Devotees of children’s literature have received an unexpected lift from the nearly simultaneous release of the new film of Charlotte’s Web, based on the story by E. B. White, and Miss Potter, a biography of Peter Rabbit’s creator, Beatrix Potter. Each in its way is a charmer.
Gary Winick (whose last picture, 13 Going on 30, was built around Jennifer Garner’s remarkably intuitive performance as a teenager who wakes up one morning to find she’s suddenly become an adult) has just the right touch for Charlotte’s Web, which he’s made as a combination of live action and computer animation, like Babe. (A straight cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web came out in 1973.)