Dakota Fanning (left) as Fern in “Charlotte’s Web.” Paramount Pictures and Walden Media present a Kerner Entertainment Company / Nickelodeon Movies Production “Charlotte’s Web.” Directed by Gary Winick from a screenplay written by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick based upon the book by E.B. White, the film is produced by Jordan Kerner. Executive Producers are Edgar M. Bronfman, Julia Pistor, Bernie Williams, and Paul Neesan. The film is rated G for all audiences.© 2006 Paramount Pictures. All rights reserved. Photo by: Lisa Tomasetti
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 the pig who is almost sacrificed as the runt of the litter he becomes the newest addition to the barnyard. Wilbur has a youthful manner that makes him seem naïve 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. Based on the best-selling children’s paperback of all time, E.B. White’s magical, beloved story of loyalty and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation.
Dakota Fanning stars on-screen 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 André Benjamin as the dimwitted crows, Brooks and Elwyn.
Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte’s Web, written by award-winning author E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams, has sold 45 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 23 languages. Charlotte’s Web, which is published by HarperCollins, joins White’s Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little as one of the most beloved children’s books of all time.
“All three books carry that signature E.B. White Yankee wit,” says producer Jordan Kerner. “They are imbued with the best of American culture. White was a master wordsmith.”
Paramount Pictures and Walden Media Present a Kerner Entertainment Company/Nickelodeon Movies production, “Charlotte’s Web.” Directed by Gary Winick, the film’s screenplay is by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick, based on the book by E.B. White. Produced by Jordan Kerner, the executive producers are Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Julia Pistor, Bernie Williams, and Paul Neesan.