An animated feature directed by Richard Rich:
"The Trumpet of the Swan"

TRUMPET OF THE SWAN, The animated film, "The Trumpet of the Swan", is produced by Columbia TriStar. It is based on the classic children's book written by E.B. White. E. B. White only wrote three children's books in his lifetime, "Charlotte's Web", "Stuart Little", and "The Trumpet of the Swan". All are classics and have been richly honored by literary and library associations. "Trumpet of the Swan" produced by Columbia TriStar and directed by renowned animated director Richard Rich, features the voices of Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, Reese Witherspoon, Seth Green, Joe Mantegna and Carol Burnett. "Trumpet of the Swan" was released theatrically on 11 May 2001.

The Trumpet of the Swan:
OPENING credits as they appear in the film



TriStar Pictures

RichCrest Animation

Lin Oliver

Richard Rich
Terry L. Noss


of the Swan

The Trumpet of the Swan
CLOSING credits as they appear in the film

Directed by
Richard Rich
Terry L. Noss

Produced by
Lin Oliver

Executive Producer
Seldon O. Young

Richard Rich
Thomas J. Tobin
Terry L. Noss

Screenplay by
Judy Rothman Rofé

Based on the Book by
E.B. White

Marcus Miller

Katy Wallin-Sandalis, C.S.A.
Bernie Van De Yacht

Supervising Editor
James D. Koford

Joseph L. Campana

With the Voice Talents of

Jason Alexander

Mary Steenburgen

Reese Witherspoon

Seth Green

Carol Burnett
Mrs. Hammerbotham

Joe Mantegna

Sam Beaver Sam Gifaldi
Louie Dee Baker
Billie Melissa Disney
Serena (cygnet) Kath Soucie
Ella E.G. Daily
A.G. Skinner Pamela Segall Adlon
Maurice/Ranger Steve Vinovich
Sweets Gary Anthony Williams
Senator Corey Burton
Chief Michael Winslow
Squirrel/Hawk David Jeremiah
Felicity Julie Nathanson
Apathy Dana Daurey
Waiter Michael Kostroff
Clerk Lee Magnuson
Bud Steve Franken
Policeman Norman Parker
Justice of the Geese Jack Angel
Paramedic/Newscaster Kath Soucie

Director's Assistant Helena Collins-Liuag
Production Manager Brett Hayden
Character Design Elena Kravets
Bronwen Barry
Storyboard Artists Steven E. Gordon
Floro Dery
Larry Scholl
Mark Sonntag
Layout Design Mike Hodgson
Layout Supervisor Dennis Richards
Layout Artist Robert Orona Jr.
Layout Assistant Kimberly Bowles
Animators Steven E. Gordon
John Celestri
Bronwen Barry
Elena Kravets
Patrick Gleeson
Background Supervisor Jeff Richards
Background Artists Donald Towns
Eric Reese
Anette Ahlholm
Mannix Bennett
Kim Spink
Junn Roca
Nadia Vurbenova
Diane Best
Effects & Computer
Animation Supervisor
Brian McSweeney
Effects Animation Actarus Aksas
Additional Computer Animation Timothy Yoo
Chris Cho
Digital Supervisor Timothy Yoo
Color Model Stylist Jeanette Nouribekian
Scene Planning Bob Richards
Compositing Chris Cho
Animation Checking Patricia Blackburn
Executive Assistant to Richard Rich Kimberlee Johnson
Executive Assistant to Lin Oliver Mercedes Coats
ADR Voices Melissa Disney
Taylor Gifaldi
Eddy Karr
Anne Marie Lee
Katie Leigh
Tessa Ludwick
Chris Marquette
Olivia Marsico
Tony Pope
Jason Spisak
Bernie van de Yacht
Lalaine Vergara Paras
Choreography Anne Fletcher
Dancer Erik Hyler
Foley Walkers Dominique Decaudain
Jerry Trent
Foley Mixer Dean St. John
Re-Recording Mixers Rick Alexander
Rick Hart
Recordist Robbie Bartholomew
Ryan Davis
Dolby Sound Consultant Bryan Pennington
Enterprise Post Executive Brian B. Murray
Digital Mixing Enterprise Post
Associate Music Producer David Ward
Music Coordinator Bibi Green
Music Editor Douglas Lackey
Music Mixer Tommy Vicari
Orchestrator Charles Harrison
Hannibal Studios Technician Khaliq Glover

