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making_VBG
a_DT
sequel_NN
to_IN
a_DT
widely_RB
beloved_JJ
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
weighty_JJ
proposition_NN
indeed_RB
,_,
especially_RB
when_CS
the_DT
first_OD
film_NN
is_BEZ
considered_VBN
by_IN
many_DT
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
masterpiece_NN
._.
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
living_NN
up_RP
to_IN
expectations_NNS
,_,
a_DT
filmmaker_NN
is_BEZ
almost_RB
doomed_VBN
to_IN
some_DT
degree_NN
of_IN
failure_NN
._.
for_IN
a_DT
sequel_NN
to_IN
live_JJ
up_IN
to_IN
or_CC
even_RB
surpass_JJ
the_DT
original_JJ
's_POS
greatness_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
rare_JJ
indeed_RB
._.
and_CC
whereas_CS
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
misses_VBZ
equaling_NN
the_DT
greatness_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
best_JJS
picture_NN
nominated_VBN
predecessor_NN
babe_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
worthy_JJ
companion_NN
piece_NN
._.
more_DT
than_CS
that_DT
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
spectacular_JJ
work_NN
of_IN
art_NN
that_CS
deserves_VBZ
to_IN
stand_NN
alone_RB
in_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
right_NN
._.
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
warrants_NNS
the_DT
classification_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
recognized_VBN
with_IN
such_DT
classics_NNS
like_IN
"_"
the_DT
godfather_NN
:_:
part_NN
ii_CD
"_"
and_CC
"_"
the_DT
empire_NN
strikes_NNS
back_NN
"_"
as_IN
being_BEG
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
greatest_JJS
sequels_NNS
ever_RB
produced_VBN
._.
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
picks_VBZ
up_IN
precisely_RB
where_CS
"_"
babe_NN
"_"
left_VBD
off_RP
._.
having_HVG
won_VBN
the_DT
sheep_NN
herding_VBG
competition_NN
,_,
farmer_NN
hoggett_NP
(_(
james_NP
cromwell_NP
)_)
and_CC
his_PP$
pig_NN
are_BER
elevated_JJ
to_TO
fame_NN
status_NN
._.
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
unfortunate_JJ
circumstances_NNS
and_CC
hilariously_RB
freakish_JJ
events_NNS
leads_VBZ
to_TO
mrs_NN
._.
hoggett_NP
taking_VBG
babe_NN
from_IN
the_DT
small_JJ
country_NN
farm_NN
into_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
city_NN
._.
in_IN
doing_DOG
so_RB
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
transports_VBZ
us_PP
into_IN
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
imaginative_JJ
world_NN
that_CS
simultaneously_RB
mirrors_NNS
and_CC
exceeds_VBZ
the_DT
creative_JJ
design_NN
seen_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
._.
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
flourishes_NNS
where_CS
so_RB
many_DT
sequels_NNS
fail_VB
._.
most_DT
sequels_NNS
simply_RB
rehash_NP
the_DT
events_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
film_NN
._.
not_XNOT
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
completely_RB
original_JJ
tale_NN
that_CS
offers_VBZ
up_RP
a_DT
story_NN
drastically_RB
different_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
first_OD
._.
also_RB
,_,
by_IN
not_XNOT
being_BEG
content_JJ
to_IN
utilize_JJ
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
old_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
this_DT
film_NN
gives_VBZ
us_PP
many_DT
new_JJ
ones_NNS
to_IN
enjoy_VB
._.
in_IN
essence_NN
,_,
it_PP
doesn't_DOZ
attempt_NN
to_TO
copy_VB
itself_PPX
._.
instead_RB
,_,
it_PP
strives_VBZ
to_IN
achieve_VB
an_DT
originality_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
own_DT
._.
and_CC
it_PP
succeeds_VBZ
._.
that_CS
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
to_TO
say_VB
the_DT
familiar_JJ
is_BEZ
absent_JJ
._.
