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.
George Miller may have co-written the original Babe, but his work on this sequel only proves that Babe director Chris Noonan deserves more of the credit on the success of the original. In Noonan's hands, Magda Szubanski was a lovable buffoon and comic relief; in Miller's, she becomes an over-acting victim. In Noonan's film, the piglet Babe was a polite, not very bright, yet thoroughly lovable character with loves, fears and flaws; in Miller's, Babe becomes an entirely passive character, and his experiences and emotions are kept from us at arm's length by Miller's messy scripting. Most grievously, there is not a single likeable character in this film. The "cynical chimps" have overwritten lines, the dogs and cats never go beyond facetious posing, and the farm animals that the first film painstakingly set up for us are reduced to a handful of lines in the beginning. Even Babe himself, still adorably voiced, doesn't generate much pathos, because the story is so outlandish and unfocused that we have no basis for feeling for Babe's experience of them. Miller was simply so busy trying to make this a "darker" film that he forgets to make it into an engrossing one. While he shoots some interesting visual gags, these never form a coherent sequence of events, let alone an engaging story. If Miller had had the good sense to retain James Cromwell's crucial Farmer Hoggett character, he would have still had some chemistry to play with.
And yes...there's the animal cruelty.Read more ›
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Good ole family fun! DVD was brand new for a very reasonable price. Delivery and tracking was great.Published 15 months ago by Elise Coleman
Beautiful story about a remarkable pig that can be enjoyed by both children and the children in adults.Published 21 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 is one of my favorite films of all time. I remember a few years ago when i first saw it at the movie theater in Disney World, i was about 9. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Yvonne Campbell
I'm one of those who found this movie an imaginative, profoundly moving movie with all kinds of themes that are definately appropriate to be explored with children. Read morePublished on March 29 2004
Forget any preconceptions about this franchise that may have been established with "Babe." While that film was indeed a masterpiece, this is a sequel with its own agenda... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by D. Ullery