The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)

G  |   |  Animation, Drama, Musical  |  1 March 2001 (Australia)
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It's a high-flying adventure when Louie, a mute trumpeter swan, is given the gift of a trumpet, and finds his voice.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father (voice)
Mother (voice)
Serena (voice)
Boyd (voice)
Mrs. Hammerbotham (voice)
Monty (voice)
Sam Gifaldi ...
Sam Beaver (voice)
Louie (voice) (as Dee Baker)
Billie (voice)
Serena (cygnet) / Paramedic / Newscaster (voice)
Ella (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
A.G. Skinner (voice) (as Pamela Segall Adlon)
Maurice / Ranger (voice)
Sweets (voice)
Senator (voice)


It's a high-flying adventure when Louie, a mute trumpeter swan, is given the gift of a trumpet, and finds his voice.

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Release Date:

1 March 2001 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schwan mit der Trompete  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$102,202 (USA) (11 May 2001)


$152,525 (USA) (18 May 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trumpet changes color throughout the film. Sometimes the trumpet's color is gold, when the trumpet is supposed to be silver. See more »


Boyd: [while playing Marco Polo] No fair! Louie didn't say "polo"!
Ella: Well, he can't talk.
Boyd: Can't talk? And he calls himself a Trumpeter Swan? I don't think so.
Billie: Louie can't help it. Father says he's, you know,
Billie: defective.
Boyd: Well, defect, Marco Polo is a talking game, and if you can't talk, you can't play!
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Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Swan Princess (2011) See more »

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Love the Book, Love the Flick!
17 September 2008 | by (Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

Now, I'm not one who likes picking apart a film, because of differences from the book, but ... I'm okay with praising it for accuracy.

My children and I had just finished reading the book, when we saw this in the discount section at the store. Well, we just couldn't resist giving it a try. We all truly enjoyed it.

Most of the details are true to the book, but more important than that, the spirit of it remained in tact.

With a strong moral lesson (or two) I really enjoy this just for causing you (and kids) to spend some time thinking about things that matter. It is also very upbeat overall, despite some more serious moments while the characters face large personal dilemmas. The voice talents were impressive and the animation was adorable and engaging.

The only negatives I have to say about this one are not a big deal, but there are two very weak characters. The 'mean kid' is totally unconvincing and pretty annoying and the camp coach is just confusing. (I don't understand what he says or why he is like that. Is it supposed to be funny?) But, since both of their roles are relatively minor, they don't ruin the film. So, sit back with the kids and maybe some popcorn and enjoy.

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