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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.

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(as Charles Nichols),

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(book), (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charlotte (voice)
... Templeton (voice)
... Wilbur (voice)
... Narrator (voice)
... Mrs. Arable (voice)
... Ram (voice)
... Avery Arable (voice)
... Jeffrey (voice)
... Lurvy (voice)
... The Goose (voice)
... Fern Arable (voice) (as Pam Ferdin)
Joan Gerber ... Edith Zuckerman / Mrs. Fussy (voice)
... Homer Zuckerman (voice) (as Robert Holt)
... Mr. Arable / Parking Officer (voice)
William B. White ... Henry Fussy (voice)
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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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1 March 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web  »

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$5,232,000
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the film's animators also worked for Hanna-Barbera on its television productions. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie when Fern first gets Wilbur, and the montage of scenes takes place, Wilbur's size clearly changes from very small to almost half Fern's size in between shots. When she gets to Henry's house, Wilbur is back to being very small. 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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Zuckerman's Famous Pig
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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great kids' movie; not obnoxious for adults
29 June 2004 | by See 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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