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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

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

When King Azaz is first seen (in long shot) his costume has the purple and blue colors of the Mathemagician, instead of the correct colors of orange and red. (Noticed by someone's seven-year-old daughter.) See more »

Quotes

Princess of Pure Reason: Never feel badly about making mistakes, as long as you take the trouble to learn from them.
Princess of Sweet Rhyme: Because often you learn more by being wrong for the right reasons...
Princess of Pure Reason: -than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.
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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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A must-see for Chuck Jones fans!
22 January 2002 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I feel bad for a lot of underrated movies, mostly because the people who'd like them the most have probably never heard of them. I argue that Chuck Jones is the most important of the animation directors of the Golden Age of Cartoons, and this is his only full-length feature. If you like his cartoons, you should definitely hunt for this charming adaptation of Norton Juster's charming (if pedantic) novella.

Here's the interesting thing about "Phantom Tollbooth". Neither the book nor the movie strike me as a children's' story. Don't get me wrong, kids will probably like this movie, particularly older kids, but it's more for adults who can get the puns and such. Adult will also probably appreciate the psychedelic artwork from longtime Jones collaborator Maurice Noble. The amoebic Doldrums are a highlight as is the Awful DYNN, a manic crayon scrawl, and the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis; they look like a riot at the Avant-garde Graphic Design class. Adorable and very, VERY sixties.


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