Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

Babe: Pig in the City (1998, AUS/USA) C-97m. **˝ D: George Miller. Starring Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell, Mary Stein, Mickey Rooney, voices of Elizabeth Daily, Danny Mann, Glenne Headley, Hugo Weaving, Roscoe Lee Browne, Naomi Watts. Sort of… different sequel to the charmer BABE (1995) forces the farmer's wife Szubanski and the pig to travel to Los Angeles, in order to save the farm. Babe meets many odd characters (monkeys, dogs, you name it) and has more than enough scary adventures. Dark, almost bizarre film recalls films of Jodorowsky, Burton, if only it wasn't a children's adventure! Excellent score and cinematography (by Andrew Lesnie, who also shot THE LORD OF THE RINGS films). Made by the director of the MAD MAX movies (and cowriter of the original BABE). Too gloomy for children, interesting for buffs.


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