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louie is a trumpeter swan with no voice .
in order to woo his lady love serina , louie makes friends with a young boy , sammy , who persuades teacher mrs . hammerbottom ( carol burnett ) to allow louie to attend class .
louie learns to read and write and returns to his flock , but is laughed at once again when no other swans can understand his message of love for serina .
to make matters worse , louie's father feels he's lost his honor because of the trumpet he stole for his son in this animated version of e . b .
white's " trumpet of the swan . "
as jane austen and henry james have become popular sources for adult filmmakers over the past decade or so , e . b .
white is being returned to for children's films .
the animated " charlotte's web " has become a minor classic since its release in 1973 and 1999 brought us a live action version of " stuart little . "
" trumpet of the swan , " directed by richard rich ( 1999's animated " the king and i , " the " swan princess " series ) , is unlikely to be remembered along with those two .
" trumpet of the swan " is receiving a regional theatrical release , but is sure to quickly appear on home video .
boston is one of the targetted cities because our hero louie becomes famous playing his trumpet in beantown .
he encounters a gypsy-like con man in the public gardens who pitches louie and his trumpet as an added attraction to boston's swan boats .
louie stays at the ritz carlton before giving a concert at the hatch shell along the banks of the charles river .
at this point , louie's earned enough money so that dad can pay for the trumpet and become musically capable enough to win over serina's father .
" trumpet of the swan " features flat background art , some poor sound syncing and insipid , sugary songs .
this effort would be better suited to saturday morning television than the big screen , but may be ok for the real small set .