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Overall Rating
3.87

Awesome49.28%
Worth A Look: 24.64%
Average: 5.8%
Pretty Bad: 4.35%
Total Crap: 15.94%

3 reviews, 51 user ratings


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Babe: Pig in the City
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"Just like the first one, only better."
5 stars

The original caught the world's attention. The sequel has already captured the world's ire. Why? Because today's audiences don't want to be shocked, amazed, genuinely moved, they want easily digestible fairy floss.

Continuing as producer and taking over the reigns as director, Miller (Mad Max, Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo's Oil) has made the movie his own. Although some accused him of stealing Chris Noonan's thunder on the original, you can definitely tell the difference when Miller directs. The camera virtually becomes another character, and although it's the only one that doesn't do any physical talking, it rivets the audience to attention and guides them through every emotion.

The movie leaps off where the original ended. Babe and Farmer Hoggett return triumphantly to their farm. Life's soon back to normal except for the invitations Babe receives to appear in pageants. Unexpectedly Hoggett is hospitalised (the first in a succession of 'shocking' scenes) and he and the bouncy wife are forced to board a plane to ward off bank threats.

When they arrive in the big smoke (an amusing collage of international landmarks), all sorts of pig out of farm confusion reigns. First Babe is exploited by a bunch of clown working monkeys, then he nearly starves, is almost killed by guard dogs, only to emerge as the king of the urban jungle.

The big argument with this film focuses on its G rating. Yes, it might have been more suitable to give it a PG. But that's taking away from the fact that the two scenes which would probably warrant the stricter rating (the raid on the animal house, Babe's triumph over the guard dogs) are the reasons the film should earn at least three 1999 Oscar nominations.

After a disappointing box office opening in the States, let's hope this Sydney-shot magical tour earns its just rewards around the world. Just like the first one, only better. ---Dov Kornits

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originally posted: 12/09/98 02:57:56
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User Comments

6/12/13 Funesta umbra A truly complex film, anthropomorphic but honest. 5 stars
5/16/11 Dr.Lao Everything the original wasn't: creepy, charmless and burdened with lame attempts at humor 1 stars
9/27/10 Jennifer kimberly great family movie 4 stars
7/21/09 millersxing Amusing blend of Dickens with Orwell plus a dash of L Frank Baum. Delightful! 5 stars
5/15/08 PAUL SHORTT PAINTS A BLEAK PICTURE OF HUMANITY. NOT TO MENTION, SHALL WE SAY - ANIMALITY 1 stars
12/04/07 Isaac's Mama This is a great film with wonderful special effects and artistic intrigue. 5 stars
8/31/07 scotty stunningly great film 5 stars
9/14/05 Alphanana Disney on acid 5 stars
9/04/04 T.B. I like the first one better 2 stars
6/15/04 T. Maj Creepy, disturbing, might even scare kids-- total letdown from original 2 stars
12/06/03 john brilliant movie - but VERY different in style from the first - be prepared! 5 stars
9/28/03 Alice Babe got an award from animal right fighters.This one is anti animal rights (monkeys???) 1 stars
9/11/03 filmfatale Fun and awesome movie - deserved the kudos it received. 5 stars
9/09/03 Boombah Baby As a movie, great. As a kids' movie... not so much. 3 stars
9/05/03 bob mckenzie collin was paid by the pig 1 stars
8/06/03 Double G pig had boogy's in his nose 1 stars
4/22/03 lauren cleggett you little ripper 5 stars
8/06/02 nadine best stuff 5 stars
8/20/01 hen very good.I think he was cut!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Better than the original. 4 stars
5/11/01 ZOOLOO EXCELLENT FILM THE BEST! 5 stars
4/10/01 Gary This is an alright movie, but a terrible sequel. Babe was great, PITC is not! 3 stars
4/05/01 Andrew Carden Pretty cute sequel. Not such a tear-jerker, but pretty funny. 4 stars
4/05/01 Lynda Madaras great if you like pigs 4 stars
3/28/01 Jade Mckay I personally liked the first one betta than the no 2 but no2. keept me interested to watch 4 stars
12/22/00 Piggy lover God Dam this movie was under appreciated, Why? 5 stars
11/13/00 The EVIL Penguin Sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
11/12/00 Linda Davick unbelieveably wonderful 5 stars
11/04/00 Maria It was so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
11/03/00 rhiannon whyte it was da best video i have ever seen 5 stars
10/13/00 Nathan Copland Had a little laugh.Still pretty cute. 4 stars
8/27/00 minimasterab i can't believe kids enjoy this crap 1 stars
8/03/00 theep Raises the bar for family entertainment 5 stars
7/23/00 Tyler Peterson Kids who just got run over by a truck might find this sleazy bullshit entertaining. 1 stars
3/19/00 David Rogers I haven't seen this, don't plan to. The first one caused this rating. 1 stars
11/01/99 tits it's all right 3 stars
9/05/99 Weird Andy Strange and wonderful. This kiddie flick has real depth. A complete suprise. 5 stars
7/17/99 soccer_mum Why did they *have* to make this disappointing sequal. Original was great...this sucked. 1 stars
7/17/99 Glenn A dark masterpiece, it's not "Babe." Chandelier scene stinks, though. 5 stars
6/30/99 hum a kids film yes but there is alot to this movie.thoughtful 4 stars
5/31/99 Arkansas Jon Not what most would have expected. Kinda dark, yet still cute and heartwarming. 4 stars
3/17/99 Ah Dooey A masterpiece well done, compared to Paulie. 5 stars
3/11/99 haden lawyer A kid's movie that does't overly sanitize the genre (Pinnochio was "disturbing" too) 5 stars
1/19/99 grunter outclasses all Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks kids' productions for the last 10 years; JUST SEE IT 5 stars
1/06/99 E Creative, original, moving, fantastic. No wonder it flopped. 5 stars
1/02/99 Oscar Goldman It blew. What were they thinking when they wrote that script. Farmer Hogget paralyzed?! 1 stars
12/11/98 Mike Mc good one...not really for younger kids...to dark (don't be so eager with the oscar nods!) 4 stars
12/06/98 Mr Showbiz So dark and cynical it's likely to make kids cry or feel alienated. 2 stars
12/04/98 Bob Very good. Better than the original. Don't believe the numbers. Go see it! 5 stars
11/30/98 RBR Fun except for a couple disturbing scenes that should not have been in this movie.Well Done 4 stars
11/25/98 Lord Of The Dunce Good, but not a patch on the first. Too forced and frenzied. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  25-Nov-1998 (PG)
  DVD: 24-Aug-2004

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Australia
  10-Dec-1998 (G)




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