Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home -- one that will take everyone working together to save them.
Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.
After Babe's great victory in the shepherding contest, Farmer Arthur Hoggett turns down all offers to make money with his pig's talents. But when he gets hurt severely in the well, his wife has to take up farming. She does her best but cannot meet the bank's requirements, which results in the necessity of getting back to Babe. Soon, Esme Hoggett is sitting in a plane headed for "the" city. There, Babe unwillingly causes deep trouble. He has to stay with Mrs. Hoggett in the only hotel in town that accepts pets. Friendly neighbours send officials who catch all animals from the hotel: Cats, dogs, chimpanzees and many others. Babe, who managed to stay free, decides to help his new friends and gets unexpected help - not only by Ferdinand, who flew all the way to the city. Written by
Julian Reischl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although it might initially seem like a strange comparison, I must rate "Babe: Pig in the City" alongside "Alien 3" as two of the most grotesquely misunderstood and underappreciated films of the last 10 years. Both films are brilliantly crafted, with complex elements of plot, theme, and symbolism that stunned and confused moviegoers expecting to see films that resembled their respective predecessors. The challenges that Babe faces in his second adventure are much more demanding-- both of Babe himself and of his viewers-- than any mere sheep-herding competition.
Gene Siskel's assessment of "P.i.t.C." as the best film of 1998 is completely accurate-- it even exceeds the standards of such award-winners as "Shakespeare in Love" and "The Truman Show," which says quite a bit about a certain little pig.
The dark tone-- one that makes this movie unsuitable for kids under 10-- is established very early, with an accident that gives Babe (and us) a horrible scare and that sets up the necessity for Babe and Mrs. Hoggett (a delightfully comic character who brings needed levity to the movie) to venture into the forboding city. The city itself is a visual masterpiece, incorporating well-known landmarks from around the world, adding to the universality of the movie's message.
The direction is flawless-- which is quite an achievement considering the myriad animatronic animals that were used; the climactic scene in which Mrs. Hoggett "bungees" around a ballroom, trying to rescue "her pig," is one of the most memorably hysterical scenes in recent memory.
Each of the "P.i.t.C's" many characters is carefully developed to an extent that is rarely seen today-- from Thelonius to Flealick, each dog, cat, goldfish, bird, or monkey adds something uniquely *human* to Babe's experience in the city. Together, the animals create a subtle lesson about the importance of self-acceptance and of maintaining one's integrity of identity. Most importantly, the film conveys this message without ever becoming trite or hyperglycemic in its presentation of the plot events-- even the more unpleasant ones (the goldfish...)-- or of the characters.
Rating: 10/10. There is NOTHING about which to nit-pick with "Babe: Pig in the City" when it is NOT interpreted as a children's movie.
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