The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

G  |   |  Family, Adventure, Animation  |  December 1972 (UK)
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Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure.


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Complete credited cast:
Officer Short Shrift / Dodecahedron / Demon of Insincerity (voice)
Whether Man / Senses Taker / Terrible Trivium / Gelatinous Giant (voice)
Candy Candido ...
Awful DYNN (voice)
King Azaz / The MathemaGician (voice)
Ralph / Faintly Macabre / Princess of Pure Reason (voice)
Patti Gilbert ...
Princess of Sweet Rhyme (voice)
Shepard Menken ...
Spelling Bee / Chroma The Great (voice) (as Shep Menken)
Cliff Norton ...
Kakofonous A. Dischord / Tollbooth Speaker (voice)
Larry Thor ...
Tock The Watchdog (voice)
Humbug (voice)


Milo is a boy who is bored with life. One day he comes home to find a toll booth in his room. Having nothing better to do, he gets in his toy car and drives through - only to emerge in a world full of adventure.

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It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!


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December 1972 (UK)  »

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The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth  »

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CASTLE THUNDER: Heard at every mention of the Castle in the Air earlier in the movie and when the last five Demons of Ignorance merge to create the monster. See more »


King Azaz gives Milo a yellow bag, but when he pulls it out later it's purple. See more »


The MathemaGician: Rescue Rhyme and Reason? What a wonderful idea... wait! Has Azaz agreed to it?
Tock: Yes sir, he has.
The MathemaGician: Then I don't! We've never agreed on anything and we never will!
Milo: And if I can prove otherwise, can we have permission to go?
The MathemaGician: Of course, of course.
Milo: Very well then. Now - if Azaz agrees with something then you disagree, correct?
The MathemaGician: Correct.
Milo: And anything Azaz disagrees with, you agree, is that correct?
The MathemaGician: Correct.
Milo: Then each of you agrees that he will disagree with the other, right?
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Don't Say There's Nothing to Do in the Doldrums
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Paul Vance
Performed by the Mel Blanc (uncredited), Thurl Ravenscroft (uncredited) and Butch Patrick (uncredited)
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"No journey is valid without a proper destination..."
24 March 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A youngster from San Francisco, bored with school and with time to kill, is offered an educational round-trip from a Phantom Tollbooth; he turns animated and takes a journey to the Castle in the Sky, where Rhyme and Reason have been banished by Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, the feuding worlds of words and numbers who each believe they are most important. Uneven animated feature (with live-action prologue and epilogue featuring Butch Patrick) is an erratic, but interesting adaptation of Norton Juster's book punctuated with musical interludes (and some odd "Wizard of Oz"-isms). Veteran animator Chuck Jones co-wrote the script and co-directed the animated sequences (the first, and last, cartoon effort from M-G-M). Jones makes a big mistake getting our young hero stuck in the Doldrums in the first act (there's no fascination in lethargy), but he picks up the pace soon after that. Digitopolis has a nifty look (and lively Hans Conried as the MathemaGician), and there's a lovely "conducted" sunset and an exciting race to the castle. The animation is alternately crude, clumsy, expressive, colorful, and routine, and the songs are an equally mixed lot (they're pleasant, if not especially catchy). Patrick has a marvelous deep voice for a little kid, but he isn't given anything clever to say; better are Conried, June Foray, and Mel Blanc in the voice-over department. Not too popular with child audiences at the time, this may have been a bit high-brow for the matinée crowds. If anything, the film has improved with time, and some of it is quite imaginative. **1/2 from ****

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