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Ian and I just finished reading Charlotte’s Web for school. (We are doing Total Language Plus this year, and this was the second book on our schedule. Next up: Pippi Longstocking.)
Even though I knew exactly how the book was going to end, the very last paragraph really got to me. So much so that I ended up sobbing and had to turn the book over to Ian to finish the last few sentences for me. The fact that, no matter how many friends and offspring of Charlotte that he had around him, he still always missed Charlotte reminded me so much of my friend Sue. But, that’s a story for another day!
Around here, we have a book first, movie second rule. So, after finishing the book, we treated ourselves by watching the original cartoon movie (from 1973). I grew up on this movie, but Ian doesn’t remember ever having seen it.
We popped in the DVD and right away I was reminded of so many reasons why I love this movie. So, I thought I’d share for 3 Things Thursday . . .
The Storyline – Earl Hamner
I grew up on The Waltons. I follow Mary McDonough, Kami Cotler, and Jon Walmsley on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on in their lives and any current Waltons news (because, believe it or not, there are still Waltons events going on!) It comes as no surprise to me that Earl Hamner helped to write the storyline for this movie, based on the book by E.B. White. A more perfect job could not have been done.
The Narrator – Rex Allen
The voice of the narrator in Charlotte’s Web reminds me so much of one of my all-time favorite attractions at Walt Disney World – the Carousel of Progress. Do you know why? Rex Allen just so happens to be the voice of the Grandfather! Every time we go through the attraction, I think of Charlotte’s Web, and vice versa.
If you’ve not yet experience the Carousel of Progress, you don’t know what you’re missing. This attraction was the brainchild of Walt Disney himself, and was first seen at the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
The Music & Lyrics – The Sherman Brothers
I have always loved the music in Charlotte’s Web. The songs are so catchy! I haven’t watched the movie for many years; yet, when I was reading the book to Ian, I found myself stopping at parts to sign the songs. Some of my favorites are “There Must Be Something More,” “We’ve Got Lots in Common,” and “A Veritable Smorgasbord.”
I’m not sure why I never realized that it was the beloved Sherman Brothers (Robert & Richard) – favorites of Walt Disney himself and famous for the music in Mary Poppins and many other Disney movies (think: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, etc.) and attractions (think: It’s a Small World and Carousel of Progress).
Anyway, I don’t know if they’ve written a song that I don’t love. So, it makes perfect sense that I love the music from Charlotte’s Web.
I grew up on Charlotte’s Web!
I love that this movie is a classic! It was so fun to sit down with Ian and share this movie that I watched many, many times as a child – and later watched with both the girls. I also have the live action version of the movie (2006, starting Dakota Fanning) on his schedule for this week. It’s good, but it’s just not the original (as is the case with most remakes, right?)
Do you love Charlotte’s Web?
Do you have any special memories about watching the movie as a child?