Trivia / Charlotte's Web

  • California Doubling: The live-action film takes place in Maine, but was mostly filmed in rural Australia.
  • Disowned Adaptation: The Animated Adaptation made by Hanna-Barbera was despised by E.B. White, because he said that "the story is interrupted every few minutes so that somebody can sing a jolly song. I don't care much for jolly songs. The Blue Hill Fair, which I tried to report faithfully in the book, has become a Disney World, with 76 trombones. But that's what you get for getting embroiled in Hollywood." E.B. White's wife wrote a letter to Gene Deitch (who, ironically, is friends with E.B. White) in 1977 saying: "We have never ceased to regret that your version of Charlotte's Web never got made. The Hanna-Barbera version has never pleased either of us... a travesty..."
  • Doing It for the Art: Debbie Reynolds voiced Charlotte in the Hanna-Barbera movie out of a love for the book, and even assured H-B that they wouldn't need to pay her.
  • Refitted for Sequel: According to the book "The Disney That Never Was", the Sherman Brothers originally wrote "Chin Up" for a cancelled Disney adaptation of Hansel and Gretel before using it here.
  • What Could Have Been...: John Hubley (co-creator of Mr. Magoo) was originally slated to direct the animated version, but could not procure funding. The job was next given to Gene Deitch, who struck a friendship with White during his correspendence with him. According to his blog, Deitch was well aware that his version was doomed to Development Hell. The storyboard he sent to the producers was returned unopened.
    • In the 1973 version, Templeton was to have been voiced by Tony Randall but left the project as the directors wanted a more nasally voice. Paul Lynde's casting was based on a suggestion by Randall.
    • At some point, Disney did offer to do an adaption of Charlotte's Web, but White turned the offer down.
    • For the 2006 version: Tim Burton was originally set to direct, but he turned it down because he wanted to pursue other projects.