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BABE - Pig In The City [DVD] [1998]

Magda Szubanski , Elizabeth Daily , George Miller    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Magda Szubanski, Elizabeth Daily, Mickey Rooney, James Cromwell, Mary Stein
  • Directors: George Miller
  • Writers: George Miller, Dick King-Smith, Judy Morris, Mark Lamprell
  • Producers: Barbara Gibbs, Bill Miller, Catherine Barber
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZ59
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Deservedly acclaimed as one of 1998's best films, this sequel to the beloved 1995 live-action fantasy proved a commercial catastrophe and a source of dismay to parents expecting another bucolic, sweet-natured fable. Every bit as sly and visually stunning as its predecessor, Babe: Pig in the City is otherwise a jolting ride beyond the Hoggetts' farm into a no less vivid but far darker world--the allegorical city of the title, which for the diminutive "sheep pig" proves truly nightmarish. Australian filmmaker George Miller (Mad Max, The Road Warrior), who produced and cowrote the first film, this time takes the director's reins, and he ratchets up the pace and the peril as effectively as he did on his influential trilogy of apocalyptic, outback sci-fi thrillers.

From the opening scene, Babe: Pig in the City means to disrupt the reassuring calm achieved by the conclusion of the previous film. Babe's prior triumph proves short-lived, and within moments Miller has us literally peering into the depths as he sets up a horrific well accident that nearly kills the taciturn but good-hearted Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell), Babe's beloved "Boss." Journeying with the equally pink, even plumper Mrs. Hoggett (Magda Szubanski), the young pig finds himself in a city where animals are outcasts, staying in the lone hotel that allows pets. When Mrs. Hoggett is detained, Babe must contend with the suspicions and rivalries of the hotel's other four-legged guests. The film's G status doesn't fully telegraph the shock Miller induces: bad things happen to good animals, and Babe's new acquaintances are a far cry from his colleagues on the farm. In particular, he must contend with a cynical family of chimps given wonderful, dead-pan voice characterisations by Steven Wright and Glenne Headly.

Miller's use of effects to transform his animals into "actors" is even more seamlessly integrated than in Babe. The sequel's production design is crucial to the creation of a complete, absorbing world, and purely visual ideas--such as a deluge of blue balloons during the climactic ballroom battle--achieve a splendour and originality that a room full of computer-graphics desktops couldn't muster. Ultimately, though, the film does more than amaze: as Babe's compassion and courage transform those around him, we're moved in ways that purveyors of by-the-numbers family fare can only dream of. --Sam Sutherland

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BABE - Pig In The City [DVD] [1998]

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. 1 Dec 2007
By wCow
Before I watched this film I was really skeptical, given the bad press it seems to get from most people, but after watching it I wondered what they were on about. It is a fantastic film.

The main problem people seem to have is how dark it is, yes it is a very dark film and quite twisted in places, but to me that is what made it great, it was a true progression from the sugary sweetness of the original yet retains the cuteness and charm that made the first magical.

I am not a kid so I will have overlooked how 'safe' it is for them to view, but despite some of the scenes I think it offers something deeper and lasting compared to your typical childrens fare.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnivale masterpiece 23 Feb 2005
Yes, Babe 2 is a dark film. Sinister, gothic, visually stunning and intertwined with a wickedly camp sense of humour; like Angela Carter without the rude words. Why on earth people think that children wouldn't like this film is beyond me: the darkness and motifs of the film are taken directly from the world of fairy tales. Despite some of the fiercer, more frightening elements of the film, innocense endures and sentiment prevails. A brilliant film, worthy of Tim Burton. Don't condescend children by thinking they can't handle a tale of a little pig lost in the big city who gets by with a little help from his friends. This is the stuff great kids movies are made from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for all the family 22 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this Blu-ray to replace my DVD copy, the change to Blu-ray makes it look like your watching a new film because you notice details that you hadn't seen before, so I can recommend this Blu-ray. Babe in the city is a film that expands on the first film Babe, and is even better for it with many more characters to enjoy. A film for all the family, and appeals to young & old alike, before long you will forget that the animals are talking, as you get drawn into the plot. A lovely film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore them all - it's brilliant 1 Mar 2009
Yes, this film is dark. Very dark. And it will scare your kids. So?
With allusions to so many films and stories of the past, (The Singing Ringing Tree in particular, in the scene involving a fish out of water and left to die - just take a look at the reviews for THAT one on Amazon!), this film is a joy for kids and adults alike, only they will view it in different ways. If little Johnny and Jessica are frightened of this, then let them watch the Tele-Tubbies until they're adults and in a home for those who daren't go out.
The choir of cats, the speed-freak Jack Russell with wheels instead of back legs, the Mafia Bull Terrier... and yes, a pig. You'll see nothing like this anywhere else, so why miss out because of a few wusses? Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Babe 26 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this dvd to replace an old vidio cassette, always a favourite! Im sure the grandchildren will enjoy watching it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality for great price 17 Dec 2013
By Megan
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This was a fab buy, cheap as chips and brand new, one of my all time favourite films, a classic.
Defo recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 30 Oct 2013
By blondie
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my little girl loved this film, got it at a great value price and worth the money as my little girl enjoys the film
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first film 26 July 2007
This film is really good. I don't understand why people say it isn't. I suppose you don't see much of babe rounding up sheep but it is still a nice heart-warming story. Don't listen to what people say about this film, it is really good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice item at great price, very good value
Published 1 month ago by HAEM
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film....
A very sweet film for all the family
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Tracey Christopher-Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars babe. pig in the city
I am 75 years young,and still found this film to be hilarious. Well worth watching fo the young and the older.
Published 13 months ago by John Plant
5.0 out of 5 stars great family film
Good wholesome family entertainment fun for all the family. Would recommend this film time and time again as it is just magical
Published 16 months ago by Slimmergirl
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY FROM 'FUNTIME MEDIA'
I bought this in September 2012 because the copy I used to have was lost by somebody.

Today, I finally got round to inserting it into the folder next to the first film... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Babe.. Pig in the city.
If you liked Babe, you will love this. Slightly different to the first Babe, because it was made by the man responsible for Mad Max..
Published 21 months ago by Swanny
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL IN REGION A
I'm glad I took a chance on this wonderful movie on Blu-ray.
I couldn't discover if it played in Region A unless I made the purchase and it plays and looks beautiful.
Published on 3 May 2012 by Michael A. Corneiller
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, avoid, avoid
Unless you're a film buff who wants to see this out of sheer curiosity, or who admires the gaudy style and otherworldly ambience, then avoid this thing like the raging plague. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by R Bain
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