A sweet movie
Charlotte's Web, based on the book by E.B. White, directed by Gary
Winick, film story by Earl Hamner Jr. and screenplay by Susannah Grant
and Karey Kirkpatrick is a heart warming story of friendship, loyalty
When a runt pig is born, a little girl, Fern, talks her father out of
slaughtering the pig. Fern, played by Dakota Fanning, raises the pig,
Wilbur, by hand until the pig is too large to stay in the house. She
takes Wilbur, voice by Dominic Scott Kay, to live with her uncle. It is
only after Wilbur goes to live with her uncle that Fern realizes that
her pig will be slaughtered for Christmas dinner.
In the barn where Wilbur goes to live there is a collection of funny
and uptight animal characters. Each character's voice is provided by a
recognizable, familiar voice. Samuel the sheep, voice by John Cleese,
is the uptight leader of the sheep and occasionally provider of sage
advice. Steve Buscemi provides his voice for the mischievous and
self-minded Templeton the Rat. Expecting geese parents Gussy and Golly
Goose, whose voices are provided by Oprah Winfrey and Cedric the
Entertainer. Bitsey, Kahty Bates, and Betsy, Reba McEntire, cows,
provide the physical and fart humor for the movie. Wilbur is not so
delicately informed by Templeton that he will be slaughtered.
This sends Wilbur into an emotional down-spiral. Luckily for him, he
makes a new friend, Charlotte the Spider, who promises to find a way to
keep him from being slaughtered. Taking her promise seriously,
Charlotte spins a series of webs that have the words, "Radiant" and
"Some Pig" to draw attention to how special Wilbur truly is.
Julia Roberts was a wonderful cast for Charlotte. Her soft, sweet voice
effectivelyembodies the spirit of E.B. White's character. Charlotte's
cool head,and confident demeanor, give hope to the barn and most
importantly, Wilbur. Roberts does a great job at making Charlotte a
constant and level character. Charlotte was completely animated. The
computer animation wasn't anything to sneeze at, nor was it anything to
There were several scenes where Charlotte looks to be the size of, or
larger, that of a tarantula. There are other times when she doesn't
seem to be a daddy long legs. Still, the animators did a good job of
making her feel like a character rich with emotion. I'm sure it was a
challenge to make a spider both realistic and emotional.
Dakota Fanning was adorable in the movie. I was disappointed because at
times her acting was inconsistent and strained. Still, there is a
reason why she is one of the most desired child actors in Hollywood.
The problem with having voices done by celebrities is you spend so much
of your time seeing their faces, instead of the character that it can
be a little confusing. Can you imagine a movie where Julia Roberts is
put in a jar by a little boy as Cedric the Entertainer and Oprah
Winfrey stand by and watch? It gets even worse when you associate a
voice to a character. One of the crows is played by Thomas Haden
Church. Church used to play the airplane mechanic on "Wings". During
the extremely funny scenes with the crows, all I could see was the
mechanic on "Wings. " While I think you should defiantly have a
recognizable voice in your film, if you do too many it's distracting.
Even though I was distracted by the different voices occasionally, I
was generally lost in the story. I was in a theater with several small
children and most of them made it though the movie with out yelling,
fussing or getting bored. Either they were the best behaved children
ever or they were truly enjoying the movie.
I knew how the story was going to end; I started to cry when it
I don't think this movie is the end all be all of what Charlotte's Web
could be. I think it will do just fine until a better one comes out.
Don't be afraid to take your children, they'll love it!.
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Deviates From The Novel But Has 'Character'
Watch out! Those words should ring in the minds of all those who choose
to see CHARLOTTE'S WEB, especially those with fond childhood memories
of the novel by E.B. White. Although moving from paper to celluloid
always entails changes, there are some fundamental flaws with this
updated version (the first being the 1973 animated film). The flaws,
however, do not thankfully! dominate the entire picture.
For those of you who've lived under a stone for the past five decades,
let me tell you a bit about this Newbery Honors book that is in the top
100 hardback booksellers of all time (those accolades alone should give
one pause before making film comparisons but they must be made
nonetheless since a film version now exists).
My first comment has to be a parental warning. Although the cover looks
childlike and fanciful, the story itself contains much more depth than
simply anthropomorphizing. Within the story's fabric is the structure
of life, death, and how we view our food. It becomes immediately
apparent as little Fern learns that her father intends to kill the
"runt" of a litter of pigs. He carries an axe in one hand and the
piglet in the other, but is stopped short by Fern as she pleads with
him to spare the animal. Unable to deny his daughter, the father
acquiesces. But the redemption of the piglet (whom we come to know as
Wilbur) may be short-lived. Christmas is around the corner and Fern's
family needs seasonal pork. But another sort of savior weaves her way
into the barn and befriends Wilbur. Her name, of course, is Charlotte.
As all the other farm animals fidget over Wilbur's impending meeting
with the smokehouse, Charlotte the spider decides to act. She writes
"Some Pig" in her web, and this sparks a stampede of activity at Fern's
family farm. Folks (humans) come from miles away to see this pig who
warrants such special praise from a lowly insect.
As Christmas approaches, Charlotte has to find more and more words to
weave in order to keep Wilbur alive. She does so with the assistance of
her fellow barnyard brethren. Most notable among them is Templeton the
rat (voiced perfectly by Steve Buscemi, ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL).
Usually very food-self-centric, Templeton learns the reason friendship
is so important via his newfound interactions with living things rather
***SPOILERS AHEAD*** It is the ending that gives this story its most
non-childlike substance. The death of Charlotte is heartbreaking, but
the rebirth of her egg-sack lets her live on. Wilbur, having saved the
egg-sack, has, in effect, returned the favor Charlotte gave to him:
saving his life. Wilbur sees many Christmases and several of the infant
spiders stick around to live out their days (and the continuing cycle
of life and death) with Wilbur and his eventual kin.
The voices in the film are standard Hollywood fodder. Julia Roberts as
Charlotte is okay, as is young Dominic Scott Kay as Wilbur the pig.
John Cleese as Samuel the sheep carries some of the more lighter
moments, as does Thomas Haden Church and Andre Benjamin as two confused
but funny crows. But, again, the biggest boost voice-wise has to go to
Steve Buscemi as Templeton the rat. His character goes through the
greatest growth (from despicable to thoughtful) and Buscemi's narrative
exposition is undeniably the best one for a rat considering his other
film roles (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, 28 DAYS, etc).
The biggest downside to the movie is that it separates too much the
human world from the animal one. E.B. White's novelization pulls these
items closer and closer, but here we witness Fern (Dakota Fanning, WAR
OF THE WORLDS, 2005) getting googly over a boy more than concerned with
what happens to Wilbur (or even involved with what happens to him after
Charlotte shows up and begins spinning her web-cabulary).
Fern is a vital construct to the entire story, helping to keep Wilbur
alive throughout the narrative (in the novel). But here we don't get
that. It is all laid on Charlotte and Templeton (mostly) which deviates
significantly from White's storyline; something to prepare yourself
The flick is entertaining if a bit off-kilter from the novel. Kids will
probably eat it up. And parents can run out and purchase one of the
finest "children's" books ever published in order to inform their kids
about what the story's really all about..