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
retains_VBZ
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
core_NN
elements_NNS
and_CC
characters_NNS
from_IN
the_DT
first_OD
film_NN
._.
along_IN
with_IN
babe_NN
himself_PPX
,_,
ferdinand_NP
the_DT
duck_NN
comes_VBZ
along_IN
for_IN
the_DT
ride_NN
,_,
as_CS
does_DOZ
mrs_NN
._.
hoggett_NP
(_(
one_CD
of_IN
this_DT
decade_NN
's_POS
best_JJS
and_CC
most_RBS
underappreciated_VBN
comic_NN
characterizations_NNS
,_,
hilariously_RB
performed_VBN
by_IN
magda_???
szubanski_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
three_CD
singing_NN
mice_NNS
also_RB
make_VB
the_DT
journey_NN
,_,
chiming_VBG
in_IN
with_IN
their_PP$
cute_JJ
high-pitched_JJ
vocals_NNS
._.
the_DT
story_NN
structure_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
similar_JJ
as_CS
each_DT
segment_NN
is_BEZ
introduced_VBN
with_IN
title_NN
cards_NNS
read_VB
by_IN
the_DT
aforementioned_JJ
mice_NNS
._.
from_IN
there_RB
,_,
we_PP
are_BER
guided_VBN
once_RB
again_RB
by_IN
roscoe_NP
lee_NP
browne_NP
's_POS
soothingly_RB
deep_JJ
narrative_NN
._.
composer_NN
nigel_NP
westlake_NN
also_RB
returns_VBZ
with_IN
his_PP$
whimsical_JJ
music_NN
style_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
perfect_JJ
for_IN
cinematic_JJ
fables_NNS
such_DT
as_IN
these_DT
._.
but_CC
these_DT
elements_NNS
are_BER
simply_RB
the_DT
frame_NN
that_CS
surrounds_VBZ
an_DT
entirely_RB
new_JJ
painting_NN
._.
while_CS
staying_VBG
at_IN
the_DT
flealands_NNS
hotel_NN
,_,
babe_NN
encounters_NNS
a_DT
veritable_JJ
ark-full_JJ
of_IN
new_JJ
animals_NNS
._.
monkeys_NNS
,_,
kittens_NNS
,_,
and_CC
dogs_NNS
of_IN
various_JJ
breeds_NNS
and_CC
sizes_NNS
are_BER
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
"_"
urbanites_NNS
"_"
that_CS
babe_NN
befriends_NNS
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
some_DT
wonderfully_RB
comical_JJ
pelicans_NNS
that_CS
ferdinand_NP
the_DT
duck_NN
happens_VBZ
to_IN
encounter_NN
._.
each_DT
character_NN
is_BEZ
distinctly_RB
unique_JJ
,_,
some_DT
of_IN
which_WDT
are_BER
imbued_VBN
with_IN
personal_JJ
human-like_NN
struggles_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
endearing_JJ
and_CC
touching_JJ
._.
and_CC
while_CS
this_DT
world_NN
focuses_VBZ
largely_RB
on_IN
these_DT
animals_NNS
,_,
we_PP
are_BER
introduced_VBN
to_IN
two_CD
new_JJ
human_JJ
characters_NNS
as_IN
well_RB
._.
mary_NP
stein_NP
plays_VBZ
the_DT
owner_NN
of_IN
the_DT
flealands_NNS
hotel_NN
,_,
an_DT
animal-loving_NN
young_JJ
spinster_NN
who_WP
harbors_NNS
these_DT
lost_JJ
creatures_NNS
much_DT
to_IN
the_DT
dismaying_NN
anger_NN
of_IN
her_PP$
fellow_NN
neighbors_NNS
._.
stein_NP
's_POS
landlady_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
odd_JJ
caricature_NN
._.
we_PP
also_RB
meet_VB
fugly_RB
floom_NN
,_,
an_DT
old_JJ
soft-spoken_JJ
clown_NN
who_WP
owns_VBZ
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
animals_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
flealands_NNS
hotel_NN
,_,
utilizing_VBG
them_PP
as_IN
a_DT
part_NN
of_IN
the_DT
act_NN
that_CS
he_PP
performs_VBZ
at_IN
different_JJ
parties_NNS
and_CC
functions_NNS
._.
