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Charlotte’s Web

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.

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.

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Charlotte's Web

Production: Hanna-Barbera/Sagittarius. Director Charles A. Nichols, Iwao Takamoto; Producer Joseph Barbera, William Hanna; Screenplay Earl Hamner Jr; Camera Roy Wade, Dick Brundell, Ralph Miglioro, Dennis Weaver, George Epperson; Editor Larry Cowan, Pat Foley; Music Irwin Kostal (sup.);; Art Director Bob Singer, Ray Aragon, Paul Julian

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 93 MIN.

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