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Charlotte's Web

Debbie Reynolds  Actor Paul Lynde  Actor Henry Gibson  Actor Danny Bonaduce  Actor Joan Gerber  Actor


MPAA Rating: G
Contains:Child Classic

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Charlotte's Web

UPC: 097361564548

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: G   Contains:[Child Classic]

Summary: 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. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Category: Children's/Family

Features: Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Dolby Digital: English mono; French mono
English subtitles
Interactive menus
Scene selection
Theatrical trailer
"Meet the Animals" set-top guessing game

Charlotte's Web

Format: DVD

Release Date: 06/19/2001

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, 1 USA & territories, Canada

Runtime: 94 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1
0. Scene Selection
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 [3:04]
9. Off To The Fair [4:20]
10. Uncle [10:20]
11. The Cool Of The Evening [2:39]
12. The Egg Sac [4:06]
13. The Hour Of Triumph [2:59]
14. Last Day [5:28]
15. A Warm Wind [5:17]

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. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Earl Hamner  Screenwriter 
Joseph Barbera  Producer 
William Hanna  Producer 
Charles A. Nichols  Director 
Iwao Takamoto  Director 
Debbie Reynolds  Actor 
Paul Lynde  Actor 
Henry Gibson  Actor 
Danny Bonaduce  Actor 
Joan Gerber  Actor 
Dave Madden  Actor 
Charles Nelson Reilly  Actor 
Rex Allen  Actor 
Pamelyn Ferdin  Actor 
Robert Holt  Actor 
Don Messick  Actor 
Agnes Moorehead  Actor 
Martha Scott  Actor 
John Stephenson  Actor 
Herb Vigran  Actor 
William B. White  Actor 
Joan Gerber  Actor 

Country: USA