The Trumpet of the Swan
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this rated G movie has some tension and peril, but is a fine family film based on E.B. White's story.
What's the story?
As this animated movie begins, proud and loving trumpeter swans Father (voiced by Jason Alexander) and Mother (voiced by Mary Steenburgen) are awaiting the hatching of their new children. The young cygnets are all they dreamed of, except for Louie, who is mute. Louie can't express his feelings without words, or attract a mate without a trumpeting sound. Louie turns to human friend named Sam, who takes him to school so that his teacher Mrs. Hammerbottom (voiced by Carol Burnett) can teach him to read and write. Father tries to steal a trumpet from a musical instrument store. Even though he knows stealing is wrong, he feels he must to help his son. Louie's skill at reading and writing doesn't do him any good with the swans, who can't understand him, but he does find a sweet girl swan named Serena who understands him without words. But he can't settle down with Serena until he puts his father's heart at rest by finding a way to pay for the trumpet. After many adventures, Louie and Serena are able to live happily ever after.
Is it any good?
Most of E.B. White's elegant language is missing, and the animation is nowhere near the Disney level, but this version of TRUMPET OF THE SWAN is still a very good family movie with much to enjoy and talk about.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the importance of finding a way to communicate and the value of people who can understand us. They will also want to talk about the conflict faced by Father, who wanted so desperately to help his son that he was willing to risk his life and do something he knew was wrong.