Movies. It's all fun and games until someone drowns a dog.
Here's a trailer that plays a neat trick on perspectives. For those who haven't seen Babe: Pig in the City, the film appears to be a cynical cash-in on the first film's sweet majesty. For those who have seen the film, however, the trailer is a comical mismatch of product and sales pitch. We hear the voice over guy's cheerful recommendation of this fun, family film positioned over moments of great poignancy and surprising gravitas. It's like those mashup trailers where The Shining is a quirky family comedy.
I can't help but wonder if the film's box office fate would have been different had this trailer gone all out and shown how the pitbull chase it offers as an example of madcap zaniness actually ends with the pitbull's head fully submerged in water for an uncomfortable amount of time, as its suspended body wiggles and writhes in panic. It probably still would have been a failure, but its status as a cult classic would have been on its ass from day one.
For those who haven't seen the film, you really should. See the first one too, though it's great in a very different way. I admit, I'm a sucker for animals as humans and magical realism in general, but this is a beautiful, weird and honestly badass film. As George Miller goes, I like it even more than The Road Warrior, and that's saying a lot.