Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure

 
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Nothing like the original, but fun on its own.
  • Review Date: June 12, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 79 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Animals cooperate to solve problems. Fern takes an active role in saving Wilbur.

Violence & scariness

Hint of Wilbur becoming a tasty dinner, but never discussed how.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that WIlbur's life is in jeopardy and there is a hint that Wilbur could become a tasty dinner (although how this would happen is never explicitly explained).

What's the story?

CHARLOTTE'S WEB 2: WILBUR'S GREAT ADVENTURE picks right up in the Spring after Charlotte's death. Wilbur has befriended Charlotte's daughters, now with neon bright hair and teen-age sounding voices. Templeton, this time without the vocalizations of Paul Lynde, is still annoying to all. His offspring scamper about causing trouble. Wilbur befriends a new black lamb who is sold to another farmer. On a trek to visit him with spiders and Templeton in tow, a disheveled-looking Wilbur is mistaken for a wild pig, and the local farmers are on guard. Meanwhile, a fox corners Cardigan. Wilbur manages to rescue him and tie up the fox. Fern, just as outspoken as ever, straightens the matter of Wilbur's mistaken identity.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Hearing of a sequel to the beloved children's classic may make parents wince. There's no comparison at all. But on its own, it's a story that is not terribly frightening and does attempt to tackle issues about friendship.

Interspersed in the plot are four songs, including a number sung by the young daughters of Charlotte as they psyche themselves up to replicate the web artistry known of their mother. Kids will enjoy these songs, though they add absolutely nothing to the story. This was a direct-to-video project, very obviously a money-making venture stemming from the success of Charlotte's Web.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about diversity, feelings of isolation, and how to respond through acts of kindness. Why is Cardigan different than the others? And if makes a child want to learn more about Charlotte's Web, then it's worth the effort.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 18, 2003
DVD release date:March 18, 2003
Cast:Amanda Bynes, David Beron, Julia Duffy
Director:Mario Piluso
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Horses and farm animals
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:all audiences

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Parent of a 9 year old Written byemg_mom December 22, 2010
 
I think someone who didn't understand the original wrote and produced this movie. It is awful. Wilbur is whiney, his change into a crazed boarhog is weird and it is just terrible that it has the name Charlottes Web on it.
Parent of a 17 and 17 year old Written bypoppinsfan August 14, 2015
 
What other families should know
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Kid, 9 years old September 2, 2013
 

a good movie

its a good movie with some disapointing parts
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