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The Phantom Tollbooth (1970)

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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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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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Storyline

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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car | toll | toy car | boy | bow | See more »

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the live-action portion at the start of the film, as the kids run out of the school, the camera operator's shadow is briefly visible on the bottom right corner. See more »

Quotes

Whether Man: Have you found my way yet? I hope it isn't mildewed.
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Connections

Referenced in Animation Lookback: Hanna-Barbera Part 1 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Word Market
(1969)
Music by Lee Pockriss
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Hans Conried (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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