Sunday, December 24, 2006


Children’s movie

Dominic Scott Kay: Wilbur, the runt of the litter
Kevin Anderson: Maine farmer Mr. Arable
Dakota Fanning: his daughter Fern
Gary Basaraba: her uncle Homer Zukcerman
John Cleese: leader of the sheep Samuel
Kathy Bates and Reba McEntire: Bitsy and Betsy the cows
Robert Redford: Ike the horse
Oprah Winfrey and Cedric the Entertainer: Gussy and Golly the geese
Steve Buscemi: Templeton the rat
Julia Roberts: Charlotte the spider
André Benjamin and Thomas Haden Church: a pair of crows
Beau Bridges: the town doctor

It’s really not fair judging a children’s story from an adult’s perspective so I wish there was some way to give this movie two ratings.

Children will love it because it has all the requisite elements of a “good” movie: cute animals, simple story, rude body noises, smart-talking animals with an attitude and a nice ending.

Adults on the other hand might not find these enough to give it more than a “ho-hum” rating. Sorry kids.


E. B. White (July 1899 – October 1985) was a leading American author. He wrote a number of essays as well as three children’s books including this one and two others, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan.

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