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Charlotte's Web

A movie directed by Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto

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  • Jul 16, 2005
E.B. White's tender story of life, love and loss has never been more eloquently-told than in this classic animated musical version of CHARLOTTE'S WEB, now finally on DVD. It's the story of Wilbur the Pig, and his amazing friendship with Charlotte, a spider who decides to help him when it's revealed that Wilbur is to be fattened for slaughter. Charlotte and her web may just hold the key to Wilbur's salvation. Henry Gibson and Debbie Reynolds add wonderful layers to the roles of Wilbur and Charlotte in their vocal performances. Agnes Moorehead plays the triple-talking Goose with Paul Lynde as the snide, sly rat Templeton. The role of Fern Arable, the young girl who saves the baby Wilbur, is played with shining innocence by Pamelyn Ferdin. The beautiful score by the Sherman Brothers perfectly enhances the story. This is one of those childhood movies you never seem to outgrow. A real family favourite.

Forget the upcoming remake with Dakota Fanning. This will always remain the definitive screen version of CHARLOTTE'S WEB.

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review by . April 21, 2000
Pros: Classic, Music, to hear Paul Lynde again     Cons: I do not see this at the stores very often     This is the very first video I have purchased for our family¬ís video library. We now have two copies of this classic tale.      My two special needs boys are preschoolers and we have had the video for almost three years now.      We bought the first one at Kmart and last year when I joined Columbia House I noticed …
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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
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Screen Writer: E.B. White, Earl Hamner Jr.
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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