Charlotte's Web
G
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +4

Dakota Fanning and the voices of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Andr Benjamin, Thomas Haden Church, Robert Redford, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates. Based on the Book by E. B. White. Written by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick. Directed by Gary Winick

FILM SYNOPSIS: A classic story of loyalty, trust, and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation. Fern (Dakota Fanning) is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal as she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig. As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures a spider named Charlotte and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family. When the word gets out that Wilburs days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte, who sees miracles in the ordinary, spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is some pig and worth saving. Note: Charlotte's Web, written by E. B. White with illustrations by Garth Williams, is the best-selling childrens paperback of all time.

PREVIEW REVIEW: What an incredible story, completely involving, yet loaded with life lessons for children and reminders for adults. Not only have Walden Media and Paramount Pictures done justice to the book, they have given families a flawless, perfect film. I was completely charmed and thats saying something because I am not a fan of films with talking animals. Perhaps my real objection to talking-animal movies rest in the fact that they usually have nothing worthwhile to say. Here, they do. Whats more, I defy you to find a poorly done sequence.

If you take your kid to another movie instead of this one I dont even want to hear about it. Well, Im kidding a bit, but Hollywood so seldom presents us with a perfect movie. This is one of them. A classic - not just one of the best family films of 2006, but of ever.

The Charlotte's Web DVD bonus features including Flacka's Pig Tales, a tongue-in-cheek look at the on-set antics of the farm animals hosted by one of the real-life pigs from the film, a storybook creator that allows kids to use actual backgrounds, characters and dialogue from the movie to make their own all-new themed adventures, a gag reel, a music video featuring three-time Grammy Award winner Sarah McLachlan performing her hit song Ordinary Miracle, and more. Charlotte's Web DVD will be available to own April 3 for $19.95.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: There are a few comically perilous situations for the Rat, and theres the threat that Wilber will be turned into bacon by summers end, but the filmmakers managed to tell an involving story without graphic or excessive violence.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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