This Australian family comedy, based on Dick King-Smith’s book The Sheep-Pig, came out of nowhere to enchant millions around the world, converting many small children to vegetarianism in the process.
The “babe” of the title is an orphaned piglet adopted by a family of Border collies who learns how to handle sheep under the patient training of soft-hearted Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell).
The mixture of live action and animatronics brings the animals magically to life (the film won an Oscar for visual effects) and their voices are adeptly handled by Christine Cavanaugh (of Rugrats fame), Hugo Weaving and Miriam Margolyes.
It’s a delight from start to finish that will captivate children and melt the heart of even the grumpiest adult.
Farmer Arthur Hoggett
Roscoe Lee Browne