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CHARLOTTE’S WEB (article first published : 2008-04-20)

Directed in 2006 by Gary Winick, Charlotte’s Web will be screened by M-Net on April 26 at 20h00. The movie stars Dakota Fanning and Beau Bridge with the voices of Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey and Kathy Bates.

It offers an endearing tale of friendship and hope, revolving around a little pig whose eight-legged best friend sets out to save him by spinning words in her web.

Wilbur is a dead pig walking. As the last sibling in a litter of 11, his mother is unable to feed him. He’s about to be slaughtered, when the human girl Fern comes to his rescue. The two are soon inseparable but when Wilbur grows too big to live in the house, he is moved to the barn over the road to join an assortment of other animals.

Wilbur is shocked to learn that come Christmas, he’s going to be turned into bacon. No-one seems to care, except Charlotte the spider who sets out to write words in her web that will make the farmer change his mind. But when “terrific” and “some pig” don’t do the trick, the plucky spider enlists the help of a self-centred rat to find new words.

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