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Charlotte's Web (1973)

A gentle and wise grey spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter for dinner food.

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(as Charles Nichols),

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(book), (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charlotte (voice)
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Templeton (voice)
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Wilbur (voice)
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Narrator (voice)
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Mrs. Arable (voice)
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Ram (voice)
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Avery Arable (voice)
Don Messick ...
Jeffrey (voice)
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Lurvy (voice)
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The Goose (voice)
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Fern Arable (voice) (as Pam Ferdin)
Joan Gerber ...
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Homer Zuckerman (voice) (as Robert Holt)
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Farmer Arable (voice)
William B. White ...
Henry Fussy (voice)
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Based on the beloved children's novel by E.B. White, this is the story of a little pig named Wilbur who was born a runt. Mr. Arable decides to kill him for dinner food but his daughter Fern begs him to let him live. On greater maturity, Wilbut is sold to Fern's uncle, Homer L. Zuckerman, in whose barnyard he's left yearning for friendship, but is snubbed by other barn animals. Wilbur is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a gentle and wise grey spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

1 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web  »

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Gross USA:

$5,232,000
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Debbie Reynolds volunteered to perform the voice of Charlotte the spider for no salary, just because of her love for the E.B. White book the movie is based on. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning there are ten piglets suckling from John Arable's sow then when the runt appears there are nine. It happens again when John picks up the runt, planning to kill it, until Fern comes outside to rescue it. See more »

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Narrator: [we hear a rooster crow and a cow moo]
[first lines]
Narrator: This old world is filled with wonders, but to me there is no place more wonderful than a farm in springtime, when the sun is just lifting from the sky line. The air is so sweet and everywhere you look, little miracles are happening. Buds swell into blossoms, eggs hatch, young are born.
[shows duck and ducklings swimming in puddle]
Narrator: Everything's off to a fresh start, and life is good and busy and brand new.
[hen and chicks pass by]
Narrator: Around the ...
[...]
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Connections

Followed by Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Zuckerman's Famous Pig
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Very touching movie about a special friendship for all ages that will warm your heart and possibly make you cry
18 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

CHARLOTTE'S WEB, in my opinion, is a very touching movie about a special friendship for all ages that will warm your heart and possibly make you cry. I really loved the things that Charlotte (voice of Debbie Reynolds) did for Wilbur (voice of Henry Gibson). If I could have, I would have helped saved Wilbur myself. The only problem is how I would hide him, though. The music was good, everyone was cast perfectly, and the direction was flawless. In conclusion, I highly recommend this very touching movie about a special friendship for all ages to anyone who hasn't seen it. You're in for a real treat and a good time, so go to the video store, rent it or buy it, kick back with someone close to you, and watch it. I guarantee you you'll thoroughly enjoy it.


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