Charlotte's Web

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In Theaters: Friday 15th December 2006

Box Office USA: $82.5M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, Kerner Entertainment Company

Reviews 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Fresh: 112 Rotten: 31

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Charles A. Nichols,

Starring: Julia Roberts as Charlotte the Spider (voice), Steve Buscemi as Templeton the Rat (voice), John Cleese as Samuel the Sheep (voice), Oprah Winfrey as Gussy the Goose (voice), Cedric the Entertainer as Golly the Goose (voice), Reba McEntire as Betsy the Cow (voice), Kathy Bates as Bitsy the Cow (voice), Robert Redford as Ike the Horse (voice), Thomas Haden Church as Brooks the Crow (voice), André Benjamin as Elwyn the Crow (voice), Dominic Scott Kay as Wilbur (voice), Sam Shepard as Narrator (voice), Abraham Benrubi as Uncle the Pig (voice), Dakota Fanning as Fern, Kevin Anderson as Mr. Arable, Essie Davis as Mrs. Arable, Siobhan Fallon as Mrs. Zuckerman, Louis Corbett as Avery, Robyn Arthur as Teacher, Julian O'Donnell as Henry Fussy, Gary Basaraba as Homer Zuckerman, Nate Mooney as Lurvy, Nicholas Bell as Minister, Beau Bridges as Dr. Dorian, Teague Rook as Well Dressed Man, Julia Zemiro as Bystander, Denise Kirby as New Teacher, Robert Plazek as Ball Thrower, Joseph Lotesto as Young Boy, Michael Roland as Mayor, Don Bridges as Announcer, Ian Watkin as Fair Official, Joel McCrary as Sheep Group (voice), Brian Stepanek as Sheep Group (voice), Fred Tatasciore as Sheep Group (voice), Bradley White as Sheep Group (voice), Maia Kirkpatrick as Joy the Baby Spider (voice), Jennessa Rose as Aranea the Baby Spider (voice), Briana Hodge as Nellie the Baby Spider (voice), Dale Azzopardi as Photographer (uncredited), Geoff Burgess as Photographer (uncredited), Ella Scott Lynch as Girl at Fair (uncredited), Greg Marian as Farmer (uncredited), Stefano Mazzeo as Fair Member (uncredited), Elizabeth Saunders as Girl at Fair (uncredited)

Charlotte's Web Movie Review

That's soooooooooooooooome pig!

Long before there was Babe, and long before The Lion King crooned about "The Circle of Life," Charlotte's Web taught every child about life, friendship, and death -- all courtesy of a talking pig and his spider friend, Charlotte.

Voiced by Debbie Reynolds, Charlotte is the world's most existential spider ("We're born, we live a little, and we die."), and her soothing voice manages to calm Wilbur the pig (shakily voiced by Henry Gibson) through countless crises -- namely his ever-impending death by the farmer's axe. And sure enough, Wilbur grows from timid piglet into the pride of the farm, thanks to Charlotte's confidence-boosting messages (Some Pig! Terrific! Radiant!) that make him the talk of the tri-state area.

The 1973 animation (courtesy of Hanna-Barbera) is nothing special, in fact it's often downright bad, but E.B. White's classic fable needs little to make it come to life. Especially giddy is Paul Lynde's wry Templeton the rat ("It says: Crunchy."), whom I oddly still quote today. Fortunately, the new DVD gives us a widescreen presentation of the film that is scratch-and-pop-free.

A must-own for anyone with children, and a must-see for everyone else.


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