Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Babe The Pig At McDonald's
The cast of the 1995 Universal Studios film "Babe" found their way into McDonald's Happy Meals in the Summer of 1996. But don't be sad, because they were soft, plush toys!
"Babe" was a surprise smash hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. The animals were brought to life by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Rhythm & Hues Studios.
Babe was voiced by Christine Cavanaugh, who also provided the voice of Chuckie in "Rugrats", Gosalyn in "Darkwing Duck" and Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory".
The Cow Happy Meal toy allows you to play with your food and eat it, too!
In Europe, a Vache (Cow) does not moo, it says "Sha-zoo!"
Babe avoids becoming dinner by becoming a "Sheep-Pig" with the help of Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) and a sheep named Maa (voiced by Miriam Flynn).
Miriam Flynn is a familiar face in the National Lampoon "Vacation" films as Cousin Catherine (married to Cousin Eddie, played by Randy Quaid).
Babe is taken in by a Border Collie named Fly (voiced by Miriam Margolyes).
Miriam Margolyes played Professor Pomona Sprout in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2".
Babe's pal, Ferdinand the duck (voiced by Danny Mann, Hector the cat in the "Heathcliff" TV series) acts like a rooster.
Ferdinand's son, Quacky, currently plays the AFLAC duck.
The big villain is Dutchess the cat. She tells Babe that humans eat pigs and ducks because they have no purpose. Meow!
Dutchess was voiced by Russi Taylor, who also provides voices for many famous animated characters (including Minnie Mouse for Disney and Martin Prince on "The Simpsons").
The cute Mice on the farm don't just scurry around and steal food. They sing!
A sequel called "Babe: Pig in the City" was released in 1998, with Elizabeth Daily (Tommy Pickles in "Rugrats" and Dottie in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure") providing the voice for Babe.
In "Babe: Pig in the City", Babe moves to New York City to live in an apartment with writer Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her pet, Hornie the Goat.
Babe was offered the opportunity to be the mascot for the McDonald's McRib Sandwich, but he declined for obvious reasons.