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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web
The voices of: Julia Roberts, Dominic Scott Kay, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire,
Andre Benjamin, Cedric The Entertainer, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Robert Redford,
Thomas Haden Church and a live performance by Dakota Fanning

Rated: G
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 20, 2006 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

From the E.B. White novel about friendship we find a second film called Charlotte's Web, this version is mostly live action, with CGI that fills in the spaces that stretch reality. The 1973 version, a fully animated film, featured the voice of Debbie Reynolds as Charlotte A. Cavatica; she is replace here by the voice of Julia Roberts.

Zuckerman's famous pig, Wilbur (Dominic Scott Kay) is potential bacon and Fern (Dakota Fanning) is determined to save the warm cuddly cute pig. But only Charlotte has the secret to protect the warm innocent new pig in the barn yard. Director Gary Winick translates the delightful story very effectively. Crows voiced by Thomas Haden Church and Andre Benjamin are added characters like the cartoon Heckle and Jeckle, they add comic comment and Templeton voiced by Steve Buscemi delights particularly during his adventure at the state fair.

While Charlotte continues to wrap flies and prepare for her offspring, Templeton is along for the ride at the idyllic countryside farm and at the food filled state fair which is a feast for a rat.

This is a story told very well, it delights all-over again and we can't help enjoy this wonderful family feature. It is my choice for the best family film of the year.

  Frank Chris Tony Jim Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Charlotte's Web B+     B+ B+     B+

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