Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.
Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.
Based on the beloved children's novel by E.B. White, a young girl named Fern rescues a runty piglet, raises it as her own and names him Wilbur. However, after Wilbur grows into a pig, she is compelled to sell him to her Uncle Homer Zuckerman down the street. At Zuckerman's barn, Wilbur meets a host of animals and later learns from them that come winter, he will be slaughtered for food. Fearing for his life, Charlotte, a gentle and wise spider whom befriended the lonely Wilbur, vows to save his life. Written by
Most of the shooting was done in Victoria, Australia. As it wasn't the correct season in Melbourne during the county fair scenes, the trees surrounding the location were spray painted with non-toxic orange and yellow paint to make it seem as though it was autumn. And, rather than have extras getting motion sickness on the rides, the art department sculpted bodies out of polystyrene and took casts of their own faces that were put onto the dummies. These dummies were painted and dressed up and strapped into rides; going round and around for about a week - and no motion sickness. Each of their faces (about 5 of them) were on all of the 60 or so dummies. See more »
When Gussy first introduces herself to Wilbur, she has a light yellow spot on the tip of her beak. In the next shot, Golly has the spot on his beak. See more »
It is not often that someone comes along who's a true friend *and* a good writer. Charlotte was both.
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The Nickelodeon logo segues into an animated series of farmyard illustrations. More illustrations of the storyline appear over the end credits. See more »
Nice adaptation, perhaps a little trigger happy on the CGI
With this movie made in part in my hometown (Williamstown) I dragged the kids along to check it out.
Being well familiar with the story, I expected this to be pretty light hearted fair, but the wife still managed to turn into a blubbing mess at the end.
The movie had an uneasy feel about the setting; didn't feel current or old for that matter, so perhaps will age OK.
The CGI was pretty amazing. I'd hate to imagine what someone from a time capsule or straight out of jail would imagine has happened in our world since they left. Talking animals and spiders, so realistic the kids don't even blink twice.
Good for young kids (mine are 4 and 2), and not monotonously boring like many of the other CGI laden kids movies out there.
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