CINEMA: BABE: WITH AN OINK, OINK HERE

THE SUMMER'S SWEETEST, MOST SOULFUL HERO IS A PIG NAMED BABE

He's brave and bright, good-natured and ambitious, naive and vulnerable. All in all, he's probably the most winsome orphan to appear on the screen since Freddie Bartholomew impersonated David Copperfield 60 years ago. To be sure, Babe is a piglet, but hey, these days you take goodness where you can find it--and resolutely deny whatever snooty qualms anthropomorphism raises in you.

His tale is simple. Farmer Hoggett wins Babe in a raffle, then leaves him to fend for himself in the barnyard. A motherly sheep dog adopts him, a fatherly sheep dog growls dubiously at him, and a kooky duck gets...