Analysis Of The Film 'Babe'

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The 1995 film, Babe was directed by Chris Noonan. The screenplay was written by Noonan and George Miller. The cast includes Christine Cavanaugh, James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Miriam Margolyes. The genres of this film are family, comedy, and drama (Babe (1995), n.d.). The film opens with a pig named Babe who gets separated from his family because he is the runt of the litter. At the fair, Mr. Hoggett and Babe formed a special connection. When Babe arrived to the Hoggett farm he was very sad and homesick. Fly took Babe in and raised him as one of her own puppies. Babe was trying to find his place on the farm so he tried to take up a dog’s job by herding sheep. Babe realized that he isn’t able to naturally herd animals…show more content…
In the film, Mr. Hoggett and Babe didn’t compete until Mr. Hoggett proved to Babe how much he means to him. Once their relationship was 100% they went to the major Australian event, the Sheepdog trials. The film accurately portrays a rural Australian film since sheepdog competitions are popular in rural Australia, just like the setting of the film. Another main scene is when, Mr. Hoggett sings and dances for Babe to make him feel better and to express how much he loves him. Once their relationship was validated, Babe and Mr. Hoggett were able to…show more content…
A critic, Moirari, said, “Cromwell … is American, Cavanaugh… is American, Margoyles … is British” (Boards.straightdope). Even though not all of the actors are Australian, Babe is classified as Australian since it was filmed in Robertson, New South Wales; the director is Australian; the composer is Australian; some actors are Australian; a main event is a sheepdog trial which is popular in Australia; and Australian phrases such as “recon” were used (Davidson, 1996). A critic, Jools, said, “…during postproduction they re-recorded the dialog numerous times…until they found a combination that they liked” (Boards.straightdope). This shows that having Australian actors in this film wasn’t necessary because the actor’s voices were tweaked to create the accent the director desired. All these attributes make this film Australian. The film reflects multicultural conflict issues in Australia. In 1901, “The government introduces the, white Australia policy, trying to ban all non-Caucasian people from entering the country” (Korff). This echoes the film because Rex and the government excluded those who are not their kind. Additionally, during the 1990’s, “Multiculturalism was challenged, Indigenous land rights forged ahead” (Williams). Babe was taken from his home similarly to when the Indigenous people were forced out of their homes because they both are in a lower social class and obtained a different culture
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