|Babe: Pig in the City/B,A|
Universal/1998/95m/ANA 1.85, FS 1.33
| The sequel to Babe picks up with the
wondrous pig receiving a huge welcome after his victory in the sheep dog championships.
Life on the Hoggett farm is thrown into chaos when Farmer Hoggett has an accident. Mrs.
Hoggett just can't quite get things on the farm going efficiently and when the bank is
about to foreclose, the farmer's wife decides to take Babe to a far away county fair for
the appearance money. The flight requires a plane change in a big city airport and that's
when Babe: Pig in the City gets going in high gear. It seems nothing Babe is having
one miserable string of luck. Waiting in her baggage cage to be picked up, the friendly
pig engages a drug dog in conversation that backfires when the sniffer decides to
demonstrate how he gets his treats. Babe and Mrs. Hoggett are delayed by drug enforcement
agents and miss their connecting flight, leaving them alone in the city. Too late to make
the fair, matters are complicated since the next flight back is several days away. Mrs.
Hoggett finds her a nearby hotel that is friendly to animals to wait. But there's plenty
of trouble ahead in the big city before Babe can save the day with an excellent assist
from an acrobatic Mrs. Hoggett.
Babe's world in this sequel is very artificial, more akin to Lady
and the Tramp than the very fine original pig opus. I dont think it would play
as well as it does without having seen the first film. So much depends on knowing Babe's
history and character. Babe was a natural part of the farm world that introduced audiences
to him. His city existence is very much artificial. His adventures with the abandoned and
forlorn animals of the street is often overwrought with pathos and some of the scenes are
pretty intense for youngsters. The array of animals that look to Babe as a leader range
from orangutans and monkeys to dogs and cats and of course a loyal duck.