By EW Staff
Updated August 10, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
Charlotte's Web: Suzy Wood

Charlotte's Web

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Animals. Children. Special effects. Bad weather. Any one of these is enough to turn filmmaking into a patience-taxing slog for a director. Charlotte’s Web had all four. ”It’s been the hardest thing I’ve done in my life,” laughs director Gary Winick about adapting E.B. White’s kid-lit classic — you know, the one about the hog named Wilbur (Scott Kay) who escapes certain slaughter with the help of a word-spinning spider named Charlotte (Julia Roberts). And don’t get him started about the mercurial Melbourne weather, the logistics of using CG to put words in animals’ mouths, or creating the sound effects for flatulent cows and a burping rat. But Winick says Dakota Fanning, who plays Wilbur’s human benefactor, was a doll, and Roberts helped solve one of the production’s biggest problems: taking the creepy out of her creepy crawler. ”Julia’s voice has a wonderful quality. It’s soothing and draws you in.”

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Charlotte's Web

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  • 97 minutes
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