What I liked: Wilbur spends much of the movie in the magical world, where he meets all the characters and finds a whole new world of adventure. He even journeys to the moon and back. And while Wilbur the Pig is a pig, he's a charismatic one. He's also a remarkably generous character who makes friends with virtually every animal on the farm. There's something very sweet and endearing about him.
I'm not just saying that because I got to see the movie about a month ago, but also because it's been relatively accessible to me for a while. It's the kind of story that kids love, and they're the target audience for this one. As a kid, I loved Charlotte's Web, and now I love it as an adult. It's about friendship, family, and the power of family to transform, and it's an uplifting adventure story that's just right for everyone's tastes.
In the movie, Wilbur's father, who's played by Paul Rudd, is a pig. So he's a pig dad. And that's interesting. This is the first time I've seen a pig as a dad, instead of the other way around. Paul Rudd is fantastic as the master of the farm, and his scenes are always perfectly funny and touching, but I was most impressed with the real-life pig who plays Wilbur, Charlotte.
The story follows the love affair between Wilbur the pig and Charlotte his piglet. But when a man with a big pig farm comes to the farm, things are about to get interesting. All the animals are empathetic to each other, and it's thrilling to see them co-operate and develop their own unique personalities. The cast is incredible, from the lively, lively pig Wilbur (voiced by Zach Appelman) to the enigmatic and mysterious white rooster Fig (Jake Johnson). The movie also features a supporting cast of real-life farm animals including a creaky swan, a nervous sheep, and a rowdy goat (there's actually another goat in the movie, but he gets eaten before you get to see him).
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