The Trumpet of the Swan is a 2001 animated film produced by Nest Family Entertainment and RichCrest Animation Studios, directed by Richard Rich & Terry L. Noss,[1] and distributed by TriStar Pictures, being TriStar's first animated film since 1988's Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw.

The Trumpet of the Swan
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Directed byRichard Rich
Terry L. Noss
Produced byPaul J. Newman
Lin Oliver
Screenplay byJudy Rothman Rofé
Based onThe Trumpet of the Swan
by E.B. White
StarringJason Alexander
Mary Steenburgen
Reese Witherspoon
Seth Green
Carol Burnett
Joe Mantegna
Dee Bradley Baker
Music byMarcus Miller
Edited byJoe Campana
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 2001 (2001-05-11)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$102,202



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 reception

This film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Most of the criticism came from the animation, writing, and voice cast, but the biggest criticism came from the fact the movie didn't follow the original book very well, which disappointed many fans of the book. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored a 15% 'Rotten' rating. The site's critical consensus says "An uninspired E.B. White adaptation that's targeted at the very young."[2]

Box office

It failed to get an audience at the box office for two reasons: A small limited release, and the release of DreamWorks' Shrek the following week which would cause the film to lose most of its potential audience. By the end of its run, the film grossed a mere $102,202.[3]

Awards and nominations

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.


  1. ^ "Horton Hears a Who!". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ The Trumpet of the Swan at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ The Trumpet of the Swan at Box Office Mojo

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