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The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)

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Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 35

An uninspired E.B. White adaptation that's targeted at the very young.

6

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 15

An uninspired E.B. White adaptation that's targeted at the very young.

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E.B. White's children's story of a swan searching for his voice comes to life in this animated adventure. When young Louie the Swan is hatched, it's soon discovered that he isn't able to make a sound, which is a matter of no small annoyance to his boastful father (voice of Jason Alexander) and doting mother (voice of Mary Steenburgen). As Louie gets a bit older, he falls in love with Serena (voice of Reese Witherspoon), but he has no way of telling her how he feels. Despondent, Louie flies away,

Jul 31, 2001

Columbia Pictures

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Features charmless songs, junky animation, hambone voice talent.

May 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Too bad the director didn't set his mind to making a film parents could enjoy, too.

May 14, 2001
Boston Globe
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Wait for this one to come out on video.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Passable animation for the younger members of the family, but the movie never finds its own voice.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Newsday
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One ugly duckling of a cartoon.

May 11, 2001
New York Post
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A shallow, tacky, finally soupy revision of a wry, noticing, resonant, elegant, deeply romantic story.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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A good family movie; much to enjoy and talk about.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is one worth missing in the hopes that some day, someone will do it a whole lot better.

July 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A rushed direct-to-video kiddie flick.

June 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

"Trumpet of the Swan" features flat background art, some poor sound syncing and insipid, sugary songs.

May 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

One of the weakest kids' films in recent memory.

May 18, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Shallowness of characterization and unmemorable songs.

May 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

This adaptation of E.B. White's classic novel doesn't even live up to the Hanna-Barbera Charlotte's Web, let alone 1999's Stuart Little.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

While the message of the story sings loud and clear, the drama plays out at a whisper.

May 11, 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May hold the attention of the very young, but despite marginal attempts at Disney-style cleverness, the simplistic writing, flat animation and sloppy direction will leave adults bored.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

There isn't much for children to see at the movies that doesn't fall into the usual dog-droppings-and-pratfall stuff of films like See Spot Run.

May 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Trumpet of the Swan is not just lackluster. It's also lackbeauty, lackhumor and lackquality.

May 10, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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