Parents' Guide to

Charlotte's Web (2006)

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.

Movie G 2006 97 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 7+

A hard lesson to learn. Only appropriate for children who have learned what meat is...

Very sad - had me choked up. Not because the spider dies but because of the overall message of the circle of life. I think this movie is only appropriate for children who have learned about where meat comes from. The opening scene for instance features the farmer grabbing an axe to take to the adorably portrayed piglet because he is the runt of the litter. Charlotte is a good role model, she is brave and a great friend, though her death is quite confronting and sudden, which is hard because she has at that point become a close friend to the pig. Film at times portrays humans as ignorant and foolhardy.
age 4+

We love Wilbur

This movie has a sad part but it’s a beautiful story about friendship. Kids who like animals will love it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (32 ):

Here's a welcome surprise: A children's movie that's thoughtful, entertaining, and enchanting. This newest big-screen version of Charlotte's Web, based on E.B. White's 1952 Newbery Award-winning book mixes performances by real-life actors and animals with animated mouths, slipping gracefully into the world of the barnyard without ever doubting its magic. Whether you're new to the story or already adore the book, Gary Winick's movie is a special treat.

The one questionable lesson offered by Charlotte's Web is that embodied by Fern. A tomboy through and through, she worries her mother (to the point that she visits a doctor, trying to understand why her daughter spends so much time with the farm animals). When Fern at last abandons her overalls for a pretty yellow dress, Mom (Essie Davis) feels reassured. But the film needn't offer this transformation as a sign of Fern's "proper" socialization. Really, tomboys can be mature too.

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