When I first heard that a kids movie about a pig had been nominated for multiple Oscars, including Best Picture, I bemoaned the state of the entertainment world. I had just seen Dead Man Walking and couldn't imagine a picture even being mentioned in the same breath as that deeply important, beautifully written and acted film. But when I finally saw Babe (my young children insisted), I came away completely humbled. No, it doesn't take on a question as difficult and meaningful as whether we should be killing our fellow humans. But it does address issues such as prejudice and how we treat the animals with whom we share the planet. And it takes on those topics in a manner that is by turns hilariously funny, sharply uncomfortable and greatly moving. And every element, from the script to the acting to the art direction and cinematography, is so polished and sophisticated. It all adds up to a unique film, a true original.