Movie Review: Charlotte’s Web

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Charlotte’s Web Summary

During springtime on a farm in Somerset County, Maine, young Fern Arable discovers her father John about to kill a runt of a litter of newborn pigs. She successfully begs her father to spare the piglet’s life; Fern names him Wilbur and nurtures him lovingly. The next morning, Fern sneaks Wilbur into her school desk and she lies to the teacher who forces her to open her desk and sends her to the office.

When Wilbur has matured, Fern is regretfully forced to take him to her uncle Homer Zuckerman’s barnyard. Mrs. Arable feels slightly concerned for Fern’s behavior and one night, prevails upon Fern to stay home, do her homework and go straight to bed. During this time, Wilbur feels abandoned and is left yearning for companionship, but is snubbed by the other animals – a comedic, mischievous, rebellious, misunderstood, and “potentially dangerous” rat named Templeton; a serious and steadfast sheep named Samuel; a fun-loving and kindly goose couple named Gussy and Golly; two beautiful and laid-back cow sisters named Bitsy and Betsy; and a cowardly and humorous horse named Ike – until he is befriended by Charlotte A. Cavatica, a barn spider who lives in the space above Wilbur’s sty in the Zuckermans’ barn. 

When the other animals reveal to Wilbur that he will be prepared for dinner by Christmas, Charlotte promises to hatch a plan guaranteed to save Wilbur’s life. With the help of Templeton, Charlotte convinces the Zuckerman family that Wilbur is actually quite special by spelling out descriptions of him in her web such as “Some pig”, “Terrific”, “Radiant” and “Humble”.

The next day, the Arables, Zuckermans, Wilbur, Charlotte and Templeton go to a fair where Wilbur is entered in a contest. While there, Charlotte produces an egg sac containing her unborn offspring while Wilbur, despite winning no prizes, is later celebrated by the fair’s staff and visitors, making him too prestigious to justify killing him. Exhausted from laying eggs, Charlotte cannot return home because she is dying. Wilbur bids an emotional farewell to her as she remains at the fair and dies shortly after his departure, but he manages to take her egg sac home with the help of Templeton.

Wilbur then lives to witness his first Christmas and by the next spring, hundreds of Charlotte’s offspring emerge; most of the young spiders soon leave, but three named Joy, Aranea and Nellie stay and become Wilbur’s friends.

Charlotte’s Web Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A fun and emotional movie but worth watching.

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