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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 / 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

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 »

Goofs

During the live-action portion at the start of the film, as the kids run out of the school, the camera operator's shadow is briefly visible on the bottom right corner. See more »

Quotes

Tock: [singing] Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life.
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Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Noise, Noise, Beautiful Noise
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Paul Vance
Performed by the Larry Thor (uncredited) and Candy Candido (uncredited)
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A great movie for kids
28 October 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A simple fantasy tale, mostly animation with some live action at the beginning and end. Milo is a "latchkey kid" living a somewhat isolated life in an apartment block in the big city. While complaining on the phone to his friend that he is bored stiff, he is startled by the sudden arrival of a strange package which, when unwrapped, unfolds into a gateway into a magical world...

Like all of Chuck Jones' work, this movie is great for children and doesn't seem dated at all. My two kids aged five and six were enchanted by it just as I was when I first saw it at the age of ten.

The characters are colorful and entertaining. Milo is easy for any child who has ever been bored or lonely to identify with. The avuncular "Watch Dog" Tock will look fairly familiar to any regular viewer of Chuck's work on Warner Brothers' short cartoons. The Humbug and the Spelling Bee are reminiscent of Dr Seuss characters; Officer Short Shrift is somewhat more surreal but that only makes him stick in your mind all the more. The songs are lots of fun and you'll probably be humming them for a long time afterwards.

All in all a great movie for kids, and Mums and Dads too. Pass the popcorn!


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