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

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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toll | toy car | boy | car | freedom | See more »

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It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!


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December 1972 (UK)  »

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The Phantom Tollbooth  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Officer Short Shrift: I should have known. It's you! Guilty of sowing confusion, upsetting the alphabet cards...
Milo: Apple cart.
Officer Short Shrift: Correcting an officer, wreaking havoc, mincing words, having a dog with an unauthorized alarm...
[Tock barks at Short Shrift]
Officer Short Shrift: And illegal barking.
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Connections

Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Time Is a Gift
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Shepard Menken (uncredited) and Butch Patrick (uncredited)
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A happy surprise!
1 September 2000 | by (Portage, MI) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen this film since I was a child and it was a happy surprise to find it on Cinemax last week. The movie and the excellent book of the same name were big inspirations to me as a grade-schooler and helped me understand the importance of language and logic. The Chuck Jones-directed animation is terrific and although the music is very 1969 middle-of-the-road (dreamy choruses and faux-Herb Alpert trumpet), it doesn't get in the way of a clever adventure story that celebrates using your mind to solve problems. This picture deserves a much bigger cult following.


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