|Magda Szubanski, James Cromwell, Mickey Rooney & others. George Miller, dierctor|
|Pages/Publication Date:||1 / 1999|
(Academy Award Nominee for Best Original Song/"That'll Do") When Arthur (James Cromwell) is injured, Esme (Magda Szubanski) struggles to run the farm on her own; faced with eviction, she and Babe the pig set out for a sheep-herding contest whose prize money may save them from ruin, in this 1998 sequel to the Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser Babe. Waylaid after missing a flight, Esme winds up in jail and Babe is kidnapped by a clown (Mickey Rooney) who wants to use him in his act; to put things right, Babe will need the assistance of a dog and some very clever monkeys. Elizabeth Daily provides the voice of Babe and sings Randy Newman's "That'll Do"; other voices here include those of Steven Wright, Miriam Margolyes, James Cosmo, and the late Glenne Headly.
"A magnificent, towering achievement; we're dazzled by it; you take any five, ten minute section of this picture, and you think of the work that went into the physical construction, the wit of the writing, the charm of Babe, which was so explicit and enchanting in the first film, is still in this picture, not dwarfed by the special effects; you can't get it all—it's so rich and wonderful so you want to see it again."—Gene Siskel
"One rule that's rarely broken in the movie industry is the sequel is never as good as the original [but this film] breaks that rule; Babe was like a dress rehearsal for this one, which is enchanting; what's amazing is the way special effects, animatronic models, and real animals are combined to get these stupendously convincing and amusing shots; sophisticated, with wicked wit and subtle social commentary, and it's colorful and delightful and funny too; in no way is it just a children's film.... One of the year's best films."—Roger Ebert