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Posted by Lucifer Lyndon Razoodock at on January 15, 2001 at 18:41:29:

In Reply to: Critical clout posted by Vincent on January 15, 2001 at 15:26:39:

: : "Babe: Pig In the City" has neither the box-office weight nor the critical clout to make the knee-jerk nay-sayers feel bad about not wanting to see it.

: Except for the fact that Siskel and Ebert put it on their top ten of the year and it has a lot of other fans in critical circles. I read many, many good-to-great reviews for BABE: PITC, and the only negatives seemed to come from reviewers who trashed it as being too dark and scary for a "children's" movie.

...but when the first "Babe" came out, the word-of-mouth from all all critics and pretty much any civilian moviegoer who caught it was that you'd have to be a fool to miss it. Even folks who actually said stuff like "But, it's a movie about a TALKING pig!!" begrudgingly dragged their ass to a theatre to watch it.
While a lot of critics really did get behind Miller's equally excellent sequel, it just didn't generate the same urgency as its predecessor. Possibly that's because the generic storybook framing device for the original was something that everyone and their grandmother could relate to wherears "Pig in the City" was not only unique to the point of being difficult, but it also had a weird "punk" vibe to it (or rather, it might seem kinda punkish to the ultra-conservative).
Also, both "Babe" films, however excellent, didn't crawl under the skins of the prepubescent masses and grab their heart the way that, say, Simba of Pokemon has.

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