Solo Trumpet by
Michael "Patches" Stewart

"Louie, Louie, Louie"
Written by Marcus Miller and Randy Rogel
Performed by Little Richard
Additional Vocals by Melissa Disney,
Ann Marie Lee, Tony Pope
and Johnny Solomon

"Spittin' Image"
Written by Pamela Phillips Oland, Marcus Miller,
Steve Rucker, Lin Oliver
and Randy Rogel
Performed by Jason Alexander and Mary Steenburgen

"Touch the Sky"
Written by Marcus Miller and Randy Rogel
Performed by Kenya Hathaway

"Hey, Hey"
Written by Marcus Miller and Randy Rogel
Performed Melissa Disney, E.G. Daily and Ann Marie Lee

"Here Me Serena"
Written by Marcus Miller
Performed by Tim Carmon

"Louie's Lullaby"
Written by Marcus Miller

"Learning to Fly"
Written by Charles Harrison

Production Coordinator Susan Gelb
Production Coordinator Jim Haas
Production Assistants Karen Noss Crudge
Gregory Daven
Susan A. Kelley

Overseas Production
Hanho Heung-Up, Co., Ltd.
Seoul, Korea

Overseas Coordinator
Denis Deegan

[Credits listed for overseas production and animation, including about 125 Korean names.]

Color by CFI
Completion Bond Film Finances, Inc.
Production Legal Counsel Robert A. Darwell
Troop Steuber Pasich
Reddick & Tobey, LLC
RichCrest Counsel Donna Bascom

[Standard film, sound system symbols, followed by standard legal notices about copyright, the story being fictitious, etc.]

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Dallas Morning News Review

By: Nancy Churnin
Source: Dallas Morning News
Date: 11 May 2001

E.B. White had a way of creating animal characters that stir the soul: the spider who saves a pig in Charlotte's Web, the mouse who becomes a vital part of a human family in Stuart Little and the mute swan searching for his voice in The Trumpet of the Swan. But while Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little have enjoyed numerous theatrical incarnations, The Trumpet of the Swan has resisted the Hollywood touch.

Until now.

The animated version of Mr. White's classic, directed with lush, hand-drawn exuberance by Disney vet Richard Rich and co-director Terry L. Noss, tackles this poignant story with mixed success. The film alludes to the pain of growing up different. It shows how a child's "disability" can sometimes lead to something wonderful.

But the directors don't trust the kids enough to let them feel the pain for long. Instead, they anesthetize the narration with a cuteness (and a few easy-to-hate bad guys) that leaves the film with a neatly packaged, made-for-video feel.

Jason Alexander (fine on the comedy, but lacking in the drama department) and the always appealing Mary Steenburgen voice the swan parents of silent swan Louie (Dee Baker) and his two sisters. Louie falls in love with a beautiful swan named Serena (Reese Witherspoon), which makes him even more unhappy about not being able to express himself.

With the help of a friendly boy, Sam (Sam Gifaldi), Louie goes to school to learn to read and write. But it's not until his father steals him a trumpet that Louie (named for Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong) learns to express himself through sound.

The music, an eclectic blend of jazz and contemporary music, is one of the film's strongest calling cards.

And it doesn't hurt to have such a fetching way to introduce kids to a remarkable book. After all, whatever has been lost in the translation can be more than made up for by the increased numbers of kids inspired to go back to the original.

Grade: B-
Director: Richard Rich and Terry L. Noss

Columbia TriStar to Sneak Animated Film Into Theaters on May 11

Source: Digital Media FX News
Date: 22 March 2001

In a surprise announcement, Columbia TriStar says that it will release an animated feature titled The Trumpet of the Swan into theaters on May 11, 2001 for a short engagement. The movie is based on E.B. White's The Trumpet of the Swan book, one of only three books ever written by E.B. White (Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web are the other two).

