BABE + BABE PIG IN THE CITY : DVD
BABE: Babe (voice of Christine Cavanaugh) is a little pig at the [usually] peaceful farm run by Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell). Babe doesn’t quite know his place in the world, but with a bunch of odd friends, like Ferdinand the duck who thinks he is a rooster and Fly the dog whom he calls mom, Babe realises that he has the makings of a sheep dog…er, sheep pig. And Famer Hogget knows it. In due course and after several tribulations, Babe learns that a pig can be anything that he wants to be.
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY: In his enthusiasm to remain at the side of his boss Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) Babe causes an accident that puts Hoggett in traction, unable to keep the farm going, bringing down a threat of foreclosure. Mrs Hoggett’s (Magda Szubanski) only hope to save the farm is to accept an offer for Babe to demonstrate his sheep herding skills at an upcoming state fair, for a healthy fee. They set off and the adventure begins.
Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Exceptionally well balanced between cute and dramatic, this is the ultimate family film, offering all ages a fun ride with something to say buried nicely in the depths of its accessible script.
Powered by great performances (vocal as well as on screen) and extraordinary attention to detail, the film enlists modern technocolgy in such a seamless way that it easily passes for a real life fairy tale. Amusing and amazing, charming yet edgy, Babe is a successful adaptation of a quirky Englishman’s story into a universal movie. Peppered with moments of stillness and high-energy action scenes, Babe has it all.
BABE: PIG IN THE CITY
There is no doubt that this is a squeal of a sequel, admirable for its creativity in forging new ground on which those trotters can prance; a whole new crowd of animal friends and a brand new physical (and psychological) setting: the city. However, I would have liked to see the airport scenes treated in the same fairyland style as the city precincts, which are superbly created in a style that manages to embrace fantasy and three dimensional reality. The all too familiar reality of the airport architecture clashes with this; in some other scenes away from the motel where all the action takes place, come closer to matching the design style, but even they stand apart, and all this tends to fracture the film’s façade, fading the magic.
The groundbreaking animatronics provide eye-popping scenes of animals behaving and speaking like humans, and while much of this is highly effective, it does tend to shift the film into the novelty zone. Less warm and engaging than the first Babe, this little piggy will nevertheless go to market and get quite fat.
Published March 3, 2004
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BABE + BABE PIG IN THE CITY : DVD (G)
CAST: BABE: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski; BABE: PIG IN THE CITY: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Mickey Rooney
PRODUCER: George Miller, Bill Miller, Doug Mitchell
DIRECTOR: George Miller
SCRIPT: BABE: George Miller, Chris Noonan (from novel by Dick King-Smith); PIG IN THE CITY: Mark Lamprell, George Miller, Judy Morris, from novel by Dick King-Smith
RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes
PRESENTATION: widescreen 16:9
SPECIAL FEATURES: none
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal
DVD RELEASE: March 3, 2004