Babe: Pig in the City
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European import with region code 2. This DVD will not play on standard Canadian and US DVD players.
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In this movie we get a fable more about the animals than the people. Farmer Hoggett appears only in the beginning and end and Mrs. Hoggett has the job of delivering the pig to the city and taking him back home while providing some determined comic relief (as she did in the first movie). Mickey Rooney has an amazingly touching almost-a-cameo role, as well.
I think the fable with the animals showing how a good heart (Babe) can turn a harsh and hopeless situation into something livable and meaningful. Ferdinand seeking out Babe to be with his Luck Pig is a very neat sub-story that provides some great laughs as well. I found the scene where Flealick is thrown hard from his bite on the captors' truck and ends up in a broken heap to be quite touching. His semi-conscious dream of being whole again and leaping for butterflies is just right.
You either like Babe's sweetness or you don't. I do. When he is sent to face his doom with the Doberman and the Pit Bull because he is told they are sheep he tries to handle it with what he knows and what he is told. Still, when it all goes bad he does his level best to survive and when he does, he goes back to rescue his tormentor. Nice stuff.
Probably the lackluster reaction to the movie came more from its split character as a slapstick comedy (when Mrs. Hoggett reclaims Babe at the formal dinner in the clown suit) and as a somewhat grim morality play (when the animals struggle to survive on their own and their capture and escape from the authorities). Such intensity mixed with a stack of champagne glasses at risk can confuse.
By the way, I found the first Babe movie also moving and enjoyable but a very different movie. You could say the first was about Babe finding out about himself and the second about Babe, having found himself, having an impact on the outside world--themes present in most of the worlds major religions!
Some thoughts on the major complaints--
Why does the second movie need to be a rehash as the first? The first Babe movie was great but the second takes the story in an valid new direction.
Being "dark": Babe showed a real picture of how the world is--but at level that kids can understand--and so, this is a great movie for parents to see with their children (OK, maybe not the youngest) and to talk about the themes and reactions children have.
This movie is a profound fable of multiple levels with important lessons most of which have already been discussed.
I feel sorry for the people who just don't "get it" and more importantly, I feel sorry for their children.
Most recent customer reviews
Good ole family fun! DVD was brand new for a very reasonable price. Delivery and tracking was great.Published 7 months ago by Elise Coleman
Beautiful story about a remarkable pig that can be enjoyed by both children and the children in adults.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thank you so much for this arriving in time for me to send it as a Christmas gift. I was not expecting it so quickly but that made it even better! Brand new and a good deal.Published on Jan. 4 2014 by Jacque
Not as good as the first "BABE". I certainly do not recommend anyone to buy this movie. It's a DUD!Published on Aug. 24 2013 by Munch
When an avid movie fan asks the question, "Who wrote this?" it can be a great complement. In this case, it isn't -- I just needed to know who was responsible for this... Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Derrick Jones
This movie is astounding in so many ways. The filming is gorgeous and surreal - very painterly. The acting is so believable that when I saw it the first time, I felt that the... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Sarah Britton
This sequel to the unabashedly charming "Babe" is once again a fairy tale, but a much grimmer one indeed. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by Michael Butts
"One of the best of 1998"? Please. Babe: Pig in the City is a crushing disappointment, full of show-offy camera work, animal torture, and jarring elements that never... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by D. Mok