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Starring: Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Kathy Bates, Robert Redford, Thomas Haden Church, Andre Benjamin, Kevin Anderson, Beau Bridges
Director: Gary Winick
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2006




- Commentary by director Gary Winick
- Commentary by producer Jordan Kerner and visual effects supervisor John Andrew Berton Jr
- Making Some Movie
- Some Voices
- Flacka's Pig Tales
- How Do They Do That?
- What Makes A Classic?
- Where Are They Now?
- Music Video "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachian
- Music Video "Make A Wish" by Bob Carlisle and Lucy Kane
- A Day at the Fair
- Farm Photo Album
- Gag Reel
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Gary Winick



Languages: English/Mandarin/Cantonese
Subtitles: English//Mandarin Cantonese
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




"Only because you were born too little, doesn't mean you are too small for this world." That's the belief of young Fern and so she takes care of the weakest of the newborn Pigs on Zuckermanns Farm. She names him Wilbur and cares for him until he's strong enough to live in the barn and ready for the biggest Adventure of his life. Not only a bunch of belligerent animals is waiting for him also a great danger from which only a miracle can save him. But Miracles are the speciality of the wise spider Charlotte who also lives in the Barn. She becomes Wilbur's Guardian Angel and only has to make him "something special" to save him form his fate.


How can anyone not like this charming movie? The star here is not Dakota Fanning (whom many find irritating in movies like The Cat in the Hat and War of the Worlds), but the lovely talking animals. You may have seen them in countless many other movies like Babe and Animal Farm, but admit it, there’s always something wowing about this talking creatures.

This film adaptation of E.B. White’s beloved novel tells the story of Wilbur the pig who may just end up on the dinner table when winter comes. With the help of Charlotte the spider and his other barnyard animal friends, he may just escape this terrible fate.

In our humble opinion, this is the perfect story for anyone growing up (shame on you if you do not already know this classic tale of friendship and loyalty). And with this movie, it is the perfect movie to own for kids to learn and enjoy at home. And besides the young ones, cynical adults like you and I will like the simple charm this 97-minute movie has to offer.

Gary Winick (Tadpole, 13 Going on 30) directs a brilliant cast of all-star top-notch voice talents to bring the barnyard creatures to life. There is Steve Buscemi’s (Big Fish, Paris, he t’aime) sneaky rat, Robert Redford’s (The Horse Whisperer, Spy Game) ageing horse, Kathy Bates’ (Rumour Has It, Failure to Launch) perky cow and Thomas Haden Church’s (Sideways, Spider-Man 3) slimy crow. Also, listen out for John Cleese as a sheep, Cedric the Entertainer as a goose and even a certain talk show host Oprah Winfrey as his wife.

In the “lead role” as Charlotte, Julia Roberts (Mona Lisa Smile, Ocean’s Twelve) brings a nice maternal touch to the otherwise scary spider which may scare off kids in real life. Her kind and tender voice plays out nicely in this family-friendly flick.

The high-tech computer animation employed in the picture will also awe you with its flawless rendition of talking animals. You’ll almost feel like it is only normal for animals to converse with each other in real life.

Oh, and don’t say we didn’t warn you – do get a tissue or two ready. Whether you are young or old, male or female, you may need to wipe those tears come the end of the touchingly likeable movie.


This Code 3 DVD contains a whole load of wonderfully fun special features which definitely makes your money’s worth. It is a must-have for every family’s DVD collection.

Commentary by director Gary Winick – The solemn-sounding director gives a detailed commentary about how various inspirations for the Australia-shot movie came about. The wonderful opening titles music score by Danny Elfman, the intricate watercolor-inspired opening sequence and the casting of Fanning as Fern are all explained by Winick in this subtitled-enabled (wow!) commentary.

Commentary by producer Jordan Kerner and visual effects supervisor John Andrew Berton Jr. – How generous of the DVD producers to include two commentary tracks for this movie. In this more interactive commentary, we find out that this movie took five years to make, and how the several voice talents came together to make an A-cast list. The looks of the animal characters are also kept as realistic as possible, and the filmmakers took care not to make Templeton the ray look too cute and adorable.

Making Some Movie – This 28-minute feaurette has the cast and crew talking about how the classic children’s novel was such an inspiration for them and what it is like being part of the motion picture. Interestingly, there are about 40-odd pigs (there is no general consensus amongst the interviewees) playing Wilbur.

Some Voices – The filmmakers tell us how they simply “closed their eyes and imagined the animals talking in the actors’ voices” to decide whether they have made the right choice. In this 9-minute clip, see how Cedric the Entertainer and Oprah Winfrey make a good pair of bickering geese.

Flacka’s Pig Tales – Flacka (one of the many pigs who played Wilbur in the movie) brings the younger ones on a behind-the-scene journey of the movie in this 11-minute featurette, and we see how the animals were trained by the humans in the silliest ways. Oh, and did you know that every animal has a name like Vickie, Joanna, Larry and Mrs. Green?

How Do They Do That? – The 5-minute clip showcases the animal trainers who take their jobs really seriously and professionally. You’d see how the pigs have exact positions at scenes to get the correct camera angle.

What Makes A Classic – Another 5-minute clip where academics talk about how the American culture is brilliantly portrayed in E.B. White’s novel about growing up, friendship and other important life lessons.

Where Are They Now? – Somehow, the sows don’t look that cute anymore in this 7-minute clip about where the pigs are now. They wallow in mud, they snort and boy, they have grown in size! Who knows, some of them have already become… dinner!

Music Videos – Watch the beautiful “Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLachlan” and the lyrical “Make A Wish by Bob Carlisle and Lucy Kane” and be enchanted by the voices and music.

A Day At The Fair! – A 55-second slideshow of stills from the fun fair scene in the movie.

Farm Photo Album – The name says it all: a collection of farm animals pictures.

Gag Reel – In this creatively-put-together 3-minute clip, you see several NG takes. We particularly love the one where a trainer tries to get some geese to react to a plastic goose head, with not much of a success.

Deleted Scenes – There are six deleted scenes with a total runtime of seven minutes, and optional director commentaries on all of them.


The disc’s visual transfer maintains the fresh and lovely cinematography of the movie, while there are English, Mandarin and Cantonese 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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