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The Trumpet of the Swan (2001) 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… 2001-05-11 G PT75M Animation Jason Alexander Jeffrey Schoeny Mary Steenburgen Carol Burnett Seth Green Joe Mantegna Reese Witherspoon TriStar Pictures
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The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)

MPAA Rating: G

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The Trumpet of the Swan | BEAKNIKS Chickens may not have lips, but this ''Swan'' really blows
BEAKNIKS Chickens may not have lips, but this ''Swan'' really blows
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: May 11, 2001; Rated: G; Length: 75 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Jason Alexander, Jeffrey Schoeny and Mary Steenburgen; 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.

Originally posted May 16, 2001