Babe: Pig in the City

Babe: Pig in the City

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Director: George Miller

Cast: George Miller, Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell, Mary Stein

     
 

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George Miller's stunning sequel to Babe is as groundbreaking as talking animal movies get. On DVD, the fantasy world of Babe and pals is infinitely believable. Colors are lush. The transfer is excellent. The DVD allows the film to be viewed rightfully as a work of art. The Dolby Digital soundtrack is also superb; narration, dialogue, sound effects, and musicalSee more details below

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George Miller's stunning sequel to Babe is as groundbreaking as talking animal movies get. On DVD, the fantasy world of Babe and pals is infinitely believable. Colors are lush. The transfer is excellent. The DVD allows the film to be viewed rightfully as a work of art. The Dolby Digital soundtrack is also superb; narration, dialogue, sound effects, and musical score all impress to no end. Sadly, the "Bonus Materials" menu doesn't provide access to much information. The "Production Notes" section presents about ten pages of information, in text that is difficult to read (light text on a light background), regarding the making of the movie. The information would be more successfully presented in the form of a production featurette. The "Cast and Filmmakers" section gives standard biographical filmographies of the director and five of the film's stars (including the actor who gives voice to Babe). A "Scene List" provides quick access to all 18 chapters, complete with full-motion video to make sure viewers select the correct scene. Two theatrical trailers for the film and one for the original Babe film are included, which are fun to watch (thanks to the singing mice). Babe: Pig in the City might not be revelatory fare, but in watching the movie on DVD, viewers will find it easy to believe that Babe and all of his animal friends are actually talking and going about their human-like lives -- it's a can't miss treat.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The sequel to the 1995 sleeper hit Babe, Babe: Pig in the City may have been deemed occasionally too intense for the child audience, but that didn't prevent it from being as inventive and enchanting as the first film. Directed by Babe producer (and Mad Max auteur) George Miller, Babe: Pig in the City surpasses the original's visual riches when the guileless sheep pig, Ferdinand the duck, and the chorus of Edith Piaf-singing mice become stranded in a stupendous megalopolis that is an amalgam of several major international cities. The slew of animals Babe meets, including antagonistic dogs and cats, a dignified chimp, working circus monkeys, and a canine enforcer who sounds like a famous mafia don, may all sport an urban edge, but Babe's boundless generosity of spirit still prevails -- though he does acquire a punk collar. The animatronic beasts and lip-synched animal dialogue are as seamless and literately witty as in the first film, while the numerous urban perils -- particularly the city pound -- provide another lesson on animal rights and self-worth within elaborate, outrageously choreographed adventures. Opening against stiff competition from the animated A Bug's Life (1998), Babe: Pig in the City failed to match its predecessor's success.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/1999
UPC:
0025192052729
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
48,929

Special Features

Babe screensaver; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailers; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Magda Szubanski Esme Hoggett
James Cromwell Arthur Hoggett
Mary Stein Landlady
Mickey Rooney Fugly Floom
Julie Godfrey Neighbor
Elizabeth Daily Babe
Danny Mann Ferdinand
Glenne Headly Zootie
Steven Wright Bob
James Cosmo Thelonius
Myles Jeffrey Easy
Nathan Kress Easy
Stanley Ralph Ross Doberman,Pitbull
Russi Taylor Pink Poodle
Adam Goldberg Flealick
Roscoe Lee Browne Narrator

Technical Credits
George Miller Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Catherine Barber Associate Producer
Nikki Barrett Casting
Alison Barrett Casting
Kerrie Brown Set Decoration/Design
Animal Logic Film Animator,Special Effects
Mill Film Animator,Special Effects
Roger Ford Production Designer
Jay Friedkin Editor
Barbara Gibbs Executive Producer
Colin Gibson Art Director,Associate Producer
Barbara Harris Casting
Mark Lamprell Screenwriter
Andrew Lesnie Cinematographer
Bill Miller Producer
Doug Mitchell Producer
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Judy Morris Screenwriter
Guy Norris Associate Producer
Ben Osmo Sound/Sound Designer
Tad Pride Special Effects Supervisor
Tony Raes Set Decoration/Design
Rhythm & Hues Studios Animator,Special Effects
Margaret Sixel Editor
P.J. Voeten Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Nigel Westlake Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Babe- Pig in the City
0. Chapter List
1. The Hero Pig [1:30]
2. If Only... [1:20]
3. To Save the Farm [1:15]
4. A Trip to the City [1:10]
5. The Drug Smuggler [3:59]
6. Stranded [:20]
7. A Place for a Pig [1:45]
8. Give Back My Bag! [3:03]
9. Uncle Fugly [1:07]
10. Chaos Theory [:49]
11. A Pig Gets Wise [3:57]
12. Duck in the City [2:12]
13. The Kindest Heart [1:42]
14. Sanctuary's End [2:02]
15. Chaos Revisited [3:16]
16. I Want My Pig! [:48]
17. Something Afresh [4:38]
18. End Titles [1:11]

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