Charlotte's Web (1973 film)

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Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. White. The film, like the book, is about a pig named Wilbur who befriends an intelligent spider named Charlotte who saves him from being slaughtered.

Directed by Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto. Written by E.B. White (book) and Earl Hamner Jr. (story).
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The Goose[edit]

  • [to Templeton] You'll worry alright when winter comes! If Wilbur is killed, and his trough stands empty, then you'll grow so thin we can look right through your stomach and see objects on the other side!


  • The goose was right! This fair is rat's paradise! Bye, bye, my "humble" Wilbur! Fare thee well, Charlotte, you old schemer! This will be a night to remember!


  • I miss Fern.
  • I can talk!
  • [after Charlotte is gone] Charlotte? Charlotte?! CHARLOTTE!!


Wilbur: (singing) Isn't it great that I articulate?/Isn't it grand that you can understand?/I don't grunt/I don't oink/I don't even squeak or squawk/When I wanna say a-somethin', I open up and talk! I can talk! I can talk, talk, talk, I can...
Old Sheep: Why don't you keep it down?
Wilbur: I can talk!

Wilbur: [to a lamb] Wanna play?
Lamb: [to an old sheep] May I, Papa?
Old Sheep: Certainly not. In the first place, you can't get out of your pen. In the second place, sheep do not play with pigs.
Wilbur: Why not?
Old Sheep: Oh, it's a matter of status. Sheep, for instance, are highly regarded by Zuckerman, because we furnish him with good quality wool. With pigs, on the other hand, it's just a matter of time.
Wilbur: Time before what?
Old Sheep: Before they're fat enough to kill.
Wilbur: (incredulously) What did you say?!
Old Sheep: Oh, everybody knows that. In the fall, you'll be turned into smoked bacon and ham. And then, just as soon as the cold weather sets in, they'll kill you.
Wilbur: Ohh! (faints)
Goose: Templeton.
Templeton: Hmm.

(Wilbur asks the Goose if she would like to play with him)
Goose: I'm no flibberty-ibberty-gibbit! I'm staying here and hatching my goslings!

Charlotte: Salutations.
Wilbur: What?
Charlotte: Salutations.
Wilbur: What are they? And where are you?
Charlotte: Salutations are greetings. It's my fancy way of saying hello.

Avery Arable: Can I have a pig too, Pop?
John Arable: I only distribute pigs to early risers. Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. [Avery's frog escapes his jacket and jumps all over the breakfast table] Seems to me you've already got more wildlife than you can take care of, Avery.

[Charlotte is looking for a new message to write in her web]
Lamb: How about "Pig Supreme"?
Charlotte: No good. It sounds like a rich dessert.
Goose: How about terrific, terrific, terrific?
Charlotte: Cut that down to one terrific and it will do nicely. I think terrific might impress Zuckerman.
Wilbur: But Charlotte, I'm not terrific.
Charlotte: You're terrific as far as I am concerned. (Templeton hits Wilbur in the face with his tail as he walks by; Charlotte glares at him) Does anybody know how to spell it?
Goose: I think it's T, double-E double-R, double-R, double-I, double-F, double-I, double-C-C-C.
Charlotte: What kind of an acrobat do you think I am? It would take me all night to write that.
Old Sheep: I would advise you not to consult geese in matters of spelling. The word is spelled T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C.
The Goose: [firmly] I still think it's prettier spelled: T, double-E, double-R, double-R, double-I--
Charlotte: Please! Let me spell it my way.

[After the goose's eggs have hatched]
Wilbur: Congratulations! How many are there?
Goose: There are seven.
Charlotte: Seven is a lucky number.
Goose: [proudly] Luck had absolutely nothing to do with it! It was really good management and hard work.
Templeton: [looking at a solitary unhatched egg] Why didn't, uh, this one hatch?
The Goose: [gloomily] It's a dud, I guess.
Templeton: What are you going to do with it?
The Goose: [sternly] You can have it! Roll it away and add it to that nasty collection of yours! Be careful! A rotten egg can be a regular stink bomb!
Templeton: [patting the egg] I know what I'm doing. I handle stuff like this all the time. [And with that, Templeton rolls the egg away.]

Wilbur: [about Zuckerman raising him to be slaughtered] Is it true what the old sheep says? Is that awful thing true?!
Goose: It's a dirty-irty trick, but it's true.
Wilbur: I don't want to die! I want to stay here in my warm manure pile! I want to breathe the beautiful air, and lie in the beautiful sun!
Old Sheep: [dryly] You're certainly making a beautiful noise.
Wilbur: [breaking into tears] I don't want to die! I don't want to die!
Charlotte: [speaking for the first time, this time from an unseen location] Quiet, Wilbur! Now chin up!
Wilbur: Who said that?
Charlotte: Do you want a friend?
Wilbur: Yes, I want a friend. But I want to live, too!
Charlotte: Well, chin up. I'll be your friend and I'll try to save your life. I've been watching you, and I like you.
Wilbur: I can't see you. What do you mean "chin up"?
Charlotte: Now go to sleep. You'll see me in the morning, and I'll explain everything then.
Narrator: Wilbur's stomach was empty, and his mind was full. And when your stomach is empty and your mind is full, it's always hard to sleep. But sleep and Wilbur finally found each other.

Avery: Why isn't that gosling with his mother?
[Jeffrey runs to Wilbur]
Fern: Because he likes Wilbur.
Avery: Shrimpy little thing. [Jeffrey oinks like a pig at Avery] Sounds more like a pig than a gosling.
[Jeffrey oinks like a pig again and looks proud of himself]
Avery: [noticing Charlotte] Wow! Look at that big spider! I'm gonna catch it for my collection!
Fern: Avery, you leave that spider alone!
Avery: That's a fine spider and I'm catching it! What's the matter with you, Wilbur?
Fern:He doesn't like you in there. Now Get out.

Mrs. Fussy: Henry Fussy! You put that thing down! [Henry sets Wilbur down on the floor and the pig crashes into something and Mrs. Fussy tries to chase him out of the house with a broom from the hall closet] Shoo! Shoo! Get out! Shoo! Shoo! [tries to chase Wilbur out of the house with her broom. Wilbur jumps out of the window, Fern catches him, and Mrs. Fussy slams the window doors shut]


  • There must be something more to us than you and me
    It must be tangled up somehow with destiny
    I used to think the sum of one and one was two
    But we add up to more, me and you
    • "There Must be Something More"
  • Isn't it great
    That I articulate?
    Isn't it grand
    That you can understand?
    • "I Can Talk"
  • Oh, we've got lots in common where it really counts
    Where it really counts we've got large amounts
    What we look like doesn't count an ounce
    We've got lots in common where it really counts
    • "We've Got Lots in Common" (Wilbur)
  • You're born to swim, and me to spin, but we both love this world we're in
    We share the sun, the earth, the sky, and that's the reason why
    • "We've Got Lots in Common" (Charlotte)
  • Fragile and magical shadows
    Silently start to appear
    Lovely and lyrical
    Silvery miracle
    Charlotte's Web
    • "Charlotte's Web"
  • Sometimes when somebody loves you
    Miracles somehow appear
    And there in the warp and the woof is the proof of it
    Charlotte's Web
    • "Charlotte's Web"
  • How very special are we
    For just a moment to be
    Part of life's eternal rhyme
    How very special are we
    To have on our family tree
    Mother Earth and Father Time
    • "Mother Earth and Father Time"
  • He's some pig
    Some pig
    Some terrific, radiant, humble pig
    He is some pig
    • "Zuckerman's Famous Pig"


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