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Babe: Pig in the City Details

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The 1995 Academy award-winning film was Australian-made and featured the latest in talking animal anima-tronics. It told the heart-warming story of a sheepherding pig named Babe and his rise to community fame. The film was a tremendous hit, both financially and critically. Babe: Pig in the City is the higher budgeted American-made sequel that picks up where the original left off. It was directed by George Miller (George Miller trilogy) who produced the original film, and received a lot of criticism for being much darker than the original. The story owes more to George Orwell's Animal Farm or Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist than the original film. Having triumphed at the National Sheepdog trials, Babe returns home a hero. But after farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) suffers from a farming accident, Mrs. Hoggett, a naive portly woman, is left to work the ranch alone. It's not long before the bank comes knocking. Desperate to save her farm from foreclosure, she accepts an offer for Babe to perform his sheepherding abilities at an overseas state fair. Babe, Mrs. Hoggett, Ferdinand the duck, and the singing mice travel across the ocean to a surreal metropolis, where they suddenly become stranded and separated. Soon Babe is performing with circus apes, being chased by wild strays (sounding a lot like Marlon Brando in Marlon Brando), and making a new wheelchair-bound canine friend (voiced by Adam Goldberg). He also is anointed leader of the animal community. What Babe lacks in street smarts he makes up for in honest goodness as he teaches audiences yet again that "an unprejudiced heart can mend a broken world." ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi

  • Release date:November 25, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Newman Best Original Song 1998 Nominee

Cast

Magda Szubanski
as Esme Hoggett
James Cromwell
as Arthur Hoggett
Mary Stein
as Landlady
Mickey Rooney
as Fugly Floom
Julie Godfrey
as Neighbor
Elizabeth Daily
as Babe
Danny Mann
as Ferdinand
Glenne Headly
as Zootie
Steven Wright
as Bob
James Cosmo
as Thelonius
Myles Jeffrey
as Easy
Nathan Kress
as Easy
Stanley Ralph Ross
as Pitbull
Stanley Ralph Ross
as Doberman
Russi Taylor
as Pink Poodle
Adam Goldberg
as Flealick
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Narrator

Crew

George Miller
Director
George Miller
Producer
Doug Mitchell
Producer
Bill Miller
Producer
Judy Morris
Screenwriter
George Miller
Screenwriter
Mark Lamprell
Screenwriter
Andrew Lesnie
Cinematographer
Nigel Westlake
Composer (Music Score)
Margaret Sixel
Editor
Jay Friedkin
Editor
Roger Ford
Production Designer
Colin Gibson
Art Director
Colin Gibson
Associate Producer
Guy Norris
Associate Producer
Catherine Barber
Associate Producer
P.J. Voeten
Associate Producer
Barbara Gibbs
Executive Producer
Kerrie Brown
Set Designer
Tony Raes
Set Designer
Norma Moriceau
Costume Designer
Ben Osmo
Sound/Sound Designer
P.J. Voeten
First Assistant Director
Alison Barrett
Casting
Nikki Barrett
Casting
Dick King-Smith
Character(s) created by
Tad Pride
Special Effects Supervisor
Guy Norris
Stunts Coordinator
Daphne Paris
Assistant Director
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