Celebrity Babe of the Month: June

Sorry for the long hiatus; but let’s be honest, did any of you really notice?

And now, for the conclusion of our Celebrity Babe of the Month series…

Babe the Gallant Pig

One of four dozen piglets who played Babe in the 1995 movie

One of four dozen piglets who played Babe in the 1995 movie

Real name: Babe (known in sheepdog trials as Pig)

Babe-ification story:

When Farmer Hogget wins an infant pig at a fair and brings it back to the farm, the dog who takes care of the piglet asks its name. It responds that its mother called all her children Babe.

An illustration by Mary Rayner from the original book

An illustration by Mary Rayner from the original book

Celebrification story:

Mary Rayner illustration

Mary Rayner illustration

Just an orphan pig on a farm, Babe unknowingly avoids becoming Christmas dinner by proving himself a skilled herder of the other farm animals. He has learned from Fly, the friendly sheepdog who adopts the piglet as her own, but he eventually becomes the most efficient herder on the farm when he comes up with the idea to ask the sheep nicely if they wouldn’t mind going into the pen. Babe even saves the sheep from rustlers.

Farmer Hogget notices the pig’s uncanny talents and decides to enter him into the county sheep dog trials. They begin training, interrupted only by the brief suspicion that Babe has killed a sheep (turns out it was the only sheep he wasn’t able to save from wild dogs). Babe enters the trials armed with a password given to him by the farm sheep that will allow him to talk to the unfamiliar sheep he is herding in the competition. He does so well that the judges award him and Farmer Hogget the highest possible score.

Meta-celebrification story:

Babe book cover   Babe movie poster

In 1983, children’s author Dick King-Smith penned The Sheep-Pig (Babe, the Gallant Pig in the U.S.). In 1995, the book was turned into a movie called Babe, which was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. It won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and did extremely well at the box office, solidifying Babe’s place in history and canonizing Farmer Hogget’s sweet post-competition praise: “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.”

That'll do, Pig. That'll do.

That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.

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