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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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CASTLE THUNDER: Heard at every mention of the Castle in the Air earlier in the movie and when the last five Demons of Ignorance merge to create the monster. 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 »

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Officer Short Shrift: Where were you on the night of July 25th?
Milo: July 25th? What's that got to do with it?
Officer Short Shrift: Do with it? It's my birthday! Boys are always forgetting people's birthdays.
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Word Market
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Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Hans Conried (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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