!! All versions
* ItWasHisSled: Charlotte dies.
* MagnumOpus: Charlotte's egg sac in-story, and arguably for E.B. White, the story itself.
* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: The title spider is more the mentor to the actual protagonist, Wilbur.
* TearJerker: Charlotte's death. Wilbur's reaction in the 1973 film sells it pretty well, too.
* ValuesDissonance: 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 and stuff and people were a lot less reactionary because mass school shootings really didn't happen.

!! The 1973 film
* InkSuitActor: Charlotte's facial features seem to vaguely resemble those of Debbie Reynolds, who provides her voice. The same can be said for Templeton and his voice actor Paul Lynde
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Arguably the entire soundtrack, but especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq5jahYjrcc "Mother Earth and Father Time"]]. Its hope-filled lyrics about enjoying our short time on Earth is really emotional. This IS the Sherman Brothers we're talking about here.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsGA3VnTu8 The title song]] is also breathtakingly beautiful.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHtjYTM64Jo "Chin up, Chin up. Everybody loves a happy face!"]]
** Oh wow! Look at him now. Zuckerman's famous pig.
** A fair is a veeeritable smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord...
* TastesLikeDiabetes
* VindicatedByHistory: Didn't do so well in the box office - however on VHS, it managed to become a bestseller. (One of the few non-Disney movies to do this.)
* {{Wangst}}: Wilbur is over-the-top even when he has real reason to be upset.
** AngstWhatAngst: Templeton's reaction to Charlotte's impending death, and Wilbur ordering him to transport her eggs into the crate, is his usual "What's in it for me?" schtick.

!! The 2006 film
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: 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.
* UglyCute: 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.
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