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Babe: Pig in the City

This sequel to the 1995 hit has the adorable talking pig away from the comforts of his farm and in big trouble in the city.

Babe and the farmer's wife (Magda Szubanski) go to the city to get money to save their farm.  They find a hotel that caters to animals of all kinds.  A chimpanzee family, singing cats, dogs of every shape and size and three blind mice live in a rambling building owned by an eccentric woman ad her uncle (Mickey Rooney).  After a couple of mishaps, the animals are left alone and babe becomes a hero to the hungry animals.  An array of abandoned, abused critters also show up at Babe's door when he saves a pit bull's life.  These scenes are sad and could upset some youngsters.

The setting is wonderfully eclectic.  Old fashioned colorful buildings line a winding river with arched bridges crossing it.

The story co-written and directed by George Miller is original and enchanting.  The adventure mixes special effects, animatronics and live animals in a clever, charming way.  The film accomplishes what few sequels can boast; it is every bid as good as the original.

Babe: Pig In The City can be thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family.  It is humorous, magical and quite delightful.

Babe: Pig In The City  
A Top Ten pick for 1998

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