The Agnes Moorehead Blogathon – Charlotte’s Web (1973)

This is the first of three posts dedicated to the Agnes Moorehead Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood. Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

cw“Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They’ll believe anything they see in print. ” – Charlotte

Number of Times Seen – Probably around 5 times (tv and cable in the 80’s and 6 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After a farm pig realizes that he is meant to be slaughtered, a wise spider who lives in the barn tries to think of a plan to save him.

My Take on it – I saw this as a kid and recall being enchanted by both the film adaptation and the original novel by EB White.

Unfortunately, upon rewatching it, the magic feels missing here.

I do like the way that things play out here, but it just doesn’t feel as amazing as I recall the story being.

I really liked the way that the story deals with the themes of friendship, loss and love and they are explored nicely here.

The voice cast is OK with Henry Gibson, Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde and Agnes Moorehead doing good work, but still, this doesn’t feel as memorable as I thought it would be.

I think this experience is a good reason to try and track down a copy of the book and reread it!

Bottom Line – The book is much better than this adaptation is. I liked the way that things are played out here, but in general the story feels less amazing than it did in the book.  The themes of friendship, loss and love are all explored nicely, but again, it all feels quite average here.  Adequate voice cast does an ok job here.  I think I should reread the book…

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – E.B. White never watched Charlotte’s Web (1973) (except after it was first completed) the remainder of his life, for he deeply disliked how William Hanna and Joseph Barbera redesigned numerous scenes in making the movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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