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The Pagemaster (1994)

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 ...
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Jessica Kirschner ...
Neighborhood Kid
Guy Mansker ...
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Brandon S. McKay ...
Neighborhood Kid (as Brandon McKay)
Stephen Sheehan ...
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Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
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Captain Ahab (voice)
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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)  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,670,688
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Sir Patrick Stewart and Christopher Lloyd appeared in In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994). See more »

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During the scene in which the main characters first enter the cave/dragon's mouth, Adventure is overjoyed to find his sword. However, he never lost his sword in previous scenes. After Humpty Dumpty falls, you can see both Richard's glasses and Adventure's sword being carried by the pixies into the cave mouth. See more »

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Tom Morgan: Give the word, Captain Silver, and I'll show you the color of his insides.
Richard Tyler: Red, red, they're red!
Long John Silver: Stow your cutlass, Tom, I want a better look at his outsides first.
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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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Spoofs Home Alone (1990) See more »

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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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This movie deserves a place in your collection!
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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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