Director Chris Noonan's tale of precocious piglet Babe's (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) struggle to fit in and become a champion sheepherder won the hearts of audiences and critics. Nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Babe won the Visual Effects Oscar, and everything from farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) to the multitude of farm animals to the humble, edgy script is remarkably appealing for kids and adults alike.
From his start with the Boston Red Sox and controversial trade to the New York Yankees to his fall from stardom, this engaging biopic chronicles the tumultuous career and personal life of legendary ballplayer Babe Ruth.
After winning the sheepherding contest, Babe (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) comes home to the reality that Farmer and Mrs. Hoggett (James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski) may lose their land. The prize porker and Mrs. Hoggett go to the big city in a desperate attempt to save the farm but become separated. On his own, Babe performs with the circus, is chased by stray dogs and becomes a leader among animals in director George Miller's Oscar-nominated sequel.
Mickey Moran's (Mickey Rooney, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Patsy Barton's (Judy Garland) vaudevillian parents won't allow them to join their troupe, so they decide to put on their own show. But they'll have to do some fancy footwork to persuade the school administrators to support them. Directed by Busby Berkeley and based on Rodgers and Hart's popular Broadway hit, the musical romp was Rooney and Garland's first screen pairing.
Composer Victor Herbert's operetta comes delightfully to life in this 1961 fantasy starring Annette Funicello as Mary Contrary, whose fiancé, Tom Piper, (Tommy Sands), is abducted by a pair of goons. It seems that dastardly Mr. Barnaby (Ray Bolger) -- who covets Mary and her inheritance -- dispatched the thugs to get Tom out of the picture. When the dim-bulb duo double-crosses the boss, it sets off a search for Tom and a slew of comical chases.
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland reunite in this vibrant musical directed by Busby Berkeley. Thwarted in their attempts to break into the big time, showbiz wannabes Tommy Williams (Rooney) and Penny Morris (Garland) decide to stage their own Broadway production. Songs include "(I Like New York in June) How About You" and a selection of send-ups of performances by musical sensations -- including Rooney's hilarious Carmen Miranda imitation.
Small-town teen Bliss dodges her mother's beauty pageant plans in favor of joining a knock-'em-sock-'em all-girl roller derby team. As Bliss gains notoriety on the track as Babe Ruthless, her thrilling double life begins to catch up with her.
Whoa, dudes! San Dimas, Calif., high school underachievers Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) face flunking out if they don't ace a year-end history presentation. Using a time machine, they transport themselves back a few millennia. In the past, they enlist the help of Genghis Khan, Abraham Lincoln, Billy the Kid and Socrates (among others). They even manage to bag a couple of medieval babes. Talk about a funky show-and-tell!
Eager to make friends, new-kid-in-town Scotty (Tom Guiry) heads for the neighborhood sandlot, hoping to join a pickup baseball game. He's not any good, but the others grow to accept him as they teach him about the sport. His joy turns to horror, though, when he launches a ball signed by Babe Ruth into the junkyard of a crotchety neighbor with a menacing dog. Frightened, the boys test their mettle when they scheme to retrieve the ball.
He was a great American sports hero who captured the imagination of a country. In 1927, the "Sultan of Swat" broke his previous three single-season home run records to hit 60 home runs in just 155 games. He would hold that record for the next 31 years. Babe Ruth is arguably the greatest ballplayer of all time, and this A&E biography takes a look at the "Babe" from his youth in Baltimore, Md., to his time with the Red Sox and the Yankees.