Babe is a 1995 Australian film about a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. It is directed by Chris Noonan, based on the book The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith, and written by George Miller and Chris Noonan.
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- [start lines] This is a tale about an unprejudiced heart, and how it changed our valley forever. There was a time not so long ago when pigs were afforded no respect, except by other pigs. They lived their whole lives in a cruel and sunless world. In those days pigs believed that the sooner they grew large and fat, the sooner they'd be taken to Pig Paradise, a place so wonderful that no pig had ever thought to come back.
- There are many perfectly nice cats in the world, but every barrel has its bad apples, and it is well to heed the old adage, "Beware the smelly cat bearing a grudge."
Farmer Arthur Hoggett
- If I had words to make a day for you
I'd sing you a morning golden and true
I would make this day last for all time
Then fill the night deep in moonshine
- That'll do, pig. That'll do.
Ferdinand the duck
- I suppose the life of an anorexic duck doesn't amount to much in the broad scheme of things, but, pig, I'm all I've got!
- Christmas. Christmas dinner, yeah. Dinner means death. Death means carnage! [really freaking out] CHRISTMAS MEANS CARNAGE! [fly away] Christmas means carnage!!
Duchess the Cat
- Oh, do forgive me for scratching you, dear. I got a bit carried away. [chuckles] It's a cat thing.
- Oh! I haven't upset you, have I?
- Ferdinand: Look, there's something you should know.
- Babe: Yes?
- Ferdinand: Humans eat ducks!
- Babe: Huh? I beg your pardon?
- Ferdinand: Ah, most ducks would like to forget it, but the fact is that humans like to eat plump, attractive ducks.
- Babe: Ohhh, I don't think so. Not the Boss, not the Boss's wife.
- Ferdinand: Oh, come on. Humans don't eat cats - why?
- Babe: Well, they're...
- Ferdinand: They're indispensable: they catch mice. Humans don't eat roosters - why? They make eggs with the hens and wake everyone up in the morning.
- Babe: Right.
- Ferdinand: I tried it with the hens: it didn't work. So I turned to crowing, and lo! I discover my gift. But no sooner do I become indispensable than they bring in a machine to do the job. Ohhhh-oh-oh, the treachery of it - a mechanical rooster!
- Rex: [listen] Until he'll find his feet.
- Puppy: But, Mom, he'll wet the bed!
- Fly: [to Babe] Nonsense! If you do want to do anythin', you'll go outside won't 'ya? Good boy!
- Duchess: Feeling good about tomorrow, are you?
- Babe: Mm-hmm. It should be all right, I think.
- Duchess: You know, I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm not sure if you realize how much the other animals are laughing at you.
- Babe: Why would they do that?
- Duchess: Well, they say you've forgotten that you're a pig! Isn't that silly? They say you don't even know what pigs are for.
- Babe: What do you mean?
- Duchess: You know, why pigs are here.
- Babe: Why are any of us here?
- Duchess: Well, the cows are here to be milked. The dogs are here to help the Boss's husband with the sheep. I am here to be beautiful and affectionate to the Boss.
- Babe: Yes?
- Duchess: The fact is that pigs don't have a purpose. Just like ducks don't have a purpose.
- Babe: I don't--
- Duchess: Alright, for your sake, I'll be blunt. Why do the Bosses keep ducks? To eat them. So why do the Bosses keep a pig? The fact is animals who don't have a purpose really do have a purpose. The Bosses have to eat. It's probably the most noble purpose of all when you come to think about it.
- Babe: They eat ... pigs?
- Duchess: Pork they call it. Or bacon. They only call them pigs when they're alive.
- Babe: But I'm a sheep pig.
- Duchess: [chuckles] Oh, the Boss's husband is just playing a little game with you. Believe me, sooner or later every pig gets eaten. That's the way the world works. Oh! I haven't upset you, have I?
- Narrator: [after Babe has performed in the sheepdog trial] And though every single human in the stands or in the commentary boxes was at a complete loss for words, the man who in his life had uttered fewer words than any of them knew exactly what to say.
- Farmer Hoggett: [to Babe - end lines] That'll do, pig. That'll do.
- Puppy: Why do they need us?
- Pig, Puppy: 'Cause we're... sheepdogs!! YEAAAAAAAAAA!' [Mr Hoggett for the gate closed and slams, slowly]
- Rex: You and I are descended from the great sheepdogs. We carry the bloodline of the ancient Bahou. We stand for something! And today, I watched in shame as all that was betrayed.
- Fly: Rex, dear, he's just a little pig.
- Rex: All the greater the insult!
- Narrator: Fly decided to speak very slowly. For it was a cold fact of nature that sheep were stupid and no one would ever persuade her otherwise.
- Fly: [struggling] Please. Please. Would you be ... so kind as to tell me what happened?
- Sheep: Quiet.
- Fly: Please. Tell me what happened this morning.
- Narrator: The sheep decided to speak very slowly. For it was a cold fact of nature that wolves were ignorant and nothing would convince them otherwise.
- Sheep: Babe came! He saved us! The wolves killed Maa! But Babe drove the wolves away!
- Fly: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you all very much!
- Sheep: Pleasure... talkin'... to 'ya.
- James Cromwell as Farmer Hoggett
- Miriam Flynn (voice) as Maa the Ewe
- Danny Mann (voice) as Ferdinand the Duck
- Hugo Weaving (voice) as Rex the Male Sheepdog
- Christine Cavanaugh (voice) as Babe the Pig
- Miriam Margoyles (voice) as Fly the Border Collie
- Roscoe Lee Brown (voice) as The Narrator