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THE MEMORY GAME, The plot or storyline of Babe is easy to follow as we watch the film but how easy is it to remember what. happens afterwards, Many important things happen to Babe You will find some of these listed below but in the wrong order. Cut these out along the dotted lines and either on your own or with a partner try to arrange the events in. the right order, On Christmas Day Babe stops the rustlers stealing all of the sheep. Farmer Hoggett enters the guess the weight of the pig competition at the fair. Babe goes missing and the Farmer and Fly search for him. Babe surprises everyone by winning the sheepdog trials. Babe comes to live on Hoggett Farm, Farmer Hoggett takes Babe out onto the field with Fly to work with the dogs as a sheepdog. Rex attacks Fly for showing Babe how to be a sheepdog. Farmer Hoggett nearly shoots Babe because he thinks he has killed Maa the sheep. Babe is taken away from his brothers and sisters, Duchess the cat tells Babe what pigs are for eating.
Babe goes on an adventure with Ferdinand to get rid of the alarm clock. How many did you get right it s harder than you think isn t it. Have we missed something out, Below is an empty strip for you to add another event from the film that you feel has been left out Once. you have written your new sentence ask the person sitting next to you to put it in the right place with the. other strips of paper,TURNING A BOOK INTO A FILM, The idea for the film Babe came from Dick King Smith s book The Sheep Pig first published in 1983. King Smith is a British author and has written more than 70 novels all about animals. Have you read the book as well as seen the film, Did you think that the film was very different from the book The film adds events that are not in the book. For example in the book we do not meet the character of Duchess the cat she only appears in the film. version Can you remember any other additions to the book Write these down in the chart below. EVENTS THAT WERE IN THE FILM BUT NOT THE BOOK, 1 Duchess the cat only appears in the film version. Why do you think that the filmmakers added these events Do they add something to the story. As you have probably noticed telling a story in words and telling one on film is very different If the author. wants the reader to know something they can simply write it down but the filmmaker has to turn this. information into pictures, With a partner or as a class try to think of other differences between the two.
THE MUSIC IN THE FILM, There are some beautiful pieces of music played throughout the film The music is performed at certain. moments to create a certain mood, Can you remember any of the musical pieces How did they sound. How did the music make you feel For example can you remember the type of music played when Babe. discovers the room where animals are killed, Can you remember the names of any musical instruments you heard Write the names of them on a. separate sheet of paper or draw a picture of them, One piece of music that is played a lot in the film is called Symphony Number 3 by a composer called. Camille Saint Sa ns There are 4 different versions of this piece in the film. a a huge loud version using an orchestra with a big brass section b a music box version which is calmer. and is played using a celesta c a version with words sung by Farmer Hoggett called If I Had Words d If I. Had Words sung by the mice, The music box version b is played at the beginning of the film during the titles Can you remember when.
in the film the other versions were played, Why do you think 4 versions were played How did each piece differ. Choose one of the following tasks, If you have a copy of Saint Sa ns symphony in school have a listen to remind yourself of the tune Can. you compose another version of the symphony how about a rap version Practice this and show it to your. class or record it into a cassette recorder, Sit down as a group and listen carefully to the symphony or another piece of music of your choice Draw a. picture that you feel complements or goes well with the music. The photographs on this page show two very different events from the film Babe Can you think of the. musical accompaniment to go along with these scenes. What instruments would you use Think about the mood of the scene. Choose some well known pieces of music yourself that you think would go well with each of the scenes is. it a fast or slow piece of music Does it make you feel relaxed or energetic. LOOK WHO S TALKING, 80 of the dialogue in the film occurs between the animals The production team chose the actors and. actresses for the voices very carefully Their voice needed to reflect the personality of the animal. Pictured on the next two pages are some of the characters from the film Can you remember how their. voices sounded What can you tell about the characters from their voices Write your thoughts and. descriptions in the speech bubbles provided, Why not have a go at the voices yourself Which is your favourite voice which one are you best at.
If you have a television and DVD player that you can use select a DVD with characters in humans animals. or cartoons, Try turning the sound down and making up voices for the characters that you can see Think about the. personality of your character and how they would sound would they have a high or deep voice would they. speak softly or roughly Think about the accent of your character. Once you have decided on the perfect voices tape them into a cassette recorder and see if you can get. the timing right so that the words spoken fit into when your character is speaking. You could also turn the television the other way round so that you cannot see the characters you can only. Listen to the voices carefully and think about how they sound what type of person would have a voice like. that Make notes of your thoughts and draw a sketch of your person. Compare it to your friends drawings are your pictures the same are there any features that you all agree. Now have a look at the character on the screen were you right Who got the closest. READING THE,When a film is shown,in a cinema it is. usually advertised in,newspapers and on,posters outside the. cinema The poster,has to be attractive,to interest the public. and it must give,information about,the film Look at the.
poster shown to the,right that advertises,1 What does the. poster tell us about,the film what can we,2 Why do you think. that the Farmer and,Mrs Hoggett are in,the background and. are very small whilst,all the animals are at,the front and are. 3 Beneath Babe,is written the line A,little pig goes a long.
