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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.

Directors:

Charles A. Nichols (as Charles Nichols), Iwao Takamoto

Writers:

E.B. White (book), Earl Hamner Jr. (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debbie Reynolds ... Charlotte (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 Joan Gerber ... Edith Zuckerman / Mrs. Fussy (voice)
Bob Holt ... Homer Zuckerman (voice) (as Robert Holt)
John Stephenson ... Mr. Arable / Parking Officer (voice)
William B. White 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,232,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono (1939 re-release)| Mono (1935 re-release)| Mono (MovieTone)| Mono | Mono (Mono)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

CASTLE THUNDER: This classic Hanna-Barbera thunderclap is heard throughout the lightning storm that frightened Wilbur on his first night in a doghouse, used for him. See more »

Goofs

The pocket in Mr. Zuckerman's overalls disappears in close-up shots when he announces that Wilbur will go to the county fair, and again when Mrs. Zuckerman discusses giving Wilbur a buttermilk bath. 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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Alternate Versions

The Swedish dub on VHS cuts out several scenes, including: Fern and Henry visiting Wilbur at the farm where a fly wrecks the "Some Pig" lettering on the web, John, Lurvy and Homer trying to get Wilbur into the crate while Avery pretends to be a pig, Fern and Henry riding the Ferris Wheel, Wilbur and Charlotte's conversation before Templeton's feast at the Fair, the entire barbershop quartet performance of "Zuckerman's Famous Pig", the scene after Charlotte dies where the people return to find Wilbur in tears and assume he's homesick, and Wilbur naming Charlotte's daughters and his speech about Charlotte. See more »


Soundtracks

Mother Earth and Father Time
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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Screenplay adaptation remains true to the book
15 July 2002 | by jmankSee 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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