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Charlotte's Web (Widescreen Edition) (1973)

Debbie Reynolds , Henry Gibson , Charles A. Nichols , Iwao Takamoto  |  G |  DVD
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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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BCK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charlotte's Web (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Voices of Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead. Little Wilbur the pig is destined for slaughter unless his spider friend Charlotte can save him. Based on the book by E.B. White. Animated. 1973/color/94 min/G.

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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
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I'm amazed that the animated film "Charlotte's Web" is almost thirty years old, but it's as wonderful today as when it was released (1973) and the production values equal those that we judge children's films by even today. This movie is the only animated version of E.B. White's novel by the same name (c. 1952) that I've found. The novel was a 1953 John Newbery Honor book (not the 1st-place prize, the "Newbery Medal" but one of the runners-up). Hanna-Barbera produced a faithful rendering of the novel, which is one of the reasons for the film's success.
Another reason for the enduring popularity of this VHS is the brilliant casting of voice talent. The chief characters' voices are played by some of America's most prolific actors of the early 1970s, including Rex Allen, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Gibson, and Pamelyn Ferdin. Don't remember some of these people?
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming treasure January 12, 2000
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When I was a child, my parents took me to see this movie in the theatre after seeing how I devoured the book over and over again. Now, I have the chance to enjoy it with my own children, and even after enough repeated viewings that it's become necessary to purchase another copy, we still enjoy it every time.
This is a charming adaptation of E.B. White's classic children's tale, with some precious dialog, and even though the animation isn't up to Disney standards, it's still leagues above Pokemon standards.
And the casting! Oh my, whomever put Paul Lynde in the role of Templeton the Rat gets my vote as casting agent of the century (closely followed by the person responsible for Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story...but I digress). The movie could hardly be improved upon.
Buy it, enjoy it, treasure it. It's a marvelous tale you'll enjoy over and over again.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Masterpiece! July 7, 2001
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This is one of the best stories ever written, and this adaptation does it great justice. My daughter, 3, has watched it for over 4 months now and knows every song, every bit of dialog, and enjoys it over and over. And I'm so happy with the warmth of the story, the animation, how well each song fits into the story line. It's simply charming!! The animals' voices are wonderful!! Debbie Reynolds is a noble and nurturing Charlott, Henry Gibson is a perfect Wilbur, Agnes Moorehead is a hilarious stuttering goose, and who else but Paul Lynde could play Templeton the Rat with such panache?? (I don't know who does the sheep's voice, but he's also well cast). If you have smaller children, you can't do without this video!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An under-rated classic! January 9, 2002
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It goes without saying that Charlotte's Web is one of the best children's books ever written. This cartoon is a faithful and enjoyable portrayal.
The animation is obviously not up to modern standards, but is by no means weak. It is a shame that Disney seems to dominate children's videos because this is a true masterpiece. It is not nearly as sacharine as Disney cartoons. The story deals frankly with the sometimes harsh reality of farm life. The film teaches about life, death, friendship and the passage of time.
The musical numbers are beautifully done and the voices are perfect. The narrator adds so much and Paul Lynd is a terrific Templeton.
This is a fantastic story well told. I will always cry at the last line- It is not often someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer;Charlotte was both. This is great for kids and anyone who ever enjoyed this wodnerful tale!
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