Babe: Pig in the City is a 1998 comedy-drama film, and the sequel to the 1995 film Babe. It is co-written, produced and directed by George Miller, who co-wrote and produced the original film. Most of the actors from the first film reappeared as their respective roles, including James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes, Hugo Weaving, Danny Mann, and Magda Szubanski. However, most of them have only brief appearances, as the story focuses on the journey of Babe and the farmer's wife Esme in the fictional city of Metropolis. Despite being a sequel to a highly-acclaimed children's film which, for the most part, had a charming and light-hearted atmosphere, Pig in the City had an unexpected darker tone and contained more mature subject matter. As a result of its dark tone, Pig in the City was a flop at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics, although the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert highly praised the film, with Ebert praising it to be better than the first one, and Siskel later naming it the Best Movie of 1998. However, over the years the film became seen as a very underrated sequel.