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Charlotte's Web (1973)
An excellent animated, musical adaptation w/ great vintage appeal.
I've been re-watching this movie over the past few days with my daughter, who is watching it for the first time in her life. For me it's one of those movies that endlessly entertained me as a child, but it wasn't until I rediscovered it as an adult that I fully appreciated it.
E.B. White's genius story of a young girl's and a pig's realization and acceptance of mortality is perfectly preserved here. These are difficult subject matters for both children and adults to grapple with, and the film deserves credit for sticking so closely to the book. The script is deftly structured, and I would argue against anyone who characterizes the songs as "filler;" they are well-written, charming and show a total understanding of the material and sensitivity to the characters. The soundtrack is gorgeous.
On the one hand the animation is admittedly "dated," but with its gorgeous vintage appeal it is hardly obsolete. Though its family resemblance to Scooby-Doo-style animation is apparent, it is also obvious that the designers carefully strove for "Dick & Jane"-era styling. So maybe it doesn't have some of the tricky multi-plane camera work and stuff that Disney would have used, had this been a Disney movie, but it's technological "humbleness" is quite appropriate.
The voice cast couldn't be better, with special props of course to Paul Lynde. I'll just say the ads for this film should have read "Paul Lynde IS Templeton!"