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Charlotte's Web.

Plot: A whole new generation of vegetarians will be born this month with the release of a charming new version of EB White's magical children's story.

The story begins with a little girl, Fern Arable (Fanning), who is horrified when she discovers her father is about to kill the runt of a newborn litter. So Fern rescues the little pig, christening the cheeky porker Wilbur. Fern leaves her new pet in the barn, home to the farm's other livestock including Ike the horse, Samuel the sheep, and Gussy and Golly the geese.

Life seems idyllic for Wilbur until Templeton the rat cruelly lets slip that Wilbur will end up on the butcher's block.

Seeking help from a clever spider called Charlotte (Julia Roberts), who has a magical way with words, the porker tries to avoid the chop and prove to the local community that he is indeed a very 'humble' and 'extraordinary pig'.

Verdict: Remaining faithful to the book, Gary Winick's film is that rare beast: a well-crafted family film that appeals to all ages, and might even have a few parents sniffling over their popcorn.

Winick's film gently tugs the heartstrings, encouraging us to fall in love with the characters and shed an inevitable tear.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2007
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