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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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Milo
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Officer Short Shrift / Dodecahedron / Demon of Insincerity (voice)
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Whether Man / Senses Taker / Terrible Trivium / Gelatinous Giant (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 ...
Spelling Bee / Chroma The Great (voice) (as Shep Menken)
Cliff Norton ...
Kakofonous A. Dischord / Tollbooth Speaker (voice)
Larry Thor ...
Tock The Watchdog (voice)
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Humbug (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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The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth  »

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Trivia

This film was actually made in 1968 but due to MGM's financial problems and frequently changing management, the film was not heavily promoted. When it was released in 1970, it was not a box office success. 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 »

Quotes

Officer Short Shrift: Now then, would you like a short sentence or a long sentence?
Milo: Well, I suppose a short one, if I have a choice.
Officer Short Shrift: How about "I am"? It's the shortest sentence I know.
[Writes "I AM" on his pad and hands it to Milo]
Milo: It's very kind of you to give me... such a short sentence.
Officer Short Shrift: And when do you think you can go to prison and start serving it?
Milo: Serving it? I guess I can't, not until I get back from Dictionopolis and the Castle in the Air.
[Thunderclap]
Officer Short Shrift: The what in the what?
Milo: Why, the Castle in the Air.
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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Canvassing (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhyme and Reason Reign
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by the Cast
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You had me, you lost me (thanks Websnark)
22 March 2005 | by (Ingle Farm, South Australia) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong - the Phantom Tollbooth is a great movie... For kids. I consider myself a big kid, personally, and many a movie I watched in my childhood still holds a special place for me (Transformers, The Dark Crystal, Sword in the Stone, etc.) but unfortunately I've outgrown the Phantom Tollbooth at age 22. I watched it again for the first time in years this week, and could only think two things:

1) How it comes off as a poorly veiled Public Service Announcement (but still, a true one)

and 2) how much I'd rather be watching Bugs Bunny. Hell, I don't even know which Maestro bit came first; the one from this, or when Bugs is conducting the orchestra.

Either way, my point is that while the animation is great, it's still a Looney Tunes movie without the Looney Tunes, and while the message is a good one, it is far too heavy handed for many adults to take.

Highly recommended for the young, mildly recommended for the old. (Oh, and I've never read the book - yet. Yeah, I'm a heretic, or something)


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