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Charlotte's Web [Import]

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  • Actors: Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, Paul Lynde, Rex Allen, Martha Scott
  • Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto
  • Writers: E.B. White, Earl Hamner Jr.
  • Producers: Edgar M. Bronfman, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: Oct. 1 1996
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6304015127
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This animated feature based on the popular E.B. White book for children--about the special relationships between Wilbur the pig, Charlotte the spider, and Templeton the rat--is a straight adaptation from the page, with songs added. Endearing, heartbreaking, and ultimately wise, it may not please all of those with a strong attachment to the book, but it works all the same. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
Sometimes, while living our lives and going through our normal daily routines in adult life, we come across something by accident that takes you back to fond memories of your childhood. For me, one of those things is this timeless masterpiece by E.B. White. While channel surfing the other day, I came across an afternoon showing of this movie and found myself enjoying it just as much, if not more so, than when I used to watch it as a kid. Memories of happier, care-free days as a child all came flooding back and left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling and kinda made my day. I highly recommend you sharing this movie with any kid in your life and I guarantee it will be an experience that will forever be a part of their lives. The story is so endearing, powerful, and transforming (particularly to young, impressionable minds) that the experience of viewing it for the first time will be unforgettable.
I also want to add that most reviewers commented on the dated animation quality in this film and I can't tell you how much I disagree with this. The movie's story is the most compelling part of the movie as well as the superb acting voices used in the film. The pictures are almost secondary but absolutely adequate, and I believe, at times extremely appropriate. It goes to show how a timeless classic that is well done does not have to rely on special effects and visual wizardry to tell a good story. In my opinion, the artwork and animation suits the movie extremely well and is visually satisfying. It also helps keep the viewer focused on the story and its characters as opposed to the visual elements of the production.
I love and appreciate this film now as an adult just as much as I did when I was a child and can't wait to someday share it with my kids. It's a classic and should never be absent from any family's video collection!
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Format: DVD
I agree so much with a previous reviewer's comments. A new transfer needs to be made from Paramount's original interpositive. Also, I saw this animated film at the cinema when it was originally released and it had an excellent stereo soundtrack. The song 'The Fair is a Veritable Smorgasbord' was particularly impressive in stereo. It is sad to see Charlotte's Web released here in mono and with such a poor picture quality. It really doesn't do the film justice.

The low star rating is not for the film itself which is absolutely enchanting, but for the terrible transfer to DVD.
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Format: VHS Tape
When Farmer Zuckerman was going to "do away with" the runt of his pig's litter, his daughter tearfully convinces him to allow her the responsibility of raising "Wilbur". Wilbur turns into the barnyard joy, and eventually wins not only first prize at the fair, but because of the wisdom of the old spider, Charlotte, becomes a famed attraction.
This classic children's story deals with the life cycle and explains, through the farm animals' eyes, that birth, life and eventual death are all natural, and nothing to fear. After a laborous life, Charlotte dies, but all are reminded of her "magic" when her little baby spiders hatch and go on into the world to live their lives.
Debbie Reynold lends her voice to Charlotte, and several beautiful songs envelop this delightful story. This one is right up there with animated Disney Classics, a film every child should enjoy, one of the very best in its class.*****
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Format: DVD
Charlotte's Web may be lacking the advanced animation seen in more recent cartoons, but I highly recommend you see it! The story is gentle and inspiring, an endearing tale of the bonds of friendship. Wilbur the Pig is innocent and kind but not so much so that he comes across as boring or stupid. Charlotte the Spider, who becomes his friend, is a fiesty character that rallies the entire barnyard in an effort to save Wilbur from the butcher's block. I especially liked Templeton the Rat, who was voiced by comedian Paul Lynde. Templeton's wry observations made me smile and his grudging participation in the scheme to save Wilbur kept me smiling. I enjoyed this movie almost as much as my children. We rank it high on our favorites list!
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Format: DVD
I watched this DVD with my 7-year-old son after we had finished reading the children's classic of the same name by E.B. White.
The majority of this movie is straight out of the book, line for line. There are a few differences that you will notice, or your child if he/she is as observant as mine:
Some things happen out of order (Wilbur's fainting episodes were in the wrong spots);
A gosling grows attached to Wilbur that is unmentioned in the book;
There were many songs added to the movie that are not in the book, however these really add to the movie to give it more charm and make it more interesting.
I really enjoyed the scenes in the movie with Templeton and the Goose. The voices for all the characters are a perfect match. The movie does not make Charlotte's "death scene" too traumatic for children, however it is lacking the beloved *wink* by Wilbur before he leaves the fair for home.
Even though it was made approximately 30 years ago, the animation does not seem "old".
Overall, I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone who's read the book. Your children will enjoy it.
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