Babe: Pig in the City

1998 "This little pig went to the city..."
5.8| 1h32m| G| en| More Info
Released: 25 November 1998 Released
Producted By: Universal Pictures
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Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm.

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Babe: Pig in the City Audience Reviews

Alicia I love this movie so much
AnhartLinkin This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.
Voxitype Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
Haven Kaycee It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
powermandan What really made me want to see both Babe movies was when I found out that Gene Siskel--one of the best known movie critics in the world at the time--called it THE best movie of 1998. His buddy, Roger Ebert, also praised it. I saw their segment when they reviewed this and they were acting like it was a better family movie than The Lion King. I strongly doubted this was better than Saving Private Ryan and Shakespeare in Love, but I didn't think it would be that far behind. Because Siskel and Ebert gave it a better review than the first movie, and they are both very trustworthy critics, I took their word for it being a great film. I know opinions differ, but I don't get why both men loved it as much as they did.What made Babe such a treat was its lovely scenery and different animals talking. In Babe: Pig in the City, Babe and the duck return for the whole movie, then they encounter dogs, cats and monkeys. Everybody sees dogs and cats all the time, and chimps are the subjects of lots of sci-fi movies. In Babe, there is a diversity of animals that are more rare to see, an unclose for that matter. Also, since it takes place in a city, mostly at night, it it not as beautiful as the nature filled farm in the first. We do see the farm in this, but only for a short amount of time. The set pieces for the city looked too comical, I guess for a kiddie effect. I liked the sets, but they were inferior to Babe's. My last problem is how weak the plot and characters developed. In Babe, the plot was kind of weak, but made up for it by having great character development. The plot in this is a bit slower and the character development is weaker too. I didn't not like this. I really did. Is it a fall from the first? Yes, but is it a bad movie entirely? Not at all. With tons of animals being human, the puppets, effects and trainers deserve huge props. Maybe the set wasn't as nice as the first, but it was still very well made and admirable. The development is a bit weaker, but some of your favourite barnyard friends are back and we meet some new, lovable animals. I may watch Babe more often than Babe: Pig in the City, but there will be times where I will be in the mood to see the screen's best pig out of the farm.
mikedray298 I don't care what anyone says, in my personal opinion, Babe Pig in the City is one of the best movies ever made. Now I will admit that the incredibly indescribable tone is a bit polarizing or whatever you call it for some people but I think it works. The story is fun. The characters are actually likable and interesting. But what really sets Babe Pig in the City apart is the visuals, music, and cinematography. Babe Pig in the City is (for me personally) the best looking movie I have ever seen in my life. I am not exaggerating st all. I have seen Blade Runner. I have seen all 3 Lord of the Rings movies multiple times. I have seen Avaturd. Anyway, Babe Pig in the City has such an imaginative,creative world to it that I just can't help but praise like a fan boy.Yes, it will be polarizing to some but just hear me out, give this amazing movie a shot because it more than deserves it. It is also I would also like to openly admit, that this is one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time. And one of my dreams is that this movie gets put in the Criterion Collection. I'm not just over hyping because of nostalgia.I didn't see this movie until I was 14. No joke. 10/10= Fantastic!
Paul Matthews (zordmaker) Once again, if it's illegal for someone who worked on a film to review it then dismiss this review, otherwise read on.I was the Art Dept Electrician on this film. It will always occupy a special place in my heart as the most demanding and enjoyable film I ever worked on. It was made at the height of the "golden age of Film" in Sydney Australia and it's demands stretched the ability of the industry here, especially when "The Matrix" began shooting alongside.There are a lot of Australian milestones on this film. To date it still holds the record (and is likely to for the foreseeable future) for the largest and most complex film back lot ever constructed in Australia. From beginning to end this film took 12 months in production. Months and months of night shoots were the order of the day. An enormous animal department was maintained on site for this film, the production being unique in the world. Unfortunately not many of these milestones are visible on screen.Couple to this the realization that this film was made on the "old" side of the fence at the Sydney Showgrounds as it was undergoing transformation into Fox Studios. As production ran overtime, a game of cat and mouse ensued where the fences were constantly moved as the new "Fox" ate and devoured the "old" site. That the film was completed at all was testimony to the resilience of George Miller and his crew to plod on no matter what, and settle for nothing less than the very best.So how can I give a film that I worked on, only 4 stars out of 10? Because despite the great story, incredible performances and wonderful production design, this film has been fiddled with. Important scenes (that were filmed) were deleted in an attempt to give the film the all important "G" rating when this film should always have been rated "PG". The desperate and terminal nature of the film is lost - and you leave the cinema feeling cheated that something that was promised, was not quite