Chris Noonan (1995)

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Our Score
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 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.


A kindly farmer wins a cute piglet, which some greedy humans and jealous animals hope will end up as the Christmas roast. Undaunted, the young pig proves himself useful on the farm and enlists the aid of the resident dog in learning how to herd sheep. Family comedy, starring James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski, with Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes and Hugo Weaving among those providing the voices of the animal characters.

Cast & Crew

Farmer Arthur Hoggett James Cromwell
Esme Hoggett Magda Szubanski
Babe Christine Cavanaugh
Fly Miriam Margolyes
Ferdinand Danny Mann
Rex Hugo Weaving
Maa Miriam Flynn
Cat Russi Taylor
Old Ewe Evelyn Krape
Horse Michael Edward-Stevens
Cow Charles Bartlett
Rooster Paul Livingston
Narrator Roscoe Lee Browne
Director Chris Noonan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinema International Corp. UKAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Children's Drama