Babe: Pig In The City Review
By James Brundage
The problem with sequels is that they try too much to be like the original. Sure, there are a few exceptions. I can't think of any right off the top of my head, but rule #665 in The Critic's Bible: there are exceptions to every rule. Babe, by all accounts, was an intelligent, thought out movie. Babe II: Pig in the City, tries and tries but can't quiet do it.
Sure, the humor is moderately intelligent and the narration includes things like a mention of the chaos theory, but when it boils down to it, Babe II was just like every other sequel: an attempt to carbon copy the original. But, friends, the great copy machine known as Hollywood is broken, and has never gotten a repairman, so we are doomed to watch screwed up attempts at copying, remakes gone wrong, and things screwed up.
Babe II disappoints. It disappoints so much that I'll give you the plot summary and then leave you be because talking about it makes my relive the relative boredom of sitting in front of the screen with talking animals on it.
Babe comes back from winning the sheep-herding contest he won last movie and, when the farmer is injured and the farm goes into debt, Babe has to go to the city. Of course he's separated from his human and of course he saves the day for man and animal alike. There's really nothing that's anything but simplistic about it. It's a movie void with laughs.
Now I promised I'd shut up so I will, but if you see Babe II, don't come to me complaining about it.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Wednesday 25th November 1998
Box Office Worldwide: $18.3M
Distributed by: Universal Studios
Production compaines: Kennedy Miller Productions
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 23
Cast & Crew
Starring: James Cromwell as Farmer Arthur Hoggett, Mary Stein as The Landlady, Mickey Rooney as Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel, Magda Szubanski as Mrs. Esme Cordelia Hoggett, E.G. Daily as Babe (voice), Danny Mann as Ferdinand / Tug (voice), Glenne Headly as Zootie (voice), Steven Wright as Bob (voice), James Cosmo as Thelonius (voice), Nathan Kress as Easy / Tough Pup (voice), Myles Jeffrey as Easy (voice), Stanley Ralph Ross as The Bull Terrier / The Doberman (voice), Russi Taylor as The Pink Poodle / Choir Cat (voice), Adam Goldberg as Flealick (voice), Eddie Barth as Nigel / Alan (voice), Bill Capizzi as Snoop, The Sniffer Dog (voice), Miriam Margolyes as Fly (voice), Hugo Weaving as Rex (voice), Roscoe Lee Browne as The Narrator (voice)