Charlotte’s Web is a saga of a little white porker named Wilbur – petrified with fear he’s fated to become a slab of tender bacon – and Charlotte, the benevolent spider, who saves him from this fate through the magic weaving in her web. Based on the E.B. White children’s classic, the Hanna-Barbera animated musical [with music by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman] is heartwarming entertainment.
Described by the author as a tale of ‘friendship and salvation, a story of miracles – the miracle of birth, the miracle of friendship, the miracle of death’, the premise is adroitly and charmingly caught. Debbie Reynolds is heard as the voice of Charlotte, Henry Gibson as Wilbur, Paul Lynde as Templeton, the gluttenous, grouchy rat, and Agnes Moorehead is a stuttering and diligent goose. Rex Allen acts as narrator.
Animation is imaginative and clever and interest is sustained as tale builds to its climax.