Hmm; this one gives me complicated feelings. The story has a model of uplift, but the movie acknowledges (and substantially so) the horror of the system that Babe inhabits. The expressionistic lighting and 'Animal Farm'-esque nature of the thing sort of cast the lighthearted music and comic tone in an ironic light. And I'm not sure that's entirely right for a family film. On the upside: nice animal semiotics here.
Hmm. Being no longer of the intended audience I concede that Babe certainly has its charms, and I only dutifully caught it for a podcast. But in its own weird, committed way, I can see the vision that connects this to Fury Road in its singular-minded grotesqueness. Its largely the introduction of plot and message that put me off, more sequences like the clock heist would have sufficed. 2.5
In a Kafkaesque turn of events, the entire world thought BABE was a lighthearted romp, while I was left weeping from what was the most morbid existential allegory I've ever seen. Because this is BABE, it sounds like I'm joking. I'm not. This movie is about a holy fool slowly learning that the forces of the universe have brought him, and his species, into being for the express purpose of being murdered. Devastating.
This is the epitome of family films and is the one family film all must answer to. To actually make a talking pig amongst others truly believable characters is not an easy feat at all. However, Chris Noonan excels completely. This is one of the great films because it has both unforgettable and astonishing moments you just don't see very often in family films. I loved it as a kid, and I love it even more now.