"Babe:  Pig in the City"
Review written by: Alex Sandell

From now on . . . what the
pig says, goes!"

What's the story?

Babe and Farmer Hogget (James Cromwell) return to their farm as celebrities after winning the sheepherding contest which concluded the original, Oscar-nominated, "Babe". Sadly, a Babe instigated accident occurs leaving Mr. Hogget paralyzed and Mrs. Hogget (Magda Szubanski) left to take over the chores on the farm (not to mention the "serial-killing" she does, according to Ferdinand the Duck) which are two chores too many for her to handle alone. Consequently, the bankers come to destroy the humble life the Hoggets are living and Mrs. Hogget is forced to place Babe, who is now in high demand, into a state fair which pays upon entry.

This brings the odd couple (not to mention the tag-along duck, Ferdinand) to "The City" where they are stuck as two fish out of water after Mrs. Hogget is wrongly accused of drug-smuggling. Babe is put into a flea-bag hotel (appropriately titled "The Flealands") and meets an odd assortment of animals who throw him into dozens of crazy adventures in this new and foreign land (which is just as visually exciting and artistic as the old and familiar land which was the setting for the original film).

So how is it? (Get to the point, already)

With a Thanksgiving season full of patronizing junk that we've all seen 300 times before ("Rugrats", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", etc.), this film is actually a movie that lives up to the standard Disney (this is not a Disney film) set long ago when it decided a "children's" movie was for both children and adults. More surprisingly, this sequel lives up to the original "Babe" which was one of the best family films ever released. Sure it loses a bit of the heart, but for every artery stolen, there is a new whistle or bell which needs to be seen on the big-screen to be believed.

Although the end gets a bit carried away and is obviously intended for a younger audience, this is the "family" film of the year and should not be missed. "Babe: Pig in the City" is a bold attempt at making art where others are simply making money.

What does it make you feel like eating?

Would "bacon" be too obvious?

What are you selling us here???

A new belief that sequels to excellent films can indeed be good movies in their own right.

If it won an Oscar, what would it be?

"Best sequel since 'Empire Strikes Back'" - Babe: Pig in the City

On a scale of 1-10?


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