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Charlotte's Web (1973)

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A spider with a flair for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Templeton (voice)
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Wilbur (voice)
Rex Allen ...
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)
Herb Vigran ...
Lurvy (voice)
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The Goose (voice)
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Fern Arable (voice) (as Pam Ferdin)
Joan Gerber ...
Mrs. Zuckerman / Mrs. Fussy (voice)
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Homer Zuckerman (voice) (as Robert Holt)
John Stephenson ...
Farmer Arable (voice)
William B. White ...
Henry Fussy (voice)
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Storyline

Wilbur the pig 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 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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pig | spider | runt | farm | castle thunder | See more »

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That humble radiant terrific book is now a humble radiant terrific movie.


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Release Date:

1 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The reason why White was so reluctant to have the film made especially in animated form, was because he feared studios would remove or censor the book's darker nature and make Charlotte survive, something he strongly was against and wrote about in the original story specifically to deal with the issues of loss, grief and death. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie when Fern first gets Wilbur, and the montage of scenes takes place, Wilbur's size clearly changes from very small to almost half Fern's size in between shots. When she gets to Henry's house, Wilbur is back to being very small. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [Rooster crows Cow moos]
[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 sky lines. The air is so sweet and everywhere you look, little miricles are happening. Buds swell into blossoms, Eggs hatch, Young are born.
[shows duck and ducklings swimming in puddle]
Narrator: Everything is off to a fresh start and life is good and busy and brand new.
[hen and chicks pass by]
Narrator: Around the barnyard, big families...
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great kids' movie; not obnoxious for adults
29 June 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I just rented this for my kids (ages 4 & 6) and had completely forgotten that adults can enjoy it, too. I'm quite weary of the obnoxious Disney-fication of most kids movies these days. (Spare me any more simpering princess stories.) The story of the clever spider who tries to save a pig from becoming breakfast meat is a familiar one and can be appreciated by many. The voice talent here is so superb that the movie doesn't make you rue the day they decided to animate the book. The songs aren't overly saccharine and are actually quite catchy. The movie is worth it alone for Templeton's trip to the fair and "a fair is a veritable smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord" song. Debbie Reynolds' Charlotte is warm and wise, Wilber is naive and friendly, and Templeton provides the perfect foil as a spoiled rat who's just in it for himself. Agnes Moorehead as the goose became a sort of comedic extra to make the little ones laugh in the face of the rather adult plot about life and death. Overall, it's a movie for the whole family.


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