|Written by||Dick King-Smith (novel The Sheep Pig), George Miller & Chris Noonan (screenplay)|
Babe is a 1995 movie based on the novel The Sheep Pig (published in America as Babe: The Gallant Pig). In addition to the use of live animals, Jim Henson's Creature Shop supplied realistic animatronic animals for Babe (approximately 50% of the total shots), Ferdinand the Duck (approximately 50% of the total shots), Fly and Rex the sheepdogs (approximately 10% of the total shots), Duchess the Cat (approximately 90% of the total shots), and the Singing Mice (100% of the total shots). Standing, sitting and lying models were created, as well as hand-puppet versions for certain scenes. John Cox's Creature Workshop supplied the sheep, and Rhythm and Hues created the CGI lipsync of the real animals.
The 1998 sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, was made without Creature Shop involvement.
- Live Cast
- James Cromwell as Farmer Arthur Hoggett
- Magda Szubanski as Mrs. Esme Hoggett
- Zoe Burton as Daughter
- Paul Goddard as Son-in-Law
- Wade Hayward as Grandson
- Brittany Byrnes as Granddaughter
- Mary Acres as Valda
- Marshall Napier as Chairman of Judges
- Christine Cavanaugh as Babe
- Miriam Margolyes as Fly
- Danny Mann as Ferdinand
- Hugo Weaving as Rex
- Miriam Flynn as Maa
- Russi Taylor as Duchess
- Evelyn Krape as Old Ewe
- Michael Edward-Stevens as Horse
- Charles Bartlett as Cow
- Paul Livingston as Rooster
- Roscoe Lee Browne as Narrator
- Performance Puppeteers: Mak Wilson, David Greenaway, Allan Trautman, Ian Tregonning
- Assistant Puppeteers: David Collins, Janet Dalgliesh, Terry Ryan, Hugh Simpson
- Creature Shop Supervisor: John Stephenson
- Creative Project Supervisor: Neal Scanlan
- Head of Production: William Plant
- Animal Visual Designers: Jeremy Hunt, Graham High, Barry Sutton
- CGI Sculptor: John Coppinger
- Fur Design Specialist: Val Jones
- Feather and Anatomy Designer: Monique Brown
- Animatronic Designers: Chris Barton, Chris Howes, Tim Jordan, Jim Machin, Jason Reed, Joe Scott
- Workshop Supervisor: Geoff Paige
In media coverage of the film, and the Creature Shop's involvement, inevitable comparisons were made to the most famous puppet pig:
“One pig who thrives on human attention is Jim Henson's Miss Piggy. Was the sultry sow, as rumored, angry she didn't land the part of Babe? Hogwash, says Lynn Calle of Jim Henson's Creature Shop: "Miss Piggy doesn't acknowledge she's a pig. She's upset she's not getting parts that go to Michelle Pfeiffer.”
- During the 68th Academy Awards that were held on March 25, 1996, Miss Piggy intercepts a video conference uplink between host Whoopi Goldberg and nominee Babe in order to assert her porcine ranking in Hollywood by offering to save the show with one of her sensational production numbers she titles "Porkahontas," but instead the audience is saved by the recovery of the initial connection.
- On November 12, 1996, Kermit appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He mentioned that Miss Piggy was giving him a tough time since Babe came out and got nominated for an Academy Award. He also explains that he felt a strange attraction to the film.
- In Sesame Street Episode 4142, the number 0 is fed up with representing "nothing," so he poses as a pig, dubbing himself "Babe."
- ↑ Snead, Elizabeth. "Hog Wild on the Babe Set." USA Today, August 8, 1995.