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.
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
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
Visual effects are by Rising Sun Pictures, Fuel International; Proof, Rhythm and Hues Studios; Digital Pictures Iloura, and Tippett Studio. The visual effects supervisor for the film as a whole was John Andrew Berton Jr., who noted that a live action version of Charlotte's Web has become much more practical in recent years due to advances in technology. Winick "was adamant" that Charlotte and Templeton (the film's two entirely computer-generated characters) should be realistic and not stylized, although they did give Charlotte almond-shaped eyes. John Dietz, visual effects supervisor for Rising Sun Pictures, notes that there was a debate over whether to give her a mouth, and that in the end they decided to have her chelicerae move in what he describes as being almost like a veil, as if there were a mouth behind it. See more »
When Wilbur is talking to the geese after he plays in the mud, the amount of mud on his side changes. See more »
There was nothing special about Somerset County. It was a deeply ordinary place. No astonishing thing ever happened there. The people who lived there were just regular people. And the animals... Well, they were just plain old animals. They didn't question the order of things. So, the days passed, one very much like the other. But, one spring, on a small farm, a little girl did something, something that would change everything.
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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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