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The Trumpet Of The Swan 2001

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It's a high-flying adventure when Louie, a mute trumpeter swan, is given the gift of a trumpet, andfinds his voice!

Starring:
Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen
Runtime:
1 hour, 14 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Musical
Director Terry L. Noss, Richard Rich
Starring Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen
Supporting actors Reese Witherspoon, Seth Green, Carol Burnett, Joe Mantegna, Sam Gifaldi, Dee Bradley Baker, Melissa Disney, Kath Soucie, Elizabeth Daily, Pamela Adlon, Steve Vinovich, Gary Anthony Williams, Corey Burton, Michael Winslow, David Jeremiah, Julie Nathanson, Dana Daurey, Michael Kostroff
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating G (General Audience)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: DVD
Trumpet of the Swan is obviously a film made for children, but one that adults can enjoy too...which is VERY important if your children are like mine and watch their new video DAILY for the first week! I must add that I think it's unfair to hold this movie up to Disney standards as some reviewers seem to be doing. This is NOT a Disney film, which costs about $10 more, and I find it is every bit as good or better than anything else in the childrens home video department.
I've never read the book, so I can't speak to how well it follows the original story (but does anything from Hollywood EVER follow the original book?) And I concede the animation does not meet the highest standards. (There's a pretty obvious flaw in Louie's big trumpet performance.)
But on to the positives...
While the animation isn't the best quality, the color is bright and beautiful! And the vocal talent is terrific! The cast of voices includes Jason Alexander (Father), Mary Steenburgen (Mother), Seth Green (Boyd), Reese Witherspoon (Serena), Carol Burnett and Joe Mantegna. Each actor injects life and personality into their character. I especially liked Mary Steenburgen's "mother" and Jason's "father" is very entertaining. My daughter thinks the camp leader who mumbles through the megaphone is funny--I found him annoying at first but I got the joke when I saw the campfire scene.
And as a music lover I must mention the film's music. Louie's "trumpet voice" is performed by Michael "Patches" Stewart, and the music score is by Marcus Miller. I find myself humming the tunes at work and my 3 year-old is already starting to sing along with the words!
Bottom line...small children will love Trumpet of the Swan!
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My two children ages 3 and 4 love this movie. In fact, this is one that they routinely watch, rewind and watch again (when I let them). I have sat down and watched this movie several times over and still enjoy it.
This doesn't follow the original book very well. If you are someone that believes a movie has to follow the book word for word you will be dissapointed. However, if you can get past that, you will enjoy this book.
Louis a trumpeter swan is born unable to talk. He falls in love with Serena and can't court her. He goes to school and learns to read and spell and write. However, as other swans can't read it does him very little good. In the meantime his father gets a trumpet for him. Louis learns to talk through the trumpet and music.
This is a classic video. It is well done. I have read reviews for the dvd that say there is poor pictures and audio. This is not the case for the VHS tape we have at our house.
This movie is about relationships between parents and friends and husbands and wives. It is about music and love and more.
Well worth the money.
Enjoy.
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It was with some hesitancy and fairly low expectations that I put Trumpet of the Swan into my VCR. The creators of former screenplays inspired by E. B. White's books have turned literary masterpieces into cinema that leaves the viewer unsatisfied at best and most likely thoroughly disgusted by the unhallowed cinematic treatment of White's literary brilliance. This attempt, however, left me pleasantly surprised. The changes in storyline are minimal and appropriate for moving this work from book to movie format. The animation is lighthearted yet aesthetically pleasing. The vocal talent, particularly of Jason Alexander, is impressive. In short, this is one video adults can thoroughly enjoy along with their children, especially if they have had the pleasure of reading White's book together prior to viewing it.
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I purchased this DVD for my fourth grade class. We read the novel, and then watched the movie. The movie is loosely based on the book, and is awful. The animation looks cheap, and the swans all have weird halloween wig like hairstyles. The music is bad, despite having a good cast. I bought this movie after reading other reviews saying how terrible it was, and hope to save someone else disappointment. The positives were that the students enjoyed it, and it worked well for comparing and contrasting. Don't waste your money; rent it on Netflix.
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Man, if he had lived to see this dreck I...I don't know what he would have thought. (He must be rolling in his grave, however) Why do the swans have orange bills and feet instead of black (does orange make them look more 'cartoonish and kid-friendly'? More importantly, why do they have 'hair'? Why is Sam Beaver (Louis's human friend) some young hippie-environmentalist and not part-Indian? Why is Miss Hammerbotham some Miss Frizzle (Magic School Bus) Ripoff? Why is Applegate Skinner, the boy from Camp, is this fat nerd who makes fun of Sam for liking birds, instead of the one being picked on by the other boys? He's playing tennis, gets sprayed by a skunk, falls in the lake/river, Louis saves him, and Applegate thanks him, saying, "You're okay--for a bird." All in less than two minutes.
{Spoilers}: In the book, when Louis was introduced to the campers, Applegate mentioned he didn't care for birds--nothing against them, just didn't care for them. However, the chief counselor, Mr. Brickle, told him he should still treat the swan with respect. One day a skunk wandered into the area (see above) with its head stuck in a can, and while the boys are thinking of all these unpractical ways of helping it, Sam makes a noose on a stick, climbs on the cabin roof, and slips the noose around the can, pulling it off the skunk, causing it to spray at Mr. Brickle. Sam is praised for aiding a wild creature and 'giving everyone a dash of nature's perfume'.
Later during rest period the boys are making bad puns on Applegate's name (Rotten Applegate, Wormy Applegate, etc.) and he goes down to the waterfront and gets in a canoe. Not wearing a life jacket, he soon finds himself in difficulties and the canoe tips. He yells for help, sending counselors swimming and rowing to his aid.
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