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 heSee more details below

Overview

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:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303472
Original Release:
1973
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
1,232

Special Features

Closed-Caption "Meet The Animals" Set-Top Guessing Game Theatrical Trailer

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

Disc #1 -- Charlotte's Web
1. Chapter 1 [6:14]
2. Chapter 2 [6:08]
3. Chapter 3 [9:43]
4. Chapter 4 [5:34]
5. Chapter 5 [9:13]
6. Chapter 6 [6:22]
7. Chapter 7 [5:20]
8. Chapter 8 [3:04]
9. Chapter 9 [4:20]
10. Chapter 10 [10:20]
11. Chapter 11 [2:39]
12. Chapter 12 [4:06]
13. Chapter 13 [2:59]
14. Chapter 14 [5:28]
15. Chapter 15 [5:17]
16. Chapter 16 [7:17]

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