Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web

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Director: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

Cast: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto, Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde

     
 

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This animated musical, based on E.B. White's children's book classic, is about a courageous spider who helps save the life of an ill-fated pig. Wilbur is a young pig (voice of Henry Gibson) who's owned by New England farmer Homer Zuckerman (voice of Robert Holt). One day he is sold to a neighbor, where he…  See more details below

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This animated musical, based on E.B. White's children's book classic, is about a courageous spider who helps save the life of an ill-fated pig. Wilbur is a young pig (voice of Henry Gibson) who's owned by New England farmer Homer Zuckerman (voice of Robert Holt). One day he is sold to a neighbor, where he meets a sheep who warns him that his fate lies in the confines of the slaughterhouse. Wilbur is terrified of this news until he meets Charlotte, a charming spider (voice of Debbie Reynolds), who is determined to save Wilbur from this dire destiny. By weaving words into her web, she convinces the farmer that Wilbur is some sort of prodigious animal too important to kill. The music for Charlotte's Web was written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who wrote the scores for countless Disney movies, including Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
E.B. White's classic Charlotte's Web is one of the 20th century's most beloved children's books. The film version is a faithful adaptation, retaining all of the characters -- and most of their characteristics. The gentle but mysterious and at times discomforting tone of the original has been kept, and no attempt has been made to soften the existential sadness at the story's core -- the lesson that everyone lives and then dies, even if that death is successfully postponed for a while. Despite this, the film has the book's generally cheerful and optimistic tone. Voice characterizations are good, with Debbie Reynolds a properly maternal and compassionate Charlotte and Henry Gibson innocent and unassuming as Wilbur. Paul Lynde's Templeton is a standout, as would be expected from the natural mating of actor and role. The film's good points are undermined somewhat by a lackluster score (although the title song is rather haunting) and more seriously by the mediocre animation. Although better than its work for television, Hanna-Barbera's animation is too stiff and money-conscious to do justice to the story. That said, the backgrounds are generally very good, and some sequences involving weather and seasons are very effective. While the lack of top-drawer animation dilutes the film's effectiveness, it is still a fine and worthwhile adaptation.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
UPC:
0097360694949
Original Release:
1973
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Charlotte's Web: Full screen version; Charlotte's Web:Dolby Digital English Mono, French Mono; Charlotte's Web: English subtitles (for the deaf and hard of hearing); Charlotte's Web: Interactive menus; Charlotte's Web: Scene selection; Charlotte's Web: Theatrical trailer; Charlotte's Web: "Meet the Animals" - set-top guessing game; Charlotte's Web 2: 2 interactive games - Meet the Animals game, rhyme and color activity; Charlotte's Web 2: Full screen format; Charlotte's Web 2: Dolby Digital English Stereo; Charlotte's Web 2: English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Debbie Reynolds Charlotte
Paul Lynde Templeton
Master Henry Gibson Wilbur
Robert Holt Homer Zuckerman
Agnes Moorehead The Goose
Rex Allen Narrator
Danny Bonaduce Avery
Pamelyn Ferdin Fern Arable
Joan Gerber Mrs. Zuckerman/ Mrs. Fussy
Dave Madden Old Sheep
Don Messick Geoffrey
Charles Nelson Reilly Actor
Martha Scott Mrs. Arable
John Stephenson Arable
Herb Vigran Lurvy
William B. White Henry Fussy
Irwin Kostal Conductor

Technical Credits
Charles A. Nichols Director
Iwao Takamoto Director
Ray Aragon Art Director
Joseph Barbera Producer
Dick Blundell Cinematographer
Larry C. Cowan Editor
George Epperson Cinematographer
Pat A. Foley Editor
Earl Hamner Screenwriter
William Hanna Producer
Paul Julian Art Director
Irwin Kostal Musical Arrangement,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ralph Migliori Cinematographer
Richard M. Sherman Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Songwriter
Bob Singer Art Director
Roy Wade Cinematographer
Dennis Weaver Cinematographer
E.B White Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Charlotte's Web
1. Before Breakfast [6:14]
2. Wilbur [6:08]
3. Loneliness [9:43]
4. Charlotte [5:34]
5. Summer Days [9:13]
6. The Miracle [6:22]
7. A Meeting [5:20]
8. Good Progress [7:24]
9. Off to the Fair [10:20]
10. Uncle [2:39]
11. The Cool of the Evening [4:06]
12. The Egg Sac [2:59]
13. The Hour of Triumph [5:28]
14. Last Day [5:17]
15. A Warm Wind [7:17]
Side #2 -- Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure
1. Wilbur's Friends
2. Springtime on the Farm
3. Fair Day
4. Plump and Juicy
5. Worried About Cardigan
6. Travelling by Night
7. Delicious Milk
8. The Fox Is in the Hen House
9. Spider Sisters
10. Wild Pig
11. Tracks
12. Trapped in a Web
13. A Real Hero

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Charlotte's Web 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Charlottes is a spider willing to be wilbur's friend.She spins many webs and shows that she is a loyal friend.I loved the songs in this movie and great stars such as agnes moorehead,debbie reynolds,henry gibson and danny bonaduce made this an enyoyable movie to see.Get out the tissues as this is a real tear jearker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie so much because it shows how strong a friendship can last through the worst possible times. Charlotte did everything in her power to keep Wilbur alive, even though, at the end, she.....hey! I'm not going to spoil it for you. Get to Blockbuster, buddy!!!! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie! It's almost the same as the book and that's what I like. I also like the great songs and music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Just saw the new version of Charlotte's Web in theatres with my 3 and a half year old brother , my dad , and my best friend. I thought it was exellent along with the old version. I own the old version on VHS.I don't own the new version yet but I will definatly buy it when it comes out on the shelf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At 63 years of age, I still watch this at least once a year. And the end always makes me cry. It is a beautiful story, one Humans would do well to learn from.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
it's a good movie, i like the part when charlotte has babies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie shows you that no matter what you are, you can be friends!