The Trumpet of the Swan
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Features charmless songs, junky animation, hambone voice talent."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"Passable animation for the younger members of the family, but the movie never finds its own voice."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"A good family movie; much to enjoy and talk about."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
""Trumpet of the Swan" features flat background art, some poor sound syncing and insipid, sugary songs."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Frank Lovece, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Too bad the director didn't set his mind to making a film parents could enjoy, too."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"One ugly duckling of a cartoon."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"This is one worth missing in the hopes that some day, someone will do it a whole lot better."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"One of the weakest kids' films in recent memory."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"While the message of the story sings loud and clear, the drama plays out at a whisper."
‑ Sherri Winston, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Wait for this one to come out on video."
‑ Pam Sitt, Seattle Times
"A shallow, tacky, finally soupy revision of a wry, noticing, resonant, elegant, deeply romantic story."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A rushed direct-to-video kiddie flick."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Shallowness of characterization and unmemorable songs."
‑ Luisa F. Ribeiro, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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