By Ty Burr
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:08 AM EDT
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The Trumpet of the Swan

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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.

Episode Recaps

The Trumpet of the Swan

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  • Movie
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  • G
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  • 75 minutes
director
  • Terry L. Noss
  • Richard Rich

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