E.B. White's classic children's story comes to the screen in this live-action adaptation with an all-star voice cast. Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a young girl growing up on her family's farm. When a sow gives birth to some piglets, Fern's father (Kevin Anderson) intends to do away with the runt of litter, but Fern has become attached to the little pig and persuades her father to let him live. The pig, named Wilbur (voice of Dominic Scott Kay), becomes Fern's pet, but when he grows larger, he's put in the care of Homer Zuckerman (Gary Basaraba), a farmer down the road. Fern is still able to visit Wilbur regularly, and it soon occurs to both of them that pigs tend to have a limited life expectancy on a farm, and that unless something unusual happens, Wilbur will eventually becomes someone's dinner. Charlotte, a friendly spider, hatches a plan to make Wilbur seem special enough to save by weaving messages about the "terrific" pig into her web, and she soon persuades her barnyard friends to join in her plan. Charlotte is voiced by Julia Roberts, while the other actors who provide the voices of the animals on Zuckerman's farm include Robert Redford, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Bates, Cedric the Entertainer. Thomas Haden Church, and André Benjamin.~Mark Deming
7 Exciting Featurettes including "How Do They Do That?"
This movie is based on the book
Charlotte’s Web. I feel it is a cute adaptation of the book.
If you have little children there is a death involving one of the characters and in the beginning of the movie they talk about Wilbur’s being Xmas dinner.
There is a reference to “bacon” as well. They use words like stupid and bloody. If you fast forward thru these parts the movie is very good. It shows humbleness, friendship, courage and love amoungst the characters.
My daughters first saw a children's' theatre production of this story and loved it, then we read the book, and now own the movie. There are little differences between them, but they all have great lessons for kids to learn about being kind to one another, accepting different looks an behavior and being proud of who you are. Easily worth the price of purchase.
I knew my children read the book in school but didn't know the story line. Now that they have children, I bought the movie for them. When we watched it, I got the story but I think my grandsons were still a little too young to get the whole part about the pigs not surviving and being the food on the table, they just liked the animals in the barn.
I ordered this for Christmas for my grandson and we opened today to play in the car. He loves this movie, although this is a movie thats been out forever as long as he loves it Im fine with it. Arrived in excellent condition.