Babe: Pig in the City
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The 1995 Academy award-winning film Babe was Australian-made and featured the latest in talking animal anima-tronics. It told the heart-warming story of a sheepherding pig named Babe and his rise to community fame. The film was a tremendous hit, both financially and critically. Babe: Pig in the City is the higher budgeted American-made sequel that picks up where the original left off. It was directed by George Miller (Mad Max trilogy) who produced the original Babe film, and received a lot of criticism for being much darker than the original. The story owes more to George Orwell's Animal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's George Miller's masterpiece, maybe even the best commercial film of 1998."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Darker than the original, not for very young kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...Paints a bleak picture of humanity. Not to mention, shall we say, animality."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Would anyone go for a sequel to The Wizard of Oz that catapulted Dorothy and Toto into the world of Once Were Warriors or Escape From New York?"
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Miller's confident, technically astounding direction produces challenging ideas at every turn."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"More magical than the original!"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This is the stuff of Dickens, told on the scale of Blade Runner and Brazil, with the madcap spirit of The Great Muppet Caper."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Despite its G-rating, the movie includes numerous scenes of animals in peril, including a pit bull that nearly hangs himself, a crippled dog that gets thrown into a wall and a goldfish that almost suffocates... Happy holidays, kids!"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Where Babe was warm, gentle, and cuddly, Pig in the City is fast paced and antic."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This dark sequel to the 1995 hit has virtually none of the bucolic charm displayed in the original."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"Carries its predecessor's torch into darker, quixotic territories, bursting at the seams with folkloric witticism and hellzapoppin' imagery."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"An amazing accomplishment. George Miller brings the same approach to this sequel as he did with the Mad Max trilogy: Don't re-make, re-invent. A work of genius."
‑ Collin Souter,
"Babe needed a sequel as much as Citizen Kane or Casablanca."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"(Imagine the mouse chorus) "A Disappointing Nightmare""
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"It's a nice change of pace to find a sequel that doesn't merely try to remake the original, but Babe: Pig in the City lacks any of the original's endearing gentle spirit."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
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