Director: Chris Noonan
When Jamie and I started dating, I recall one of the things we agreed upon was Babe (1995), the movie about a polite little pig who unwittingly dodges the carving knife over and over while a quiet farmer recognizes his potential and figures him for an excellent sheep
I don't recall exactly why I saw Babe, but for a streak from 1995- 1999 or so, I was at the movies 3 times per week or so, watching a good chunk of mainstream cineplex content, but also hitting Austin's Dobie and Village theaters to catch the "college rock" options when it came to movies. What I can remember is my utter shock at how *good* the film was. I hadn't read any reviews, I really expected it to be a goofy little kids movie, and I kind of stumbled out into the sun afterwards unsure of what I'd seen.
And, believe me, sitting around drinking beers with your pals fresh back from summer and saying "you know what was really good that I saw this summer? Babe, the movie about the talking pig." This is early-days film school where everyone's trying to prove they've seen the coolest, artiest stuff and where people rolled their eyes at you for talking about techniques from Star Wars, so - to suggest that a movie was something that they had decided it was not - was taken about as well as the idea of a pig herding sheep.