I always reference this classic film whenever someone would ask me why I do not eat lechon (or liempo, crispy pata, sisig, etc.) even if it’s far from the truth (I just don’t like the texture of pork). Besides, I love a good plate of bacon.
More than a lovely fable about every animal’s rightful place in the world, it’s an effective message on the values of respect, kindness, leadership, and even acceptance (Ferdinand the Duck wanted to be a rooster and Babe ended up as a sheepdog!).
I cried when Farmer Hoggett (aka Boss) bottle-fed Babe and started singing and dancing to cheer him up. I was obviously a mess by the time he delivered one of the most perfect lines to ever end a movie, “That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.” Indeed.
(Originally published November 3, 2016.)