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The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)



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

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A tale about a trumpet swan named Louie who receives a voice only after his father risks all to steal a trumpet for him. Developing a valuable relationship with Sam, a young boy who becomes his friend and mentor, Louie becomes a famous musician in order to earn enough money to pay back the music store owner for the lost instrument. In the process, he also wins the heart of the lovely Serena and, in the end, the two trumpeter swans live happily ever after.

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Carol Burnett
as Mrs. Hammerbotham
Samuel Gifaldi
as Sam Beever
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Critic Reviews for The Trumpet of the Swan

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (16)

Features charmless songs, junky animation, hambone voice talent.

Full Review… | May 17, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Too bad the director didn't set his mind to making a film parents could enjoy, too.

May 14, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Wait for this one to come out on video.

Full Review… | May 11, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Passable animation for the younger members of the family, but the movie never finds its own voice.

Full Review… | May 11, 2001
Top Critic

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
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for The Trumpet of the Swan


That's the sound of romance! A proud pair of Trumpet Swans give birth to a baby swan that unfortunately grows up without a voice that his parents can hear or understand. One day he comes across a silver trumpet that gives him a voice that allows him to communicate. He restores his place in the flock but trouble with humans is afoot. "We did it! An egg! My egg!" "Our egg." Terry Noss (Dennis the Menace and the Swan Princess) and Richard Rick (Black Cauldron and The Fox and the Hound) collaborate to deliver The Trumpet of the Swan. The storyline for this picture is average and on par with Swan Princess. The animation is just okay and the voices were provided by Jason Alexander, Reece Witherspoon, Seth Green, and Joe Montegna. "I haven't got to the part about objections yet." I came across this on HBOGO and decided it may be a fun movie to watch with my daughter. She adored it beginning to end. I cannot say this is anything special, or worth purchasing, but it is worth a viewing once with your child. "Go easy on the baked beans." Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Even though there are only a few appeals, the animated adaptation of another E.B. White's novel is a film for youngsters like the ones who watch another kiddie show "Dragon Tales." (C+)

Kyle Mobray
Kyle Mobray

Without a doubt, the worst animated film I have ever seen. Music so bad it's scary, a plot that makes absolutely no sense, awful voice syncing, and, worst of all, the worst line in cinema history. "Is it time for recess yet?" -The Teacher (in the most obnoxious voice ever)

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