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zcno| Babe: Pig in the City
Australia 1998
Director: George Miller
Screenplay: George Miller, Judy Morris
Producer: Barbara Gibbs, George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Catherine Barber, Bill Miller, Colin Gibson, Guy Norris, P.J. Voeten
Cast: Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell, Mary Stein, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Daily, Danny Mann, Glenne Headly, Steven Wright, James Cosmo, Nathan Kress, Myles Jeffrey, Stanley Ralph Ross, Russi Taylor, Adam Goldberg, Eddie Barth
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family

Running Time: 97
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (PAL Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English
Features: Production notes
Theatrical trailer(s)
Web links
Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats
Studio:  Universal Studios DVD Region:  4 PG
DVD Release:  Jan 2007 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) [$14.98]
Reviews:  The original "Babe" was a huge and deserved hit when released in 1995, earning a Best Picture nomination for it's novel animation and trendsetting technology. Simply said, this follow-up film subtitled "Pig in the City" is equally ingenious, heartwarming and special, indeed. Critics hailed its messages and transplanted landscape and risky vision. From the warm, embracing countryside, to the chilly rotten city, Babe (and in this case Mrs. Hoggett) venture far from home, encountering profound characters and learning life lessons along the way. Unfortunately, Babe 2 was a commercial dud, far underperforming the original, due to an uninspired marketing campaign and the film's overall noir-drama characteristics. Alot of parents kept kids away hearing the movie would upset them, and although some intense moments occur, kids by and large have seen far worse on afternoon TV. This film dares to stretch beyond what was expected of it, and becomes a thoughtful, complex fable in the process ... but never fails to entertain young and old alike. It's a film anyone can enjoy, at any time, at any age and a rare thing indeed as a sequel that's literally equal to its predeseser. So many of us loved and cherished the magical Babe during his first incarnation, but trust me, this hog is going places! A class act all the way that needs to be revisited or enjoyed spontanelously the first time around. DO NOT MISS IT.

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