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The Trumpet of the Swan

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The Trumpet of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
G
runtime:
75 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/11/01
performer:
Jason Alexander, Jeffrey Schoeny, Mary Steenburgen, Carol Burnett, Seth Green, Joe Mantegna, Reese Witherspoon
director:
Terry L. Noss, Richard Rich
distributor:
TriStar Pictures
author:
Judy Rothman Rofe
genre:
Animation

We gave it a D

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.