The Trumpet of the Swan is a 2001 animated film produced by RichCrest Animation Studios, directed by Richard Rich, and distributed by TriStar Pictures, being TriStar's first animated film since 1988's Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw.


Based on E. B. White's popular children's book of the same name, it tells the story of a young Trumpeter Swan who is born with muteness and is vying for the attention of a beautiful pen. He overcomes this by learning to play the trumpet.



Critical receptionEdit

It was not well received by critics. Many stated the animation was poor, that the charm of the original book was lost, the characters were dull, the casting did not match, the songs were unmemorable and that the character design was awful. But the most common criticism of the film version was that it did not follow the original story well; this disappointed many fans of the book. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored a 15% 'Rotten' rating.[1]

Box officeEdit

It failed to get an audience at the box office, for two reasons, a small limited release, and the release of Shrek the following week would cause the film to lose most of its audience. By the end of its run, the film grossed a mere $102,202.[2]

Awards and nominationsEdit

In 2001, it was nominated by the Casting Society of America for best voice-casting in an animated film, but lost the award to Disney's The Emperor's New Groove. It is notable, however, that an independent animated film would be able to win such a nomination. It was the last film based on a book by E. B. White until 2006's Charlotte's Web.


  • In early trailers for the film, the character "Louie" was spelled "Louis" and pronounced as "Lewis".
  • This was TriStar Pictures' last theatrical film to be Rated G by the MPAA.
  • This was the second film not to composed by Lex de Azevedo and Julie de Azevedo because while the movie for the music composer for Lex and Julie are busy working on the tv direct to video series for Animated Stories from the New Testament. So they had Marcus Miller work on the score and the songs for the movie. (not counting The King and I).
  • Louie's Father about to fly and crash to the music store he says "Here I Go" but not the tv version aired on PBS Sprout.


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