not_XNOT
having_HVG
known_VBN
who_NP
portrayed_VBD
fugly_RB
floom_NN
prior_JJ
to_IN
seeing_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
it_PP
came_VBD
as_IN
an_DT
unexpected_JJ
pleasant_JJ
surprise_NN
to_IN
see_VB
who_NP
it_PP
was_BEDZ
._.
so_RB
as_CS
not_XNOT
to_IN
ruin_NN
this_DT
well-kept_NN
secret_NN
,_,
i_PP
won't_MD
reveal_VB
the_DT
actor_NN
's_POS
identity_NN
here_RB
._.
it_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
treat_NN
indeed_RB
to_IN
see_NN
one_CD
of_IN
cinema_NN
's_POS
legends_NNS
grace_NN
the_DT
screen_NN
again_RB
in_IN
what_WDT
was_BEDZ
a_DT
superbly_RB
gentle_JJ
and_CC
heartwarming_VBG
performance_NN
._.
the_DT
greatest_JJS
triumph_NN
of_IN
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
art_NN
direction_NN
._.
simply_RB
put--it_???
bleeds_NNS
creativity_NN
,_,
taking_VBG
the_DT
look_NN
of_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
film_NN
to_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
new_JJ
level_NN
._.
restricted_JJ
primarily_RB
to_TO
a_DT
farm_NN
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
around_IN
,_,
this_DT
second_NN
installment_NN
creates_VBZ
an_DT
entire_JJ
city_NN
,_,
dazzling_JJ
us_NP
with_IN
unique_JJ
fable-like_NN
architecture_NN
._.
but_CC
the_DT
stroke_NN
of_IN
pure_JJ
genius_NN
by_IN
production_NN
designer_NN
roger_NP
ford_NP
is_BEZ
his_PP$
use_NN
of_IN
our_PP$
world_NN
's_POS
architectural_JJ
landmarks_NNS
._.
designing_VBG
a_DT
skyline_NN
that_CS
includes_VBZ
the_DT
statue_NN
of_IN
liberty_NN
,_,
the_DT
sydney_NP
opera_NN
house_NN
,_,
the_DT
brooklyn_NP
bridge_NN
,_,
the_DT
hollywood_NP
sign_NN
and_CC
the_DT
eiffel_NP
tower_NN
,_,
ford_NP
has_HVZ
created_VBN
a_DT
singular_JJ
city_NN
that_CS
encompasses_VBZ
all_PDT
of_IN
our_PP$
cities_NNS
(_(
as_CS
seen_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
photo_NN
and_CC
pre-production_JJ
drawing_NN
to_IN
your_PP$
right_NN
)_)
._.
added_VBN
to_IN
that_DT
,_,
many_DT
of_IN
this_DT
city_NN
's_POS
streets_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
twin_JJ
siblings_NNS
of_IN
venice_NP
's_POS
gondola-trekked_JJ
rivers_NNS
._.
the_DT
metropolis_NN
that_CS
has_HVZ
sprung_VBN
from_IN
ford_NP
's_POS
vision_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
wondrous_JJ
sight_NN
to_IN
behold_VB
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
world_NN
that_CS
you_PP
want_VB
to_TO
walk_VB
around_IN
in_IN
._.
norma_NN
moriceau_NN
's_POS
costume_NN
designs_NNS
belong_VB
in_IN
this_DT
world_NN
,_,
vibrant_JJ
in_IN
color_NN
and_CC
style_NN
equal_JJ
to_IN
that_DT
of_IN
the_DT
ford_NP
's_POS
landscape_NN
._.
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
costumes_NNS
are_BER
imaginatively_RB
cartoonish_JJ
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
most_DT
exotically_RB
grand_JJ
design_NN
going_VBG
to_IN
that_DT
of_IN
fugly_RB
floom_NN
's_POS
clown_NN
outfit_NN
._.
andrew_NP
lesnie_NN
's_POS
photography_NN
captures_NNS
these_DT
elements_NNS
with_IN
various_JJ
lighting_NN
moods_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
beautifully_RB
effective_JJ
in_IN
creating_VBG
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
multiple_JJ
emotional_JJ
tones_NNS
._.
much_DT
press_NN
fodder_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
made_VBN
over_IN
the_DT
weeks_NNS
leading_JJ
up_IN
to_IN
the_DT
release_NN
of_IN
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
._.
