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Charlotte's Web (1973)

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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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(as Charles Nichols),

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(book), (story)
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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)
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. See more »


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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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(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

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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I Can Talk
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Henry Gibson
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I Loved This Film
18 September 2006 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

This, and maybe one other film, are the only films I've seen that made me cry...and I don't usually cry when watching films; I'm aware too much of how they are made. It's a wonderful translation of the story in the since that all the warmth is there. When fall comes along it FEELS like fall (same as in the animated version of Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree). Debbie Reynolds' voice is beautiful for Charlotte and fit the animated character's blue/gray smiling face. I'd dare say the story comes across better than some of Disney's most recent stuff (though I'd still have to bow down to Beauty and The Beast, one of my all-time faves). As far as animation goes, Charlotte's Web proves once again that it's all about story; the most beautiful animation in the world can't save a lousy story...no matter what. And I highly doubt that the new live action version coming out will be half as charming as this animated classic. I could be wrong. I hope I'm wrong...but I doubt it.


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