Babe (film)

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Babe is a 1995 Australian 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.

Tagline:A little pig goes a long way.


  • 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'd 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 it is well to heed the old adage, "Beware the bad cat bearing a grudge."

Farmer Arthur Hoggett

  • 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
  • That'll do pig. That'll do.

Ferdinand the duck

  • 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!
  • Christmas. Christmas dinner. Dinner means death. Death means carnage! Christmas means carnage! Christmas means carnage!

Duchess the Cat

  • Oh, do forgive me for scratching you, dear. I got a bit carried away. [chuckles] It's a cat thing.


Ferdinand: Look, there's something you should know.
Babe: Yes?
Ferdinand: Humans eat ducks!
Babe: Huh? 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 don't 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 hens and wake everyone up in the morning.
Babe: Right.
Ferdinand: I tried it with the hens: it didn't work. So I turned to crowing, and lo! 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 - a mechanical rooster!

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.
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 dogs 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: The fact is that pigs don't have a purpose. Just like ducks don't have a purpose.
Babe: I don't--
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 who don't have 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: They eat ... pigs?
Duchess: Pork they call it. Or bacon. They only call them pigs when they're alive.
Babe: But I'm a sheep pig.
Duchess: [chuckles] Oh, 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 upset you, have I?

Narrator: [after Babe has performed in the sheepdog trial] 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] That'll do, pig. That'll do.

Rex: You and I are descended from the great sheepdogs. We carry the bloodline of the ancient Bahou. We stand for something! And today I watched in shame as all that was betrayed.
Fly: Rex, he's just a little pig.
Rex: All the greater the insult!

Narrator: Fly decided to speak very slowly. For it was a cold fact of nature that sheep were stupid and no one would ever persuade her otherwise.
Fly: [struggling] Please. Please. Would you be ... so kind as to tell me what happened?
Sheep: Quiet.
Fly: Please. Tell me what happened this morning.
Narrator: The sheep decided to speak very slowly. For it was a cold fact of nature that wolves were ignorant and nothing would convince them otherwise.
Sheep: Babe came! He saved us! The wolves killed Maa! But Babe drove the wolves away!
Fly: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you all very much!
Sheep: Pleasure ... talkin' ... to ya.


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