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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-Simths childrens novel The Sheep-Pig The cinematography editing symbolism and sound all came into play when putting this movie together When speaking about Babes 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 Hoggetts James Cromwell sheep farm a picturesque spot in the country filmed in Australia with an ideal farm cottage and rolling green hills Farmer Hoggetts 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 farms pecking order Canines 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
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