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

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

Quotes

Humbug: Could you show us the biggest number there is? That will give him something to figure out.
The MathemaGician: Very well, Sir Humbug. What's the biggest number you can think of?
Humbug: 9,999,999,000,999 and... nine tenths!
The MathemaGician: Very good. Now add one to it.
Humbug: Add one?
The MathemaGician: Now, add one to that. Add one again. Add one again. Add one again. Add one again.
Milo: But he'd never be able to stop that way.
The MathemaGician: Never, for the number you hope for is always at least one higher than the one you had, and that's so large that if you started saying it ...
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Soundtracks

Time Is a Gift
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Larry Thor (uncredited) and Butch Patrick (uncredited)
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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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