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Charlotte's Web (1973)

G  |   |  Animation, Family, Musical  |  1 March 1973 (USA)
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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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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

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


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1 March 1973 (USA)  »

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E.B. White's Charlotte's Web  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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

When Fern's brother Avery sits down for pancakes, his plate is empty. In the next shot (when his frog pops out of his jacket for a second) his plate has a stack of pancakes complete with butter and syrup. In the shot after that his plate is empty again and he is reaching for some pancakes. 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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We've Got Lots In Common
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Henry Gibson, Debbie Reynolds, Dave Madden, and Chorus
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It's not that bad...
6 November 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

So far, I've seen two completely different points of view in the comments for this movie. One was so-so, the other thought it was completely awful. Well, I would like to add a third: I thought it was charming.

"Charlotte's Web" is my absolutely favourite story, and one of the most treasured books in my personal library. This movie, while far from perfect, does stay very true to the original story (which, in case Negative Nellie may have missed, Disney does NOT do -- even though I love Disney, too).

It's true the animation isn't the best, but you have to realize that "Charlotte's Web" was made in 1973, WAAAAAY before the computer-animated wonders of the '80's and '90's. The animation in the '70's was still stuck in the Saturday-morning-cartoon format, where, instead of animating every single cel, the animators would animate every third or fifth cel. It saved time, money, and you still got animation -- just not very sophisticated animation. Disney and Max Fleischer were really the only ones that were trying to push animation beyond the extremely confined limits it was once stuck in. So you can't really fault the movie for that, it was a common fault 20 years ago to get stuck in a rut. (It's still happening today, or hasn't anyone watched "Godzilla", "Armageddon", or "Starship Troopers"? Just because the animation is more advanced doesn't mean that it isn't becoming redundant).

Other than the animation, "Charlotte's Web", taken from a purely entertainment level, is really not that bad. I still enjoy watching this movie, and the voice actors actually closely match the voices I've made in my head for the characters in the book over the years. Especially Templeton. His scene when he comes back from his night of gorging at the fair cracks me up. "In case you haven't noticed, there are over 8,000 eggs in that tiny little sac." "This HAS been a night!" HA!

The songs seem a little out of place at times, but on the whole, I still find this movie very enjoyable. It's not deep, it's not profound, it's a piece of mindless fluff, with some very nice performances from the voice actors and a lot of very cute moments. It's children's fare, folks, so just take it as such, and it's a lot easier to take. I liked it. So there.


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