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That'll do, Pig. That'll do.
Babe, the pig that would become a sheep dog, is a sweet little film, but can also be a harrowing experience for animal lovers. That's something you have to face when you give animals a voice and yet keep them in the real world. So when puppies are sold to new owners, it echoes slavery. And when to-the-audience-sentient animals are put on the menu, it's murder. This gives the film a certain maturity and like other "heavy" children's classics like, say, Charlotte's Web, it's no puff piece that just washes over kids and parents harmlessly. The possibility of death (by wolf or by cook) raises the stakes for the amusing and ludicrous story of a pig who dreamed higher than his station, and while the lesson that "you can be anything if you set your heart to it" isn't in any way original, it is well taught in an offbeat, memorable manner, and resonates across several characters' stories, not just the star piglet's.
I like this film, but still, I can't believe this was a best picture contender.
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This movie ranks #7 in 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
This movie ranks #53 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #63 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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This movie ranks #103 in Golden Globe Best Picture Winners
This movie ranks #189 in iCheckMovies - Most Checked
This movie ranks #399 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #512 in All-Time Worldwide Box office
This movie ranks #880 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #967 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown