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Charlotte's Web

Booklovers and moviegoers are in for a real treat as Paramount Pictures brings the novel, Charlotte’s Web to life. This is the second time the classic children’s tale has been adapted to the silver screen. The first version hit movie theaters in 1973 with an animated rendition of E.B. White’s best-selling paperback. Stars Rex Allen Sr., Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, and Martha Scott lent their voices to the Genesis award-winning flick.

The current remake, a live-action adaptation, features an all-star cast, including Oscar®, Grammy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning talent. Julia Roberts (Charlotte), Dakota Fanning (Fern Arable), Oprah Winfrey (Gussy), Cedric the Entertainer (Golly), Robert Redford (Ike), Kathy Bates (Bitsy the Cow), Reba McEntire (Betsy the Cow), Thomas Haden Church (Brooks the Crow) and André Benjamin (Elwyn the Crow) are some of the recognizable voices that can be heard in this movie about love, friendship and loyalty.

The film tells the story of a piglet named Wilbur (Dominic Scott Kay). When he is about to be sacrificed, it is Fern, the farmer’s daughter, who rescues him from his inevitable fate.  She brings Wilbur to the barnyard, where he develops a friendship with the most unlikely characters--a spider named Charlotte. Their close bond serves as inspiration to the other animals around them. Together, they form an instant family. Their strong familial ties are put to the ultimate test when they learn that Wilbur’s days are numbered. It is then that Charlotte goes to work. She spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is pig worth saving.

Touching and heartwarming, Charlotte’s Web is an excellent movie for the whole family to see. Its positive message about selflessness and unity set a fine example of lessons we should not only practice during the holidays but throughout the year in general.
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