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


Certificate:

PG | 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Babe: Pig in the City commenced production at Fox Studios Australia in May 1997 and completed in August 1998. To say this film was produced at Fox is technically incorrect. When production commenced, ownership of the site had only just been transferred from the NSW Royal Agricultural Society to Fox a mere 1 month beforehand. The site was a complete shambles. Not only did the producers of "Babe, Pig in the City" have to make a film, they had to create a place in which to make it. An ex. Agricultural showground certainly threw up plenty of suitable facilities for which to make a film where animals were the star performers - but the sheer amount of work needed to bring "Babe, Pig in the City" to the screen is not readily apparent when watching the film. As production commenced, construction of the new studios also got underway. "Babe, Pig in the City" occupied the "old and decrepit" sections of the showground. Towards the latter stages of production, the "new side" construction fences encroached ever closer on the spaces being used and a "Cat and mouse" game ensued. Relocation of entire departments was common. More than half of the production was shot at night. "Babe, Pig in the City" still holds the record for the largest and most complex outdoor film back lot ever constructed in Australia. This back lot was constructed atop what was previously a large paved area for "sideshow alley" at the Royal Easter Show and remained in place on display at Fox until 2002. Likewise many locations around Sydney were also used including quite a few buildings within the old show grounds before they were demolished or refurbished into their new Fox roles. 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

Snoop: I'm a sniffer, ya see. A fully qualified, triple-certificated sniffer.
Babe: Oh.
Snoop: It's all in the hooter, the schnoz, the olfactory instrument. You could be a sniffer with a schnoz like that.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Several scenes are in the previews but do not appear in the film, Including a shot of Babe falling out of the hotel window and a scene during the Ballroom Climax where two cooks stretch the rubber feet of Esme Hoggett while spinning her across the room followed by Babe charging into them, Causing them both to fall to the floor. See more »

Connections

References Sun Valley Serenade (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Boum
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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Not For the Kids (or adults?)!
15 May 1999 | by steves-2See all my reviews

Well, the surreal beauty presented in the trailers of this film is just the entree to a rather dark and Fellini-esque sequel to one of the most charming fairy tales of modern times.

I enjoy films such as "The Godfather" & "The Road Warrior" but even those heavy dramas had more light-hearted moments than this G-rated film. "Babe: Pig in the City" is just one string of dark, depressing, anxiety-inducing scenes that puts it "just a little left" of Peter Jackson's "Meet the Feebles." At least THAT film (Feebles) doesn't present itself as anything other than adult fare.

What surprises me even more is the number of glowing reviews this nightmarish picture received. It's not a film I would want my kids to see. Many of the situations are terrifying--especially to young minds trying to come to grips with the world in general. I'm not saying you need to sugar-coat everything. But does one have to go out of their way to make a downbeat children's film?

Film's such as "Willy Wonka," "20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Old Yeller" all have their dark side but in B:PITC, ALL the characters seem to be dysfunctional, twisted, or downright mean. And we're not even sure why.

I'm not a prude. I work for a visual effects studio that sometimes creates truly horrific images for adult-themed films. It just seems to me we could use a break from that now & then and enjoy something a bit lighter. The physical world is harsh enough--do we want that in all our entertainment as well?


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