Sunday Feature-Week 21: Babe:Pig in the City (1998)
Title: Babe:Pig in the City
Tone: The astoundingly dark, obscure, and overlooked sequel to Babe. Although made for kids it should sincerely should not be viewed by them.
Cast- Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Daily
What: After an accident leaves Farmer Hoggett unable to work, resulting in the bank threatening to foreclose the property, Babe travels to the city in hopes to save the farm.
- Keeping with the theme of overlooked and obscure children’s films, this week we present Babe:Pig in the City one of the darkest children’s films ever made, what else would you expect from the director of the post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy.
- Asides from being surprisingly dark Babe:Pig in the City is also one of the most well crafted children’s films out there. Many scenes in the film are reminiscent of something helmed by The Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) or Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children, Amelie). Yes, I just compared Babe:Pig in the City to the Coen Bros and Jeunet.
- Mickey Rooney plays one of the creepiest roles of his career in this film. To sum up his character he is an elderly clown who doesn’t speak but tends to breathe heavily. Also, when his character is introduced he has sugar encrusted around his mouth which is just plain disturbing.
- Babe: Pig in the City is one of the oddest children’s film I’ve ever seen, mainly because it is a film that is so dark that it would simply frighten children and incorporates cinematic techniques that are generally reserved for art-house films. For example, note the editing techniques incorporated into this already terrifying chase scene. Enjoy!