Charlottes Web 2006

Directed By: Gary Winick Starring: Dakota Fanning

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Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 204091147
UPC 097363427544
UPC 14 00097363427544
Format DVD
Release Date 8/17/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Animals
Family (General)
Farms
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Gary Winick (THIRTEEN GOING ON 30) had a lot to live up to in remaking a beloved children's movie, itself based on the classic novel by E. B. White, but this 2006 live-action version more than fulfills its promise. With droll '50s-inspired art direction, low-key and earnest performances, and the cutest ensemble cast of farm animals since BABE, Winick maintains the deeply moral (though not moralistic) themes of the original novel and also injects some mild humor and scenes of peril and adventure.^Child actor Dakota Fanning gives an impressively mature performance as the loyal and spunky farm girl Fern who rescues the pig Wilbur--the runt of his litter--from her father's axe. But as Wilbur grows up and faces his likely fate of becoming Christmas dinner, another friend steps in to save the day--the spider Charlotte (voiced by Julia Roberts), who spins fancy, slogan-filled webs above Wilbur's pen to convince his guardians that he is indeed a special pig and worth saving. The resulting hubbub saves his hide and reveals the importance of friendship and loyalty. Additionally, in scene after poignant scene, Wilbur learns about the nature of miracles, the seasons of life and death, and the inherent worth of even the runtiest of us.
Reviews
New York Times "[TB]he movie is a delight: never coarse, rarely preachy and less concerned with proving its own cleverness than with paying tribute to the wisdom of White's book." 12/15/2006 p.E8
Entertainment Weekly "What hooks you from the start is Dakota Fanning's unfussy passion as Fern..." -- Grade: A- 12/22/2006 p.60
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Fanning is] genuinely adorable without slipping into sickly-sweet territory....CHARLOTTE'S WEB remains surprisingly inviting." 03/01/2007 p.33
Directors
Gary Winick
Actors
Dakota Fanning
Cast & Crew
Andre Benjamin - Voice Of
Beau Bridges - Actor
Cedric the Entertainer - Voice Of
Dakota Fanning - Actor
Danny Elfman - Original Music By
E.B. White - Based On Book By
Earl Hamner, Jr. - Story By
Edgar Bronfman, Sr. - Executive Producer
Gary Winick - Director
John Cleese - Voice Of
John Kasarda - Art Director
Jordan Kerner - Producer
Julia Roberts - Voice Of
Karey Kirkpatrick - Screenplay
Kathy Bates - Voice Of
Oprah Winfrey - Voice Of
Reba McEntire - Voice Of
Robert Redford - Voice Of
Sabrina Plisco - Editor
Seamus McGarvey - Cinematographer
Steve Buscemi - Voice Of
Susan Littenberg - Editor
Susannah Grant - Screenplay
Thomas Haden Church - Voice Of
Tom Nursey - Art Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 342754
UPC 00097363427544
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review As family features go, Charlotte's Web may be the best we have seen in a while. Technically adept and surprisingly affecting, the movie translates E.B. White's children's book into a motion picture that will enthrall children and engage their parents. The animals come to life with enough credibility that it's not out of the question that a few tears may be shed for a CGI creature. Strangely, even with plucky Dakota Fanning fronting for the human actors, the film loses some of its magic when it moves outside of the barn. Comparisons to Babe are expected and warranted, but one thing missing form this story is James Cromwell.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Before there was Babe, there was Wilbur, the runt piglet hero of E. B.White's beloved Charlotte's Web, which the Children's Literature Association ranks as one of the 11 greatest American children's books published between 1776 and 1976. Previously adapted for the screen in 1973 as an animated musical featuring the voices of Debbie Reynolds and Henry Gibson, Charlotte's Web returns to charm a new generation of moviegoers in Gary Winick's heartwarming but never saccharine live-action film version of White's barnyard fable. Save for the glut of cornball jokes sprinkled throughout the narrative by screenwriters Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run), Charlotte's Web honors the spirit of the 1952 classic by imparting White's life lessons with sweet gravity.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Dolby, Digital Audio, French, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Roberts,Julia
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
A.O. Scott, The New York Times ...honors its source and captures the key elements...that have made White's book a classic.
Claudia Puig, USA Today Kids should enjoy the comic performances of the animals, and adults will appreciate the film's gentle poignancy...
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter ...a beautifully rendered motion picture that's full of warmth, wit and wonder.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly What hooks you from the start is Dakota Fanning's unfussy passion as Fern.
Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle There's an edge to this exemplary family movie, just as there is in the story.

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