Babe is hands-down the best movie that features a bunch of mice singing the teeth-rattling final theme from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony (by way of Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley) that has ever been made.
There. I said it. And I absolutely stand by that statement, no matter how unpopular. (You are, of course, welcome to offer alternative suggestions for the best Mice Singing Saint-Saëns movie of all time in the comments. I won’t squelch honest and respectful debate on the matter; I just won’t agree with anything that’s not Babe.)
Not convinced you should watch it yet? Well, what if I add that it’s also the best movie that features the fabulous character actor James Cromwell dancing (hilariously) to that same theme? In an effort to cheer up a pig? Would you watch it then?
It’s the award-winning story of a shy little pig who doesn’t quite know his place. With the help of an assortment of barnyard friends, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be!
A Quick Aside: I love the fact that the trailer opens with “The Aquarium” from The Carnival of the Animals, written by …wait for it…Camille Saint-Saëns. That’s just the sort of self-awareness that makes my day.
Another Quick Aside: If you’re wondering why Hoggett’s Farm looks and feels a bit like Hobbiton, it might be cinematographer Andrew Lesnie’s fault. The Oscar-winning lenser shot both this film and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and there’s a definite Charming and Colorful Life in the Country (visual) through line from Babe to Fellowship.