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Charlotte's Web
(2006)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
Marc Mann

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker
Marc Mann

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(December 5th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release. A song album was released concurrently.
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Buy it... if you're among the Danny Elfman fans who have waited years to hear the composer write a jovial score for the countryside with no overbearingly melodramatic strings attached.

Avoid it... if you prefer your Elfman scores in the children's fantasy genre to be an emotional punch in the face.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #645
WRITTEN 12/9/06
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Charlotte's Web: (Danny Elfman) The first live action adaptation of E.B. White's classic children's story is a who's who of vocal talents. An all-star cast accompanies digitally rendered barnyard animals and real-life humans to tell the beloved story of Wilbur the pig, the runt destined for slaughter if not for the valiant efforts of his friends in the animal world. Along with Charlotte the spider, a host of comical beasts attract enough attention to the pig to gain it the notoriety necessary to save its life. The story is one of sacrifice, however, as the spider's plan comes at the end of her life. There is no doubt that Charlotte's Web is an old favorite, and its live action debut seems a project perfect for composer Danny Elfman. The Elfman of the early 1990's, that is. In those days, the eccentric composer took many such stories to heart, writing music often considered to be the best and most heartwarming of his career. As his Oscar-nominated career has matured, though, the days of his innocent fairy tale writing have become a seemingly distant memory. In 2006, his career even expanded to include his first concert piece, "Serenada Schizophrana," and while it gave Elfman the opportunity to return to his zany roots, it hardly resurrected the glory of his fans' favorites from his early fantasy era. To their pleasure, Charlotte's Web will instead represent that return, though understandably not in the usual layers of melancholy brooding that also came with those early scores. Even in its sad scene near the end, the film never features that truly delicious Elfman fantasy flavor. Instead, Charlotte's Web is a unequivocally upbeat score with jovial rhythms and soothingly harmonic ideas.



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532 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.41 Stars
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A refreshing change of pace
David - February 16, 2007, at 9:20 p.m.
1 comment  (2138 views)
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hunboy - December 28, 2006, at 1:48 p.m.
1 comment  (2278 views)
Relaxing, playful and beautiful
Sheridan - December 23, 2006, at 2:06 p.m.
1 comment  (2273 views)
elfman earns my respect
Jeroen Admiraal - December 14, 2006, at 11:33 p.m.
1 comment  (2347 views)
Alternate review of Charlotte's Web at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - December 11, 2006, at 11:23 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 47:09
• 1. Main Title (2:12)
• 2. The Introduction (1:27)
• 3. Lullaby/Escape (4:05)
• 4. Introducing Charlotte (5:52)
• 5. In the Mud (1:00)
• 6. Templeton (2:29)
• 7. The Plan Begins (2:57)
• 8. "Some Pig" (1:29)
• 9. The Word Spreads (2:55)
• 10. The Fall Montage (0:49)
• 11. The Dump (1:50)
• 12. "Radiant" (1:43)
• 13. The Big Day (0:54)
• 14. "Humble" (2:52)
• 15. "Terrific" (1:23)
• 16. Farewell Charlotte (1:11)
• 17. Wilbur's Homecoming (8:58)
• 18. Ordinary Miracle - performed by Sarah McLachlan (3:03)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes lyrics for the song, but no extra information about the score or film.
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