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Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

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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.

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George Miller
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Magda Szubanski ... Mrs. Esme Cordelia Hoggett
James Cromwell ... Farmer Arthur Hoggett
Mary Stein ... The Landlady
Mickey Rooney ... Fugly Floom
Elizabeth Daily ... Babe (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Danny Mann Danny Mann ... Ferdinand / Tug (voice)
Glenne Headly ... Zootie (voice)
Steven Wright ... Bob (voice)
James Cosmo ... Thelonius (voice)
Nathan Kress ... Easy / Tough Pup (voice)
Myles Jeffrey ... Easy (voice)
Stanley Ralph Ross ... The Bull Terrier / The Doberman (voice)
Russi Taylor ... The Pink Poodle / Choir Cat (voice)
Adam Goldberg ... Flealick (voice)
Eddie Barth ... Nigel / Alan (voice)
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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>

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babe 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,162,640, 29 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,319,860

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,812,000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Elizabeth Daily replaced Christine Cavanaugh as the voice of Babe. They both starred together in Rugrats (1990). See more »

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Babe the jellybean communist
26 December 2000 | by falsterSee all my reviews

I commend the effort to make this sequel different from the original, but this movie was TRASH! What exactly did Babe DO? Farmer Hoggit almost died, he had Mrs Hoggit strip searched and probed, missed the fair so they didnt get money for the farm, he ruined, then killed a clown, had an animal sanctuary shut down, dozens of animals impounded, destroyed a party, and along the way encouraged a bit of jellybean communism by forcing (by BRUTE FORCE) the monkey's to share, rescued a dying fish by spitting him in the water, and earned a monkey's respect. AMAZING stuff.

Where's the fun? Whats the morals? Be nice.....and you will survive the scary dog chase, the lack of food, the theiving and scheming monkey's, the pig-napping clowns, the evil pound that takes monkey mug shots, pig-killing chef's. No sorry, I forgot. There are some nice people. Creepy pig-men who would give me nightmares if I was 6.

Not to mention, if you don't like monkey's, avoid this at all costs. Most of the movie seems to be an excuse to dress up chimpanzees in dresses, which is, undoubtedly, creepy.

And how were all these problems resolved? What was Babe's solution to the absolute mess he created? Was it me, or DIDN'T he fix things up? Instead, the weird lady who looks like a pencil started a nightclub. And everyone lived happily ever after. Farmer Hoggit even congratulated Babe at the end........because the tap worked. And I guess maybe for bringing 50 stray animals into his home aswell. (He sells the puppies in the first movie, but keeps a monkey and a poodle in the sequel - logic?)

And for those of you who support the dark tone? A scary dog chase IS STILL a scary dog chase, despite the "morals" in the movie. A farmer falling down the well IS ALWAYS violent and disturbing for a child, despite what some people may think. Animals cruelly being captured and abused IS NEVER a nice thing to watch, even if Babe "saves" them in the end. The closest thing to cuteness was the animals walking through a childrens hospital, which still brings a tone of dying children.

In short, Babe earns the respect of a monkey, kills a clown, saves a baby monkey, and introduces communism. It's the sort of movie that critics enjoy reviewing, describing it as "a gem", while they don't realise that it isn't actually entertaining to watch. Bland, pointless, and disturbing. At least they achieved what they were aiming for - a different movie to the original.


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