YMMV / Charlotte's Web

All versions

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Templeton the rat.
  • It Was His Sled: Charlotte dies.
  • Protagonist Title Fallacy: The title spider is more the mentor to the actual protagonist, Wilbur.
  • Tear Jerker: Charlotte's death. Wilbur's reaction in the 1973 film sells it pretty well, too.
  • Values Dissonance: Apparently bringing a gun to school was acceptable in the fifties, as Avery is casually mentioned to do.
    • In certain cultures and areas. A lot of people going out hunting, people were a lot less reactionary because mass school shootings weren't as common.
  • I Am Not Shazam: If you haven't read the book or watched any of its adaptations but have seen the book's cover art online, you'll be forgiven to think that Charlotte is the pig. Nope, the pig's Wilbur, and it's a he. Charlotte is the spider who dies near the end of the story.

The Novel by E.B. White.

  • Wangst: Fern is painfully prone to bursting into tears at the smallest provocation, even something as minor as the smell of a rotten goose egg. Wilbur apparently picked up on this trait as she raised him, since he also tends to do it.

The 1973 film

The 2006 film

  • Awesome Music: Instead of the cheery vocal songs of the 1973 film, it instead features an excellent instrumental score by Danny Elfman that is in many ways just as moving.
  • Billing Displacement: The poster mentions almost everyone in the main cast - except Dominic Scott Kay, who voices Wilbur.
  • Creepy Cute: Charlotte, needless to say. It's even lampshaded at the end when Charlotte's children were born.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Though they try to make Charlotte as expressive and sweet as a realistic spider can get, she's still bound to spook a few arachnophobes, especially in close up shots.
    • That's nothing compared to her three remaining children who are given brief close up shots and they're not even given expressive emotions. So instead of Ugly Cute creations like their mother, it's just realistic close ups of baby spiders. And the cut to them is so sudden that the moment is made jarring by an unintended Jump Scare.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The infamous farting cow scene caused a huge backlash when the trailer was first released.
  • Ugly Cute: Charlotte. Aside from having only two eyes and several "eyespots," she otherwise looks like a real spider. And yet, somehow, she comes off as beautiful.