The rights to turn the book into an animated movie were acquired by Columbia Tristar in 1998. The company announced at the time that the movie would be a direct to video release in 2000 and even received a G rating by the Motion Picture Association of America last summer.

According to sources associated with the project, the release was delayed when it was learned that the Motion Picture Association of America was adding a "Best Animated Film" category to its award lineup. The film was readapted for the wide screen to play in theaters long enough to qualify for a possible nomination.

The Trumpet of the Swan is directed by Richard Rich, who also directed The Swan Princess and Warner Bros. animated The King and I. The movie stars the voices of Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, Reese Witherspoon, Joe Mantegna, and Seth Green. The Trumpet of the Swan is the story of Louis, a voiceless trumpeter swan and his adventure in learning new ways to communicate.

The May 11 release date will put The Trumpet of the Swan into theaters one week before DreamWorks release of Shrek. Both are targeting separate audiences, however. The animation was done by Rich Animation Studios, located in Burbank, CA. Rich Animation Studios was acquired last year by Crest Communication of India.

The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)
directed by Richard Rich

Numerical average of these graded scores: 39.3 (out of 100)
  Average score is 1.5 stars out of 4, or a "C-" freshness score: 10%
  39 reviews counted: 4 positive; 35 negative

[In the table below, the column labeled "RT.c" shows a plus or minus sign, indicating whether the website rated the review mainly positive (+) or negative (-).]

SourceReview AuthorRT.cGradeGrade
as #
Dallas Morning News Nancy Churnin + B- 67
Boxoffice Magazine (DVD review) Wade Major 3/5 56
iF Magazine Abbie Bernstein + B- 67
Film Threat Heather Wadowski + 3.5/5 67 Rich Rosell Style: B-
Substance: C+
Apollo Guide Brian Webster - 61/100 61
Christian Spotlight on the Movies Douglas Downs 3/5 56
Movie Mom Nell Minow + 3/5 56
DVD Verdict Nicholas Sylvain 55/100 55 - 3/6 50
Boston Globe Jay Carr - 2/4 50
Globe and Mail Rick Groen - 2/4 50 Christopher Null - 2.5/5 45
DVD Fusion3600 2.5/5 45
E! Online - C- 42
Reeling Reviews Laura Clifford - C- 42 Robin Clifford - C- 42
Seattle Times Pam Sitt - 1.5/4 38
Amazing Colossal Website David Cornelius - 1.5/4 38
Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert - 1.5/4 38
Chicago Tribune Loren King - 1.5/4 38
St. Paul Pioneer Press Chris Hewitt - 1.5/4 38
Deseret News Jeff Vice - 1.5/4 38
Snack Bar Adam J. Hakari - 1.5/4 38
New York Times Stephen Holden - 2/5 34
Toronto Sun / Jam! Movies Liz Braun - 2/5 34
Boxoffice Magazine Luisa F. Ribeiro - 2/5 34 Holly E. Ordway - 2/5 34
DVD Angle Charles Aliaga 1.75/5 29
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sean Axmaker - D 25
Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr - D 25
Utah County Daily Herald / Land of Eric Eric D. Snider - D 25
Detroit News Susan Stark - 1/4 25
eye WEEKLY Catharine Tunnacliffe 1/4 25 Mary Kalin-Casey - 1/4 25
Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart - 1.5/5 23
Haro Online Haro Pretty Bad 17
Film Freak Central Walter Chaw - 0.5/4 13
TV Guide's Movie Guide Frank Lovece - 1/5 12
IFilm Dave White - 1/5 12

The following reviews were tabulated by (positive/negative), but did not include a "grade":
Spirituality and Health Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat +
Film Journal International Daniel Eagan -
Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt - Tom Keogh -
Detroit Free Press Terry Lawson -
New York Post Lou Lumenick -
Greenwich Village Gazette Eric Lurio -
Associated Press Malcolm Ritter -
Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan -
Newsday Jan Stuart -
New Times Los Angeles Gregory Weinkauf -
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Sherri Winston -

More reviews, with neither a Fresh/Rotten designation, nor a grade, shown on the website:

Sacramento Bee Joe Baltake
Denver Rocky Mountain News Robert Denerstein
FILMtabs Gunter H. Jekubzik
Providence Journal