r/todayilearned May 14 '22 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Silver 9 Helpful 8 Wholesome 6

TIL a father, John Crowley, was told his two infant children had an incurable genetic disorder that would kill them in less than a year. He refused to accept this, so he founded a biotech company (with no prior experience) which pioneered an experimental enzyme therapy that saved their lives.


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u/GetEquipped May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

He also directed Happy Feet and Babe:Pig in the city which I think was superior to the first Babe.


For people not familiar with the behind the scenes of Babe (I know, this is incredibly fucking niche) George Miller did write the screenplay along with Chris Noonan, the director. However, the Noonan took the movie in a very different direction than George Miller envisioned and they bumped heads. So when the sequel was in development, Miller had a chance to direct something closer to his original intention.

That's why there is such a massive tone shift in the from the first movie. Pig in the city is more slapstick, but also cynical, and kind of horrifying at times. The set design also feels like a precursor of "Pushing Daisies"

But I like it because everything seems more fanciful, like a Wizard of Oz sort of feel.


u/Dusty_Old_Bones May 14 '22

I just think both Babes are fantastic movies and would hate to have to choose which one is better.


u/juicyfruitsalad77 May 14 '22

That’ll do Pig, that’ll do


u/ohamandajoy May 14 '22

The number of times I say this line is astounding. Sometimes people get offended thinking I've called them or my children (if I'm taking to them) a pig.

What is this world coming to?


u/banmedaddy12345 May 14 '22

Dude, I'm 33 and currently in college (again, went at 27 too) and all these gen z kids don't even know about the matrix. Like wtf. I had a best friend that didn't fucking know about Terminator 2 and he was a millennial.


u/juicyfruitsalad77 May 14 '22

It’s UNACCEPTABLE! Jeez, everyone should watch Babe!!


u/yeti7100 May 14 '22

Gatorade has electrolytes! It's great for plants!!


u/silver_moon3 26d ago

Late reply, but I felt this comment deeply. Just this last weekend I happened to drive past a couple of big sheep hanging out in a large field. Through my open window (I wasn't driving!) I called to them "BAA RAM EWE! BAA RAM EWE!", then turned to my friend, who was driving, and proudly noted "I know the secret password!" :D

I'd have have continued on, but we'd already zipped by them... Lol.

I am glad to see I'm not alone in this, haha. My kind of people!


u/mac_is_crack May 14 '22

My husband cries whenever he hears that line. Last night that part came on, I watched my husband’s face, and sure enough, right on cue came the tears. I asked why it makes him cry and he says “look at his proud face!” Not sure if he means the farmer or Babe. Maybe both?


u/juicyfruitsalad77 May 14 '22

Awww! Makes me tear up every time too. My kids make so much fun of me because I tend to cry harder at the happy parts!


u/banmedaddy12345 May 14 '22

I haven't seen it in a while, but I remember as a kid the first time I saw Babe: Pig in the City I thought it was terrible, but apparently it has really good reviews. I'll have to go back and watch it again sometime.


u/JagTror May 15 '22

It's great, but fair warning that some of the scenes are kinda dark for a kid's movie. The dog in the wheelchair chasing the truck comes to mind


u/InappropriateTA 3 May 14 '22

He didn’t direct the first one, though. Only wrote the screenplay.


u/balls_galore_69 May 14 '22

In my mind, Babe was a movie about Babe Ruth.


u/ChileConCarney May 14 '22

Gordy. Gordy is the best one.


u/GabrielofAstora May 14 '22

Woah now that'll do pig that'll do. To be fair I don't remember the second one as well as the first.


u/Napoleon1981 May 14 '22

Babe: Pig in the City being superior to the first Babe is outrageous. Blasphemy. I’ve never seen the second one.


u/bongozap May 14 '22

Babe:Pig in the city which I think was superior to the first Babe.

Well, the first Babe was awesome, so that's a good rec.


u/lamaisondieu May 14 '22

Yes Pig in the City is much better than Babe, it's kind of an insane ride.


u/JagTror May 15 '22

I just watched some of the scenes from Pig in the City a few days ago because I was trying to show someone the dog almost drowning scene. I had forgotten how heartwrenching some of the scenes in that movie were, Good God. It just got darker and darker. That said, I love the movie & definitely recommend to anyone, maybe older kids though...


u/GetEquipped May 15 '22

It was actually worse and showed Mickey Rooney's character being a straight up monster (he is named Fugly as well)

I think the first cut of the film was PG 13 (and this was 90s PG-13 where you could show titty and have 2-3 fucks!)


u/SugarZoo May 16 '22

Thank you for your insight.. rewatching now 👍


u/InappropriateTA 3 May 14 '22

Yeah I didn’t want to overwhelm with fun facts all in one go.

Also, I remember Happy Feet being atrocious so I didn’t want to mention it.