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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, 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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That humble radiant terrific book is now a humble radiant terrific movie. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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

Framed animation cels from this film were kept in the office of William Hanna. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning there are ten piglets suckling from John Arable's sow then when the runt appears there are nine. It happens again when John picks up the runt, planning to kill it, until Fern comes outside to rescue it. See more »

Quotes

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

Alternate Versions

There are two German dubs of this film: one made for theatrical release and another made for the DVD release. In the older dub, all the songs are translated and re-performed by its respective actors. The new version re-dubs the dialogue but the songs are kept in English. The old dub can be found on the 1987 VHS. See more »

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Referenced in Malcolm in the Middle: Burning Man (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

There Must Be Something More
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Pamelyn Ferdin
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Fun adaption of the classic book!
20 October 2017 | by Sherrill777See all my reviews

An adaption of the book of the same title, this animation musical has a lot to recommend it... and a few things to detract from its enjoyment. The songs are varied and catchy, the animation is acceptable - not exactly what I'd call beautiful, but not clunky and cheap either.

The characters are what make or break the story and while Wilber, our star pig, starts out as a bit whiny (not without due cause, however!), he grows up over the course of the movie. And growing up is probably the best way to describe the theme of this film. Several characters grow up in different ways, including minor/background characters. It is an excellent look at the passage of time and how it affects different creatures/people - hopefully for the better, but not always.

There are several silly, humorous moments and overall the story is a romp, but the serious points can hit hard. In my personal opinion, it's a fun movie, but not 10 stars - there are definite points where it feels like a musical number is simply filler to make the movie longer and a few places that make me scratch my head at a plot point. But overall, a kid would probably love this and there's really not much objectionable about it.

I'd rate this movie as acceptable for ages 6 and up, but there are a few scary themes - especially death - which may bring children to tears or prompt questions. The emotions in the end are probably bitter- sweet rather than purely upbeat, so I'd advice parental discretion.


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