Books and Movies Reviews


Another movie with talking animals, most likely means another big flop in the theatres. However, audiences soon changed their minds after viewing the live action tale of Babe™, the marvelous movie based on Dick King-Simth's children's novel, "The Sheep-Pig." The cinematography, editing, symbolism, and sound all came into play when putting this movie together. When speaking about Babe's character, the director said, "I am more concerned with having a sincere, unjaded character." (Noonan) First time director Chris Noonan, took tens of farm animals, human voices, and a darling plot, and put it all together to make a movie not only for kids, but one for everyone to enjoy.
Babe is a tiny pig who by luck, arrives at Farmer Hoggett's (James Cromwell) sheep farm, a picturesque spot in the country (filmed in Australia) with an ideal farm cottage and rolling green hills. Farmer Hoggett's plan for Babe, as with all pigs, was to fatten him up for a Christmas dinner ham. However, Babe instead wins over the hearts of farmer Hoggett, and virtually all of the other animals. Although, Babe learns and later rebels against the farm's pecking order. Canine's rule, dogs and sheep regard each other with contempt and any critter who fails to be indispensable may end up invited to dinner – as the meal.
Throughout the movie there was a reoccurring symbol that was used in order for the movie to seem more like a book being read chapter by chapter. A trio of adorable singing mice, which at each break in the movie, or chapter, introduced the upcoming chapter. For example, the screen would display the name of the chapter in an old English, fairy tale like script, and then usually an iris in or out would focus on the mice while they repeated the title. Not only were the mice at the chapter breaks, but they also popped up in different scenes during the movie. In most cases they appeared to aid with the ba…


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