A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship and love are the center of this film.
Violence & Scariness
Wilbur is nearly killed for meat and, though not violent, Charlotte dies at the end.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the theme of the film is the cycle of life and death, which may frighten younger children. Families may want to discuss these themes. How does the movie make the youngest ones feel? How does Wilbur show his love for Charlotte even after she dies? To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on the classic E. B. White novel, CHARLOTTE'S WEB is a touching story, but it has several flaws. The animation, though good by Hanna-Barbera standards, pales next to even the lesser Disney features; kids with shorter attention spans may find it slow-moving; and some older kids won't buy into the sentimentality. Despite all that, it's a movie well worth sharing with your family, because of its enduring messages about friendship and love.
The movie's barnyard musical menagerie is amusing and child-friendly. Templeton the rat (voiced by a hilariously sly Paul Lynde) has most of the comic highlights, including a rousing song number in which he gluttonously pigs out in a junkyard. Sequences with baby animals will appeal to the youngest members of the audience.
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