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Babe (Widescreen Special Edition) (1995)

James Cromwell , Christine Cavanaugh , Chris Noonan  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Cromwell, Christine Cavanaugh, Danny Mann, Magda Szubanski, Hugo Weaving
  • Directors: Chris Noonan
  • Writers: Chris Noonan, George Miller
  • Producers: George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Bill Miller
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS ES), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AK7AB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Babe (Widescreen Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Producer George Miller
  • The Making of Babe
  • Farmyard Friends Game
  • Babe's Challenge Game
  • Sheep Ma-a-ath Game
  • George Miller on Babe
  • Recommendations

  • Editorial Reviews

    Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee, Babe is the inspirational story of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn't quite know his place in the world. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be - even an award-winning sheepdog! With the help of a delightful assortment of barnyard friends, the heroic little pig is headed for the challenge of his life in this endearing and fun-filled tale the whole family will love.

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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll stop eating bacon! July 16, 2000
    Format:DVD
    I was given some free passes to see this film right before it came out. I had seen the trailers, and they looked cute, but if I hadn't gotten the free passes, I might have skipped over this gem. This is far more than a children's movie.
    The voice of the pig is absolutely perfect... sweet, innocent and believable. Babe's tender heart will remind you of Wilbur from E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" but this is a story in its own right... and there is no talking spider.
    James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for his role as Farmer Hoggett, a sweet, somewhat hen-pecked sheep farmer who wins the piglet as a prize in a county fair.
    Babe is a lonely little piglet... he's had to say goodbye to his siblings and his mother at a tender age and is thrust into a barn with all sorts of strange animals he's never seen before. All of the animals, dogs, horses, the cows, etc. feel sorry for Babe and look out for him. There is rivalry with the top Border Collie, but Babe's sweet and innocent disposition wins the hearts of all reluctant farm dwellers.
    The farmer's wife initially sees Babe as just a ham on legs, but the farmer sees more and finds a friend that changes his life.
    It is impossible to see this film and not get at least a lump in your throat and many scenes will make you laugh outloud. I wish the DVD included more features, like a behind-the-scenes featurette outlining how they got the animatronics (which won a much deserved Oscar) to work. Perhaps it was felt that children would be dismayed that the pig really can't talk or that it took nearly 30 pigs to make the film due to the speed in which they grow into 1-ton hogs... I'm not sure, but as an adult, i would have enjoyed seeing more features on the DVD. This is still a wonderful family film and unforgettable and sweet characters.
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    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE CLASSIC September 12, 1998
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    I am a film buff, who never had much interest in children's films, because they were either cloying, patronizing, or incredibly manipulative. This one is different. This film does what any great film should do-involve you in the many layers, subtexts and subtleties of the film. While many would say, well, its just a story about a pig- I say-quite wrong! I am always attracted to the well-constructed story, and yes, this film is better than the book. Not because you can see it- I often prefer books to movies, because I create all the scenes in my imagination. It is because it plumbs deeper than the book, to create something as rare as the perfect short story- the perfect fable. All great fables teach us something about life- and that is what BABE does so splendidly. Indeed, life and goodness shine through beautifully in this film. And truth- BABE does not shrink from showing us reality. It seems to be such a little story- and its not. Yet, it is highly enjoyable, and it is even more rewarding for adults than children-although it is a perfect family film. I cried buckets when I saw this film in the theater, because it brought back memories of my childhood, when a lonely girl created an imaginary landscape of talking animals in the forest. The film appealed to me on so many levels, though. Move over Les Enfants du Pardis- BABE is now my favorite film, and I highly recommend this film to you. END
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    152 of 185 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Boycott Universal DVD's February 19, 2004
    By jmm
    Format:DVD
    Several previous reviewers are dead-on. Babe, is of course, a clever, funny, touching movie. It's one of the few movies that I and my 3-year old can both enjoy over and over. But the marketing jerks at Universal have seen fit to force several lengthy advertisements on you every time you try to watch the movie. What's more, they've coded them to be non-skippable, so you MUST sit through them every time you want to watch the movie (you can fast forward, but you can't skip over them). This is offensive and intrusive in any dvd you've purchased (and arguably fraudulent as it's not disclosed on the package), but it's even worse with a movie like Babe that's targeted largely at kids. First, it illustrates that Universal has outright contempt for parents' rights to decide what types of films are, or are not, appropriate for their kids. Second, if you have a small child who really wants to watch Babe (or whatever), it's difficult for them to understand why they should have to sit through 15 minutes of Universal's marketing crap before the movie starts (something that's not true with numerous other children's DVD's). Shame, shame Universal. I'd encourage you to rent, download, pirate, or borrow this DVD rather than buying it, at least until Universal ceases its offensive, dishonest marketing tactics.
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    35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A porcinely delightful movie! March 8, 2004
    Format:DVD
    Babe was a runaway success in 1995. It even got a best picture nomination and in my mind should have won. This is a fantastic movie, sure to delight children from 2-100. Chris Noonan has created the modern farmyard parable. He deftly brings you into his world of talking animals centered around that most amicable of pigs, Babe. While the sheepdogs rule the farm, Babe warms the heart of sheep and dog alike, and eventually farmer Hoggett much to the chagrin of his wife who is counting the days to the next big feast. Ultimately Babe is spared as farmer Hoggett comes to realize he has a most unusual pig on his hands. Babe finds himself welcomed into the fold, rising to the ultimately status of being able to come into the house on miserable nights, at the expense of the house cat. All these animals are played wonderfully off each other. The voices couldn't be better. Farmer Hoggett eventually puts Babe to the ultimate challenge, the great sheepherding competition, which brings out a raucous reaction from the crowd. But Babe soon silences them. This movie has everything one could want in a children's movie and more. It deserves its place among the classics of all time.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    My whole family loves this movie. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone. We need to order the DVD.
    Published 10 days ago by Joseph Bock
    5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
    Fantastic movie for all ages, my 16 month old grandson sat quietly all the way till end. He was sad when it was over.
    Published 15 days ago by Deborah Hanson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just a wonderful heartwarming story!
    I feel, this is a great children's movie for all ages! An adorable, sweet and loving tale of a baby pig.
    Published 17 days ago by AdriPerci
    5.0 out of 5 stars Must see family film!
    This is one of the best family films ever made. There is a reason it got universal acclaim and continues to be in the Top 100 family films of all time (Google it).
    Published 17 days ago by Joseph Vanderhulst
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
    Everyone in my family loved this movie. It's silly, but delightful to watch. Appropriate for all ages (even though they do kill a chicken offscreen).
    Published 18 days ago by Matt Longley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for all ages!
    I had seen this video several years ago with my nieces. I remembered how much we all enjoyed it. My granddaughter is three and just getting interested in watching videos and... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Kaylene
    5.0 out of 5 stars For all ages -- or maybe just the kid in us.
    I've always loved this story. This particular special edition is great as it shows where and how the movie was made.
    Sweet, charming animals and great acting, besides. Read more
    Published 27 days ago by History Buff
    5.0 out of 5 stars Babe is a classic
    I watched it with my kids when they were young and everyone enjoyed it. It is one of those movies that you can watch again and again. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by roy reynolds
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie
    This is a great family movie! Our whole family loves it! Highly recommend for any animal lover! Babe is precious!
    Published 1 month ago by Momx2
    1.0 out of 5 stars I don't think I will ever put this in my dvd player again.
    My kids and I had just watched the live-action version of Charlotte's Web, and we loved it. I bought this movie thinking it would be another fun animal movie experience for my... Read more
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