OK, short review because I really didn’t want to see this movie, but it was the lesser of three evils (in my opinion, and only my opinion) among Eragon (no offense really young, successful author) and The Pursuit of Happyness (no offense Mr Smith and son). Anyway, if you’ve read the book, or seen the cartoon from the Seventies, Charlotte’s Web is a sweet story about a pig named Wilbur who lives on a farm, and is destined to become breakfast someday, and the shockingly sweet and kind spider (voiced by Julia Roberts) who saves his life by somehow knowing how to “write” in English while spinning her elaborate webs.
A truckload of people voice animals in this live action / CGI amalgam, including Steve Buscemi, stealing the show as Templeton the Rat, Cedric The Entertainer and Oprah as a goose and her Stedman, er, gander, Andre 3000 from that “Hey Ya” song, and Thomas Haden Church as psycho crows, and a whole lot more.
Of course Dakota Fanning plays Fern, the only human who sees the potential in Wilbur before the spider’s webs convert the masses. She’s a great actress, but not much is asked of her here.
All in sweet movie, albeit totally predictable and sappy as heck.