reports_NNS
stated_VBD
that_CS
its_PP$
original_JJ
cut_NN
was_BEDZ
branded_VBN
with_IN
a_DT
pg-13_???
rating_NN
._.
these_DT
reports_NNS
were_BED
discovered_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
false_JJ
as_IN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
assigned_VBN
a_DT
pg_NP
rating_NN
._.
but_CC
even_RB
so_RB
,_,
to_IN
be_BE
anything_PN
harsher_JJR
than_CS
the_DT
original_JJ
'_"
s_NN
g_NN
rating_NN
had_HVD
many_DT
parents_NNS
and_CC
fans_NNS
up_IN
in_IN
arms_NNS
._.
by_IN
deleting_VBG
a_DT
minimal_JJ
number_NN
of_IN
shots_NNS
,_,
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
was_BEDZ
eventually_RB
given_VBN
the_DT
coveted_JJ
g_NN
rating_NN
._.
although_CS
appeased_VBN
,_,
many_DT
fans_NNS
were_BED
still_RB
concerned_JJ
that_CS
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
too_RB
dark_JJ
,_,
fearing_VBG
that_CS
the_DT
film_NN
may_MD
have_HV
come_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
possessed_VBD
by_IN
tim_NP
burton_NP
himself_PPX
._.
well_RB
,_,
to_IN
coin_NN
a_DT
phrase_NN
,_,
the_DT
reports_NNS
of_IN
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
's_BEZ
death_NN
at_IN
the_DT
hands_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
dark_JJ
,_,
scary_JJ
,_,
felliniesque_JJ
interpretation_NN
have_HV
been_BEN
greatly_RB
exaggerated_VBN
._.
granted_VBN
it_NN
has_HVZ
its_PP$
moments_NNS
of_IN
pseudo-morbidity_NN
,_,
but_CC
all-in-all_NN
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
funny_JJ
and_CC
charming_JJ
adventure_NN
that_CS
everyone_PN
was_BEDZ
hoping_VBG
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
._.
whatever_WDT
"_"
dark_JJ
"_"
moments_NNS
it_PP
may_MD
have_HV
can_NN
be_BE
attributed_VBN
to_IN
director_NN
george_NP
miller_NP
(_(
the_DT
"_"
mad_JJ
max_NP
"_"
trilogy_NN
,_,
"_"
the_DT
witches_NNS
of_IN
eastwick_NP
"_"
,_,
"_"
lorenzo_NP
's_POS
oil_NN
"_"
)_)
._.
having_HVG
served_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
producer_NN
and_CC
co-writer_NN
on_IN
the_DT
first_OD
film_NN
,_,
miller_NP
moves_VBZ
into_IN
the_DT
director_NN
's_POS
chair_NN
for_IN
this_DT
one_CD
,_,
putting_VBG
his_PP$
own_DT
unique_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
style_NN
into_IN
this_DT
budding_JJ
franchise_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
an_DT
enchanting_JJ
yarn_NN
,_,
but_CC
one_CD
that_CS
doesn't_DOZ
achieve_VB
the_DT
emotional_JJ
or_CC
character_NN
depth_NN
of_IN
the_DT
original_JJ
._.
missing_VBG
here_RB
is_BEZ
the_DT
attempt_NN
to_IN
broach_NN
such_DT
heady_JJ
themes_NNS
as_IN
personal_JJ
identity_NN
,_,
an_DT
individual_JJ
's_POS
worth_NN
,_,
challenging_VBG
conformity_NN
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
's_BEZ
purpose_NN
in_IN
life_NN
._.
"_"
babe_NN
"_"
dealt_VBN
with_IN
this_DT
weighty_JJ
subject_NN
matter_NN
,_,
creating_VBG
a_DT
timeless_JJ
fable_NN
._.
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
should_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
rehashed_VBN
these_DT
themes_NNS
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
do_DO
wish_VB
it_PP
would_MD
have_HV
attempted_VBN
to_IN
explore_VB
new_NP
ones_NNS
._.
