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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The 1995 Academy award-winning film Babe was Australian-made and featured the latest in talking animal anima-tronics. It told the heart-warming story of a sheepherding pig named Babe and his rise to community fame. The film was a tremendous hit, both financially and critically. Babe: Pig in the City is the higher budgeted American-made sequel that picks…  See more details below

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The 1995 Academy award-winning film Babe was Australian-made and featured the latest in talking animal anima-tronics. It told the heart-warming story of a sheepherding pig named Babe and his rise to community fame. The film was a tremendous hit, both financially and critically. Babe: Pig in the City is the higher budgeted American-made sequel that picks up where the original left off. It was directed by George Miller (Mad Max trilogy) who produced the original Babe film, and received a lot of criticism for being much darker than the original. The story owes more to George Orwell's Animal Farm or Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist than the original film. Having triumphed at the National Sheepdog trials, Babe returns home a hero. But after farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) suffers from a farming accident, Mrs. Hoggett, a naive portly woman, is left to work the ranch alone. It's not long before the bank comes knocking. Desperate to save her farm from foreclosure, she accepts an offer for Babe to perform his sheepherding abilities at an overseas state fair. Babe, Mrs. Hoggett, Ferdinand the duck, and the singing mice travel across the ocean to a surreal metropolis, where they suddenly become stranded and separated. Soon Babe is performing with circus apes, being chased by wild strays (sounding a lot like Marlon Brando in The Godfather), and making a new wheelchair-bound canine friend (voiced by Adam Goldberg). He also is anointed leader of the animal community. What Babe lacks in street smarts he makes up for in honest goodness as he teaches audiences yet again that "an unprejudiced heart can mend a broken world."

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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:
05/07/2013
UPC:
0025192176760
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
2,348

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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