MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 279 this week

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  25 November 1998 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 22,485 users  
Reviews: 213 user | 60 critic

Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 30 Nov 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 03 Dec 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 04 Jul 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

Babe: Pig in the City (1998) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Babe: Pig in the City.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Babe (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan
Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh
Happy Feet (2006)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

Directors: George Miller, Warren Coleman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman
Happy Feet 2 (2011)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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.

Directors: George Miller, Gary Eck, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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.

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey
Beethoven (1992)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A slobbering St. Bernard becomes the center of attention for a loving family, but its veterinarian secretly wants to kill him.

Director: Brian Levant
Stars: Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones
Free Willy (1993)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Jason James Richter, Lori Petty, Michael Madsen
Gordy (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A talking pig named Gordy becomes involved in a quest to save his family from the slaughterhouse.

Director: Mark Lewis
Stars: Kristy Young, Doug Stone, James Donadio
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson
Stuart Little (1999)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three pets escape from a California ranch to find their owners in San Francisco.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Don Alder
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A Doctor finds out that he can understand what animals are saying. And the animals find out that he understands.

Director: Betty Thomas
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Peter Boyle, Ossie Davis
Casper (1995)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by 3 mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
The Landlady
...
Fugly Floom
...
Babe (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Danny Mann ...
Ferdinand / Tug (voice)
...
Zootie (voice)
...
Bob (voice)
...
Thelonius (voice)
...
Easy / Tough Pup (voice)
...
Easy (voice)
Stanley Ralph Ross ...
The Bull Terrier / The Doberman (voice)
...
The Pink Poodle / Choir Cat (voice)
...
Flealick (voice)
...
Nigel / Alan (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

farmer | farm | hotel | animal | pig | See All (115) »

Taglines:

In the heart of the city, a pig with heart. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Babe 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,162,640 (USA) (27 November 1998)

Gross:

ESP 170,326,452 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 2011, Ron Meyer, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Studios,told an audience at the Savannah (Georgia) Film Festival that Babe: Pig in the City was one of the two worst movies that Universal had ever made; the other one he singled out was The Wolfman. See more »

Goofs

When Esme's suit is fully inflated, you can see that the front part of the pants are still there. In the next shot directly after that, when Babe and Ferdy come running, you can clearly see that the front part is not there, even though she is in the exact same position. See more »

Quotes

The Pink Poodle: Please. Please. I know you're different from the others. Those that have had their way with me make their empty promises, but they are all lies - lies. And I'm afraid and terribly, terribly tired.
Babe: Where's your human?
The Pink Poodle: My humans belong to someone else now. Someone younger and prettier.
See more »

Crazy Credits

One of the singing mice thanks the audience for staying through the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Happy Feet 2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Barnyard Boogie
Written by Louis Jordan and Wilhemina Grey
Performed by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Triumph
12 December 1998 | by (Cairns Australia) – See all my reviews

Babe: Pig In The City is captivating; a triumph. It's right up there with other subversive, surreal masterpieces like Delicatessen and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover, but in spite of what you might have heard Babe 2 isn't too dark for children, or for any older human. It's full of many wonderfully melancholy moments but it's not nasty. Above all Babe: Pig In The City is a triumph for gentleness and a plea on behalf of the marginalised; the weak in our community. It's one of the best films yet made and an ideal film for children to see.

What did Hollywood expect? Writer/director of Babe: Pig In The City, Australian George Miller couldn't be expected to roll over and produce a sweet (read merchandisable) sequel to the original Babe. He's far too human and thoughtful for that.

George Miller for heaven's sake has been intimately involved with The Mad Max Films, Lorenzo's Oil, Flirting, Dead Calm, Bangkok Hilton (TV), The Year My Voice Broke and The Dismissal (TV) a list that has no hint within it of a thoughtless panderer to the consumer society. The Witches Of Eastwick was the only aberration and Miller reportedly hated that experience, swearing to never work with Hollywood again, not on their terms anyway.

But then there was the phenomenon of Babe which made a fortune. Miller consented to do a sequel but demanded final cut and dismayed the toy makers when they found that Babe 2 didn't fit in with the money machine. So Babe: Pig In The City was dumped, with bad reviews generated probably from people who haven't even bothered to see it.

Babe: Pig In The City sees James Cromwell as Farmer Hoggett dumped (down a well) early in the film and the famous sheep-pig heading off to the city with Mrs Hoggett (Magda Szubanski) to earn some money to save the farm. The Pig gets separated from Mrs Hoggett and becomes aligned with a set of urban frightened animals who are threatened with being evicted from their homes. Babe saves the day by means of his sweet, giving nature.

This film looks wonderful. The same digitalised mouth movements to match speech are used as in the original movie. Similarly amazing animal training has the stars doing wonderful things as they tell the story and the sets are simply superb. The city is a composite of Sydney, New York , Paris, London and others with the copperplate ETERNITY graffiti well known by older Sydneysiders sitting gently above it all; an appropriately sensitive emblem for the world Miller has created.

Babe 2 is about innocence; about children. Some would say that the film is concerned with Animal Rights but I don't think it's drawing too long a bow to say that the film is commenting on the loss of power and self determination many millions are feeling in the western world as their jobs are disappearing. The lost, threatened animals in Babe have an aura of hopelessness, or at least helplessness before the bright and brave Babe shows them the way to assert themselves.

Babe: Pig In The City is also often very funny, very human, even if animals are the stars. It's an absolute must see for all animal lovers, of any age. And if you think it's too dark, well grow up. That's life.


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
5.8? jimmy_hamill-997-495389
holy crap this is appalling.... 13724
One of the most underrated films? electric_pet_mice
Even better than the original. ecurran347
Dear Lord... FemaleOrca
Most underrated movie EVER graograman22
Discuss Babe: Pig in the City (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?