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The Trumpet of the SwanAnyone who knows ''Charlotte's Web'' and ''Stuart Little'' knows also that E.B. White is the class act of children's literature: imaginative,...The Trumpet of the SwanAnimationPT75MGAnyone who knows ''Charlotte's Web'' and ''Stuart Little'' knows also that E.B. White is the class act of children's literature: imaginative,...2001-05-16Carol BurnettSeth GreenJoe MantegnaReese WitherspoonCarol Burnett, Seth Green, Joe Mantegna, Reese WitherspoonTriStar Pictures
The Trumpet of the Swan
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The Trumpet of the Swan

Genre: Animation; Starring: Jason Alexander, Jeffrey Schoeny, Mary Steenburgen, Carol Burnett, Seth Green, Joe Mantegna, Reese Witherspoon; Director: Terry L. Noss, Richard Rich; Author: Judy Rothman Rofe; Release Date Limited: 05/11/2001; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 75; MPAA Rating: G; Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Anyone who knows ”Charlotte’s Web” and ”Stuart Little” knows also that E.B. White is the class act of children’s literature: imaginative, compassionate, dignified, funny. This cartoon adaptation of his third kids’ book, The Trumpet of the Swan, is a pox on the man’s memory.

The tale of a mute swan who finally finds voice via a trumpet, the film features charmless songs, junky animation, hambone voice talent (Jason Alexander, I’m talking to you), deeply square attempts to be hip, and a narrative tone that changes migratory direction every five minutes. ”Well, I enjoyed it,” said my 4-year-old, and so she did. Rent the video for your own kids, then – or help their taste buds develop by reading them the book as well.

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