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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 ... See full summary »

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Whether Man / Senses Taker / Terrible Trivium / Gelatinous Giant (voice)
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Awful DYNN (voice)
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Ralph / Faintly Macabre / Princess of Pure Reason (voice)
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Princess of Sweet Rhyme (voice)
Shepard Menken ...
Spelling Bee / Chroma The Great (voice) (as Shep Menken)
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Kakofonous A. Dischord / Tollbooth Speaker (voice)
Larry Thor ...
Tock The Watchdog (voice)
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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. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!


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Chuck Jones:  In the opening segment as a man on a trolley car next to Butch Patrick. See more »

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When Milo meets the Which, she addresses him by name even though he never told her what it was. See more »

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Humbug: Oh, come now, don't be ill-mannered - isn't someone going to introduce me to this little boy? A fine manly little fellow...
Spelling Bee: This is the Humbug - H-U-M-B-U-G- A very dislikable fellow.
Humbug: Nonsense! Everyone loves a Humbug. 'Insectius Humbugius,' if I may use the Latin.
Spelling Bee: 'Insectius Humbugius?' Why, you fraud! You can't even spell your own name!
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Word Market
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Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Hans Conried (uncredited)
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A must-see for Chuck Jones fans!
22 January 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I feel bad for a lot of underrated movies, mostly because the people who'd like them the most have probably never heard of them. I argue that Chuck Jones is the most important of the animation directors of the Golden Age of Cartoons, and this is his only full-length feature. If you like his cartoons, you should definitely hunt for this charming adaptation of Norton Juster's charming (if pedantic) novella.

Here's the interesting thing about "Phantom Tollbooth". Neither the book nor the movie strike me as a children's' story. Don't get me wrong, kids will probably like this movie, particularly older kids, but it's more for adults who can get the puns and such. Adult will also probably appreciate the psychedelic artwork from longtime Jones collaborator Maurice Noble. The amoebic Doldrums are a highlight as is the Awful DYNN, a manic crayon scrawl, and the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis; they look like a riot at the Avant-garde Graphic Design class. Adorable and very, VERY sixties.


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