Also Enemy Of The State, Meet Joe Black, and the Psycho remake with Vince Vaughn, but who's counting?
It wasn't without its competition, is what I'm saying. It's just that good of a movie.
There are plenty of interesting political and social references that make it relevant today. And we'll get to those, but really, the main thing is that, as stated excessively in the previous paragraph, it's just a really great movie -- one that you've probably never seen. The main reason for this actually speaks to what makes it so good: Aside from the part where the cast consists primarily of adorable talking animals, this isn't really a film for kids.
Sure, the first Babe movie had it's downer moments and secret messages, like the part where Babe is sad after he realizes that his human friends want to eat him. But for the most part, it's a feel-good movie that kids will love.
Almost as much as they love the delicious taste of Babe!
The opening scene of Babe: Pig In The City, on the other hand, involves the protagonist pig nearly killing his beloved owner Arthur by dropping a bucket on his head, just like you'd expect a stupid pig to do when he goes meddling in things that don't concern him. This forces Arthur out of work, causing the family to default on the payments for their farm. When the bank comes calling, Arthur's wife Esme has no choice but to enter Babe into a sheep-herding contest in the city, in the hope that she'll earn enough cash to keep them from losing everything.
If that sounds bleak, take comfort in knowing that things get so much worse once they leave. I don't want to give too much away, because I do sincerely want you to go watch this movie immediately (after reading about the other four on the list, of course). So instead, here's a bullet point rundown of some of the darker moments and covert messages to be found in Babe: Pig In The City:
-- Overzealous TSA agents (before the TSA existed)
-- An adorable pit bull nearly drowning while dangling over the edge of a bridge by a chain
-- A pregnant chimpanzee who looks like she probably sneaks a cigarette every time the cameras are away
Babe: Pig In the City