Throwback Thursday- Babe (1995)

The pig is often not thought of as the most intelligent creature in the animal kingdom. It is either thought of as a cute plaything or dinner.

In the movie Babe (1995),  Babe, a pig is raised by sheepdogs. He does not get much respect, either from the other animals on the farm or from Farmer and Mrs. Hoggett (James Cromwell and Magda Szubanski). Unlike his fellow pigs, Babe takes on the challenge of being a sheepdog while working to gain the respect of the rest of the farm animals and the humans who rely on them.

Let’s be honest, this is a kid’s movie. But there is a message about perseverance and being yourself that transcends the genre and for the most part, makes the movie somewhat watchable as an adult.

I recommend it.


Throwback Thursday-Television Edition-You Can’t Do That On Television (1979-1990)

There is something about television before the PC (politically correct) era that always stands out for me.

In the late 1970’s, a small Canadian station premiered You Can’t Do That On Television, a sketch comedy show with a cast of young up and coming performers. In the early 1980’s, the show aired internationally. Broken up into Saturday Night Live style skits and conversations between cast, the show was infamous for a certain catchphrase, which many of my generation may remember. Uttering this catchphrase meant that you would soon be covered in green slime.

For a kid in that era, this was sophisticated comedy. For my generation, this show elevated Nickelodeon’s stature and forever imprinted it’s association with green slime.

I recommend it.

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