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Some movies are like old friends; it's always good to see them again. Babe, a fairy tale starring a talking pig, is one of those pals that charms fans of every age -- after all, who can resist a pink, porcine hero with an ultra-expressive snout !?! When piglet Babe is wrenched away from his family (which turns out to be a good thing since they're all headed for the supermarket), he lands at the Hoggett farm. Once there, he upsets "the way things are" by convincing Farmer Hoggett to train a pig to do a dog's job. En route, Babe manages to foil an evil house cat, befriend a grandiose duck and bring out the best in solemn Hoggett. While Babe went about his business, our kids got a behind-the-haystack perspective on animal life, soaking up a lesson in compassion that is told without a trace of corn. The scenery is breathtaking, the talking animals are convincing, and the small, but significant dramas that unfold in the Hoggett barnyard strike a perfect balance between wit and heart. Warning: bacon will never look quite the same!
The furry, feathery cast of Babe is adorable, and got our kids all a-gaggle about meeting real animals. We spent a morning at our local Animal Farm, which is a sanctuary for creatures that have been snatched from cruel fates. Today, they get lots of affection, sunshine and exercise, provided by a cadre of volunteers. The farm helps humans as well as animals, by offering a friendly introduction to different barnyard citizens, and, hopefully, motivating us to treat animals with compassion. When a lushly-lashed cow sauntered up to our daughter for a back scratch and a snack of hay, a vegetarian was born. Her brother bonded with an enormous pig, who nuzzled him and refused to leave his side. The sheer bulk of a Brahma Bull impressed us, as did the antics of fowl scrapping over a water dish. For this parent, there's just something special about watching young ones interact with animals -- especially, when you have a camera! We took fantastic pictures, capturing the delighted smile of a kid freshly blasted by the sweet, steamy breath of a cow.
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Visit and Animal Farm or Sanctuary
Age Recommendation: stroller babes and up
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