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A cowardly boy who buries himself in accident statistics enters a library to escape a storm only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real life.

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Neighborhood Kid (as Canan J. Howell)
Alexis Kirschner ...
Neighborhood Kid
Jessica Kirschner ...
Neighborhood Kid
Guy Mansker ...
Neighborhood Kid
Brandon S. McKay ...
Neighborhood Kid (as Brandon McKay)
Stephen Sheehan ...
Neighborhood Kid
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Alan Tyler
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Claire Tyler
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Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
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Adventure (voice)
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Fantasy (voice)
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Horror (voice)
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Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
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Captain Ahab (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young boy named Richard Tyler, who spouts statistics about the possibility of accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While riding his bike home, Richard finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. Richard slips and is knocked unconscious while exploring a rotunda in the library. Upon awakening, he is led on a journey through conflicts and events that resemble fictional stories, keeping him from finding the exit from the library. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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All the adventure your imagination can hold.


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23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guardián de las palabras  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$12,039,526 (USA)
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Trivia

This is one of two animated films Whoopi Goldberg voiced in 1994. The other is The Lion King (1994). See more »

Goofs

One of the books Richard looks at while inside the dragon is "Alice in Wonderland". The exact name of Lewis Carroll's book is "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". See more »

Quotes

Fantasy: [reading the names on a house] Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde...
[shrugs]
Fantasy: must be a duplex.
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The original VHS release of the film contained a sneak preview of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie prior to the film. See more »


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Whatever You Imagine
Lyric by Cynthia Weil
Music by Barry Mann and James Horner
Produced by Keith Thomas
Executive Producer: Jay Landers
Performed by Wendy Moten
Wendy Moten courtesy of Thunderbird Records/EMI Records
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This movie deserves a place in your collection!
31 August 2004 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

It's a great movie. This kid, Richard Tyler, played by young Macaulay Culkin, is really paranoid, and always talks about injury-related statistics. During a frightening storm, he takes temporary refuge from the rain in a library, run by the eerie Mr. Dewey, played by Christopher Lloyd. Richard is instructed to find a pay phone so he can tell his parents where he is.

In the middle of the library, there's a huge ceiling painting of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, Long John Silver and his crew from Treasure Island, Captain Aham and Moby Dick, a fierce dragon, and in the center, an old man with a long white beard and nobleman clothes holding a scroll. The ceiling starts dripping paint, and the globs are transformed into a huge dragon, which transforms everything it touches into animation. Richard, now a cartoon, meets the old man, the Pagemaster, who tells him that to get out of the library and return to normal, he must past three tests, described only as adventure, horror, and fantasy.

Soon, he also meets three hilarious talking books. The first, Adventure, played by Patrick Stewart, is probably the funniest guy in the movie. The second, Fantasy, played by Whoopi Goldberg, is also funny, but it's because of her attitude. The third, Horror, played by Frank Welker, is a brain-dead coward who looks like Frankenstein's Monster. With his three new friends, Richard has to pass the tests to get his normal form back, admittance to the exit, and most of all...the courage he never thought he had.


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