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 »
In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.
Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and nonviolent. They agree to go to the Middle Future (this era) in order to ... See full summary »
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>
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 »
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 »
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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Are you going or staying? Viewers with sense should go.
Throughout his long career, the great and now sadly late Chuck Jones was involved with several feature-length compilations of Warner Bros. cartoons, but "The Phantom Tollbooth" was the only all-original movie he directed ("Gay Purr-ee" was from Abe Levitow, though he did co-write it). This was also one of the first movies I remember seeing - not in cinemas (the movie came out the year I was born!), but on BBC1 in the 1970s, and later on TV again in the 1980s.
Norton Juster also provided the source material for Jones' truly wonderful Oscar-winning short "The Dot and the Line," and this movie is another happy marriage - although the songs are for the most part guilty of slowing down the action, and this movie is not as child-friendly as the medium would suggest (the writing and a lot of the imagery don't have "cute" written all over them), it's a treat for fans of Jones and of cartoons that at least try to have something to say.
A lot of elements in the book obviously had to be left out (such as the half-child Milo meets while trying to get to the Land of Infinity ("Infinity is a dreadfully poor place - they can never manage to make ends meet"), and the man who's a thin man to fatties, a fat man to thinnies, a midget to tall men and a giant to those of diminished stature), and I'm not too sure having Milo see the tollbooth arrive and leave was such a good idea, but Jones and his team manage to bring Juster's fine work to the screen without damaging it en route. (Which isn't to say you shouldn't read it - in fact, I recommend it!)
But those songs... unfortunately the idea that people wouldn't stand for cartoons that didn't have singing in them, like Mr. Jones, has been around for a long, long time. Pity.
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