Cinema: Dark Meat

Can Babe keep his snout clean in the big bad city?

Like so much in this harsh world, Babe the sweet-souled, stouthearted pig worked better as a surprise than he does as a sequel. You can't blame the little porker; fame has not gone to his head. But his handlers, led by director George Miller, have succumbed to a desire to test the powers of his innocence against creatures more ferocious than those that inhabited Farmer Hoggett's essentially benign barnyard. Or maybe it was the powers of their special-effects wizardry that they wanted to strut, for the cast members of Babe: Pig in the City are larger, busier and--shall we say?--more emotionally...

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