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CHARLOTTE'S WEB Teaser Trailer Airs Saturday!!

Merrick here...

I've just been tipped off that the teaser trailer for the upcoming CHARLOTTE'S WEB live action/CGI feature film will air tomorrow night during Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards (beginning 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern).

The teaser has been described as "amazing"; I can't vouch for this as I haven't seen it.

The anthropomorphic barnyard creatures in the movie will be voiced by the likes of Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning, Steve Buscemi, Ophrah Winfrey, Kathy Bates, John Cleese, Robert Redford, Thomas Hayden Church and Jennifer Garner – among others. The film’s score is composed by Danny Elfman, and I believe much of its FX work will be handled by the super-cool Tippett Studios.

If anyone out there grew up with E.B. White’s book (or 1973’s animated feature film) like I did, you might wanna check this out. CHARLOTTE'S WEB will be released this Christmas.

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  • March 31, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • March 31, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Now THIS shit....

    by PushTheButton

    has to be a prank

  • March 31, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by vinceklortho

    stellar voice cast, I guess. Just have to wait and see in the trailer. I don't think I'll be watching the kid's choice awards, though Jack Black hosting is intriguing.

  • March 31, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by thebearovingian

    Charlotte dies but maybe they'll take dramatic license and change it so the pig and the spider go to heaven together

  • March 31, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Steve Buscemi as have to love it

    by Terry_1978

    You honestly do. I never would've thought of that, but it makes sense.

  • March 31, 2006, 8:22 p.m. CST

    "What a pig!"

    by Big Bad Clone

  • March 31, 2006, 8:28 p.m. CST

    "What a pig!"

    by Big Bad Clone

    Damn enter key. I took my kids to the rodeo here in Houston. I joked that we might see a pig dancing under a web that claimed how great he was. Too bad most of the pigs were sleeping and defecating. Even sadder was the racing and swimming pigs were clearly not the same pigs from last year. I told the kids that those other pigs had retired. Hmmm... retired bacon.

  • March 31, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I bet Oprah does the voice of a cow..

    by acroyear77

  • March 31, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Described as "amazing" by who??????

    by El Scorcho

    And by the way, did we not get a formal introduction to "Merrick" or did I miss it? Who is this guy?

  • March 31, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    This actually sounds cool.

    by jimmy_009

    I think this will be a good one.

  • March 31, 2006, 9:34 p.m. CST

    kiss kiss bang bang DVD

    by KlitorisOvrdrive

    Kilmer, downy and shane black are fuckin on crack on the commentary track. great stuff.

  • March 31, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    with STEVE BUSCEMI is worth watching for him alone. ALL YOU LOSERS TAKE NOTE: frank cotton knows how to be post first - with class

  • March 31, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    How soon til . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . AICN starts posting Photoshopped pics of Charlotte all in black?

  • March 31, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by digital8

  • March 31, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Hollywood- Animation doesn't always need celeb voices.

    by ZeroCorpse

    How about some enterprising animation studio release a feature film without a single celebrity voice actor? Use unknowns. Why do we need to give the people who ALREADY GET ENOUGH WORK even MORE work, while thousands of voice actors are out there waiting to be cast? JERKS.

  • April 1, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Who does the voice of Wilbur?

    by beefywhore

    We know who voices "Gussy the Goose" for christ sake, why is there no word on who plays Wilbur...? I'm drunk.

  • April 1, 2006, 12:33 a.m. CST

    april fool's

    by Jubba

    this is just a ploy to get you to watch bad kids' shows for a bad kid's movie that won't exist! april 1, baby, yeah!

  • April 1, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    The 2

    by Darth Maui

    Of course they could've had Paul Lind do Templeton again.

  • April 1, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST

    No shit Zerocorpse, I wanna be a celebrity

    by mraig

    Pay me ten million dollars to sit in a recording studio in my boxers for an hour and read my lines off a script while professionally trained, insanely talented voice actors work for scale. Sure, you could hire Billy West or someone to do ten amazing voices for a tenth the price, but then you couldn't put the big celebrity name across the poster and do a commercial that cuts between the finished animation and the celeb in the studio. And of course, every movie has to have a 100 million dollar budget, so you might as well find something to spend it on.

  • April 1, 2006, 3:26 a.m. CST

    i grew up with the old animated film

    by rebel299

    and if this is even half as good i'll be happy. i damn near wore that tape out as a kid. i caught it on hbo family or something the other night, and just the memories of it as soon as i tuned in brought a tear to my eye. then again, to this day if i put it on, if my folks are within earshot they know exactly what it is within seconds and give me hell about it.

  • April 1, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    F this talk!

    by Son of Batman

    Babe and Babe: Pig In City are best talking pigs movies of all the time. There is no doubt.

  • April 1, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    This will be SHIT.

    by Uncle Stan

    Outside of the main characters most of the animals do not say anything, so hiring a lot of big name stars to voice them can only mean big changes to the story. This will be another example of Hollywood alchemy: the transformation of literary gold into dog shit. A big "Fuck You" to everyone involved.

