Really sweet and has its heart in the right place, but it all seems bland
I love the book by EB White and having seen Stuart Little and
Charlotte's Web and really liking them, I looked forward to seeing The
Trumpet of the Swan. Another reason why I wanted to see the film was
because Carol Burnett was doing a voice on it, to this day I still love
her as Miss Hannigan in Annie and I consider her a great actress and
comedienne. On paper, Trumpet of the Swan had all the ingredients for a
perfectly charming family film. A beautiful, charming book to work from
and a great voice cast were the main attractions.
After finally seeing it, I felt that there were some good moments and
everything, but at the end of the day it all felt bland. First of all,
I highly appreciate the messages that the film had, learning the
importance of reading and writing, overcoming disability, finding your
own voice, honour and family love are great messages for kids and
incorporated into the story in a simple yet effective way. Another
redeeming quality is the voice cast, while I found the characters
themselves bland I thought Jason Alexander, Seth Green, Reese
Witherspoon, Mary Steenbergen, Joe Mantegna and Carol Burnett all do
stellar jobs. Plus I think kids will find it very cute, there are parts
where I certainly did find very sweet and well intentioned, as there
are some touching moments.
However, there are also things that don't quite work. The animation I
had mixed feelings about, some of the backgrounds are quite pretty with
lovely use of pastel colours, but some of the characters are poorly
drawn with some wonky movements. A lot less successful were the songs,
they were sweet but they were also very sugary and forgettable and felt
as though they were there to make the movie longer. Another component
that didn't work as well was the story, there were some touching and
humorous moments but the film's structure is somewhat episodic and
rushed. That way I didn't relate to the characters as much as I would
have liked, and that extra ingredient that made the book so charming
was missing. Speaking of the characters while the protagonist was
decent and Mrs Hammerbotham was likable in some ways, but some others
Serena and the squirrels especially were rather cookie-cutter and the
father did have moments where he annoyed me. Several of these problems
lead to one major problem, the length, at barely over an hour the film
was for me too short and that did affect how I felt about the
characters and the story.
Overall, The Trumpet of the Swan certainly isn't a bad film as such, it
just wasn't a particularly good one either. Kids will definitely like
it, but adults may find it bland. 4/10 mainly for the voice work.
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i like it this movie is reeaaaaallly cute.
haven't heard of this movie, yet.
Great movie, way under-appreciated
I love this film, short and simple. Of course, there were obvious
flaws, most of them relating to variations away from the book. But, as
I understand, most people who watched it only watched it because of the
book, in which case it would be, for most, a disappointment. Not me.
The animation needed a degree of work, but that is always the hardest
part of one of these films. While I will be flamed for saying so, I
think this was a well-done movie.
The story was the best part, but that came straight from the book, so
nothing can really be said there. The voice-acting was well done. Most
character's voices fit them extraordinarily well, particularly the
characters of Serena and Boyd struck me as best-cast in the movie.
Words and music (mostly the trumpet)were off with the mouthing at
several parts, but it was nice to have some celebrity voices in there.
Little Richard was interesting, but the music itself was well-done.
The movie was better than it's predecessors for certain (Charlotte's
Web and Stuart Little) in the movie category, just as I always felt the
novel surpassed them. Note that I don't generally watch movies like
this, but it was magic for me. I hath spoken..