Conservative parent review for younger children!
I am always searching for wholesome movies for my children (age 3 1/2 and 5 1/2). My kids do not watch any TV, no commercials or ads, and only see DVDs that I screen before they see them. What this means is that they are sensitive, caring and not immune to seeing scary and violent things.
*SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON!***
This movie does use the work "kill" several times in reference to Wilbur being Christmas dinner. It is not violent, it is matter of fact. Charlotte does die at the end, and she tells Wilbur that is what is happening. The actual moment is very subtle. My 3 year old totally didn't get this part, my 5 year old did, but he was fine with it. We have taught them the cycle of life and death, and this movie does a wonderful job following through on the cycle. Wilbur takes Charlotte's egg sack and cares for it throughout the winter. In the spring, all of Charlotte's babies come from the egg sack and 3 of them remain behind in the barn. It is a very sweet, well done family movie. No doubt, your children may have questions about death, but this is actually a great teaching moment. I have NO idea why 85% of reviewers say sexual content is an issue...unless they're talking about a Charlotte's egg sack. But I wouldn't consider that sexual. They are no bad words, sexual innuendo or anything rude and vulgar (the cow does fart once). There is no drinking, drugs or smoking. And if there is a product placement, I did not notice it - and that says a lot!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence