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The story is that the sheepdog Fly looks after the piglet as a foster mother for farmer Hoggett, who had won the piglet at the fair. Surely the piglet is to be fattened up for the dinner table! But instead, through observation, intelligence and courtesy to the sheep, Babe, for that is the piglet's name, learns the work of a sheepdog and, of course, turns out to be the best one ever.

Dr John Benton

The pig's OK

Babe (Cert. U) is a live-action family film, based loosely on Dick King-Smith's 1983 book The Sheep-Pig.