No, it isn't as magically enchanting as the 1952 children's classic by E.B. White, any more than a museum-shop print of La Giaconda
is as mysteriously beguiling as Leonardo's original. But this respectful, live-action adaptation of White's gentle tale about an undersized pig, a clever spider and the everyday marvels that too often pass unnoticed is a charmer nonetheless. When 11 piglets are born in the Arable family's barn, the runt of the litter appears doomed: Mama pig can only feed 10, and farms are no place for sentimental anthropomorphizing. But 12-year-old Fern (Dakota Fanning) intervenes, dubbing the piglet "Wilbur" and promising her father (Kevin Ander...