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Babe (film)

1995 film by Chris Noonan
For other uses, see Babe.

Babe is a 1995 Australian-American film about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog.  It is directed by Chris Noonan, based on the book The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith, and written by George Miller and Chris Noonan.

A little pig goes a long way. (taglines)

NarratorEdit

  • This is a tale about an unprejudiced heart, and how it changed our valley forever.  There was a time not so long ago when pigs were afforded no respect, except by other pigs.  They lived their whole lives in a cruel and sunless world.  In those days, pigs believed that the sooner they grew large and fat, the sooner they would have to be taken to Pig Paradise—a place so wonderful that no pig had ever thought to come back.
  • There are many perfectly nice cats in the world, but every barrel has its bad apples, and so it is well for everyone to pay attention to the old adage:  "Beware of the bad cat holding a grudge."
  • [as the crowd cheers for Babe's remarkable performance at the sheepdog trials]  And so it was that in all the celebration, in all the hubbub of noise and excitement, there were two figures who stood silent and still.  Side by side.

Farmer Arthur H. HoggettEdit

  • If I had words to make a day for you
    I'd sing you a morning golden and true
    I would make this day last for all time
    Then fill the night deep in moonshine
  • [repeated line]  "That'll do, pig. That'll do".

Ferdinand the DuckEdit

Ferdinand: Humans eat ducks?
Babe: [gasping] I beg your pardon?
Ferdinand: Ah, most ducks would like to forget it, but the fact is that humans like to eat plump, attractive ducks.
Babe: Ohhh, I don't think so. Not the Boss, not the Boss's wife.
Ferdinand: Oh, come on. Humans eat cats--why?
Babe: Well, they're…
Ferdinand: They're indispensable—they catch mice! Humans don't eat roosters--why? They make eggs with the chickens and hens and wake everyone up in the night.
Babe: Right…
Ferdinand: I tried it with the hens; it didn't work. So I turned to clucking, and hello? I discover my gift! But no sooner do I become indispensable than they bring in a machine to do the job? Ohhhh-oh-oh, the treachery of it!—the mechanical roosters?
Babe: Oh dear me…
Ferdinand: Oh dear you?! [sighs/quacks] I suppose the life of an anorexic duck doesn't amount to much in the broad scheme of things. But, pig, I'm all I've got?
Babe: Um…why do you need me to to do it?
Ferdinand: [sighs/quacks] I'm allergic to cats.
Babe: Oh.
Ferdinand: They make me hiccups.
Babe: Oh. Don't worry, I won't sleep for Duchess.

Fly the Border CollieEdit

  • The Bosses only eat stupid animals like sheep and ducks and chickens.
  • [to Babe] It's only your first try. But you're treating them like equals. They're sheep; they're inferior.

OthersEdit

  • Maa: [about Babe] You see, ladies? A heart of gold.
  • Sheep's password: Baa-ram-ewe. Baa-ram-ewe. To your breed, your fleece, your clan be true. Sheep be true. Baa-ram-ewe.
  • Sheep: [to Babe] Well, I wouldn't call that a bite myself. You got teeth in that floppy mouth of yours or just gums?

DialogueEdit

Puppy: [when Babe is first brought in] What is it, Mom?
Fly: That's Babe?
Puppy: They'll eat him when he's big enough. Will they eat us when we're big enough?
Fly: Oh, puppies, no? The Bosses only eat stupid animals... like sheep and ducks and chickens.

