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E.B. White (book)
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1 March 1973 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Debbie Reynolds ... Charlotte A. Cavatica (voice)

Paul Lynde ... Templeton (voice)

Henry Gibson ... Wilbur (voice)

Rex Allen ... Narrator (voice)

Martha Scott ... Mrs. Arable (voice)

Dave Madden ... Ram (voice)

Danny Bonaduce ... Avery Arable (voice)

Don Messick ... Jeffrey (voice)
Herb Vigran ... Lurvy (voice)

Agnes Moorehead ... The Goose (voice)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Fern Arable (voice) (as Pam Ferdin)
Joan Gerber ... Mrs. Zuckerman / Mrs. Fussy (voice)

Bob Holt ... Homer Zuckerman (voice) (as Robert Holt)
John Stephenson ... Farmer Arable (voice)
William B. White ... Henry Fussy (voice)
Joann Albert ... Singer (voice) (as Joann Alberts)
John Richard Bolks ... Singer (voice) (as Dick Bolks)
Fred Frank ... Singer (voice)
Ida Sue McCune ... Singer (voice) (as Susie McCune)
Jay Meyer ... Singer (voice)
Robert Tebow ... Singer (voice) (as Bob Tebow)
Jackie Allen ... Singer (voice)
Paul DeKorte ... Singer (voice)
Bill Lee ... Singer (voice)
Gene Merlino ... Singer (voice)
Paul Sandberg ... Singer (voice)
Jackie Ward ... Singer (voice)

Directed by
Charles A. Nichols  (as Charles Nichols)
Iwao Takamoto 
Writing credits
E.B. White (book)

Earl Hamner Jr. (story)

Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer
Edgar M. Bronfman .... executive producer (as Edgar Bronfman)
William Hanna .... producer
Original Music by
Irwin Kostal (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Pat Foley 
Art Direction by
Ray Aragon 
Paul Julian 
Bob Singer 
Production Management
Victor O. Schipek .... production supervisor
Art Department
Jan Green .... story sketches (as Jan Strejan)
Anton Loeb .... scenics
Sound Department
Richard C. Allen .... sound effects editor
Earl Bennett .... sound effects editor
Joseph D. Citarella .... sound director (as Joe Citarella)
Bill Getty .... sound director
Richard Olson .... sound director (as Dick Olson)
Joe Sandusky .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Blundell .... camera operator
George Epperson .... camera operator
Ralph Migliori .... camera operator
Roy Wade .... camera operator
Dennis Weaver .... camera operator
Cliff Shirpser .... camera operator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Edwin Aardal .... animator (as Ed Aardal)
John Ahern .... layout artist
Hal Ambro .... key animator
Fernando Arce .... background artist
Mike Arens .... layout artist
Jayne Barbera .... ink and paint supervisor
Ed Barge .... key animator
Lyle Beddes .... background artist
Richard Bickenbach .... layout artist (as Dick Bickenbach)
Oliver Callahan .... animator (as O.E. Callahan)
Lars Calonius .... key animator
Pat Combs .... key assistant animator
Lee Dyer .... animator
Jerry Eisenberg .... layout artist
Frank Endres .... animator
Venetia Epler .... background artist
Ronald Erickson .... background artist
Al Eugster .... animator
Lillian Evans .... key assistant animator
Martin Forte .... background artist
Hugh Fraser .... animator
John Gentilella .... animator
Robert Gentle .... background artist (as Bob Gentle)
Gino Giudice .... background artist
Al Gmuer .... background artist
Bob Goe .... animator
Moe Gollub .... layout artist (as Mo Gollub)
Ric Gonzalez .... layout artist
Joe Griffith .... background artist (as Joseph Griffith Jr.)
Bob Hathcock .... key assistant animator
Jerry Hathcock .... animation coordinator
David High .... layout artist
Gary Hoffman .... layout artist
Jack Huber .... layout artist
Charlotte Huffine .... key assistant animator
Alex Ignatiev .... layout artist
Thomas Johnson .... animator (as Tom Johnson)
Volus Jones .... animator
Bill Keil .... animation coordinator
Richard Khim .... background artist
Tom Knowles .... background artist
George Kreisl .... animator
Sammie Lanham .... assistant animator
Dick Lundy .... key animator
Lorraine Marue .... background artist (as Lorraine Andrina)
Rae McSpadden .... key assistant animator
Fernando Montealegre .... background supervisor (as F. Montealegre)
Thomas Moore .... animator (as Tom Moore)
Don Morgan .... layout artist
Kenneth Muse .... key animator
Gary Niblett .... background artist
Margaret Nichols .... key assistant animator
Rolando Oliva .... background artist
Joan Orbison .... key assistant animator
Lew Ott .... layout artist
Ed Parks .... animator
Wm. B. Pattengill .... animator
Don Patterson .... animator
Ray Patterson .... animator
Bill Perez .... animation stylist: song sequences
Morey Reden .... animator
Jay Sarbry .... key assistant animator
Eric Semones .... background artist
Irv Spector .... layout artist
Irven Spence .... key animator (as Irv Spence)
Leo Swenson .... layout artist
Takashi .... animation stylist: song sequences (as Takashi Masunaga)
Dave Tendlar .... animator (as David Tendlar)
Jeannette Toews .... background artist
Peter Van Elk .... background artist
Carlo Vinci .... animator
Robert 'Tiger' West .... xerographer
George Wheeler .... layout artist
Xenia .... animator
Roman Arambula .... animator (uncredited)
Lew Irwin .... animator (uncredited)
Madlyn O'Neill .... painter (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Larry C. Cowan .... editorial supervisor (as Larry Cowan)
William E. DeBoer .... negative consultant
Joed Eaton .... post-production
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul DeKorte .... music coordinator
Irwin Kostal .... conductor
Irwin Kostal .... music arranger
Irwin Kostal .... music supervisor
Other crew
Alex Lovy .... dialogue director
Lewis Marshall .... story editor (as Lew Marshall)
Frank Paiker .... technical supervisor
Robert Schaefer .... title typography

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Also Known As:
"E.B. White's Charlotte's Web" - USA (promotional title)
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94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:S (1989) | Germany:0 (VHS rating) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 23148)

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Many of the film's animators also worked with Hanna-Barbera for their television productions.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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 barnyard, big families are a blessing. The more the merrier.
[litter of ten piglets are suckling from a sow, A tiny white runt appears]
Narrator:Root and grunt, push and shove, room for everyone. Well, everybody except - the runt.
[runt squealing, Arable picks up his axe]
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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
It's not that bad..., 6 November 1999
Author: swansong-2 from Victoria, BC

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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