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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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 »


During the lighting storm when Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) is riding his bicycle. Immediately, after he exits through the tunnel, you can clearly see the lights used in the lightning gag reflected in his bike windshield. See more »


[upon meeting Captain Ahab]
Fantasy: He's possessed!
Horror: He's insane!
Adventure: He's my kinda guy!
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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 »


Dream Away
Written by Diane Warren
Produced by David Foster
Performed by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) and Lisa Stansfield
Babyface courtesy of Epic Records
Lisa Stansfield courtesy of Arista Records, Inc. and BMG Eurodisc Ltd.
David Foster courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Part of my childhood
10 December 2007 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

Just because something is part of my childhood doesn't mean it's good, and this movie is really not a great animated film. It's got a nice message, and it looks good, but the premise of jumping from storybook to storybook gets tiring by the end.

Richard Tyler (McCaulay Culkin) is a scaredy cat who's always getting picked on. On a stormy night he gets stuck in a library, and ends up animated with several book friends. He meets Fantasy (Whoopie Goldberg), Adventure (Patrick Stewart) and Horror (Frank Welker), and he goes through many famous books. The plot is very slim, and kind of just jumps around from book to book, but it actually works very well. This also has a great musical score and it manages to make the movie sad at times. Unlike many animated films, you actually come to like the characters by the end, and that's hard to do.

"The Pagemaster" is a very underrated, good animated movie that will appeal to kids and will amuse adults.

My rating: *** out of ****. 70 mins. Rated G

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