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The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

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.

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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.

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car | toll | toy car | cannon | young boy | See All (212) »

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It's an Alphabeautiful Mathemagical New Musical Movie!


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December 1972 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth  »

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1.85 : 1
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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 Faintly McCabre offers Milo and Tock some cookies, Tock eats all of them, yet in the next shot they are back. See more »

Quotes

Gelatinous Giant: And what have we here? Aha! I see! Breakfast!
Milo: Wait! I have a better idea!
Gelatinous Giant: [horrified] An idea? Ugh, if there's one thing I can't swallow, it's an idea!
Milo: Well, it just so happens that I have a bag full of all the ideas in the world, right here!
Gelatinous Giant: NO! No no no! Don't open it! Leave well enough alone! Don't take chances... keep things as they are... changes are so frightening... no... no... ideas...
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Connections

Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Say There's Nothing to Do in the Doldrums
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Paul Vance
Performed by the Mel Blanc (uncredited), Thurl Ravenscroft (uncredited) and Butch Patrick (uncredited)
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Funny, funny movie with a twisted Sense of humor!
10 December 2005 | by (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Phantom Tollbooth is warped movie from the warped mind of the great Chuck Jones.

Milo, an ordinary boy, is bored with life. One day he receives a tollbooth as a present. This Tollbooth will supposedly take him out of his boredom.

Milo enters the Tollbooth and is instantly changed into a cartoon character. From here on in, he journeys to the "Whether" man, into the doldrums, meets tock, the watchdog, and onward to Dictionopolis and the Kingdom of Numbers in order to save Rhyme and Reason.

The movie is twisted in every which way; there are plenty of songs the make no sense but make you laugh out loud. The Animation is typical "Looney Tunes" style but works very well with the quirky plot.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a lost gem the deserves DVD treatment in the worst way. Lets hope one day soon that this diamond in the rough will find a new generation of children!


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