Ferdinand: Humans eat ducks?
Babe: [gasping] I beg your pardon?
Ferdinand: Ah, most ducks would like to forget it, but the fact is that humans like to eat plump, attractive ducks.
Babe: Ohhh, I don't think so. Not the Boss, not the Boss's wife.
Ferdinand: Oh, come on. Humans eat cats--why?
Babe: Well, they're…
Ferdinand: They're indispensable—they catch mice! Humans don't eat roosters--why? They make eggs with the chickens and hens and wake everyone up in the night.
Babe: Right…
Ferdinand: I'm tired you with the chickens and hens it didn't work. So I turned to clucking, and hello? I discover my gift! But no sooner do I become indispensable than they bring in a machine to do the job? Ohhhh-oh-oh, the treachery of it!—the mechanical roosters?
Babe: Oh dear me…
Ferdinand: Oh dear you? [sighs/quacks] I suppose the life of an anorexic duck doesn't amount to much in the broad scheme of things. But, pig, I'm all I've got?
Babe: Um…why do you need me to to do it?
Ferdinand: [sighs/quacks] I'm allergic to cats.
Babe: Oh.
Ferdinand: They make me hiccups.
Babe: Oh. Don't worry, I won't sleep for Duchess.

Duchess the Cat: Oh, do forgive me for scratching you, dear. I got a bit carried away. It's a cat thing.
Babe: Oh, well, but…
Duchess: Feeling good about tomorrow, are you?
Babe: Mm-hmm. It should be all right, I think.
Duchess: You know, I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm not sure if you realize how much the other animals are laughing at you for this sheep dog business.
Babe: Why would they do that?
Duchess: Well, they say you've forgotten that you're a pig. Isn't that silly? They say you don't even know what pigs are for.
Babe: What do you mean?
Duchess: You know, why pigs are here.
Babe: Why are any of us here?
Duchess: Well, the cows are here to be milked. The pupppies are here to help the Boss's husband with the sheep. I am here to be beautiful and affectionate to the Boss.
Babe: Yes?
Duchess: [sighs softly] The fact is that pigs don't have a purpose. Just like…ducks don't have a purpose.
Babe: I—I don't, uh…
Duchess: Alright, for your sake, I'll be blunt. Why do the Bosses keep ducks? To eat them. So why do the Bosses keep a pig? The fact is animals without a purpose really do have a purpose. The Bosses have to eat. It's probably the most noble purpose of all when you come to think about it.
Babe: [horrified] They eat pigs?
Duchess: Definitely, they call it. Definitely. They only call them pigs when they're alive.
Babe: [frightened] But, uh, I'm a sheep pig?
Duchess: [giggles] The Boss's husband is just playing a little game with you. Believe me, sooner or later, every pig gets eaten. That's the way the world works. Oh, I haven't worried about you, have I? [chuckles softly]

Fly: Babe? Babe? [rushes out of the barn, then she runs around the house] Babe? Babe? [Rex is shown under the wagon watching Fly calling Babe and she approaches him, informing of what Duchess has done to Babe] Babe's run away! Rex? Please?
[Rex regrets at what he had done earlier and changed his heart, gets up]
Rex: Call the boss. [Fly then barks at the window to alert Arthur of Babe run away, then they are shown following Babe's tracks and Rex rushes forward and finds Babe in the graveyard, shivering from the rain] He's over here! Hold on, pig. You'll be home soon. [Fly and Arthur approach him ready to bring him back home]

Fly: If those sheep won't talk to Babe. The boss is going to look like an idiot. I don't know what to do.
Rex: There's only one thing. [Fly tries to speak, but is cut off] I've got to go! I'll try to be back in time. :[runs off, as Arthur looks on with concern]

Narrator: [the crowd cheers at Babe's performance] And so it was that in all the celebration, in all the hubbub of noise and excitement, there were two figures who stood silent and still. Side by side.
Ferdinand: [rooster crows] Ha, ha, ha, ha! The pig did it! The pig did it! The perfect score! [laughs]
Mice: Whoo! Whoo-hoo! Yippee! Yippee! Yippee!
Narrator: And though every single human in the stands or in the commentary boxes was at a complete loss for words, the man who in his life had uttered fewer words than any of them knew exactly what to say.
Farmer Hoggett: [to Babe—last lines] That'll do, pig. That'll do.

TaglineEdit

  • A little pig goes a long way.

CastEdit

Quotes about BabeEdit

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