Babe: Pig In The City

Babe: Pig In The City

Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 25th November 1998

Box Office Worldwide: $18.3M

Budget: $80M

Distributed by: Universal Studios

Production compaines: Kennedy Miller Productions

Reviews 1 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 23

IMDB: 5.8 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: as Farmer Arthur Hoggett, as The Landlady, as Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel, as Mrs. Esme Cordelia Hoggett, E.G. Daily as Babe (voice), as Ferdinand / Tug (voice), as Zootie (voice), as Bob (voice), as Thelonius (voice), as Easy / Tough Pup (voice), as Easy (voice), Stanley Ralph Ross as The Bull Terrier / The Doberman (voice), as The Pink Poodle / Choir Cat (voice), as Flealick (voice), Eddie Barth as Nigel / Alan (voice), Bill Capizzi as Snoop, The Sniffer Dog (voice), as Fly (voice), as Rex (voice), as The Narrator (voice)

Babe: Pig In The City Review

The problem with sequels is that they try too much to be like the original. Sure, there are a few exceptions. I can't think of any right off the top of my head, but rule #665 in The Critic's Bible: there are exceptions to every rule. Babe, by all accounts, was an intelligent, thought out movie. Babe II: Pig in the City, tries and tries but can't quiet do it.

Sure, the humor is moderately intelligent and the narration includes things like a mention of the chaos theory, but when it boils down to it, Babe II was just like every other sequel: an attempt to carbon copy the original. But, friends, the great copy machine known as Hollywood is broken, and has never gotten a repairman, so we are doomed to watch screwed up attempts at copying, remakes gone wrong, and things screwed up.

Babe II disappoints. It disappoints so much that I'll give you the plot summary and then leave you be because talking about it makes my relive the relative boredom of sitting in front of the screen with talking animals on it.

Babe comes back from winning the sheep-herding contest he won last movie and, when the farmer is injured and the farm goes into debt, Babe has to go to the city. Of course he's separated from his human and of course he saves the day for man and animal alike. There's really nothing that's anything but simplistic about it. It's a movie void with laughs.

Now I promised I'd shut up so I will, but if you see Babe II, don't come to me complaining about it.



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