Matthew Lickona noon, July 29
E.B. White's barnyard children's story, a friendship fable about the promise of a spider to save a spring pig from the smokehouse. Sweet sentiment soured by the cacophonous Cultural Diversity of the animal voices (British sheep, Southern cows, African-American geese, New York City rat, Julia Roberts spider, and so on) and the mundane visuals. With Dakota Fanning in live-action, Dominic Scott Kay, Steve Buscemi, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, John Cleese, Kathy Bates, and Robert Redford in voice-over dubbing, and Sam Shepard in narration; directed by Gary Winick. 2006.