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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 / Lamb / Spectators / Uncle (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, Wilbur 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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pig | spider | runt | children | barn | See All (293) »

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The all-time best selling novel is now a captivating motion picture. See more »


Certificate:

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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, because of her love for the E.B. White book the movie is based on. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie when John Arable's sow is nursing a litter of 10 piglets when Wilbur appears there are nine piglets nursing. When the runt tries to feed there are ten piglets. In the next scene there are nine. See more »

Quotes

[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. Everything's off to a fresh start, and life is good and busy and brand new... Around the barnyard, big families are a blessing. The more the merrier. Root and grunt, push and shove, room for everyone...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature concept art sketches for the film, displayed against multi-colored backgrounds. See more »

Alternate Versions

Before the 2000s, international VHS releases outside of the USA show a deleted scene right after Avery and Lurvy spot Jeffery trying to get in Wilbur's crate. Here, it also shows Jeffery trying and failing to catch up with the truck before it heads to the fair. His mother then proceeds to lead her disappointed gosling to the pond for a swimming lesson. It is unknown if this scene was shown during the film's original theatrical release, but for some reason, this scene was removed from subsequent VHS and DVD releases. However, the scene was known to appear on occasional TV airings. See more »

Connections

Featured in I Love the '70s: 1973 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Charlotte's Web
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by unnamed men's chorus (uncredited)
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great kids' movie; not obnoxious for adults
29 June 2004 | by smaugySee all my reviews

I just rented this for my kids (ages 4 & 6) and had completely forgotten that adults can enjoy it, too. I'm quite weary of the obnoxious Disney-fication of most kids movies these days. (Spare me any more simpering princess stories.) The story of the clever spider who tries to save a pig from becoming breakfast meat is a familiar one and can be appreciated by many. The voice talent here is so superb that the movie doesn't make you rue the day they decided to animate the book. The songs aren't overly saccharine and are actually quite catchy. The movie is worth it alone for Templeton's trip to the fair and "a fair is a veritable smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord" song. Debbie Reynolds' Charlotte is warm and wise, Wilber is naive and friendly, and Templeton provides the perfect foil as a spoiled rat who's just in it for himself. Agnes Moorehead as the goose became a sort of comedic extra to make the little ones laugh in the face of the rather adult plot about life and death. Overall, it's a movie for the whole family.


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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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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono (MovieTone)| Mono | Mono (Mono)| Dolby Digital (1996 Re-Release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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