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"BABE"
(1995) (James Cromwell, Babe the Pig) (G)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
None Minor Minor Minor to Mild Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Minor None Minor to Mild None None
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
None None Minor Minor Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Family film: An orphaned piglet, who aspires to become a sheepdog, is adopted by a farm family.
PLOT:
Babe is an orphaned piglet, who is adopted by Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) and his barnyard of farm animals. Little Babe must learn the social status of the farm animals and is told that he has no real purpose (other than to be eaten) on the farm. So, to create a purpose for himself (and keep himself off the dinner table), he decides to be a sheepdog like the other dogs, Fly and Rex. He then must overcome the other’s preconceived notions of what a pig can do and prove to the farmer that he really is a sheepdog.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Of course -- any film with a cast dominated by "live" talking animals is a natural draw.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: G
For not containing material to warrant a higher rating.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JAMES CROMWELL plays the tough, but fair, farmer who takes a liking to Babe.
  • The other cast members are real life animals and aren't likely to be viewed as role models. However, Babe does behave positively as he works very hard and is nice to everyone.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • After a fatal attack on "Ma" (a sheep), she’s seen with a bloodied belly just before she dies.
  • Babes' nose is bloodied by a cat scratch.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Babe isn’t allowed to eat with his new dog family -- because he’s a pig (literally).
  • There are "class" differences among the farm animals -- with some looking down on others just because they’re different.
  • A couple of sheep thieves have bad attitudes.
  • The family cat plots to get Babe in trouble.
  • FRIGHTENING/TENSE SCENES
  • (These may or may not be scary to your kids...)
  • Babe wanders into a dark, spooky-looking slaughterhouse.
  • We hear, but don’t see, the farmer in the slaughterhouse take a cleaver to one of the ducks.
  • Sheep are being stolen and Babe gets chased by a dog.
  • A very mad Rex tries to chase and bite Babe but is stopped by his chain.
  • A pack of wild dogs attacks the sheep and kills one called "Ma."
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Shotgun: Aimed by the farmer at Babe, whom he believes is responsible for killing a sheep. He almost shoots Babe before he learns the truth.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Stupid," "Butt head," "Block head," and "Shut up, you moron."
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • Many of the frightening scenes listed above are accompanied by tense or scary music.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • None.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • (These apply since we’re dealing with animals as "human" characters...)
  • Babes' mother is taken away from him and he says "I want my mom."
  • Flys' (one of the sheepdogs) litter of puppies is sold against her will.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • (Most deal with life on a farm, but for those kids not acquainted with that...)
  • We know before Babe does that he’s destined for the dinner table.
  • A duck states "Christmas equals death equals carnage."
  • A sheep is killed by a pack of wild dogs.
  • VIOLENCE
  • An electric "cattle prod" is used to move pigs out of a stall.
  • Babe bites a sheep’s leg to try to get her to move.
  • Fly and Rex have a dog fight over whether Babe should be a "sheep dog."
  • Rex bites the farmer’s hand (which banishes him to life on a chain).
  • Rex tries to attack Babe but is stopped by his chain.
  • A pack of wild dogs attacks a flock of sheep and ends up killing "Ma."



  • Reviewed April 20, 1996

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