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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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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!
The low star rating is not for the film itself which is absolutely enchanting, but for the terrible transfer to DVD.
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.*****
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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I ordered a DVD on the 26th of December 2011 and the 2nd of January 2012. However, not having received the same until the 4th of January 2012, I sent an enquiry to the seller. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2012 by Sam
I can hardly believe another "reviewer" thought the "songs were pretty boring"... I LOVE the songs! Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2004 by Suzanne Bullock
They need to take a new transfer from Paramount's original interpositive, and remix the music and effects tracks into Stereo utilizing Paramount's original 3-track music and... Read morePublished on May 14 2004
I love Charlotte's Web.I remember as a kid that I use to watch the movie & read the book.At the end of the movie I thought it was sad when Charlotte died. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Kimberly
Charlotte's Web is one of my favorite childhood movies. I recall My 1st grade teacher taking my entire class to see the film's premiere in 1973. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by Ila-Hilda Sissac
Although I liked the book better, this movie is great. It teaches the wonder of life as well as death being inevidable. Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by Robin M Goffinet
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