way This is called,the tag line and tells,us what the film will. be about Can you,think of a different,tag line for Babe. Write your tag line, 4 What kind of audience do you think the film is aimed at who would go and see the film Would it be the. same kind of people who would go and see Die Another Day the latest James Bond film for example. Imagine that you have been asked to design a poster for the film Babe What will you put on your poster. What information do you want to give to the public about the film. What characters will you have on it will they be big or small Think about the setting any places that you. would want to show, How will you make your poster look interesting what colours will you use Remember to put on the title of. the film Babe and your tag line, Use an A4 piece of paper to try out your ideas before using a big piece of paper Make a display of all your.
posters Which ones would make you want to go and see the film. INNOCENCE DRAMA EXERCISE, Babe does not realise until his incident with the cat what pigs are for Until this moment he lives in. blissful ignorance believing the best in everybody and trusting all The traditional African story below tells. the tale of a baby lion who like Babe lives with other animals Read this story as a class. THE LION WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A SHEEP A TRADITIONAL AFRICAN STORY. A lion cub was found by a farmer The cub had been abandoned by his mother The farmer took. pity on the lion and took it home The cub was put in with the sheep and learned to live and graze. One day all the sheep were restless They felt something was about to happen The lion cub felt. restless as well, Suddenly on the horizon there appeared a fully grown lion a king of the jungle The sheep. scattered and fled the lion cub fled with them The grown up lion roared and the earth shook. He caught an animal and disappeared into the forest. The next month the same thing happened again The lion appeared and the sheep and the lion cub. The summer came and the lion cub was thirsty He went to the river to drink As he put his head. down to the water he was shocked to see the hideous beast which had frightened them all so. much appear in the water looking at him He ran and ran but the sheep did not run He turned back. but could not see the creature following, At last a month later the lion appeared again but this time he ran up to the cub. The lion cub was so frightened he put back his head and let out a cry Baa Baa. The grown up lion looked at him and spoke, Act out the story as a class You could be sheep lions or other creatures of the jungle like elephants and. giraffes Don t forget the farmer, What do you think the lion will say to the cub Discuss this as a class and decide on the best comments.
What will happen next We have left the ending up to YOU. Make masks for the animals using card string and scissors Draw the face of your animal on the front. FOOD AND FARMING, Most of the action in Babe takes place on Hoggett s Farm A lot of Farmer Hoggett s machinery and tools. are rather old fashioned and he does not use any modern equipment. Farming has been carried out for thousands of years as you can see on the time line below. 10 000 B C, First people on Earth gathered plants and hunted animals. 8 000 B C People began to sow seed for grain crops such as wheat and barley in their farming. communities They also began to tame animals like sheep and cattle and keep them near to home. 2 000 B C Farmers in Egypt and India began to use ploughs to sow their crops. 600 A D The Saxons developed a 3 field system and rotated crops growing on two fields with one. out field lying fallow or empty every third year, 900 A D Families are given strips of land to grow their crops on Rich families have many more strips than. the poorer families This continues for several hundred years. 1400 s Land was enclosed and fenced off with hedges or walls. 1700 s The Agricultural Revolution Machines like Jethro Tull s seed drill were invented so that more crops. could be produced, 1800 s Scientists like John Bennet Lawes proved how useful fertilisers and chemicals could be to the. quality of the soil and to increased growth of crops. 1900 s Modern farm machinery has meant that farmers can harvest much larger crops with fewer people. FARMING THROUGH THE AGES, Look at the pictures on this page They all show farming in different periods of history.
1 Try and put them into historical order starting with the oldest one. 2 Can you guess what period of history each picture comes from. 3 Can you describe what is happening in each picture. Illustrations reprinted by kind permission of Alan Burton BBC Educational Publishing. FARMING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, When watching the movie Babe we get to see the farm through the changing seasons Different farming. activities have to occur at specific times in the year This is because of the weather and the time needed. for the crops to grow The animals will also be born at a certain time in the year. Can you find out when these farming activities would take place. Sowing the seeds,Ploughing the fields,Baby lambs are born. The crops are harvested,The sheep are shorn for their wool. The cows are milked, When you have found out when these events occur during the year design your own timeline like the one. on page 9 and add drawings of the events, Fold a piece of A4 paper into 4 sections Draw pictures showing the four changing seasons on a farm.
spring summer autumn and winter one in each section. Remember to show the weather for each season and the farming events that would happen at that time of. year Think about the colours you would use Are you going to draw pictures from a farm today or a farm. from a long time ago What animals are you going to include in your pictures. Close your eyes and try to picture Hoggett s farm from the film Ask your teacher or collect for yourself. pictures by painters such as Constable or Van Gogh for ideas of farming scenes You could also look for. John Clare s The Shepherd s Calendar as this depicts farming throughout the year. If you are pleased with your pictures you could draw them on a larger scale or even make a collage display. with your class mates using different materials,DOWN ON THE FARM. There are many working farms that welcome school children for visits There is probably one in your area. that you could visit to find out more about farms and animals. Question Time Think about the questions you would like to ask the farmer what do you want to find out. You may want to include some of the questions below have we missed anything out Add your own. questions at the bottom of the list,How old is the farm. How big is the farm,What happens on the farm during a. NOTES FOR TEACHERS Ideas in this study guide are intended as starting points for a cross curricular topic based on the tale of a baby lion who

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