E.B. White’s perennial best-selling novel is translated to the screen in animated musical splendor.
Charlotte’s Web is a 2006 American fantasy-comedy film based on the 1952 novel of the same name by E. B. White. Directed by Gary Winick and written by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick, it is the second film adaptation of White’s book and a live-action remake of the 1973 animated version produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.
The film stars Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson, and Beau Bridges, with voices provided by Dominic Scott Kay, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Thomas Haden Church, André 3000, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire, and Robert Redford. Danny Elfman composed the film’s score.
About the Filmmakers
Charlotte’s Web was produced by E.B. White and directed by Gary Winick.
“The CGI animals are rendered with such care that many viewers will swear they’re real creatures. (In fact, they sometimes are, but figuring out where the computer animators become involved is a perplexing proposition. That’s how good the finished product is.) Charlotte is a curious mix of the creepy and the comforting. She looks like a spider, but the close-ups of her face soften the negative impressions many have when dealing with arachnids, and the soothing, familiar tones of Julia Roberts’ voice further humanize Charlotte. A great deal of care was taken in making sure children wouldn’t be made uneasy by the spider while still allowing her to be recognizable as what she is. Most of the other animals appear as they are. . .Charlotte’s Web has all the requisite elements that a family film needs to succeed and endure: humor, drama, pathos, and an emotionally satisfying ending. Despite its flaws, none of which are burdensome, Charlotte’s Web deserves to thrive both now in theaters and in the years to come on DVD.” – James Berardinelli. Movie Reels. Charlotte’s Web Movie Review.
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