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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The family classic Charlotte's Web comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This film is available in a different version that contains a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. ThatSee more details below

Overview

The family classic Charlotte's Web comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This film is available in a different version that contains a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. That version is superior to this one.

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:
08/28/2001
UPC:
0097361568447
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
G
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen version; Dobly Digital English Mono, French Mono; English subtitles (for the deaf and hard of hearing); Interactive menus; Scene selection; Theatrical trailer; "Meet the Animals" - set-top guessing game

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 --
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]

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