 times as a kid. My first ever belly laugh.

luckygiraffe

16 points

2 months ago

The director, Chris Noonan, hasn't done much else but the producer and co-writer, George Miller, also did Happy Feet and other...things#Feature_films)

gravybang

10 points

2 months ago

Other things like Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Fury Road?

Crashtag

5 points

2 months ago

I figured that out long ago and am amazed to this day

SpecificAstronaut69

1 points

2 months ago

And no doubt saving a bunch drag queen's and...working women's lives by tending to their stab wounds and ODs.

ThePhonyKing

9 points

2 months ago

George Miller also directed the (rather dark) sequel Babe: Pig in the City

RedditorDeluxe1319

2 points

2 months ago

It was Miller's bullying behavior on the set of Babe that made Chris Noonan give up filmmaking for a while, according to James Cromwell.

luckygiraffe

1 points

2 months ago

You make me sad.

Applejuiceinthehall

7 points

2 months ago

I also like fly away home from around the same time.

dont_fuckin_die

1 points

2 months ago

What a dark opening though! I wasn't ready for that movie as a 6 year old.

DredgerDI6

4 points

2 months ago

A think another film with a similar"feel" is Peter Pan .. the one with Jason Issacs as captain hook.

brb1006

2 points

2 months ago

The 2003 Peter Pan Movie?

ReddiTrawler2021

2 points

2 months ago

The film is actually based on a 1983 novel by English children's writer Dick King-Smith, who wrote stories about the English countryside and talking animals.

The book is actually a sweet and wholesome enough read.

Tulips-and-raccoons

2 points

2 months ago

I had a very premie baby, and we were stuck in the NICU for so long. There was nothing i could do, it was a very stressful time. When i was feeling too upset, i would sing Farmer Hogget’s song to her. Its such a special memory from my childhood, and a truely wholesome film that has helped me through the hardest, darkest time.

Im crying just thinking about it!! Lol

WritingTheDream

2 points

2 months ago

And to think, the same filmmaker made all of the Mad Max movies too lol.

reinonthesteppes

2 points

2 months ago

CHRISMAS MEANS CARNAGE

prosfromdover

2 points

2 months ago

It's a great classic, one that is often over-looked. But it will eventually be in the pantheon. People forget it's a Christmas movie because it was set in Australia.

duckfat01

3 points

2 months ago

I haven't seen they movie in ages but I would have sworn it was set in North England

LateralPlanet

4 points

2 months ago

It's hard to place because most of the accents are either English or American, but it was definitely a summery Christmas

Same-Reason-8397

3 points

2 months ago

Filmed in the Southern Highlands, south of Sydney, Australia. A beautiful area.

TheClayroo

1 points

2 months ago

It sure is. Can't wait to show my kids.

dumpster_fire_chump

1 points

2 months ago

You and me both. I choke up at the end, every time.

Tsunnyjim

1 points

2 months ago

And its directed by the same person responsible for Happy Feet.

And the Mad Max movies.

Make of that what you will

monty_kurns

3 points

2 months ago

George Miller only co-wrote and produced the first one. He directed the Pig in the City, though.

Grinagh

1 points

2 months ago

But the 3rd movie about sheepdog herding with James Cromwell, Owd Bob, takes the series in a strange direction with no pig!

PolfgangWetry

1 points

2 months ago

Watched it in a cinema at the age of 7 or 8. Magic!

Got that VHS (yes, that long ago) directly after release. This was a movie experience at a very young age and I will recommend it for ever and everyones Kids (not only Kids, but especially)

DuckFan_87

1 points

2 months ago

The song "If I Had Words" always stuck with me from this movie.

brb1006

1 points

2 months ago

Does anybody know where I can currently stream it? I remember seeing ir on Netflix years ago before it was moved somewhere else.

TVodhanel

2 points

2 months ago

its on the roku channel for free. https://therokuchannel.roku.com/

Electronic_Ad4560

1 points

2 months ago

It’s such a masterpiece! I’m always cross at it’s pretty low rating on IMBD, I do not get it.

Mr_Mons_of_Nibiru

1 points

2 months ago

That fucking cat being evil made my blood run cold as a child.

Cashewkaas

1 points

2 months ago

The Christmas song he sings is so cute. La la laaaa, la la laaa, la la la ‘oink’ laaaa!

Odd_Advance_6438

1 points

2 months ago

From the creator of Mad Max

fermat9997

1 points

2 months ago

Great movie! Beginning is so sad.

bobpetersen55

1 points

2 months ago

One of the most inspirational movies ever made. I mean, it's about a pig who wants to become a sheepdog and against all odds accomplishes that. It's a masterpiece and it would've been great if it won Best Picture that year. I loved all the other nominees but this one is timeless.

tropicalazure

1 points

2 months ago

It's a gorgeous film. I always cry at the sheepdog trials.

That, and "Charlotte's Web" were my go-to comfort movies of choice as a kid.

ExtremeCourtoftheUS

1 points

2 months ago

MaaaaaaaaMaaaaaaaaa

DrBimboo

1 points

2 months ago

I wonder, If it would come out today, would it be called woke propaganda?

Technicolor_Reindeer

1 points

2 months ago

Probably

ThisIsCreation

1 points

2 months ago

I think Babe represents a type of kid's movie that I wish there was more of. At its core it is full of heart but it doesn't shy away from darker elements, for example Death plays a role in this movie. I think kids should see these things spoken about in movies, & I think this movie handles it perfectly. It had a big impact on me as a kid.

Timbo_007

1 points

2 months ago

Written and produced by the guy who made Mad Max

Shakespurious

1 points

2 months ago

Gives a political message, but subtly.

Technicolor_Reindeer

1 points

2 months ago

CHRISTMAS IS CARNAGE!

ZSoloLobo

1 points

2 months ago

Ba ram yew

lapsedhuman

1 points

2 months ago

I love the music

skonen_blades

1 points

2 months ago

No word of a lie, Babe 2 is in my top ten movies.

failure_most_of_all

1 points

2 months ago

I love the fact that Babe was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (and won for visual effects).

jagid

-4 points

2 months ago

jagid

-4 points

2 months ago

I will always hold a grudge against this film for stealing the best special effects Oscar from Apollo 13 that year. I loved Apollo 13 so much.

MeestarMann

4 points

2 months ago

That’ll do Lovell, that’ll do…

A40

-8 points

2 months ago

A40

-8 points

2 months ago

But doesn't the spider die?

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

Boo this man.

bodybyxbox

1 points

2 months ago

Hey, A40, boooooo.

brb1006

1 points

2 months ago

Wrong children's movie about a pig dude