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1995 box-office hit produced by George Miller and directed by Chris Noonan, directing his first feature. The film starred Magda Szubanski as the farmer's wife Mrs. Hoggett and was set in the rolling hills near Robertson, NSW.

The story was of a piglet who thought he was a sheepdog and after many adventures won a sheepdog trial, much to the delight of his owner farmer Hoggett, played by James Cromwell, and most of the other farmyard animals.

Magda Szubanski

The film certainly brought home the bacon, grossing over $500 million.

However, the little piggy went to market again, this time directed by Miller, himself, and starring the same Hoggetts, but with a more darker, more urban than rural, screenplay and without the warm fuzziness of the first flick.

One reviewer said that the 1998 sequel Babe: Pig in the City was "more Mad Max than la-la-la."

'Tis early days to say if the latter day film will succeed as much as the first but it is certainly worth a peek, if not just for the animal actors. Isn't that Babe just a ham?

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