It’s 25 years since a little piggy named Babe captured hearts the world over. Here are some fun things that you may or may not know about the heart-warming film.
Pig of the year!
Babe arrived in cinemas in 1995 – which was the Chinese zodiac Year of the Pig.
It took producer and screenwriter George Miller some ten years to bring the story of Babe to the big screen. This was partially due to Dick King-Smith, the author of the book it was based on, being reluctant to travel from the UK to Australia to oversee production. Miller was also waiting for special effects tech to catch up with how he wanted the film to look.
Babe was played by any of 48 Large White Yorkshire pigs – or one animatronic double. So many were needed because piglets tend to get big quickly, and shooting was completed over some six months.
Train in vain
With just shy of 1,000 real animals involved, the film had 56 animal trainers on hand trying to reel in the madness.
Get no pork on your fork…
The movie drove star James Cromwell, who was already a vegetarian, to veganism. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that the success of Babe in the USA led directly to a 20 per cent drop in pork sales.
Babe was one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films of 1995.