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Charlotte's Web: Music from the Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Sarah McLachlan , Danny Elfman Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Composer: Danny Elfman
  • Audio CD (December 5, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000J3FBP2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title
2. The Introduction
3. Lullaby/Escape, "Lullaby" performed by Dakota Fanning
4. Introducing Charlotte
5. In the Mud
6. Tempelton
7. The Plan Begins
8. "Some Pig"
9. The Word Spreads
10. The Fall Montage
11. The Dump
12. "Radiant"
13. The Big Day
14. "Humble"
15. "Terrific"
16. Farewell Charlotte
17. Wilbur's Homecoming
18. Ordinary Miracle (David A. Stewart, Glen Ballard), performed by Sarah

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Original Score composed by Grammy@ Award-winning composer Danny Elfman. The soundtrack includes the end title song 'Ordinary Miracles', written by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard, performed by Sarah MCLachlan. E.B. White's magical, beloved story of loyalty and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation. Charlotte's Web stars Dakota Fanning as Fern and Julia Roberts lends her vocals in the lead role of Charlotte A. Cavatica, a spider and the heroine of the book who goes out of her way to save Wilbur the pig's life by weaving miraculous words into her webs. The star-studded cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Cedric the Entertainer, Reba McEntire, Kathy Bates, Thomas Haden Church, Andre Benjamin, Robert Redford and Jennifer Garner. The critically acclaimed book 'Charlotte's Web' written by award-winning author E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams is the best-selling children's paperback of all time. To date the book has sold 45 million copies worldwide.

For this live-action adaptation of E.B. White's beloved bestseller, Danny Elfman has written his loveliest score in ages. There's no trace of the sardonic, manic pulse that beats beneath so much of his work: here, he proves he can do sweet without doing saccharine. The breezy orchestrations and low-key themes combine to make the score stand out in the kids' genre, and it's one many movies for grownups wouldn't sneeze at either. As such, it's closer to Joe Hisaishi's pastoral compositions for the Hayao Miyazaki anime masterpiece My Neighbor Totoro and to Nigel Westlake's music for Babe than to your average overblown kiddie blockbuster. Yes, there's the obligatory ballad--in this case "Ordinary Miracle," cowritten by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and performed by Sarah McLachlan--but it's rather subtle. Call us sentimental, but we even prefer the less-high-profile vocal track on this CD: Dakota Fanning's plaintive "Lullaby" in "Lullaby/Escape." --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Danny Elfman April 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It seems that Danny Elfman has become the new John Williams for film soundtracks. Every score he has done has been exceptional. A wonderfully melodic score for a terrific movie, it moves the action along without overpowering it. The inclusion of Sarah McLachlan's Ordinary Miracle makes it even better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful January 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
What a beautiful soundtrack. My little guy loves the score, but my favorite is the last track by Sarah McLachlan. It is the most wonderful song and brings tears to my eyes when I hear it. I haven't even seen the movie yet, but I am certainly looking forward to it. With such a star-studded cast of voices, plus Dakota Fanning, it can't be anything less than awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, love the music March 24, 2007
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I'm not a huge fan of orchestral music, but this is a great CD if you are a fan of the movie. The more I listen to it, the more I enjoy it. Of course, the last song "Ordinary Miracle" is phenomenal! It's a beautiful song and Sarah McLachlan's voice is amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman July 13, 2013
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I bought this because I love Danny Elfman's music, and I was definitely not disappointed. This is classic Elfman, and so pretty!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 7, 2013
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I bought this mainly for the last song but the whole cd is charming to listen to. Feel good music all the way through !!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music August 25, 2012
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I have to say that there are a few boring songs, but I love most of them. I like to listen to them over and over again and I never get sick of it! Thank you sooooo much Danny Elfman! I hope this review helps!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Film Score of the Decade March 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It is unfortunate that this score shall receive absolutely no Academy Awards, Golden Globes, or other official forms of recognization, as it is the finest film score of the first decade of the 21st century.

Danny Elfman, who is a marvelous composer by any standards, nevertheless has his crutches (this is not necessarily a bad thing; as a fellow composer, I can attest that we all develop a certain musical voice that manifests itself in particular ways). Elfman's crutches specifically involve minor key "oom-pah" sets and augmented fourths throughout his melodies. Again, these are not bad qualities, they're just distinct; when you hear the trombones pipe up in Beetlejuice-style glory, it's a pretty safe bet that you're listening to Elfman.

What makes the score to Charlotte's Web so incredible, however, is that Elfman completely reinvents himself musically. Yes, there's still plenty of the "oom-pah" we all know and love, but it takes a supporting role. Instead, we are treated to the most fascinating polyphonic sounds an orchestra can possibly make! Within the first sixty seconds of this film, I knew it was the greatest film score of the decade. I didn't have any clue that it was an Elfman score until the end credits.

And that's why it's awesome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte's Webb March 10, 2014
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Listening to the musical score from the movie is great. And of course Sarah Mclauglin's "Ordinary Day" as the final song -- so beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by shulett
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it over several time not
watch it over several time not tried
Published 3 months ago by nettie86
1.0 out of 5 stars no songs
I picked the album because I thought it would have the lovely songs on it. It only has "music" like the title says. Waste of my money.
Published 9 months ago by Susan Keene
3.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte's Web Soundtrack
It is great if you like mostly music, I think there are 2 songs with singing. We wish we would have known about the mostly music part before we purchased it though as we like the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by GLO BUG 11
3.0 out of 5 stars One song
The movie was great and I'm behind. There was only one song or artist I was interested in. I loved the new movie but I also read the book in the 4th grade.
Published 21 months ago by Sheila A. McIver
1.0 out of 5 stars Only words are on "Ordinary Miracle"
I bought this to listen to in the car with my kids, who love to sing. I couldn't find a CD version of the 1973 film so I bought this. Read more
Published on September 5, 2012 by JH
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh - movie soundtrack without songs with lyrics
This soundtrack does not include the songs with lyrics, so my three-year-old son was not terribly entranced.
Published on August 19, 2008 by M. Salzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Soundtrack
I bought this album to complement my Grade Two class' Charlotte's Web play. We used the music as background during the performance. I particularly liked the cd. Read more
Published on September 22, 2007 by Alicia
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