The Pagemaster (1994)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  23 November 1994 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Alan Tyler
Claire Tyler
Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
Adventure (voice)
Fantasy (voice)
Horror (voice)
Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
Captain Ahab (voice)


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 <>

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library | boy | treehouse | book | journey | See All (29) »


All the adventure your imagination can hold.


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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guardián de las palabras  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)


$12,039,526 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Richard never regains his jacket in the library. See more »


Fantasy: You know this short story?
Richard Tyler: He's Adventure.
Fantasy: Honey, that's what they all say.
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Crazy Credits

The original VHS release of the film contained a sneak preview of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie prior to the film. See more »


References The Shining (1980) See more »


Soundtrack available on Fox Records
Marketed and Distributed by Arista Records
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17 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie as well, I remember having it on video when i was young and i wore it out so i had to buy another one but couldn't find it anywhere,I'm trying to get it on DVD at the moment as well.Something that i don't understand is that no one I know seems to have ever heard of it!Which is just ridiculous! I've always been a real book worm and when I was younger this film summed up everything I loved about books, and I guess it still does! It's amazing how such a brilliant film can go unnoticed, I honestly learnt some important lessons from it, as I am sure many other children did, and it's one of the most memorable movies from my childhood! If you get the chance to watch this film, please please do!Ignore everything written by the 'proper' critics and watch it for yourself before deciding what you think!

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