Great Farming Films: Babe- A story about an unlikely sheep-herding pig


This week on Great Farming films, we profile Babe, a story about a pig who embraced his natural talents.

Great Farming Films: Babe- A story about an unlikely sheep-herding pig

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This week on Great Farming films, we profile Babe, a story about a pig who embraced his natural talents.

Babe is a true farming film and it one that stands out in memory as classic kid’s film.

As the film name rings bells of familiarity in our heads, the story about the pig raised by sheepdogs is a real treasure.

‘That’ll Do Pig’ takes its place as the inspiring mantra of the production.

The film tells the story of ‘A little pig that’s goes a long way’.

If we thought pigs had the inability to herd sheep or even talk, then we were most certainly forced to think again.

Plot

Directed by Chris Noonan and a 1995 Australian-American production, the movie is an adaption of ‘The Sheep-Pig’ novel also known as ’Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King- Smith’.

The story of an orphaned piglet selected for a ‘guess the weight’ competition at a country fair went on to steal our hearts.

Babe was orphaned as his mother was destined for a slaughterhouse.

Farmer Arthur Hoggett returned home to the farm with Babe after walking away as the lucky winner of the contest.

Arriving on the farm now in new unknown soil, ‘ a whole new world’ it’s not long before Babe meets up with Fly, the Border Collie, Rex and puppies.

Babe also crosses paths with Ferdinand the duck who thinks he is a rooster, as Babe likewise tries to figure out just where his role lies.

If we think this movie doesn’t wow us enough, then can we draw attention to the musical talent of the three singing mice.

‘Blue Moon’ must certainly sticks out in memory.

As time passes, Babe’s friendship with Fly continues to blossoms and he starts to call her ‘Mom’.

Babe continues to learn the ropes from Fly, the female sheepdog, who provides invaluable advice for the young piglet.

As the week’s passed, measurements are taken, as the golden day starts to draw closer. ‘Christmas means carnage.’

We all remember that heart-felt moment, the time when Babe very nearly became Christmas dinner, following a narrow escape.

Her near-death experience is halted in its tracks as Fly starts to bark.

A Duck name ‘Rosanna’ is offered for dinner instead.

Once Babe finds her feet and the farmer Hoggett realises the potential that the little piglet possessed, Babe goes a little step further, showcasing her unusual talent.

Herding chickens in the backyard was a lightbulb moment for the farmer.

Farmer Hogget goes on a quest for a new sheepdog, after the master of the flock ‘Rex’ turns deaf.

The farmer’s replacement strayed far from initial expectations- A pig with the ability to herd sheep.

SPOILER ALERT:

We learn how Babe continues to reach for the stars and gains her worthy place in the national sheepdog trials.

As the blot is finally closed by the farmer, judges raise their placards each reporting a score of 100.

While attendees are left speechless, as Babe shocked the nation, her owner knew exactly how to sum up her success in a sweeping statement ‘That’ll Do Pig. That’ll do.’

Conclusion

Definitely up there with the best of them and let’s all admit we all have watched this movie at least ten times, even since we have ventured into our adulthood!

The upbringing of animals and life on the farm comes to the fore.


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