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Sunday, October 9

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USA, 1995
Directed by Chris Noonan
Starring James Cromwell, Babe the Pig
DCP. Approx 91 min.

“Babe is an absolutely charming tale about the title character, an orphaned pig who is adopted by quiet Farmer Hoggett (Cromwell). As Babe learns to adapt to life on Hoggett’s farm and interact with the other animals there, he discovers his true calling – herding sheep! – and defies all expectations by making it come true. What might seem at first like a cutesy excuse for a children’s film turns out to be a classic piece of entertainment for everyone, with more profound things to say about identity and self-worth than most so called “serious” films. Special-effects wizards succeed spectacularly in making the farm animals “talk” to each other by use of animatronics and computer graphics, but this sleight of hand is not meant to dazzle or call attention to itself. It is simply a part of the whole magical atmosphere that helps define each character and makes the farm world absolutely believable.” – Leonard Maltin’s Family Film Guide


“BABE is a movie made with charm and wit, and unlike some family movies it does not condescend, not for a second. It believes it is OK to use words a child might not know, and to have performances that are the best available.”
– Roger Ebert

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