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  • Because baby pigs grow so fast, 48 pigs were used during filming for the role of Babe.
  • The man who buys three of Fly's puppies is head animal trainer Karl Lewis Miller.
  • The sheepdog championship takes place at the Kingsmith Fairground. The electrician whose truck Rex hitches a ride on is named Dick. Near the beginning of the film, the trophy Esme Hoggett polishes is for the Kingsmith District Show. These are tributes to author Dick King-Smith.
  • When James Cromwell was handed the screenplay for Babe, he thumbed through it to see how many lines he had. He saw that he didn't have that many (he had only 171 words of spoken dialogue, and 61 words that were sung), so decided that he would do it as a nice easy film. What he didn't realize was that he would have more screen time in this film than any of his previous films.
  • The talking pig is a combination of 48 real Yorkshire pigs plus an animatronic double. A makeup artist added toupee and eyelashes to each, and computer digitization manipulated pictures of the snout to make the pig appear to talk.
  • The film had 56 animal trainers on set to handle nearly 1000 animals.
  • James Cromwell, a longtime vegetarian, decided to become a vegan after starring in the movie.
  • The music for the movie's theme song is taken from the Organ Symphony by Camille Saint-Saëns, whose most famous composition is "Carnival of the Animals."
  • A ten-year labor of love for producer George Miller.
  • Preproduction lasted eight months, shooting took six months and post-production twelve months.
  • Jerry Goldsmith originally composed the film's music, but it was ultimately rejected for being too dark in tone. Nigel Westlake was then brought in to compose a lighter score.
  • Magda Szubanski was only in her early 30s when she won the role of Esme Hoggett, who was supposed to be elderly, so Szubanski was made up to look about 20 years older.
  • One of the reasons why it took George Miller ten years to bring the story to the screen was because he was waiting for special effects technology to catch up with his vision for the film.
  • Sometimes considered the film that began the CGI talking animal movie revolution.
  • James Cromwell claimed that he paid for his own Oscar consideration campaign at the cost of $60,000.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • Filmed in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, though all vehicles drive on the right side of the road.
  • Theatrical film debut of Magda Szubanski.
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
  • Features James Cromwell's only Oscar nominated performance.
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
  • USA pork sales dropped by 20% after the movie came out.
  • Babe was released in theaters in 1995, which was the year of the pig.
  • One of the three films of 1995 where experienced voice actor Danny Mann has done voice-over work where he's credited outside the additional voices, alongside Pocahontas (1995) and Balto (1995).
  • Ross Bagley, Courtland Mead & Kevin Jamal Woods all appeared together in The Little Rascals (1994).
  • Two of the three 'Agents' from The Matrix appear in this film. Paul Goddard (Agent Brown) portrays Farmer Hoggetts Son-in-law, while Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith) provides the voice of Rex, the sheepdog.
  • James Cromwell participated in the 1992 film "The Babe", the 'Babe' Ruth cinebiography.
  • Quentin Tarantino called Babe one of his favorite films of 1995, which surprised some fans due to the violent nature of his films.
  • Most films released in the German-speaking parts of Europe are dubbed in Germany with standard (Prussian-German) pronunciation. This film, however, was released in a special re-dubbed version in Austria. Each of the animals speaks in a very specific regional Austrian accent: Ferdinand the Duck sounds like a Tyrolean, Duchess the cat has a Vorarlberg accent and so on. To an American speaker of English, the accents might sound like Deep South, Australian or Scottish English, including regional words and figures of speech.

Spoilers

  • When James Cromwell is looking into the camera at the end to say "that'll do pig, that'll do", he said that in the reflection, he saw his father and in his head while saying the line he heard his father say that'll do Jamie, that'll do. It meant a lot considering that was the first time he'd been through a movie without doubting himself
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