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
bereft_JJ
of_IN
moral_JJ
or_CC
message_NN
as_IN
it_PP
parallels_NNS
such_DT
issues_NNS
as_IN
urban_JJ
strife_NN
,_,
class_NN
differences_NNS
,_,
sacrificial_JJ
courage_NN
,_,
and_CC
so_RB
on_IN
._.
but_CC
this_DT
film_NN
's_POS
goals_NNS
aren't_BER
as_IN
lofty_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
first_OD
's_POS
,_,
instead_RB
choosing_VBG
to_IN
take_VB
a_NP
more_DT
straightforward_JJ
approach_NN
,_,
allowing_VBG
its_PP$
themes_NNS
to_IN
take_VB
a_NP
back_NN
seat_NN
to_IN
an_DT
exciting_JJ
,_,
sometimes_RB
intense_JJ
,_,
fable_NN
adventure_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
undeniably_RB
clever_JJ
and_CC
inventive_JJ
._.
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
also_RB
decides_VBZ
against_IN
developing_JJ
a_DT
relationship_NN
to_IN
the_DT
level_NN
of_IN
which_WDT
was_BEDZ
present_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
first_OD
film_NN
,_,
specifically_RB
the_DT
one_CD
between_IN
farmer_NN
hoggett_NP
and_CC
babe_NN
._.
hoggett_NP
's_POS
love_NN
for_IN
babe_NN
,_,
which_WDT
grew_VBD
ever_RB
so_RB
gently_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
what_WDT
gave_VBD
that_DT
film_NN
its_PP$
charming_JJ
and_CC
endearing_JJ
quality_NN
._.
best_JJS
exemplified_VBN
in_IN
hoggett_NP
's_POS
dance_NN
for_IN
babe_NN
,_,
this_DT
moving_VBG
relationship_NN
was_BEDZ
truly_RB
unique_JJ
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
something_PN
that_CS
i_PP
wish_VB
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
present_JJ
again_RB
(_(
and_CC
could_MD
have_HV
through_IN
fugly_RB
floom_NN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
was_BEDZ
not_XNOT
._.
please_RB
understand_VB
,_,
these_DT
are_BER
not_XNOT
negative_JJ
criticisms_NNS
,_,
per_IN
se_NN
'_"
,_,
but_CC
simply_RB
statements_NNS
of_IN
what_WDT
i_PP
see_VB
as_CS
the_DT
differences_NNS
between_IN
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
being_BEG
a_DT
very_RB
good_JJ
film_NN
and_CC
the_DT
original_JJ
being_NN
a_DT
great_JJ
one_CD
._.
but_CC
having_HVG
said_VBN
that_DT
,_,
these_DT
observations_NNS
are_BER
minor_JJ
critiques_NNS
at_IN
best_JJS
._.
as_CS
an_DT
overall_JJ
piece_NN
,_,
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
thoroughly_RB
enchanting_JJ
and_CC
entertaining_JJ
fable_NN
from_IN
beginning_NN
to_IN
end_NN
._.
sure_JJ
,_,
it_PP
isn't_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
an_DT
excellent_JJ
one_CD
that_CS
possesses_VBZ
elements_NNS
of_IN
greatness_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
magical_JJ
with_IN
its_PP$
charm_NN
and_CC
humor_NN
,_,
exciting_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
adventurous_JJ
exploits_NNS
,_,
funny_JJ
with_IN
its_PP$
dry_JJ
wit_NN
and_CC
cute_JJ
voices_NNS
,_,
and_CC
breathtaking_JJ
in_IN
its_PP$
presentation_NN
._.
"_"
babe_NN
:_:
pig_NN
in_IN
the_DT
city_NN
"_"
may_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
moviemaking_VBG
at_IN
its_PP$
absolute_JJ
best_JJS
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
on_IN
level_NN
of_IN
cinematic_JJ
quality_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
rarely_RB
achieved_VBN
or_CC
seen_VBN
in_IN
cinema_NN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
choose_VB
to_TO
let_VB
this_DT
film_NN
pass_VB
you_PP
by_IN
,_,
you_PP
will_MD
be_BE
missing_VBG
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
's_POS
best_JJS
cinematic_JJ
treats_NNS
._.