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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Esme Cordelia Hoggett
... Farmer Arthur Hoggett
... 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)
... The Bull Terrier / The Doberman (voice)
... The Pink Poodle / Choir Cat (voice)
... Flealick (voice)
... Nigel / Alan (voice)
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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 »


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25 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Babe 2  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$18,319,860

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,131,860
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The box office failure of this and the equally expensive Meet Joe Black (1998) led to the resignation of then Universal head Casey Silver. See more »

Goofs

When Esme hits the guest on the ladder, she is wearing shoes, which are visible. In the next shot, she has bare feet. See more »

Quotes

Bob: It's all illusory - it's ill, and it's for losers.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: That's Not All, Folks! (1999) See more »

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Rushin'
Written by Ben Suthers and Pee Wee Ferris
Performed by Pee Wee Ferris
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I hated this movie :-(
27 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

It's so technically well executed and gorgeous to look at (obviously George Miller asked for and got a huge budget this time around) but almost every thing that happens to these cutest-of-cute animals is *mean-spirited*. The sweetness of the last film is gone, as is that movie's easy-going but tightly-woven plot. Instead we have Hollywood histrionics and chase scenes and randomness that just seems like delay tactics for the first 3/4 of the film. For example, we follow that duck every now and then as he chases after but never finds Babe. The duck arrives in the city and is immediately shot at by twenty members of a rifle range. Funny? No. It's done in an ultra-realistic way, it looks like he's actually injured, there's no Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote cartoonness to this violence.

Finally after much depressing animal cruelty the surviving heroes get together and head off towards a final rescue act, but by that point I'd turned off. It involved the farmers wife in a clown suit bungee jumping around a restaurant and a bunch of balloons and other silly fighting. Not a very fun movie, and it could have been!

worst moments:

* Andy Rooney, made up as a clown, led off to die in a stretcher.

* Cute puppy says, "my human put me in a sack and threw me in the water"


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