Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Babe is a live-action farm tale widely considered one of the best family films of all time. However, unlike animated films, in which violence can be dismissed as make-believe, some of the violence on the farm may frighten younger viewers. One scene, in which wild dogs attack the sheep and kill one, is particularly intense and disturbing. The reality of why animals are bred is mentioned again and again (Christmas is equated to a blood bath, because of all the animals slaughtered to end up on a dinner table). But at its core, this is a tale of perseverance, friendship, and making your dreams come true.
A pack of wild dogs attack sheep and kill one named Ma; she's shown with a bloody wound before she dies. Audiences know a duck is being slaughtered, but the actual killing isn't visible. Many references to slaughtering and how animals wind up as food on dinner tables. The farmer almost shoots Babe, mistakenly believing him to be responsible for the sheep's death. Some scenes may scare very young children, like when a piglet and puppies are taken away from their mothers or when Babe walks around in the dark slaughterhouse. Two dogs fight, and one bites a man's hand. A dog also tries to bite Babe.
Several insults are hurled, like "butt-head," "block-head," "shut up," "moron," and "stupid."
Many wonderful messages. Kids will learn that just because you don't look like you can do something doesn't mean you can't do it anyway. The idea that family is who raises you -- not just who gives birth to you -- is a powerful lesson for those who are or know adopted children.
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