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Charlotte's Web

By Kevin Granich

 

Release date: December 15

MPAA Rating: G

Starring: Dakota Fanning, voices by Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Reba McEntire and Robert Redford

Genre: Family fantasy classic

Recommended Age: All ages

 

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Violence

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The beloved children's book Charlotte's Web comes to the big screen in this live action movie featuring a star studded cast.

 

This timeless tale shows the power of friendship and the importance of the cycle of life. Eight-year-old Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) saves a runt pig from slaughter by promising to care for him. She names him Wilbur (Dominic Scott Kay) and raises him until he is too big, moving him into Mr. Zuckerman's barn. At the new barn, Wilbur finds himself an outcast among the other animals until one lonely night, Wilbur is befriended by a spider named Charlotte (Julia Roberts). The unlikely pair inspires and teaches the other barn animals the true meaning of family. With fall coming on, Wilbur and the rest of the farm animals know that he would soon be served for Holiday dinner. Charlotte works to protect Wilbur by weaving words into her web; making him into "Some Pig" worth saving.  

 

Charlotte's Web is a great family film suitable for all ages. It is both funny and heartfelt. The barn animals provide the comic relief with the sheep always following the herd, the horses being scared of the spider, and the crows unable to eat from the fields because of the ever-watchful Scarecrow. Some parents of young children should be aware that the film deals with the cycle of life, including death. Young children can find the scene of death uneasy and sad. Parents will be pleasantly surprised to hear the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford, Cedric the Entertainer, Reba McEntire, and John Cleese. The film is filled with positive messages that teach children the power of words and the importance of friendship.  


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