The Trumpet of the Swan

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Released 2001

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Director:
Richard Rich , Terry L Noss
Released:
2001
Rating:
G

The Trumpet of the Swan is an animated 2001 film that tells the story of Louie (Dee Barker), a swan born without a voice. Sam Beaver (Sam Gifaldi) is a boy enjoying a peaceful if boring summer away at camp. He observes a family of trumpeter swans, including a father (Jason Alexander), mother (Mary Steenburgen) and three little eggs. However, after the eggs have hatched, it soon becomes clear that one of the little swans cannot speak. Since trumpeter swans are known for their beautiful, distinctive voices, the entire family is devastated by Louie's inability to make a sound. As he grows up, Louie has to fight for the acceptance of his friends and family. He particularly wants to impress the beautiful Serena (Reese Witherspoon), but with Boyd (Seth Green) around, quiet Louie worries he does not stand a chance. Louie's father finds an unusual but fitting solution to his son's problem. When Sam returns to summer camp, it is up to him to help Louie make it big in the world with his unique talents.

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Metacritic Score

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A bland, well-meaning mishmash that never coheres into a dramatic whole.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Nothing quite works about The Trumpet of the Swan, one of those animated films that make you realize how hard it is to strike the right tone for a family film.

  • 30

    Variety

    Bland animated musical offers little to charm adults with fond memories of the book, and even tykes are likely to become bored by the halfway point.

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    Family Dramas, Musicals, Anime