delivered.Who to blame? Universal I guess - because what came back in November 1998 looked quite different to what we had spent 12 months making in the previous two years. The film was released in a very difficult Pre Christmas slot up against stiff competition. It's dark side was panned by critics - who believed that the sequel should have been as light hearted as the first film.But my final opinion? When I saw "Babe" in a cinema in 1995, I distinctly remember standing in the parking lot with my family, considering what we had just seen and remarking "Now there's a film that should never be sequel-led".In February 1997 when I was first told of the plans for "Babe 2", my heart sank at the memory of those words spoken by myself 2 years earlier. Of course I was excited to be on the film in the important crew position I took, we did our best and I will always be forever happy with the results.However today when I watch and enjoy "Pig in the City" I can't but help remember my feelings that day in February 1997. So glad I am that this film was made, that I could have been a part of it and have it turn out so well.. and yet niggling in the back of my mind.. the question as to whether it should have been made at all.Please enjoy watching Babe : Pig in the City. It was, is and always will be my favourite production. In my opinion the last "real" Sydney film made before big corporate money took over the scene in Australia and laid waste to it 10 years later.History that will never be repeated.
Theothervip 1996's BABE was an out-of-nowhere hit. Coming out on a risky summer season, where BATMAN FOREVER was the talk of the town, BABE found its audience thanks to word of mouth and some positive critic reviews. Now, it's considered one of the finest family films ever made; an witty, creative and original movie. If only its sequel BABE: PIG IN THE CITY received such grace. It more than deserves it. At first, a sequel to BABE seems like trying to sequelize the original WIZARD OF OZ (And no! RETURN TO OZ does not count). Why make a sequel to a surprise hit that was unique and surprising which would only detract from what the first one achieved. But in the hands of the inventive yet sadly under-appreciated Australian filmmaker George Miller (co-writer and producer of BABE), the sequel finds an interesting direction: Why not do what the original did; do something that goes against what audiences are expecting. Sadly, audience don't always warm-up to re- inventions of familiar premises. And whereas BABE was a light-hearted charmer sprinkled with moments aimed at grown-ups, PIG IN THE CITY is a little darker and more menacing, but still mixed with some of the same charm and inventiveness of the first. People sadly didn't warm-up with Miller's darker and more eccentric tone (the film is almost outright surrealism) and it remains misunderstood to this day. Luckily, home video has done the proper justice to this little gem and its finally seeing more positive light than during its original release. The storyline is incredible; combining a witty live-action cartoon, a quirky slapstick comedy, a Dickensian modern fairy tale, and some totally oddball surrealism. Immediately, the story begins with Farmer Hoggett (the brilliant James Cromwell, given very little screen time here though) getting caught in an accident that leaves his wife Esme (a hilarious Magda Szubaski) doing all the work in the farm, until a notice for foreclosure forces her to travel to the big city, in hopes of taking Babe to a special appearance and use the appearance fee as payment to their loan. But their city isn't as welcoming as expected. Almost immediately, Mrs. Hoggett finds herself accidentally convicted of drug possession and gets kicked-off almost everywhere ("Scram lady! This isn't a farm!"), until she finds a small hotel that actually hosts a couple of strange homeless animals. There, Babe meets a number of strange denizens including a group of showbiz chimpanzees, a disabled- to-the-waist dog named Flealick, a couple of other dogs and cats, and then some strays who finds comfort in Babe's hospitality and a ruthless pitbull who finds himself converted when an act of kindness from Babe gives him a wake-up call. Eventually, he also meets up with old pal Ferdinand, who thinks of Babe as his "lucky pig", only to realize to this little porker's potential. Though the storyline is rather simple (it's really another fish-out- water tale) and its morals are traditional, the film doesn't offer easy paths. "You're just a pig in the big city!" says Ferdinand the duck at one point in the film. "What could you possibly do? Why even try?" Immediately, the merits of morality and kindness in a different world where the rules are very different from the simple life in the country are questioned. Could kindness and humility overcome differences, change lives, inspire others even in a world as hopelessly bleak as an uninviting urban environment? Add to that, the movie even makes possible references to Babe as something of a Christ-figure, who finds himself serving up kindness to a bunch of city animals who finds the very idea oblivious. "I'm just a pig on a mission." Babe says at one point. Even if you don't see it at that angle, the movie is still the stuff of classic fairy tale viewed on more mature eyes. Kids will love its cute animals and fun slapstick (the climax is as crazy as it is lively and hilarious), but adults will find the story actually willing to transcend beyond the levels of what "kids movies" would usually go. There's just so much to say about this movie (Did I even mention about how creative and how seamless they make the animals talk and "act"?) that it just begs to wonder why people don't even notice something so unique and wonderful. It's not just a brilliant sequel, it's a brilliant original work all its own. I say, go see BABE again and love it as you always have. Now go see BABE: PIG IN THE CITY again, and see a vastly different film that you might not have noticed before.