  • April 1, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Bush knew about the whole thing...

    by zacdilone

    You can't believe the official story of how those words appeared in a spider web. Any idiot taking a look at the film can see it was a controlled spinning.

  • April 1, 2006, 10:33 a.m. CST

    it's a gulf war drama

    by hig_hurtenflurst

    starts with finding charlotte in a spiderhole outside of Tikrit, with wilbur as an unhinged mullah and Templeton playing the unctuous american bureaucrat. gotta keep these stories up-to-date.

  • April 1, 2006, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Maybe this will finally answer my question

    by Bryan

    Does Charlotte look like an anthropomorphic cartoon (which would be stupid) or like a real spider (which would be creepy)? It seems like either way they're fucked. They seem to have noticed this problem since they've been releasing photos and posters for more than a year and none of them show the title character. I am anxious to find out, although not anxious enough to watch Nickelodeon. Is this a real post? I'm confused.

  • April 1, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to ...

    by Dr Hans Fallada

    the next remake of this fuckin story where they transmit the damn thing into the VR chip in your skull.

  • April 1, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Just Saw It And There's No Charlotte

    by Oozer3993

    Bryan, It looks like they're still scared of showing what Charlotte looks like. The rest of the animals looked great. There are so many big names in this movie. I knew there were a lot but damn! Robert Friggin Redford is in it. I might actually want to see it.

  • April 1, 2006, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I too am curious about Charlotte herself

    by Terry_1978

    If they make her photorealistic, that's going to freak out people immensely seeing a spider with 8 eyes going on about "some pig" with Julia Roberts' voice. And making her look like the cartoon version with just the two eyes and a human like mouth would look even more bizzare. Not saying it won't work, but just curious.

  • April 1, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I just saw it! Julia Roberts as the voice of Charlotte

    by Orionsangels

    I always thought it was sad when Charlotte tells the girl she dies giving birth, wtf. When you're a kid that messes you up. The part with templeton in the garbage dump looks just like the cartoon. I would have chosen steven caroll as the rat doing the same character he did in bewitched.

  • April 1, 2006, 8:03 p.m. CST

    They showed Charlotte

    by zacdilone

    She was pretty realistic-looking. And hey--animal farts! The height of humor!

  • April 2, 2006, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Love how Kathy Bates got a good fart in the ad

    by Lance Rock

    Loves me some scat humor!!!!! Seriously, this movie ain't cool.

  • April 2, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    They have a damn FART in this crap-ass flick?

    by Mister Man

    E. B White deserves better than that, Paramount. Tell me it isn't in the film, that it was an April Fool's joke.....please. Farts in "classic" children's films equal retardation, and a complete lack of class or intelligent thought. Hell, if they made it today, I'm sure "A Charlie Brown Christmas" would have Pig Pen farting his way through the Christmas pageant rehearsal. Wasn't it the "Yours, Mine and Ours" remake that had a farting PIG??!! OK, Hollywood White Trash, set your standards "high," as you bite and scratch your way to those $50,000 gift bags. You can wear all the Fred Leighton jewelry in the world (for free), but it ain't gonna change the fact that most of you sit around the green room and fart. And you buy poor, foreign children, and entertain them with....farts. NIIIICCCCEEEEEE.

  • April 2, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Aside from the fart

    by Novaman5000

    this looks kind of decent. Hope they don't kiddy-fy it too much. Lowest humor does not equal good kids movie. Give kids a little more credit.

  • April 2, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST


    by Gungan Slayer

    You guys make an article about this stupid movie and you fail to mention on your site such news as SUPERMAN RETURNS in 3D IMAX...?? WTF?

  • April 2, 2006, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Gungan Slayer....

    by Terry_1978

    It's a movie site. About movies, regardless of who likes them. We're not all white, middle aged fanboys on here, ya know. And they mentioned IMAX Supes a couple stories down.

  • April 2, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    WTF is live action CGI

    by Chrisnonstop

    Isn't CGI just fancy computer generated cartoon work? So what the hell is "Live Action CGI"? Are you saying it's a live action picture with actual actors and CGI special effects? I guess that works.

  • April 3, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Paramount, I'm begging you, remove all the scat humor

    by TimBenzedrine

    Pease do it NOW. Don't cheapen a beatuful story with poop and fart jokes. You see, THIS is why we hate remakes. (O.K. technically not a remake but another movie version of a classic book) The original may seem a little dated (the Sherman Bros. songs)and the animation never reaches the same quality of a Disney film,but the script was extremely good for a children's film. Aside from being as faithful as 90 minutes would allow a film to be, They brought in a pro writer to pen the script (Earl Hamner Jr., who went on to create "The Waltons" which was loosely based on his own stories.) Hanna and Barberra knew they were creating something special, I wish someone at Paramount would understand this.

  • April 3, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    seriously? Charlotts Web?

    by quadrupletree

    Seriously? That's 'cool news'? Why don't they just call it Babe3(or 4, however many there are plus 1)? Wow.

  • April 4, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Danny Elfman needs to retire

    by gobofraggleuk

    He's proven with his last couple of Tim Burton flicks that he's totally lost whatever he had.