Charlotte's Web

"Excellent"

Charlotte's Web Review


That's soooooooooooooooome pig!

Long before there was Babe, and long before The Lion King crooned about "The Circle of Life," Charlotte's Web taught every child about life, friendship, and death -- all courtesy of a talking pig and his spider friend, Charlotte.

Voiced by Debbie Reynolds, Charlotte is the world's most existential spider ("We're born, we live a little, and we die."), and her soothing voice manages to calm Wilbur the pig (shakily voiced by Henry Gibson) through countless crises -- namely his ever-impending death by the farmer's axe. And sure enough, Wilbur grows from timid piglet into the pride of the farm, thanks to Charlotte's confidence-boosting messages (Some Pig! Terrific! Radiant!) that make him the talk of the tri-state area.

The 1973 animation (courtesy of Hanna-Barbera) is nothing special, in fact it's often downright bad, but E.B. White's classic fable needs little to make it come to life. Especially giddy is Paul Lynde's wry Templeton the rat ("It says: Crunchy."), whom I oddly still quote today. Fortunately, the new DVD gives us a widescreen presentation of the film that is scratch-and-pop-free.

A must-own for anyone with children, and a must-see for everyone else.



Charlotte's Web

Facts and Figures

In Theaters: Friday 15th December 2006

Box Office USA: $82.5M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, Kerner Entertainment Company

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Fresh: 112 Rotten: 31

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

Starring: as Charlotte the Spider (voice), as Templeton the Rat (voice), as Samuel the Sheep (voice), as Gussy the Goose (voice), as Golly the Goose (voice), as Betsy the Cow (voice), as Bitsy the Cow (voice), as Ike the Horse (voice), as Brooks the Crow (voice), as Elwyn the Crow (voice), as Wilbur (voice), as Narrator (voice), as Uncle the Pig (voice), as Fern, as Mr. Arable, as Mrs. Arable, as Mrs. Zuckerman, Louis Corbett as Avery, Robyn Arthur as Teacher, Julian O'Donnell as Henry Fussy, as Homer Zuckerman, Nate Mooney as Lurvy, Nicholas Bell as Minister, as Dr. Dorian, Teague Rook as Well Dressed Man, Julia Zemiro as Bystander, Denise Kirby as New Teacher, Robert Plazek as Ball Thrower, Joseph Lotesto as Young Boy, Michael Roland as Mayor, Don Bridges as Announcer, as Fair Official, Joel McCrary as Sheep Group (voice), as Sheep Group (voice), Fred Tatasciore as Sheep Group (voice), as Sheep Group (voice), Maia Kirkpatrick as Joy the Baby Spider (voice), Jennessa Rose as Aranea the Baby Spider (voice), Briana Hodge as Nellie the Baby Spider (voice), Dale Azzopardi as Photographer (uncredited), Geoff Burgess as Photographer (uncredited), Ella Scott Lynch as Girl at Fair (uncredited), Greg Marian as Farmer (uncredited), Stefano Mazzeo as Fair Member (uncredited), Elizabeth Saunders as Girl at Fair (uncredited)

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