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USA & UK: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Kevin Anderson, Essie Davis, Sam Shepard, Louis Corbett, Julian O'Donnell, Beau Bridges, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Homer Zuckerman
Cast (voices of): Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Robert Redford, Kathy Bates, Reba McEntire, Thomas Haden Church, Andre Benjamin, Dominic Scott Kay Dominic
Director: Gary Winick
USA & UK: 97 mins
USA Rated: G
UK Certificate: U contains very mild language
USA Release Date: 15 December 2006
UK Release Date: 9 February 2007
Based on the best-selling children's paperback of all time, E.B. White's magical story of loyalty and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation. In CHARLOTTE'S WEB, a very small pig finds that the most powerful force in the world is the bond of friendship. After young Fern (Dakota Fanning) rescues Wilbur (voice of Dominic Scott Kay Dominic) the pig - who is almost sacrificed as the runt of the litter - he becomes the newest addition to the barnyard.
Wilbur's youthful personality makes him seem na´ve to the other animals in his new barn, but to Charlotte - the spider who lives in the rafters - he holds the possibility of being a friend. Their developing friendship is shown to be a lasting one when the other animals reveal that the pig's days are numbered. It seems that only a miracle will save Wilbur's life, but a determined Charlotte spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is "some pig" and worth saving.
Directed by Gary Winick, CHARLOTTE'S WEB stars Dakota Fanning as Fern Arable, the first person to see Wilbur for the terrific, radiant, and humble pig he is. Julia Roberts is the voice of Charlotte, who becomes Wilbur's best friend and savior. Also joining as cast voices for "Charlotte's Web" are Steve Buscemi as the barn's sardonic rat, Templeton; Oprah Winfrey as Gussy, the barn's maternal-yet-irreverent goose; Cedric the Entertainer as Golly, Gussy's gander; John Cleese as Samuel, the authoritarian sheep; Robert Redford as Ike, the arachnophobic horse; Kathy Bates and Reba McEntire as the barn's sarcastic cows, Bitsy and Betsy; and Thomas Haden Church and Andre Benjamin as the dimwitted crows, Brooks and Elwyn.