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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)  »

Also Known As:

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web  »

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Trivia

Originally Tony Randall was hired to voice Templeton. When Randall tried to use his usual cultured, sophisticated voice for the character, the director told him that he wanted something more "nasal". Randall told him that if he wanted a nasal voice, they would have to hire Paul Lynde, who ultimately replaced Randall in the role. See more »

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When arriving at the fair, the lettering on Wilbur's crate has quotation marks around the phrase "Zuckerman's Famous Pig." These quotation marks were not present when the crate was shown earlier and they have disappeared again by the time the crate is in the pen. 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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Mother Earth and Father Time
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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Screenplay adaptation remains true to the book
15 July 2002 | by (McVeytown, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

This animated version of the E.B. White children's classic is short on spectacular animation but long on heart and boasts a wonderful cast of voice talents. Earl Hamner, Jr., of "The Waltons" fame, creates a seamless plot which retains the true flavor of the book while cleverly rearranging the order of events and giving some of the better lines to different characters. The story of Wilbur, the runt pig saved by Fern Arable and later shipped to her Uncle Zuckerman's farm, only to discover that he's slated for the butcher's knife, is lively and fun. Charlotte, the wise and well-spoken spider played wonderfully by Debbie Reynolds, devises a scheme to save Wilbur's life. Henry Gibson is right on as the naive and nervous but generally happy Wilbur. Agnes Moorhead shines as the haughty and stuttering goose: "I'm no flibberty-ibbity gibbet!" Paul Lynde easily steals the show as Templeton, the smarmy barn rat; his late-night gorge-fest at the fair is a hilarious highlight of the movie. The songs written for the movie are a bit on the syrupy side, but Debbie Reynolds' sweet singing voice and some clever, funny lyrics make them bearable to adults.


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