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Babe

Babe from “Babe” and “Babe: Pig in the City” Hooves down, 1995’s “Babe” is the best pig move ever made. Based on Dick King-Smith’s award-winning children’s book, known in the United States as “Babe the Gallant Pig,” the film revolves around the runt of a pig litter of Large White Yorkshires who is saved from being fattened up for slaughter when he is won at a country fair by farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell). And when he gets to the farm, the “unprejudiced heart” decides that he wants to learn how to herd sheep so he can also please his border-collie stepmother and Hoggett. Some 48 Yorkshire piglets plus an animatronic double played the little talking piglet. The makeup artists added a little toupee and eyelashes to each pig. And star Cromwell became so smitten with his little pink co-star that he became a vegetarian. The darker 1998 sequel, “Babe: Pig in the City,” didn’t catch on with audiences. Carolyn Jones / Universal Studios
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